Job Function Purpose Statement
This Child Life Specialist II provides comprehensive education and support to providers, staff, caregivers and patients within the Cohen Center for Pediatric Comprehensive Care space through the Mount Sinai Parenting Center (MSPC). The Parenting Center Child Life Specialist will work in close collaboration with the MSPC team to develop and implement educational programming as part of the MSPC’s mission to transform the way pediatric healthcare is delivered by maximizing opportunities to promote strong parent-child relationships and early child development within everyday healthcare interactions.
This position will be based out of the MSPC alcove space within the Cohen Center for Pediatric Comprehensive Care, and will provide educational services and support throughout the pediatric hospital as directed by MSPC and child life leadership.
Position may include evening hours.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND SPECIFIC JOB TASKS
Patient Care/Services Delivery
Provides comprehensive child life services for the Mount Sinai Parenting Center (MSPC) including:
- Designs, manages and oversees an interactive, child-friendly space that promotes developmental skills and models age appropriate play activities.
- Provides families with resources on 3K/PreK, enrichment, tutoring, daycare and other early childhood initiatives throughout NYC area
- Recruits, designs and manages family running program, SinaiMilers
- Holds caregiver education groups as appropriate, modeling play strategies to meet developmental milestones
- Maintains and supports implementation and materials around Keystones of Development curriculum, Environmental Transformation Project and Reach Out and Read throughout the clinic and other pediatric spaces.
- Organizes community events in alcove space focusing on parent-child bond and promoting healthy development
- Functions as a key member of the MSPC team including collaborating on collateral materials (caregiver and provider tips, handouts, presentations etc.) and participating in ongoing MSPC initiatives.
- Creates therapeutic programming to support the parent-child bond and early child development for ages 0-5
- Focuses on patient and family centered care by participating as a key member of the Family Advisory Council (FAC) and overseeing recruitment of FAC members.
- Responds immediately to all formal and informal consults across the pediatric hospital.
- Develops and assists with projects addressing the needs of patients and families identified by the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy director and MSPC leadership team
- Collaborates with Creative Arts Therapists to implement therapeutic programming for caregivers and patients such as art and music therapy.
- Designs and implements developmental in services for healthcare providers across pediatric healthcare settings
- Creates and delivers educational content for providers and caregivers through digital platforms
Operational and Administrative Support
- Manages and distributes donations for caregivers and patients including developmentally appropriate toys and infant/toddler clothing
- Provides supervision to volunteers and interns as needed.
- Maintains professional development and competency.
- Collaborates with interprofessional staff to enroll families in the food pantry and refer to other clinic-based initiatives
- Participates in individual and clinical group supervision.
Education/Equivalent Required Qualification
- Fluent in Spanish
- Bachelor’s Degree/Master’s Degree Preferred
- Certification as a Certified Child Life Specialist
- 2+ years experience as a child life specialist in a hospital setting.
- Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrated experience with program/service development.
- Demonstrated excellent organizational skills.
Highly Desired Qualifications
- Experience working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers ages 0-5
- Experience working directly with caregivers to support early childhood development
To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter responding to the following:
- Describe your relevant work experience
- Explain your interest in our mission
The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.