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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|
|Director, Product Manager, Social Services||Mylife.Com||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 15, 2012||$155,000|
|Director of Social Services||Naples Academy of Ballet||Naples, FL||Dec 29, 2009||$91,000|
|Director of Social Service Department||Amp Inc. Dba Enriching Lives||Rancho Cordova, CA||Aug 09, 2016||$88,858|
|Director of Social Service Department||Amp Inc. Dba Enriching Lives||Rancho Cordova, CA||Sep 14, 2016||$88,858|
|Director of Residential and Social Services||Hudson Guild||New York, NY||Nov 19, 2015||$84,115|
|Director, Social Services||Seacrest Convalescent Hospital||CA||Feb 28, 2008||$81,247|
|Director, Development/Social Services||University of Utah||Salt Lake City, UT||Feb 01, 2014||$80,000|
|Director of Social Services||Greenhope Services for Women, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2011||$75,800|
|Director of Social Services||Hudson Guild, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$72,982|
|Director of Social Service||Good Spoon||Annandale, VA||May 21, 2010||$69,243|
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