To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values - integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.
The Yale New Haven Children's Hospital Child Life Program Director will lead the Child Life, Arts for Healing and Resident Dog Programs. Under the guidance of the Program Director, the staff working in these programs will provide therapeutic interventions to support children undergoing hospitalization or outpatient specialty care interventions or procedures, for chronic or acute healthcare issues. The Program Director will serve as the leader directing programs that provide developmental and psychosocial patient support through recreational and therapeutic interventions in a wide-range of care settings reporting under the Children's Hospital. This includes off site locations, inpatient areas, outpatient areas, and all specialty clinical care programs operating within the department. The Program Director will be responsible for developing system standardization and infrastructure for like clinical support programs to ensure that developmental and psychosocial support, and recreational and therapeutic care for pediatric
patients is consistent and evidence-based across all delivery networks within our health system. The Program Director will lead the strategy development for this important program and will ensure that it is operating under current, evidence-based and innovative program design and through efficient and cost -effective delivery. The Program Director will assume responsibility for partnering to increase funding and philanthropic support for these programs by working closely with the Yale New Haven Hospital Office of Development to seek additional support for current and future program needs.
EDUCATION (number of years and type required to perform the position duties): Master's Degree in Child Life, Child Development, Child & Family Studies, Early Childhood Education, Child
Psychology, Recreational Therapy, or related field. Child Life certification required.
EXPERIENCE (number of years and type required to meet an acceptable level of performance):
A minimum of five years experience as a child life manager in a health care environment. Teaching experience strongly preferred. Experience in program development preferred.
Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital seeks leaders who have the ability to achieve the highest level of safe and effective care as well as exceptional operational performance. Excellent communication, written and interpersonal skills; ability to work with multidisciplinary groups in effective collaborative practice. Excellent communication, interpersonal, collaborative and organizational skills. Passion for patient -focused improvement. Must be a patient-oriented team-player with the flexibility to adapt to evolving priorities. Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects. Committed to the principals of a high -reliability organization.
ACCOUNTABILITY (how this position is held accountable for such as goals achievement, budget adherence, or other areas of accountability):
Directs and supervises all child life activities, art therapy activities, music therapy activities and facility resident dog program in a designated health care setting. In personal and job -related decisions and actions, consistently demonstrates the values of integrity (doing the right thing), patient-centered (putting patients and families first), respect (valuing all people and embracing all differences ), accountability (being responsible and taking action), and compassion (being empathetic), acting as a role model and holding all direct reports to adherence to the YNHHS Standards of Professional Behavior. Responsible for holding direct reports accountable for YNHCH unit- and service - based patient experience targets. Maintains financial accountability for salary and supply budgets for all programs. Must maintain professional certification.
COMPLEXITY (describe planning, problem solving, decision making, creative activity, or other special factors inherent in the responsibilities of this position):
In personal and job-related decisions and actions, consistently demonstrates the values of integrity (doing the right thing), patient-centered (putting patients and families first), respect (valuing all people and embracing all differences), accountability (being responsible and taking action), and compassion (being empathetic). Position requires critical thinking skills; must possess strong oral and written communication skills; exhibits effective facilitation skills; manages time and resources efficiently & effectively, builds staff engagement and role models and drives accountability in the hospitals standards of professional behavior .
Child life certification required.
INFORMATIONAL: SPECIAL WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMAND:
Able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs.; must comply with appropriate OSHA, HIPAA and JCAHO standards relevant to