Child Life Specialist
at La Rabida Children's Hospital

Date Posted: 4/13/2021

Job Description

Who we are:

La Rabida Children’s Hospital is the only hospital of its kind in Chicago. As an acute care specialty facility, we focus on treating those with complex medical conditions, chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, abuse and trauma. La Rabida is a place unlike any other. We understand the needs of families with children managing the most serious or complicated of conditions. With teams of the best healthcare providers in Chicago, we give continuous, comprehensive care, education and support, helping families face their unique obstacles head on.

La Rabida offers rewarding job opportunities across a wide array of clinical, administrative and support service functions. If you’re ready to work for an organization where caring is a way of life, you’ve come to the right place. Oh, and the lakefront views are spectacular too!


Job Summary:

  • Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 8:00pm, some weekend and holidays as needed.

Self-directed team member that is responsible for providing daily (7 days per week) programming and recreational activities for the inpatient unit, as well as a variety of special events and seasonal activities.


  • Provide appropriate psycho-social and emotional support /activities to help the patient and family cope with the hospitalization and adjust to their illness /disability.
  • Provide procedural support to both inpatients and outpatients.
  • Provide a “safe” / non-medical environment for the children, protected from intrusions.


Job Requirements

What we need from you:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Child-Life, Child Development or Therapeutic Recreation (children) or completion of coursework, pending graduation required. 
  • Hospital experience preferred.
  • Child Life certification preferred.
  • CPR required:   Only certifications issued by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross will be accepted

What you will receive:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision coverage
  • Life Insurance, Disability Insurance and Accident Insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan - plan for your future and life after La Rabida with our tax deferred 403b plan which matches your bi-weekly contributions and has an additional annual contribution based on your W-2 earnings.  
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) - we make sure employees have the time they need to recharge and be the best versions of themselves!  
  • Tuition Reimbursement - looking to continue your education toward a Bachelor's or Master's Degree.

Job Snapshot

About Us

La Rabida Children’s Hospital is the only is the only hospital of its kind in Chicago.  We specialize in treatment of chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, abuse and trauma.  La Rabida provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary health services to children across a continuum of care, serving as a model for family-centered care.

La Rabida is a very special place.  Triumphs occur here. Children overcome odds and excel beyond hope. This is where those who serve gain more than they give. La Rabida offers rewarding job opportunities across a wide array of clinical, administrative and support service functions. We also offer psychology training programs in child clinical and pediatric psychology.

Our comprehensive employee benefits program is competitive. Our lakefront location is spectacular. We are an equal opportunity employer. We promote healthy eating and our facilities are smoke free.

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