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Position Details

Department: PCH-MAIN | Child Life Program
Category: Director/Management
Location: Phoenix
Posting #: 612772
Date Posted: 8/19/2021
Employee Type: Regular

Position Summary

Posting Note: PCH offers a full benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, disability, life, tuition assistance, 401K with company match, flexible spending/health savings accounts. Relocation assistance is also offered, if applicable.

Under the supervision of the Director of Patient and Family Centered Care, the Manager is responsible to provide day to day management and oversight of Child Life programs (including the Child Life Zone and Adaptive Care) and Therapeutic Arts. The Manager is responsible for the planning, development and execution of strategic objectives for departments and programs assigned. Accountable for demonstrating a commitment to providing high quality patient care and service through positive leadership and total quality management. Manager will serve as a resource to patients, families and staff, as well as collaborate with organizational leaders to enhance the resources available and provided to patients and families. Maintains standards for professional practice and regulatory compliance and is responsible for daily operations, budget management, staffing, patient safety, customer service and performance and improvement efforts.

PCH Values

  • Family-Centered care that focuses on the need of the child first and values the family as an important member of the care team
  • Excellence in clinical care, service and communication
  • Collaborative within our institution and with others who share our mission and goals
  • Leadership that set the standard for pediatric health care today and innovations of the future
  • Accountability to our patients, community and each other for providing the best in the most cost-effective way.

Position Duties

  1. Financial Management
    • a.Monitors and analyzes assigned budgets and address variances with action plans
    • b.Manages and meets productivity metrics and variances for Child Life and the Therapeutic Arts Program; monitors employee productivity and provides suggestions for increased service or productivity
    • c.Leads planning for division special events and donations, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders
    • d.Collaborates with the director on the financial resources and support provided by the foundation
    • e.Identifies areas for cost containment and ensures expenses are managed
    • f.Assists Director will operational and capital budget preparation
  2. Human Resource Management
    • a.Develops staffing models and evaluates staffing patterns and needs for Child Life and Therapeutic Arts; matches staff competency with patient needs.
    • b.Manages human resources within the scope of labor laws and hospital policies.
    • c.Applies recruitment techniques and strategies to fill vacancies.
    • d.Applies individual and team interview techniques to select qualified applicants.
    • e.Develops, oversees and evaluates orientation program for all departments and programs; responsible for orientation and training of staff.
    • f.Conducts staff evaluations, assists staff with setting goals, implements continual performance development, initiates corrective actions and terminates staff as needed.
    • g.Ensures staff have the appropriate equipment, supplies and resources to perform their jobs and meet goals, cost controls and deadlines.
    • h.Ensures licenses and certifications are current for all employees in the department.
  3. Performance Improvement
    • a.Identifies key performance indicators for departments and programs, establishes data collection methodology; evaluates performance data; responds to outcome measurement findings; complies with documentation requirements.
    • b.Monitors and reports safety events; participates in root cause analysis; promotes evidence-based practices; manages incident reporting; promotes patient safety.
    • c.Monitors and promotes workplace safety requirements.
    • d.Maintains survey and regulatory readiness by ensuring completion of key monitoring and audits. Leads policy and procedure guideline protocol efforts within the unit/organization as assigned.
    • e.Assesses customer and patient satisfaction; develops strategies to improve the patient and family experiences.
    • f.Collaborates with director to plan, implement and evaluate improvements to operational work flow and processes.
    • g.Actively promotes internal and external communication.
  4. Strategic Management
    • a.Researches and develops new and innovative Child Life, and Family Centered Care programs that are measurable, outcome-driven, and evidence-based.
    • b.Collaborates with the director to develop and oversee long term strategic goals for Child Life program, Therapeutic Arts and special events.
    • c.Leads the strategic planning and expansion of services for Child Life programs.
    • d.Leads planning for special events and donations, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.
    • e.Assesses readiness for change; involves staff in change processes; communicates change; evaluates outcomes.
    • f.Facilitates staff meetings and ensures meetings are run effectively.
    • g.Collaborates and advocates with other departments to improve the environment and quality of services provided to pediatric patients and families.
    • h. Supports a culture of innovation to drive change and improvement.
  5. Clinical Leadership
    • a.Maintains clinical skills and expertise to support the needs of Child Life service line; provides clinical expertise regarding pediatric population as it relates to Child Life.
    • b.Represents and communicates Child Life practices and psychosocial issues of neonates, infants, children, adolescents, and their families to the organization.
    • c.Establishes operating standards, implements quality improvements and communicates them to other departments.
    • d.Assigns resources to match clinical needs within the department.
    • e.Provides needed direction to staff to meet patient care needs.
    • f.Understands and follows policies and procedures.
    • g.Ensures compliance with federal and state regulatory agencies and hospital policies.
    • h.Ensures licenses and certifications are current for employees.
  6. Relationship Management and Influencing Behaviors
    • a.Manages conflict; identifies issues that require immediate attention and applies principles of crisis management to handle situations as needed.
    • b.Promotes team dynamics; mentors and coaches staff and colleagues; applies communication principles.
    • c.Role model professional behavior; applies motivational theory; acts as a change agent; assists others in development problem solving skills; fosters a healthy work environment.
    • d.Promotes professional development; promotes stress management; applies principles of self-awareness; encourages evidence-based practice; applies leadership theory to practice.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Masters degree in Child Life, Therapeutic Recreation, or related field. Required
Do you meet this requirement?
1. 5+ years of experience as a CCLS or CTRS in an acute pediatric setting. Required
2. 3+ years of supervisory experience. Required
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Current professional certification as a Certified Child Life specialist (CCLS) by the Child Life Certifying Commission (CLCC) or Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Required
2. Current BLS certification from the American Heart Association. Required
3. Dual professional certifications in Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation. Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
Special Skills
1. Thorough knowledge of child life program development and best practices Required
2. Ability to develop strategies and build programs to support pediatric health care system needs Required
3. Skilled in managing and supervising personnel Required
4. Skilled in establishing interpersonal relationships Required
5. Demonstrated consultation, teamwork, and facilitation skills to unify stakeholders towards a common goal Required
6. Demonstrated leadership ability and success managing change Required
7. Demonstrated ability of successfully implement patient experience improvement initiatives Required
8. Ability to maintain effective relationships with physicians, staff, executives, and management of health care institutions and government. Able to gain trust and respect. Required
9. Ability to communicate effectively and solid writing skills with an ability to write/edit all kinds of copy that clearly articulates the organization`s value to both internal and external audiences Required
10. Operational knowledge of the health care industry and experience in and understanding of the continuum of care Required
11. Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area and demonstrated computer skills Required
12. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions Preferred
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Climbing Occasionally
2. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) Occasionally
3. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) Constantly
4. Physical Requirement - Hearing Constantly
5. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling Frequently
6. Physical Requirement - Reaching Frequently
7. Physical Requirement - Sitting Constantly
8. Physical Requirement - Standing Constantly
9. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling Frequently
10. Physical Requirement - Talking Constantly
11. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling Occasionally
12. Physical Requirement - Walking Constantly
13. Physical Requirement - Near Vision Constantly
14. Physical Requirement - Far Vision Constantly
15. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination Occasionally
16. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment Constantly
17. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance Occasionally
18. Physical Requirement - Lift more than 35 pounds without assistance Occasionally
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Radiation exposure Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals Applicable
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