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Working As An Acting Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Acting Director Do

Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

Duties

Medical and health services managers typically do the following:

  • Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Develop departmental goals and objectives
  • Ensure that the facility in which they work is up to date on and compliant with new laws and regulations
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Create work schedules
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments operate within allocated funds
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

Medical and health services managers work closely with physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, and other healthcare workers. Others may interact with patients or insurance agents.

Medical and health services managers’ titles depend on the facility or area of expertise in which they work. The following are examples of types of medical and health services managers:

Nursing home administrators manage staff, admissions, finances, and care of the building, as well as care of the residents in nursing homes. All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; licensing requirements vary by state.

Clinical managers oversee a specific department, such as nursing, surgery, or physical therapy, and have responsibilities based on that specialty. Clinical managers set and carry out policies, goals, and procedures for their departments; evaluate the quality of the staff’s work; and develop reports and budgets.

Health information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records and data. They must stay up to date with evolving information technology, current or proposed laws about health information systems, and trends in managing large amounts of complex data. Health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and accessible only to authorized personnel. They also may supervise the work of medical records and health information technicians.

Assistant administrators work under the top administrator in larger facilities and often handle daily decisions. Assistants might direct activities in clinical areas, such as nursing, surgery, therapy, medical records, or health information. They also handle administrative tasks, such as ensuring that their department has the necessary supplies and that equipment is operational and up to date.

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How To Become An Acting Director

Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Educational requirements vary by facility.

Education

Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience in a hospital or healthcare consulting setting.

Prospective medical and health services managers typically have a degree in health administration, health management, nursing, public health administration, or business administration. Degrees that focus on both management and healthcare combine business-related courses with courses in medical terminology, hospital organization, and health information systems. For example, a degree in health administration or health information management often includes courses in health services management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many employers require prospective medical and health services managers to have some work experience in either an administrative or a clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare facility. For example, nursing home administrators usually have years of experience working as a registered nurse.

Others may begin their careers as medical records and health information technicians, administrative assistants, or financial clerks within a healthcare office.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical and health services managers must understand and follow current regulations and adapt to new laws.

Communication skills. These managers must effectively communicate policies and procedures with other health professionals and ensure their staff’s compliance with new laws and regulations.

Detail oriented. Medical and health services managers must pay attention to detail. They might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.

Interpersonal skills. Medical and health services managers discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives.

Leadership skills. These managers are often responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems. They must hire, train, motivate, and lead staff.

Technical skills. Medical and health services managers must stay up to date with advances in healthcare technology and data analytics. For example, they may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems as their facility adopts these technologies.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; requirements vary by state. In most states, these administrators must have a bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved training program, and pass a national licensing exam. Some states also require applicants to pass a state-specific exam; others may require applicants to have previous work experience in a healthcare facility. Some states also require licensure for administrators in assisted-living facilities. For information on specific state-by-state licensure requirements, visit the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

A license is typically not required in other areas of medical and health services management. However, some positions may require applicants to have a registered nurse or social worker license.

Although certification is not required, some managers choose to become certified. Certification is available in many areas of practice. For example, the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management offers certification in medical management, the American Health Information Management Association offers health information management certification, and the American College of Health Care Administrators offers the Certified Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator distinctions.

Advancement

Medical and health services managers advance by moving into higher paying positions with more responsibility. Some health information managers, for example, can advance to become responsible for the entire hospital’s information systems. Other managers may advance to top executive positions within the organization.

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Acting Director Career Paths

Acting Director
Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
President
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Development Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Center Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Education Director
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Housekeeping Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
Director Of Support Services
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Medical Director
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Service Director
Director Of Food And Beverage
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Strategy
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Public Affairs
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Finance Director
Finance Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Admissions
Community Relations Director
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
School Director
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Sales Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for An Acting Director

  1. Financial Management
  2. New Policies
  3. Strategic Plan
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Administer all financial management systems, along with evaluating and integrating new applications.
  • Developed and implemented new policies and procedures.
  • Appointed as departmental lead Strategic Planning and Reorganization project.
  • Determine organizational conference planning, execution, reporting and oversight training needs and determine related resource requirements and training sources.
  • Establish guidelines and performance expectations for staff members; provide feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance.

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Acting Director Demographics

Gender

Female

47.1%

Male

41.2%

Unknown

11.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.3%

French

10.7%

Chinese

6.0%

Arabic

4.7%

Portuguese

4.0%

Japanese

4.0%

Mandarin

3.3%

German

3.3%

Italian

2.0%

Turkish

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Filipino

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Swedish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Norwegian

0.7%

Russian

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%
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Acting Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.1%

New York University

9.8%

George Washington University

8.9%

Michigan State University

5.6%

Columbia University

5.6%

Temple University

4.7%

Georgetown University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Cornell University

3.9%

University of Florida

3.6%

Johns Hopkins University

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%

University of New Mexico

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

University of Southern California

3.4%

Walden University

3.4%

American University

3.4%

Syracuse University

3.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.1%
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Majors

Business

22.5%

Nursing

9.6%

Theatre

9.6%

Psychology

5.3%

Education

4.9%

Management

4.4%

Law

4.3%

Social Work

4.2%

Communication

3.8%

Educational Leadership

3.6%

English

3.2%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Photography

2.9%

Fine Arts

2.8%

Political Science

2.7%

Public Administration

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Marketing

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.0%

Masters

33.7%

Other

14.7%

Doctorate

7.4%

Certificate

4.6%

Associate

4.5%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.4%
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