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Child Development Child Life Services

Primary Location Honolulu, Hawaii Job Number 1118622 Date posted 12/19/2022
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Relocation Assistance Avaiable $5,000.00

Job Summary:

Develops, implements, assesses and oversees psychosocial and activity programs for pediatric patients and their families. Provides age-specific needs. Assists in minimizing stress and anxiety for children and adolescents. Fosters continued growth and development and prevent adverse reactions to hospitalization. Educates staff in child development and child/family adjustment to hospital stay and/or care, treatment, or interventions. Orients, trains, and provides guidance to Child Life interns and volunteers, first year medical students, and high school and college students.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Plans and directs activities in area of Child Life.

  • Creates therapeutic environment. Promotes health patterns of growth and development. Directs group activities.

  • Determines overall child development needs. Implements program. Develops and monitors QA indicators.

  • Develops and maintains department records and reports. Collects statistical data.

  • Establishes educational programs. Provides individual patients with psychological preparation for medical events.

  • Redirects parental concerns to appropriate persons.

  • Develops, conducts and evaluates comprehensive therapeutic programs and objectives. Assists in providing developmental assessment of patients.

  • Functions as part of interdisciplinary health care team in development of care plans and in dissemination of information.

  • Recommends selection, evaluation and hire of volunteers as potential employees. Schedules meetings, administrative duties and replenishment of supplies.

  • Acts as region-wide program coordinator. Writes yearly grants. Manages funds awarded to program by balancing yearly budget and paying bills. Networks with community agencies. Works to secure funding. Maintains contact with National Center via reporting system. Coordinates special program events.

  • Orients, trains, and provides guidance to volunteers. Assists with region-wide provider training.

  • Provides education, evaluation, guidance, and training to various Hawaii public high school students, medical students and Child Life interns from Hawaii and mainland schools.

  • Develops and implements in-service training to hospital staff.

  • Plans, conducts, and supervises projects of moderate scope.

  • Serves as liaison between inpatient and outpatient services. Serves as resource to nursing community and other disciplines.

  • Supports guidelines established by Child Life Council. Assists in establishing and maintaining Child Life policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance programs, safety, environmental and infection control standards.

  • Collaborates in and coordinates special events/activities.

  • Maintains professional growth and development through education, in-services and professional affiliations; maintains knowledge of current trends.

  • Demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide care and/or service appropriate to age groups served.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum one (1) year of child life program experience including program development.


  • Bachelors degree in child development, child life, human development, early childhood education, psychology, or related field OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Child Passenger Safety Technician Certificate within 6 months of hire

  • Child Life Specialist Certificate

  • Basic Life Support from American Heart Association


Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to assess and interact with patients and families using theories of child/human development, family systems and cultural background.

  • Ability to identify general issues in family dynamics.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in adaptability, change management, conflict resolution, creativity/innovation, decision making, customer service, group presentations, group process facilitation, influence, interpersonal relations, oral communication, problem solving, project management, quality management, results orientation, systems thinking, teamwork, and written communication.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in word processing, spreadsheet, and database PC applications.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory/lead or project management experience.

  • Masters degree in child development, child life, human development, early childhood education, psychology or related field.

Primary Location: Hawaii,Honolulu,Moanalua Medical Offices Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: 07:00 AM Working Hours End: 03:30 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE-HI-01|NUE|Non Union Employee Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: Moanalua Medical Center - Pediatrics - 1201 Travel: No At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.