The main role of a residency coordinator is to develop and implement structured education and entertainment programs for the enjoyment and benefit of the residents of a facility. Residency coordinators must maintain working relationships with their senior managers, other residency coordinators, assistants, and residents, so excellent written and verbal communication skills are necessary. They must have a working understanding of human resources and current academic trends and processes. Residency coordinators must have excellent organizational skills, including being able to schedule and prioritize work and meet deadlines. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are also crucial for a residency coordinator to possess.
An associate's degree is usually required to be a residency coordinator, although a bachelor’s degree makes candidates more appealing in today’s job market. A minimum of three years’ experience may substitute for a college degree in some situations. Certificates in computer sciences, human resources, and business management can increase employability of a prospective residency coordinator.
Residency coordinators are employed in a variety of settings, including nursing homes, long-term care facilities, hospitals, colleges, other educational facilities, and vacation resorts. Residency coordinators mainly work indoors, and minimal lifting is required. Occasional travel may be required. Residency coordinators may have to work weekends and holidays. Residency coordinators are required to attend staff meetings as scheduled, although they generally work with a great deal of autonomy and report to a program manager. They may be responsible for the supervision of program assistants and program interns.
Residency Coordinator Tasks
Ensure services are in compliance with boarding home regulations, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Research and analyze member needs to recommend program direction and goals.
Direct activities staff members and volunteers.
Manage patient care plans, reviews and family requests.