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Practice Leader, Child Life - BC Children's Hospital

Practice Leader, Child Life

BC Children’s Hospital

Vancouver BC


What you’ll do

  • Ensure professional association standards, certification requirements, practice guidelines, and the code of ethics for Child Life are understood, monitored and maintained.
  • Identify profession specific performance evaluation standards and processes. In collaboration with Program Leaders provide input to professional competency development and evaluation of staff performance appraisal. Develop strategies to address and remediate performance issues if required.
  • In consultation with Child Life, and in collaboration with Program Leaders, participates in the planning and coordination of service delivery, including the development of practice guidelines, goals, objectives and interprofessional clinical pathways using evidence-based practice.
  • Ensure that clinical supervision to staff is provided as required and to meet collective agreement requirements and acts a mentor, along with others, to Child Life. Ensure that a process and mechanisms are in place for ongoing clinical and peer consultation (i.e. practice councils, mentors, etc).
  • Maintain and update knowledge by methods such as reviewing relevant literature, evaluating clinical practice and together with education resources, develop processes for defining and implementing practice skills for Child Life and support the utilization of their full scope of practice.
  • Provide consultative services to medical and other professional groups, or identify a resource to do so, on Child Life related issues. Act as a clinical resource contact person to Child Life, the agency, the academic and university environment, other health care facilities and community services.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field such as Child & Youth Care from a recognized program
  • Four (4) year’s recent related experience including one (1) year of supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current Child Life Certification.
  • Eligible for registration with the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).


You also have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Assess and interact with patients and families applying theories of human growth and development, family systems, and cultural diversity.
  • Represent and communicate the role of Child Life to others.
  • Provide clinical supervision, work direction and guidance.
  • Effectively consult with others, provide leadership and facilitate programs and/or service delivery.
  • Plan, implement, lead and evaluate Child Life programs and services.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with patients and their families, colleagues, physicians, other health care staff, community service providers and the public.


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


Regular Full-Time
Wage: $34.33 to $42.92 per hour
4500 Oak Street, Vancouver BC, V6H 2N9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Monday-Friay; 0800-1600
Requisition Number: 113552


What we do



BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) provides care for the most seriously ill or injured children from across British Columbia. BCCH is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). 

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


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PHSA and BCCH are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


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