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Social and community service managers need at least a bachelor’s degree and some work experience. However, many employers prefer candidates who have a master’s degree.Education
A bachelor’s degree in social work, urban studies, public or business administration, public health, or a related field is the minimum requirement for most social and community service manager jobs. Many employers prefer candidates with a master’s degree. Coursework in statistics, program management, and policy analysis is considered helpful.Work Experience
Work experience often is needed for someone to become a social and community service manager, and is essential for those wishing to enter the occupation with a bachelor’s degree. Lower-level management positions may require only a few years of experience, although social and community service directors typically have much more experience. Candidates can get this experience by working as a social worker or in a similar occupation.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Social and community service managers need to understand and evaluate data in order to provide strategic guidance to their organization. They must be able to monitor and evaluate current programs as well as determine new initiatives.
Communication skills. Social and community service managers must be able to speak and write clearly so that others can understand them. Working with the community and employees requires effective communication. Public speaking experience is also helpful because social and community service managers often participate in community outreach.
Interpersonal skills. Social and community service managers should have good interpersonal skills. When speaking with members of their staff or members of the community, they must be tactful and able to explain and discuss all matters related to services that are needed.
Managerial skills. Social and community service managers spend much of their time administering budgets and responding to a wide variety of issues.
Problem-solving skills. Social and community service managers must be able to address client, staff, and agency-related issues as they occur.
Time-management skills. Social and community service managers must prioritize and handle numerous tasks for multiple customers, often in a short timeframe.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Community Outreach Program Manager 5||EBAY Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 01, 2016||$165,000|
|Community Impact Program Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Oct 01, 2012||$105,000|
|Community and University Program Manager||Atmel Corporation||San Jose, CA||Aug 23, 2014||$100,000 -
|Manager, Program Communications||World Wildlife Fund Us||Washington, DC||Aug 02, 2012||$89,700|
|Corporate Communications Program Manager||Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.||Norwalk, CT||Oct 01, 2013||$65,000|
|Community Program Manager||Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Oct 01, 2013||$63,800|
|Community and Program Service Manager||International Center, Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||Jan 09, 2014||$47,500|
|Community and Program Service Manager||International Center, Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||Sep 01, 2014||$47,500|
|Manager of Interfaith Community Program||Frontline Community Services, Inc.||Takoma Park, MD||Feb 06, 2016||$44,408|
|Community and Program Service Manager||International Center, Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||Sep 01, 2014||$41,309|
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