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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Child Life Specialist in Atlanta, Georgia


At Emory Healthcare, we integrate science and caring to change the face of health care. Our team members are courageous individuals who are willing to challenge the status quo and help find solutions to complex problems. We’re empowered to influence change for, and with, our patients, their families, the community and each other.

As one of the leading academic medical systems, we’re eager to share what we learn with hospitals around the country, and the world. We’ve got the backing, knowledge, experience and permission to lead the way in developing new and better approaches to preventing and treating disease, and our patients get treatments years before anyone else.

We’re defining a new standard of care for humankind. Are YOU ready to join us?



  • The Child Life Specialist works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team to meet the psychosocial needs of children and family in healthcare settings.

  • This is met by providing developmentally appropriate education, preparation, support, play, therapeutic activities and assessment to aid in adjusting, coping, and minimizing stress consistent with established treatment objectives.

  • Ability to assess developmental level of patient and implement appropriate interventions to meet the patient’s needs.

  • Conduct psychosocial assessments of pediatric patients and their families to identify needs, strengths, and concerns; and is able to relay this information to the multidisciplinary team involved in the patient’s care.

  • Develops educational resources to assist patients, families, and staff.

  • Coordinate and execute activities that promote self-expression, mastery, control, and play.

  • Appropriately supports patients and families coping with stressors associated with healthcare experiences.

  • Conducts educational, medical, and therapeutic play with pediatric patients to aid in their coping and understanding of the healthcare environment.

  • The ability to implement family centered care and educate staff on how best to provide it for each family system.

  • Excellence in clinical care, service and communication.

  • Collaborative within the institution and with others who share our mission and goals.

  • Accountable to our pediatric patients and their families, our community, and for seeking ways to continually provide top-notch, cost effective care patient care.

  • Age Specific and Culturally Diverse.

  • Understanding and appreciating the uniqueness of all individuals.

  • Leveraging difference in other’s perspectives and ideas.

  • Appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one’s approach to successfully integrate with other who are different from oneself.

  • Fulfills Safety and Regulatory requirements.

  • Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports all unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or individual.

  • Make Data Driven Decision.

  • Uses accurate information and evidence-best practices to consistently achieve results on time and without error. Devise individualized care plans to support normalization, patient development, and autonomy.

  • Collaborate with the multidisciplinary team to communicate care plan.

  • Create monthly activity calendars to support learning across all domains for all age levels.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, Child Life, Psychology, or related field.

  • Master’s Degree in related field is preferred.

  • At least one (1) year of work experience as a Child Life Specialist.

  • Pediatric experience in medical settings.

  • BLS required.

  • Professional Child Life certification through the Child Life Council within the first year of employment.


20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.


Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock , Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation , Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.

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Division The Emory Clinic

Campus Location Atlanta, GA, 30308

Campus Location US-GA-Atlanta

Department TEC Rad Onc Proton Trmt Ctr

Job Type Regular Part-Time

Job Number 69830

Job Category Clinical & Nursing Support

Schedule Other

Standard Hours 25 Hours

Emory Healthcare is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices and decisions. Emory Healthcare prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age (40 and over), disability, citizenship, genetic information, service in the uniformed services, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.