Child Life Training Coordinator

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia   •  

Philadelphia, PA

Industry: Healthcare


5 - 7 years

Posted 165 days ago

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Job Summary

 The Training Coordinator is responsible for the child life student program, provides administrative and leadership support for the Creative Arts Therapy and Seacrest Studio student programs, supports the child life fellowship program, and coordinates ongoing staff training for all division staff (child life, creative arts therapy, hospital school program, patient media program, and volunteer services).  Demonstrates expert child life specialist skills.  Serves as a leader of division committee work.  May provide overall administrative oversight of the division in the absence of supervisors, managers and director

Job Responsibilities

Operations Management

  • Manages and oversees the child life and therapeutic recreation student programs, ensuring a quality training program that complies with the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) accreditation requirements and ongoing maintenance of accreditation.  
  • Coordinates the recruitment, onboarding, and educational components for the child life fellowship program.
  • Provides administrative support with on-boarding Creative Arts Therapy and Seacrest Studio students.
  • Coordinates, oversees, and evaluates departmental and organizational in-services for students, interns, and/or hospital staff.
  • Collaborates with CHOP Legal and Human Resources Departments to ensure all legal documents (e.g. agreements) and onboarding requirements (e.g. background and health clearances) are fully completed prior to start date for every student within all training programs in the division.
  • Coaches and supports student supervisors within the division.
  • Supports an optimal student learning experience, while ensuring safe and quality child life services.
  • Maintains collaborative partnerships with all disciplines.
  • Demonstrates expert child life specialist skills, providing services as needed.
  • Foster an environment that utilizes evidence based practice and research to adopt and implement innovative care practices and/or student learning services.
  • Ensures compliance with all regulatory standards.
  • Represents and provides the child life perspective on hospital-wide committees.
  • Facilitates clinical group supervision and/or other division committees or taskforces, as identified.


Human Resource Management

  • Recruits, interviews, selects, and trains all child life and therapeutic recreation students (interns & practicums).
  • Provides ongoing coaching and feedback to child life/therapeutic recreation students.
  • Ensures completion of performance evaluations (e.g. mid-term and final) for all child life/therapeutic recreation students in accordance to ACLP and student university agreements.
  • Creates a culture of safety that promotes team building and relationships.
  • Demonstrates high standards of professionalism, including behaviors that exemplify Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
  • Ensures participation in educational programs to foster goal attainment with organization and ACLP initiatives.
  • Assesses clinical competence of child life specialists.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Quality/Process Improvement

  • Collaborates with the division leadership team to develop, implement, and sustain a quality child life fellowship program.
  • Creates operational objectives, goals, and specific strategies required to achieve strategic outcomes.
  • Use technology to support improvement of clinical and financial performance; identify technology trends, issues and new developments as they apply to adult education and/or patient care.
  • Participates in the review, revision, and development of Policies & Procedures to reflect hospital and professional practice standards.
  • Partners with division leadership to execute plans to improve patient/family experiences, including identifying trends and establishing systems to improve.


Financial Management

  • Adheres to training program budget, managing financial resources to budget, and educating others on financial implications of patient care or training decisions.
  • Responsible for student application fee administration, collection, and reporting.
  • Collaborates with department leadership and Development Department staff to provide necessary information for grant and donor proposals.
  • Speaks to department financial needs and philanthropic benefits with potential donors, as needed.
  • Identifies ideas for cost management strategies.

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Certification in Child Life (CCLS).

Required Education and Experience

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Child Life, Psychology, Therapeutic Recreation or closely related field.



At least five (5) years of experience as a child life specialist.