Job Description

Job Title: Child Life Assistant (Evening Shift)
Job ID: 729183
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday - Friday, evenings 12:00 - 8:30
Shift: Evening Job
Facility: Children's Hospital of Pgh
Department: Child Life
Location: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224


A Child Life Assistant (CLA) is responsible for supporting the psychosocial and developmental needs of patients and their families in a patient and family centered care environment. A CLA plans and implements developmentally appropriate interactions and activities for patients, supervises the activity centers to promote safe and developmentally appropriate play and normalization experiences for patients and families and helps plan and staff events and programs and group activities The CLA processes and distributes toys, supplies and donations and acts as a hospital representative for entertainers and special guests during unit-based visits with patients.

  • Collaborates with the unit CLS and/or CL Manager, to plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities and projects for individual and groups of patients. Acts as a resource to families about special programs such as the hospital school program, pet therapy and music and art programs.
  • Communicates patient and family information with the CLS and unit team in order to provide customized experiences to meet the patient's needs. Advocates for specific needs as identified by the patient and family. Interacts with patients and family members to promote the patient's development and positive adjustment to the hospital setting.
  • Maintains accurate statistics for the daily, evening and weekend activity center programming and enters data weekly. Records special event programming data and submits to the Special Events Coordinator within the week of the event or program.
  • Maintains the Child Life activity areas in an organized, clean and safe manner. Is knowledgeable about and follows all hospital policies and procedures for safety, security and infection prevention. Completes the Activity Center Preparation and Daily Activity Center Sign In forms daily and submits monthly to Manager.
  • Manages and utilizes technology tools, hospital resources (playground, sensory room, library, etc. ) and applications in providing appropriate activities for patients.
  • Orients and supervises volunteers and work study students to assure safe, developmentally appropriate and effective patient and family experiences in activity center programs. Completes annual volunteer evaluations.
  • Participates in planned events and programs for patients and families as assigned by the Special Events Coordinator and/or Manager. Accountable for assigned event role including set up, tear down, registration, hosting, overseeing volunteer activities, transporting patients and supporting event success.
  • Participates in scheduled meetings with unit CLS, Manager, event coordinator, special interest group assignments and planning teams.
  • Receives, organizes and distributes holiday and community donations. Processes donations, sorts items appropriate for use, and coordinates usage plan with designated departments and staff members.
  • Responsible for unit-based communication with patients and families about special programs, activity center and atrium events, guest visitors and family resources. Updates posted information to assure timeliness of communication. Informs and encourages participation in planned events and activities when appropriate. Escorts patients safely to and from activities and events.


  • Associate's degree in Child Development, Child Care or related major OR
  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program in Child Development, Child Care or related major at the 3rd or 4th year level.
  • Two (2) years of work experience with children and families required.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 31 Clearance
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation - CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $14.12 to $22.16 / hour

Union Position: No

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