Child Life Program Coordinator - Child Life

Children's Hospital Colorado

Job Description


Why Work at Children's....

Here, it’s different. Come join us.

Children's Hospital Colorado has defined and delivered pediatric healthcare excellence for more than 100 years.

Here, the nation’s brightest nurses, physicians, scientists, researchers, therapists, and care providers are creating the future of child health. With an optimist’s outlook, a trailblazing spirit, and a celebrated history, we’re making new strides every day.

We’ve been Magnet-designated four times by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and are consistently recognized among the best of the best pediatric hospitals with #1 rankings in Colorado and the region by U.S. News & World Report.

As a national leader in pediatric care, we serve children and families from all over the nation. Our System of Care includes four pediatric hospitals, 11 specialty care centers, 1,300+ outreach clinics and more than 10,000 healthcare professionals representing the full spectrum of pediatric care specialties.

Here, we know it takes all of us, every role, to deliver the best possible care to each child and family we treat.

That’s why we build our teams toward a foundation of equity in access, advancement, and opportunity. We know teams of individuals with different identities and backgrounds can nurture creativity and innovation. We know we can see, treat, and heal children better when our team reflects the diversity of our patient population. We strive to attract and retain diverse talent because we know a truly inclusive and equitable workforce will help us one day realize our most basic calling: to heal every child who comes through our doors.

A career at Children's Colorado will challenge you, inspire you, and motivate you to make a difference in the life of a child. Here, it’s different.

Job Overview

The Child Life Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating Child Life programs or activities that address psychosocial, emotional and/or family concerns that accompany illness and injury of children, adolescents and young adults. Collaborates with multidisciplinary healthcare team to advocate for and ensure that developmentally appropriate, emotionally safe, family-centered care is being provided to patients and families.

Additional Information

Department Name: Child Life
Job Status: PT
Shift: Based on dept needs


  • EDUCATION – Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, Education, or related fields.
  • EXPERIENCE – Three (3) years previous experience in providing child life services in a healthcare setting.
  • EQUIVALENCY – A Master or higher degree in a related field may substitute for the experience requirements on a year for year basis.
  • CERTIFICATION(S) – Child Life Professional Certification (CCLS)

***This position may require a BLS certification from the American Heart Association. Click on the following link and enter your zip code to find an appropriate class near you. Please note BLS (CPR cards) from organizations other than American Heart Association, even if it says it is AHA approved, will not be accepted.***



  • Neonate - <30 days
  • Infancy - >30 days to 1yr
  • Toddlers - >1yr to 3yrs
  • Pre-Schoolers - >3yrs to 5yrs
  • School age - >5yrs to 13yrs
  • Adolescent - >13yrs to 18yrs



An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the functions which the employee may be expected to perform.


  • Assists in and coordinates the design, development and implementation of short- and long-term plans for programs and performance objectives that provide in-depth support for end of life, new diagnosis and traumatic experiences for patients and families; monitors progress and evaluates overall performance to assure desired outcomes are met.
  • Provides education to healthcare staff, patients and families, and the community regarding the scope of Child Life services, the impact of healthcare on development, providing developmentally appropriate and emotionally safe medical care, and professional boundaries.
  • Coordinates quality improvement, professional development and/or research initiatives.
  • Provides support and guidance to team members regarding various programs and/or projects. Encourages interactive departmental meetings and discussions.
  • Coordinates the development and maintenance of departmental resources and the planning and facilitation of special events.
  • Participates in departmental, divisional and/or organizational committees and projects as assigned; may serve in lead or chair capacity.
  • Develops and presents comprehensive reports related to ongoing programs. Responsible for data abstraction, outcome analysis and dissemination of information. Identifies areas of improvement and recommends solutions.

Other Information


Guidelines: Guidelines are generally but not always clearly applicable, requiring the employee to exercise judgment in selecting the most pertinent guideline, interpret precedents, adapt standard practices to differing situations, and recommend alternative actions in situations without precedent.

Complexity: Duties assigned are generally complex and may be of substantial intricacy. Work assignment is performed within an established framework under general instructions but requires simultaneous coordination of assigned functions or projects in various stages of completion.

Decision Making: Exercises judgment and discretion, and is responsible for determining the time, place and sequence of the work performed.

Communications: Contacts with the public or employees where explanatory or interpretive information is exchanged, defended, and gathered and discretion and judgment are required within the parameters of the job function.

Supervision Received: Under managerial direction, the employee has personal accountability for carrying out the work objectives of an organizational unit or section within the scope of established guidelines and the mission of the organization or department. Employee is expected to resolve problems that arise in the normal course of the work. Work may be discussed with higher level supervisors and reviewed for soundness of judgment and feasibility of decisions.

Physical Requirements

Ability to Perform Essential Functions of the Job


  • Audio-Visual: Color Discrimination – Fair
  • Audio-Visual: Depth Perception – Fair
  • Audio-Visual: Near Vision: Good
  • Audio-Visual: Far Vision: Good
  • Audio Visual: Hearing: Good
  • Motion: Bend up to 1/3 of the time
  • Motion: Reach up to 1/3 of the time
  • Motion: Carry up to 1/3 of the time
  • Motion: Pull up to 1/3 of the time
  • Motion: Push up to 1/3 of the time
  • Weight Lifted/Force Exerted: Up to 10 lbs. or more of the time
  • General Activity: Stand/Walk up to 4hrs a day
  • Use of hands/feet: Precise Motion Function (or fine manipulation)



  • Exposure: Exposure to blood/body fluid: Occasional
  • Exposure: Exposure to cold/heat: Occasional
  • Exposure: Exposure to infectious disease: Occasional
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Manages stress appropriately
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Works with other effectively
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Handles multiple priorities effectively.
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Independent discretion/decision making.
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Makes decisions under pressure.
  • Mental Stress: multi-tasking, meeting deadlines, prioritizing


Equal Employment Opportunity

It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. Be aware that none of the questions are intended to imply illegal preferences or discrimination based on non-job-related information.


Salary Information

Annual Salary Range (Based on 40 hours worked per week): $57,745.18 to $86,617.77
Hourly Salary Range: $27.76 to $41.64

Benefits Information

Here, you matter. As a Children’s Hospital Colorado team member, you will receive a competitive pay and benefits package designed to take care of your needs that includes base pay, incentives, paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, company provided life and disability insurance, paid parental leave, 403b employer match (retirement savings), a robust wellness program, and access to professional development tools, including a best-in-class education benefit to help you advance your career.

As part of our Total Rewards package, Children's Colorado offers an annual employee bonus program that rewards eligible team members based on organizational performance. If organizational goals are met for the year, the bonus is paid out the following April.

Children’s Colorado delivers annual base pay increases to eligible team members based on their performance over the previous year.

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