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Working As An Unit 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

  • $109,510

    Average Salary

What Does An Unit Director Do At Aultman Health Foundation

* Maintains professionalism and confidentiality in all communications.
* Proactively and positively deal with continual change.
* Develops educational opportunities for staff and advanced practice nurses.
* Communicates effectively with medical, respiratory, nursing and interdepartmental staff.
* Participates in and supports hospital safety programs and initiatives.
* Assists in reviewing / developing hospital policies according to best practice measures.
* Actively participates in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in maintaining relationships that are equally respectful to all.
* Participates in Performance Improvement activities, monitors Quality indicators as applicable.
* Management of assigned projects on a daily basis including initiation, follow-through and completion of the project
* Demonstrates use of evidence applied to clinical practice to achieve improved outcomes.
* Serves as an active member of the unit leadership team, working with the Executive/V.
* P. to ensure the clinical and budgetary efficiency of the department.
* Provides Executive/ V
* P. with information for development of annual budget, time / vacation schedules, competency/ skill verification.
* Evaluates and ensures clinical staffing and advanced practice nursing coverage 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
* Provides for administrative on-call.
* Supervises, evaluates, guides and counsels staff and advanced practice nurses in their work performance.
* Participates in action planning for staff development.
* The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the

What Does An Unit Director Do At Compass Group, North America

* This teammate is responsible for all of the buildings and their cleanliness during the 3rd shift.
* Communicate between various shifts to ensure applicable completion of tasks.
* Train workers in janitorial methods and procedures and proper operation of equipment.
* Issues janitorial supplies and equipment to workers to ensure quality and timely delivery of services.
* Daily inspection and follow through on all assignments, directives and projects to ensure task completion.
* Cross train and develop personnel for multiple positions/duties.
* Weekly staff reports and inspections to Unit Director - this includes reporting of all issues, recommendations and task documentation.
* Meet with Director weekly to review task completion and future projects.
* Secure building after completion of work.
* Be able to create and foster a working environment, where safety is first, always.
* Guide completion on projects to make sure they are completed timely and within budget.
* Report budgetary issues back to Unit Director

What Does An Unit Director Do At Rush University Medical Center

* Develop vision and strategy; work with an interdisciplinary team to operationalize initiatives
* Contribute to the department, division, and medical center programs and goals
* Work with a strong, inter-professional team
* Manage human, operational and organizational systems that support patient care
* Collaborate with strong multidisciplinary rounding team which includes but is not limited to Lactation Consultants, Neonatologists, NNPs, Pharmacists, Dieticians, Respiratory Therapists, Speech Pathology, Physical Therapy
* Participate in Co
* Perinatal Center and network hospitals activities

What Does An Unit Director Do At YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

* Assist the Program Director in organizing the overall program operation
* Serve as a positive role model for staff and campers, setting examples of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility
* Act as a resource person for the counselors
* Enforce and follow camp policies
* Set an example for staff and campers
* Assist in staff development and general supervisor of all staff
* Communicate daily with other senior staff and directors on program schedules
* Ensure the safety, health and welfare of staff and campers
* Assist with staff schedule production each week
* Provide staff with clear and specific schedule to follow
* Supervise staff when needed when they are leading activities
* Responsible for camper counts from respective unit
* Maintain a high level of safety standards and enforce all safety rules for staff and campers
* Lead specific skills sessions for campers
* Assist in performing mid and end of summer staff evaluations
* Report any staff management issues to Program Director immediately
* Be a team player by asking your staff to do tasks that you would do yourself
* Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
* Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
* Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
* Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
* Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

What Does An Unit Director Do At UPMC

* Collaborates with medical staff to monitor patient outcomes; set clinical quality priorities, recommend and implement professional improvements and initiatives and implement unit based patient safety initiatives.
* Monitors dashboard indicators and quality in unit/department to meet organizational goals and develops action plans to address specific concerns and improve quality.
* Utilizes research and evidence-based practice to support improvement in clinical care.
* Shares learning from improvements with other units and/or spreads across the business unit or system.
* Analyzes nurse and patient satisfaction outcome data and develops action plan to address as needed.
* Supports and encourages involvement of staff nurses in the development and implementation of evidence based practice and quality improvement initiatives.
* Demonstrates the ability to create a shared vision applies critical thinking skills and utilizes financial and quality data and conceptual knowledge in the development of the department vision and operational plan.
* Involves staff and key stakeholders in the development of a vision for the unit/ department within a shared governance model of practice.
* Orchestrates complex change and acknowledges the psychological transition on self and others.
* Involves stakeholders and experts in planning, designing, and redesigning change.
* Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one/s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations and individual involved.
* Supports staff during times of difficult transitions.
* Demonstrates ability to influence the external environment through participation in professional and advocacy organizations.
* Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive communication.
* Resolves and manages conflict effectively and in a timely manner.
* Extends trust by acknowledging the contributions of others; listens first, creates transparency in communications, confronts reality, and clarifies expectations.
* Cares for patients and self by planning a department work schedule in collaboration with team members that supports safety, appropriate worked hours, and a healthy lifestyle.
* Conveys information and ideas clearly through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
* Coaches staff on cultural diversity and addresses workplace horizontal violence and impairment.
* Creates an environment which recognizes and values differences in staff, physicians, patients, and communities.
* Establishes a culture of caring by promoting decisions that are patient centered and within the framework of Relationship Based Care, using the nursing process that meets the clinical, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient, family and staff.
* Ensures that nurses practice in accordance with established Clinical Standards of Performance as defined by organization, system, professional and regulatory organizations.
* Applies national best practices and uses evidence based practice to build a culture of excellence in patient care.
* Promotes interdisciplinary partnership and consultation of hospital staff and health care team through participation in committees and related activities to ensure appropriate care and services for patients and families.
* Sets clinical, financial, and human resources priorities for improvement in concert with organizational goals.
* Demonstrates sound fiscal responsibility in the development and management of the department budget and holds staff accountable for the efficient use of resources including but not limited to managing flexible staffing patterns to meet patient care needs.
* Sets high standards of performance for self and others by imposing standards of excellence and development of inquiry skills that are innovative, optimistic, and supportive of professional growth.
* Creates developmental paths and plans for staff to increase the expertise and caliber of staff.
* Initiates innovation in staff development, clinical orientation, continuing education, and supports specialty certification.
* Develops a best practice climate for the growth and development of students as well as new nurses.
* Actively recruits nursing students through the establishment of exceptional clinical experiences.
* Supports shared governance through a unit-based professional practice council and utilization of staff feedback to make changes to improve care, nursing practice, and /or the work

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How To Become An Unit 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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Unit Director Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Bulgarian

  • Chinese

  • Czech

  • Hebrew

  • Japanese

  • Greek

  • Mandarin

  • Polish

  • Cantonese

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Real Unit Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Burn Unit Allegheny Specialty Practice Network Pittsburgh, PA Nov 15, 2012 $375,000
Comprehensive Care Unit Director A. T. Still University of Health Sciences Saint Louis, MO Jun 15, 2015 $120,000
Unit Director Operations Compass Group USA Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 27, 2012 $77,552
End Stage Renal Dialysis Unit Director Heritage Care Inc. Hyattsville, MD Mar 22, 2011 $65,790
Rehabilitation Unit Director NMS Healthcare of Hyattsville, LLC Hyattsville, MD Feb 01, 2011 $65,790

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Top Unit Director Skills

  1. Facilitates Achievement
  2. Direct Supervision
  3. Safe Environment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create a Club environment that facilitates achievement of Youth Development Outcomes.
  • Provided direct supervision of all activities during Clubhouse operating hours.
  • Ensured a healthy and safe environment, ensuring facilities, equipment and supplies are maintained.
  • Organized directed and implemented programming according to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands core program specifications.
  • Managed daily operations to include curriculum development and delivery, program management, state food service program and staff training.

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