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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

  • $92,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Interim 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 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.

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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Interim Director Career Paths

Interim Director
Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Clinical Services Director
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Director
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Center Director
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Admissions
Community Relations Director
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Corporate Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Administrative Services Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Administrative Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Medical Director
Chief Medical Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Imaging Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Board Of Directors Member
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Management
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Health Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Rehabilitation
Rehab Director
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Rehabilitation
7 Yearsyrs
Food Service Director
Director Of Food And Nutrition Services
9 Yearsyrs
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Managed Care Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Compliance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Operations And Finance
Director Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Information Officer
Vice President Of Professional Services
13 Yearsyrs
Wellness Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Site Director
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Instruction
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Acting Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Recruitment Director
National Director
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Aid Director
Finance Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Marketing & Development
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Outreach
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Outreach
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Managed Services
Director Of Professional Services
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Managed Services
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Food And Nutrition Services
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Laboratory Services
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Of Staff
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Staff Development
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Management
Revenue Director
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Events
Director Of Food And Beverage
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Social Services
Director Of Admissions And Marketing
7 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Service Director 4.0 years
Director 3.8 years
Hospital Director 3.3 years
Acting Director 2.2 years
Interim Director 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Interim Director
Staff Nurse 12.6%
Director 8.6%
Manager 5.3%
Consultant 4.6%
Internship 4.5%
Instructor 3.4%
Teacher 3.2%
Supervisor 3.0%
Top Careers After Interim Director
Director 12.6%
Consultant 8.1%
Manager 5.1%
Instructor 3.6%
Teacher 2.8%

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Interim Director Demographics

Gender

Female

54.8%

Male

35.4%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.8%

French

12.0%

German

4.3%

Hebrew

2.9%

Mandarin

2.4%

Greek

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Chinese

1.9%

Russian

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Swedish

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%

Cherokee

0.5%

Cheyenne

0.5%

Cantonese

0.5%

Nepali

0.5%

Filipino

0.5%
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Interim Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.3%

Walden University

7.2%

Capella University

4.9%

Liberty University

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.6%

Grand Canyon University

4.5%

Florida State University

4.3%

New York University

4.2%

George Washington University

4.1%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

4.1%

Ohio State University

3.8%

Georgia State University

3.8%

University of Florida

3.6%

University of Southern California

3.4%

Ashford University

3.2%

Temple University

3.1%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.1%

Webster University

3.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.1%

Northeastern University

3.1%
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Majors

Nursing

23.8%

Business

21.9%

Management

5.6%

Education

4.6%

Educational Leadership

4.1%

Health Care Administration

3.9%

Accounting

3.5%

Communication

3.3%

Psychology

3.1%

Human Resources Management

2.9%

Social Work

2.9%

Elementary Education

2.8%

Finance

2.5%

School Counseling

2.3%

Pharmacy

2.3%

Theology

2.2%

Law

2.2%

Marketing

2.1%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%
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Degrees

Masters

38.0%

Bachelors

31.2%

Other

12.4%

Doctorate

7.9%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Min 10%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Cardinal Health
Highest Paying City
Urban Honolulu, HI
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
1.3 years
How much does an Interim Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Interim Director in the United States is $92,517 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $164,000.

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 -
$241,000
Interim Director/Hospitalist UPMC Emergency Medicine, Inc. Monongahela, PA Jan 12, 2016 $216,000 -
$241,000
Interim Director/Hospitalist UPMC Emergency Medicine, Inc. Greenville, PA Jan 12, 2016 $216,000 -
$241,000
Interim Director of Engineering Hopto, Inc. Campbell, CA Nov 26, 2015 $145,000
Interim Director and Associate Professor Wheelock College Boston, MA Jun 30, 2011 $128,750
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
Interim Director of Compliance University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Aug 15, 2010 $36,984
Interim Director of Compliance University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Nov 01, 2009 $36,012
Interim Director, Women's Resource Center The University of Akron Akron, OH May 09, 2011 $32,500
Interim Director, Women's Resource Center The University of Akron Akron, OH Jan 01, 2012 $32,500
Interim Director Women's Resource Center The University of Akron Akron, OH Sep 01, 2012 $32,500
Interim Director, Women's Resource Center The University of Akron Akron, OH Sep 01, 2012 $32,500

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Top Skills for An Interim Director

  1. Patient Care
  2. Facility
  3. Financial Management
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  • Developed and sustained environment in patient care units that supported excellence and innovation in clinical nursing practice and patient care.
  • Directed facility's utilization department, including budget, daily operation and interacted with managed care companies.
  • Created financial management tools to achieve pretax profit of 12%.
  • Participated in hiring and developing faculty and staff members.
  • Maintained oversight of the pharmaceutical services, activity therapy and dietary services.

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