MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Ketterings 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
Bachelors degree in Child Life, Special Education, Psychology or Health Related Field; Masters 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
Hours will vary between 6:00 am-7:00 pm and include a weekend rotation, as well as some holidays #LI-Post
Internal Number: 2020-46008
About Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
As one of the world's premier cancer centers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is committed to exceptional patient care, leading-edge research, and superb educational programs. The close collaboration between our physicians and scientists is one of our unique strengths, enabling us to provide patients with the best care available today as we work to discover more effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future. Our education programs train future physicians and scientists, and the knowledge and experience they gain at Memorial Sloan-Kettering has an impact on cancer treatment and the biomedical research agenda around the world.