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Fairview Health Services Child Life Associate in Minneapolis, Minnesota


The Child Life Assistant (CLA) provides pediatric patients, siblings and other family members developmentally appropriate play and recreation opportunities in playrooms, at bedside or in other Patient Family Support Services spaces. The CLA maintains playrooms and CFL resources while ensuring proper cleaning and safety precautions are taken. The CLA promotes normal growth and development in the medical environment for pediatric patients in collaboration with Child-Family Life Specialists. The CLA will also collaborate with other Patient and Family Support Services departments to assist with various duties associated with implementing patient and family oriented programs and resources and training/orienting volunteers.

This position is 64 hours per pay period (benefit eligible) working day shift with alternating weekends.

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Plans, implements and/or facilitates developmentally appropriate individual and group activities for patients and families.

  • Collaborate with CFL Specialists to ensure normal growth and development opportunities are encouraged in the medical setting.

  • Consult with other health professionals and departments

  • Provide input to other health care team members about observed needs of patients and families.

  • Creates and promotes a patient/family centered, safe, and therapeutic healing environment within the health care setting.

  • Maintains safety, clean and developmentally appropriate environment in playrooms and oversees activity materials.

  • Provides input into space design from child development perspective.

  • Establish supportive relationships with patients and families

  • Coordinates special projects of the program/service in collaboration with others in the organization and community.

  • Assists in facilitation of donations, community engagement events, and patient activity opportunities.

  • Manages wish lists and recommended activity supply lists based on knowledge of child development.

  • Collaborate and coordinate program/services with other departments as needed

  • Excellent team collaboration abilities working with other disciplines

  • Sets appropriate priorities among competing demands.

  • Assist with playroom volunteer programming.

  • Delegate tasks to assigned volunteers as needed.

  • Contribute to volunteer orientation in playrooms.

  • Recommend 1:1 volunteer support for patients as appropriate.

  • Use of quality improvement processes for assigned programs

  • Utilize systems within the hospital to successfully implement program(s).

  • Uses quality improvement tools and techniques to assess work issues and make improvements




  • Associate’s Degree in child development or related field.


  • BLS


  • 2 years of working with children in a structured environment.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in child development or related field


  • 2 years of experience working with children in healthcare setting.

Additional Requirements:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.

  • Good knowledge of growth & development and stress response of children and families to health care situations.

  • Exceptional problem solving and communication skills.

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Fairview Health Services (fairview.org) is an award-winning, nonprofit health system providing exceptional care across the full spectrum of health care services. Joined by HealthEast in June 2017, Fairview is one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in the state, with 12 hospitals—including an academic medical center and long-term care hospital—serving the greater Twin Cities metro area and north-central Minnesota.

Its broad continuum also includes 56 primary care clinics, specialty clinics, senior living communities, retail and specialty pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management services, rehabilitation centers, counseling and home health care services, medical transportation, an integrated provider network and health insurer PreferredOne. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s 32,000 employees and 2,400 affiliated providers embrace innovation to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery and education.

EEO/AA Employer/Vet/DisabledAll qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to any lawfully protected status.

Requisition ID 2019-34340

Profession Clinical/Direct Patient Care (non-nursing/allied Health)

Speciality Professional-Non Clinical

Location University of Minnesota Medical Center West Bank Hospital

Shift day

Hours per 2 weeks 64

Department Child Family Life