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Child Life Practicum Coordinator and Instructor
Auburn University

Date Posted Jul. 28, 2022
Title Child Life Practicum Coordinator and Instructor
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Human Development and Family Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Human Development

Job Description Summary

POSITION AND AVAILABILITY: Nine month, non-tenure track and not eligible for tenure, full-time teaching faculty Child Life Practicum Coordinator and Instructor in Human Development and Family Science in the College of Human Sciences, beginning as soon as August 16, 2022.

This position is located at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, AL.

JOB SUMMARY: Provides information, education, support and guidance to parents, siblings and other family members. Promotes effective coping and play, preparation, education, bereavement support and self-expression activities. Provides emotional support for families and encourages optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization. This position specifically encompasses work in the Emergency Department, Pediatric Unit, Radiology and NICU at a community-based hospital serving both pediatric and adult patients. Oversees student interns and practicum students for the Auburn University Child Life program. This position will also include teaching 1-2 child life related courses per year.


Plans, implements, and evaluates short- and long-term goals to support the psychosocial and developmental needs of the pediatric and neonatal patients.
Works with the multidisciplinary team to provide education to patients and families and to formulate and implement a plan of care.
Collaborates with appropriate departments when planning and implementing special activities and events that assist the patient and family with normalizing their hospital experience.
Serves as a patient and family advocate through the philosophy of family centered care.
Assists with planning, presenting and evaluating in-service education.
Acts as a role model throughout the institution regarding age specific competencies.
Provides education and supervision of student interns and practicum students for the Child Life Department.
Assists with on-boarding, application review and mentoring of new child life interns and practicum students.
Instruction of child life courses as assigned.
Works well within a multidisciplinary team and independently.
Possesses exceptional advocacy skills to work alongside a multidisciplinary team in a community hospital-based setting.
Possess written and verbal communication skills
Organized keeper of records
Responsive to student and facility emails

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Human Development and Family Science includes nineteen (19) full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty and offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in Human Development and Family Science. Thirteen (13) nontenure-track faculty contribute to the Department’s teaching and outreach missions. Additional information on the Department can be found at

COLLEGE: The College of Human Sciences, established in 1916, provides programs that promote living well through a focus on human health and well-being. Students in the College of Human Sciences receive a world-class education through curriculums focused on igniting creativity to discover sustainable solutions for improving quality of life around the world. The curriculum for each program is interdisciplinary across the myriad of Human Sciences disciplines, and each seeks to challenge students with real-world experiences and hands-on learning. This preparation produces graduates that have a broad worldview, a diverse understanding of the world in which they live and work, and a commitment to building a better world. The College has approximately 1,600 students distributed among three departments: Consumer and Design Sciences; Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management; and Human Development and Family Science, and an Office of Global Education. For more information, please see

UNIVERSITY: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. Auburn’s mission, "is dedicated to improving the lives of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research and scholarship, and selfless service." As an R1 institution, Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus. Additional information on the University can be found at Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples
Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in child life, child development, human development, psychology, or closely related field and completion of a child life internship under the supervision of a certified child life specialist are required at the time employment begins.
Certification by the Association of Child Life Professionals Certifying Commission at the time employment begins or ability to obtain certification within 6 months of hire.
Current CPR certification at the time employment begins or ability to obtain certification within 60 days of hire.
The selected candidate must demonstrate extensive knowledge and skill regarding child and adolescent development and appropriate interventions for children age neonate to young adult. Knowledge and competence in the following is required:
Knowledge of family systems theory; knowledge of the developmental effects of stress and trauma on children and interventions to alleviate distress; a working knowledge of medical diagnoses and procedures and their relationship to children’s behavior and development; broad based knowledge regarding the special needs of children with chronic or disabling conditions; knowledge of play activities and therapeutic interventions; and an in depth knowledge of body of research relating to children in health care settings.
Advanced interpersonal skills are required to interact with children, families, students and the multidisciplinary health care team.
Competence and confidence in utilizing child life skills independently, with limited supervision is required. East Alabama Health’s child life department is small, and comfort practicing independently is essential.
Strong time management and organizational skills are required.
The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.
Excellent communication skills are required.

Desired Qualifications
We seek candidates certified by the Association of Child Life Professionals Certifying Commission at the time employment is scheduled to begin. Also desired is current membership in the Association of Child Life Professionals and other professional affiliations and previous experience in the supervision of child life practicum and/or internship students.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Application must include a letter of application that addresses position qualifications and responsibilities along with a current vita, and the names and contact information of three references. Application materials should be submitted online via the following link: Review of applications will begin August 3, 2022 and continue until a candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. Questions about the position should be directed to Amanda Butler, Search Committee Chair,

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