MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric program, is the largest program in the United States dedicated to the care of children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer, immune deficiencies, and blood disorders. Many innovations pioneered at MSK Kids are now the standard of care across the nation, helping to improve outcomes for all children with cancer.
Comprised of leading experts in the research and treatment of pediatric malignancies and immune deficiencies, faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics collaborate with specialists in other MSK departments to offer comprehensive diagnostic, treatment, and survivorship care. Combining the latest science with compassionate care, MSK Kids partners with families and multi-disciplinary care teams that include schoolteachers, therapists, and other specialists to provide support throughout their treatment. With Memorial Sloan Kettering's unmatched expertise in cancer and a dedicated focus on kids and young adults, no one fights harder for people facing pediatric cancer than MSK Kids.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we recognize that the whole family is affected by a cancer diagnosis. The goal of our Child Life Program is to help young patients and their families develop strategies for coping with and adjusting to treatment.
We target therapies to the age as well as the social and emotional needs of our patients and their siblings to reduce fears, encourage positive approaches to treatment requirements, and normalize the hospital environment.
We are seeking a Child Life Specialist to join the team.
Capable of building positive relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions
Adept at creating partnerships and working collaboratively to meet shared objectives and goals
An effective communicator, capable of determining how best to reach different audiences and executing communications based on that understanding
Provide Child Life services to pediatric patients based on an understanding of child development and the impact that illness, injury, disability, and hospitalization have on this process
Develop and execute group activity programs
Plan interventions specific to the impact of the care provided
Provide guidance for the family in understanding and dealing with hospital regulations and procedures, while facilitating opportunities for parents to actively continue their parenting role
Maintain records, statistics, activity calendars, schedules, and other appropriate documentation
Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Special Education, Psychology or Health Related Field; Master’s preferred
1-2 years of related experience
Child Life Specialist Certification OR completed requirements (including child life internship) with plans to take the exam within one year of hire
At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.
For the 28th year, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be on Becker’s Healthcare list as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2018, as well as one of Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Best Place to Work for 2018. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.