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Baystate Health Child Life Specialist - Float in Springfield, Massachusetts

We are looking for a Child Life Specialist - Float to join our Child Life team!

New Child Life grad applicants will be considered.

We offer a thorough orientation and provide a peer mentor for additional support for their first year on our team. This position also has opportunity to advance in our career ladder.

Resume required with application


24-hour benefited position with potential for additional hours as needed; weekend and holiday rotations

Varied hours scheduled out monthly with shifts falling between 6a-8p

Weekend and evening shift differentials


Bachelor’s degree in Child Life or a related field required, Master’s Degree preferred.

Certification as a Certified Child Life Specialist through the Association of Child Life Professionals required. Will hire certification-eligible candidates who meet all requirements for certification, including completion of minimum of 600 hour child life internship, and who pass the ACLP certification exam within one year of hire. (1 year of CCLS experience preferred)

BLS/CPR certification required.

Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred.

Baystate Medical Center is a 716-bed independent academic medical center and a teaching site of the UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate. Includes Baystate Children’s Hospital, the Wesson Women and Infants’ Unit, the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, and more.

As the community’s major referral hospital, we provide a wide range of services now for more than 140 years to include emergency, surgery, cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, behavioral health, therapy and more.

More than 700 physicians on active and courtesy staff across our health system

More than 197,000 Emergency Department and Urgent Care visits annually at Baystate Health

More than 4,000 babies delivered each year across Baystate Health hospitals

Training site for the Family Medicine residency , and for residents in emergency medicine, surgery, and obstetrics programs based at Baystate Medical Center

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All correspondence can be directed to:

Melanie Bischoff, Healthcare Recruiter


The Child Life Specialist is responsible for the provision of child life focused care to children and their families served in a variety of health care settings. Individualized, therapeutic interventions are facilitated through collaboration with the patient, family, and health care team members. The choice of play outlets, educational approaches, and emotional support are built upon a strong foundation child life theory and expertise gained through ongoing practice experiences and intentional commitment to ongoing child life education. The child life specialist functions as an integral partner of the health care team, facilitating patient- and family-centered support and advocating and enabling psychosocially sound practices across the continuum of care.

CCLS I - Proficient Practice: The child life specialist practicing at this level is applying skills and knowledge obtained through her/his internship, previous employment, or obtained during period since employment at Baystate Health System. This clinician requires ongoing direct education and mentoring by senior child life specialists and health care team colleagues. This description covers the essential functions of the position. The incumbent is expected to perform similar and related duties as assigned. The Child Life Manager is responsible for ensuring that the child life specialist consistently meets the necessary behaviors

Additional information:

The Child Life Specialist in this role will serve as a float CCLS, providing child life focused supports within all areas that receive Child Life Services within the Baystate System as needed/assigned.

Candidate will require strong skills in communication, advocacy, time management, prioritization, and ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary team and community resources. Must be creative, flexible, and independent.

Must be highly engaged with child life role and bring an energetic, professional demeanor to each encounter.

Must have knowledge of trauma-informed care and patient and family centered care principles, and be prepared to support children and families through medical procedures, trauma, injury, acute and chronic illness, loss, bereavement, preventative care in a variety of healthcare settings.

Additional tasks and responsibilities as assigned and as needed to support department needs.

24 hours/week, part time, benefited, hourly position with opportunity for additional hours when needed/agreed upon. Shifts will fall between 6am and 8pm.

Minimum of three weekend days a month required.

Schedule will be flexible to meet needs of the department and shifts will be determined a minimum of one month in advance, with some flexibility.

Some holiday coverage required (minimum of 2 holidays/year within team holiday rotation.)

Eligible for participation in Child Life Clinical Recognition program with opportunities to advance on the clinical ladder.

Will report to Manager of Child Life & Healing Arts

You Belong At Baystate

At Baystate Health we know that treating one another with dignity and equity is what elevates respect for our patients and staff. It makes us not just an organization, but also a community where you belong. It is how we advance the care and enhance the lives of all people.



Bachelor of Arts (Required)


Child Life Specialist - Association of Child Life Professionals

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Baystate Health is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.