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Job Summary

Functioning as a member of the Child & Family Life team, the Child Life Assistant (CLA) staff member is responsible for the daily operation and supervision of Activity Centers.  In addition, CLA’s will provide bedside/chairside play experiences as directed.  They will support patients and siblings by providing developmentally appropriate play/recreation and activities within the parameters of the program. In addition, they will provide direction to Child & Family Life work-study students and hospital volunteers; maintain a safe play/activity environment. 


  • Plan and implement daily activities
  • Facilitate individual and group play opportunities for patients and siblings
  • Advertise daily programming in appropriate venues
  • Recruit and screen activity center participants
  • Transport patients to playroom and /or special events
  • Maintain a safe and clean play environment, including making appropriate assessments of patient and sibling behavior while in program
  • Provide direction to Child & Family Life hospital volunteers
  • Communicate with parents/caregivers regarding behavior issues of activity center participants
  • Assess play and recreation needs for children of varying developmental stages and temperaments
  • Assist with ordering supplies.
  • Function independently without direct supervision
  • Use appropriate judgement to ensure safety of activity center participants

Required Qualifications*

  • Associates degree in related field and/or a combination of education and experience
  • Prior work experience with healthy children in a group setting (daycare, day camp, preschool, school, etc.)
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication skills, including problem solving and collaboration
  • Ability to transport patients to and from activity centers.
  • Ability to maintain a safe and organized play space.  Including but not limited to, restocking playroom equipment and supplies, cleaning and arranging furniture

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree or working towards a bachelor’s degree in a related field of study such as Education, Psychology, Child Development, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, or Child Life Specialist
  • A minimum of 1-year of experience working with children preferred
  • Work experience with children in healthcare environment is preferred

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.