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Become An Interim Director

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Working As An Interim 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

  • $94,500

    Average Salary

What Does An Interim Director Do

Interim Directors take the responsibilities of directors when they are absent. They are rersponsible for the overall management of the company, having the same authority as directors.

How To Become An Interim 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.


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.


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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Real Interim Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Interim Director/Hospitalist UPMC Emergency Medicine, Inc. Grove City, PA Jan 12, 2016 $216,000 -
Interim Director/Hospitalist UPMC Emergency Medicine, Inc. Monongahela, PA Jan 12, 2016 $216,000 -
Interim Director/Hospitalist UPMC Emergency Medicine, Inc. Greenville, PA Jan 12, 2016 $216,000 -
Visiting Professor, Interim Director University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Apr 01, 2015 $150,000
Interim Director of Engineering Hopto, Inc. Campbell, CA Nov 26, 2015 $145,000
Associate Professor/Interim Director of Graduate Alcorn State University Alcorn State University, MS Dec 10, 2014 $100,814
Assistant Professor/Interim Director of Graduate Alcorn State University Alcorn State University, MS Dec 10, 2014 $95,108
Associate Professor/Interim Director of Graduate Alcorn State University Alcorn State University, MS Dec 10, 2014 $95,108
Interim Director, Office of Global Initiatives The University of Toledo Toledo, OH Sep 17, 2010 $61,082
Interim Director of Physics Circus Baylor University Waco, TX Aug 21, 2012 $53,787
Associate Professor/Interim Director The University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Aug 13, 2015 $52,204
Interim Director of Compliance University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Aug 15, 2010 $36,984

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Top Skills for An Interim Director


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Top Interim Director Skills

  1. Bed Facility
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Oversight
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • March 2015 Responsible for working with the interdisciplinary team to coordinate care for a one hundred and seventeen bed facility.
  • Prepare and present monthly financial statements to organizational and department heads.
  • Coordinated and provided oversight for the oncology clinical research program.
  • Manage the operations of the Contracts and Grants Management Team including direct supervision and development of professional and administrative staff,.
  • Ensured regulatory compliance, patient safety and quality care by collaborating with various departments and Medical Director.

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