Child Life Specialist

Roanoke, VA, US, 24014

Job Summary

CCLS will work primarily in the Emergency department and other areas as needed.

Provides psychosocial and development based assessments and support to children of all ages and their families. Plans and provides emotionally and developmentally appropriate experiences to promote effective coping with health care and continued cognitive and emotional growth for infants, children, and adolescents.


  • Assesses child/family psychosocial and developmental strengths and risks, plans goals, implements indicated interventions, and evaluates the accuracy of the assessment and effectiveness of the plan and interventions.  Documents plan of care and communicates to appropriate caregivers.

  • Collaborates with medical and nursing staff to provide opportunities for the child/family to increase understanding of medical procedures, to express feelings, and to promote mastery and coping. Provides emotional and bereavement support to children and families. 

  • Organizes, prioritizes, directs, supervises and evaluates the psychosocial care delivered by various levels of staff.

  • Provides educational seminars and in-services for hospital staff and other health care professionals to enhance their understanding of the unique needs of children and their families.

  • Actively participates in planning a safe and supportive environment for children and families.

  • Accountable for budgetary aspects of programs which includes; supplies and costs associated with staff support. 

  • Responsible for helping with the transition of patients and families from different units and communicating with the designated child life specialist for that area about their needs.

Plans and provides emotionally and developmentally appropriate experiences to promote effective coping with health care and continued cognitive and emotional growth for infants, children, and adolescents. Provides bereavement support for family members. Enhances quality of patient care through participation, documentation and communication with other members of the health care team.  Teaches, supervises, and evaluates work of practicum students and may oversee a child life intern after one year of employment and/or completion of 4,000 paid hours as a CCLS. Communicates with multi-disciplinary team and community agencies. Serves as resource and advocate on child development issues. Requires substantial walking, standing, lifting and bending in performance of duties.  Considerable exposure to infectious disease and hazardous material.  Adheres to the Child Life Council Code of Ethics. Demonstrates knowledge of principles of growth and development.  May be asked to provide care at other Carilion facilities to meet Organization Mission, Values, and Guiding Principles.



Based in Roanoke, VA, we are an award-winning, community-based network of hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices, and affiliations with prestigious academic medical institutions. Explore how joining a regional leader can enhance your ability to learn, grow, and succeed.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development, Education, Special Education, Family  Studies or related field, and completion of a 480 hour child life internship under a Certified Child Life Specialist required.  Masters degree preferred.


Experience: At least 1-2 years of on the job experience in an acute setting within a child life program.


Licensure, certification, and/or registration: Certified Child Life Specialist required.

 AHA BLS-HCP required within 6 months hire.


Other Minimum Qualifications: Must be able to assess patient/family psychosocial and developmental level and strengths and risks; plan goals, implement interventions and evaluate effectiveness.  Must also have excellent communication skills, service excellence commitment and organizational skills.



Our Values

Below are our core values that we strive to embody and expect of all our team members:

CommUNITY:  Working in unison to serve our community, our Carilion family and our loved ones.

Courage:  Doing what’s right for our patients without question.

Commitment:  Unwavering in our quest for exceptional quality and service.

Compassion:  Putting heart into everything we do.

Curiosity:  Fostering creativity and innovation in our pursuit of excellence.



Requisition Number: 28576 
Employment Status: Full time 
Location: Carilion Children’s Hospital 
Shift: Evening 
Shift Details: 3 PM -11 PM
Recruiter: DANA E JOHNSON 
Recruiter Phone: 540-983-4006 
Recruiter Email:

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An organization where innovation happens, collaboration is expected and ideas are valued. A not-for-profit, mission-driven health system built on progress and partnerships. A courageous team that is always learning, never discouraged and forever curious.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., you will find a robust system of award winning
hospitals, Level 1 and 3 trauma centers, Level 3 NICU, Institute of Orthopedics and Neurosciences, multi-specialty physician practices, and The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.

Carilion is where you can make your own path, make new discoveries and, most importantly, make a difference. Here, in a place where the air is clean, people are kind and life is good. Make your tomorrow with us.

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Nearest Major Market: Roanoke

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