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Become A Director Of Social Services

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Working As A Director Of Social Services

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $73,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Social Services Do

A Director of Social Services supervises the daily operations of health services in assisted living and independent living areas. They provide counseling as requested to residents and their families.

How To Become A Director Of Social Services

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.


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.

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Real Director Of Social Services Salaries

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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Top Skills for A Director Of Social Services


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Top Director Of Social Services Skills

  1. Social Services Department
  2. Bed Facility
  3. Discharge Planning
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised social services department for 180 bed facility, developing effective company policies and procedures in support of agency missions.
  • Managed the admissions process and marketing for a 102 bed facility.
  • Assist residents and families with discharge planning.
  • Complete Minimum Data Set sections B, C, D, E and Q within the required timeframes.
  • Trained in completing social histories and psychosocial assessments.

Top Director Of Social Services Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Director Of Social Services

  1. The Salvation Army
  2. Golden Living Center
  3. Genesis HealthCare
  4. Signature HealthCARE
  5. Lifesteps
  6. The Bair Foundation
  7. Good Samaritan Society
  8. Care One
  9. Consulate Health Care
  10. NHC
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