Child Life Assistant

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

Under the direction of a Child Life Specialists, child life assistants help with planning, implementing and evaluating patient activity and interaction. These interventions occur at the bedside, during special events, and in the patient activity areas. The goal of the child life assistant is to provide opportunities for play and to support the child life department through recreational therapy.

Additional Information

Department Name: Child Life
Job Status: FT
Shift: Tuesday-saturday 8:30a-5p


  • Education: High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Experience: Two years of experience working with children
  • Equivalency: An Associate or Bachelor’s degree in a related field may substitute for the required experience.





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

Adult - >18yrs to 65yrs



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 Child Life Specialist in determining and facilitating activities for the bedside, activity rooms and t(w)een lounge
  • Assists with special events and departmental programming, helps with advertising events to patients and families, assists patients with getting to events, or bedside visits. Helps with set up and clean-up of events
  • Provides instruction, guidance, and assists with training to Patient Activity Volunteers
  • Responsible for maintaining clean, safe, and appropriately stocked activity rooms/t(w)een lounge.
  • Supports the supply process thorough ordering, receiving, organizing, and distributing child life supplies (toys, activities, books, etc.).
  • Assists with the donation process by collecting donations from designated spot, moving them to the child life storage area, and appropriately sorting.
  • Provides services at bedside to support development and meet recreational needs by providing activities for patients and families.
  • Maintains required patient care documentation and reporting of play sessions

Other Information


Guidelines: Guidelines are generally numerous, well established, and directly applicable to the work assignment. Work assignment and desired results are explained by general oral or written instructions.

Complexity: Duties assigned are generally repetitive and restricted in scope but may be of substantial intricacy. Employee primarily applies standardized practices.

Decision Making: Decisions or recommendations on non-standardized situations are limited to relating organizational policies to specific cases. Brings non-routine issues to supervisor. Problems that are not covered by guidelines or are without precedent are taken up with the supervisor.

Communications: Contacts with team members, clients or the public where explanatory or interpretive information is exchanged, gathered, or presented and some degree of discretion and judgment are required within the parameters of the job function.

Supervision Received: Under normal supervision, within a standardized work situation, the employee performs duties common to the line of work without close supervision or detailed instruction. Work product is subject to continual review.

Physical Requirements


Audio-Visual: Color Discrimination – Good

Audio-Visual: Depth Perception – Good

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

Motion: Lift: Light lifting regularly, moderate lifting occasionally.

Motion: Pull: Up to 1/3 of time

Motion: Push: Up to 1/3 of time

Motion: Reach: 1/3 or more of time

Motion: Squat/Crouch: 1/3 or more of time

Use of Hands/Feet: Both Feet - Precise Motor Function (Or Fine Manipulation)

Use of Hands/Feet: Both Hands - Precise Motor Function (Or Fine Manipulation)

Weight Lifted/Force Exerted: Up to 100 pounds: Up to 1/3 of time

General Activity: Stand/Walk up to 6-8hrs a day

Others: May assist in lifting, transporting and positioning of patients



Equipment: telephone, computers, fax machines, copiers, reading reports/graphs

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 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): $35,820.24 to $53,730.37
Hourly Salary Range: $17.22 to $25.83

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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