Residential Program Director Salary
With a little more than half of Residential Program Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $34K to $72K per year and averages out to $50K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Residential Program Directors making up 73 percent. Most Residential Program Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Residential Program Director
A residential program director is responsible for the management of an in-house residential or treatment center. Management includes supervision of staff, handling of financial information, and oversight of residential programming. Program and policy changes are set forth by the program director, who also maintains the residential center’s public image through publications and outreach. Residential programs that seek out this type of director include drug treatment centers, long-term care facilities, youth and young adult centers, and homeless transitional centers. Scheduling counselors, scheduling round-the-clock support staff, and coordinating external contractors are all part of the director’s oversight. While they may delegate tasks, all day-to-day operations of a residential treatment center fall under the program director’s purview. Every day may bring new challenges, and the director must efficiently and calmly tackle them. Internally, there may be scheduling problems and patient-related emergencies; externally, vendor and contract agreements must be met and maintained.Read More...
An advanced degree in counseling, non-profit management, or business is generally required, as is experience in a non-profit or treatment center. A program director is often expected to work standard business hours, but since in-house residential programs are managed 24 hours a day, emergencies may arise that occur the director to be available during their off hours.
Residential Program Director Tasks
- Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
- Ensure services are in compliance with boarding home regulations, state and federal regulatory requirements.
- Act as liaison for conflict resolution between staff, patients, family members and physicians.
- Directs the staff in quality and caring support of elderly patients.
- Plan and direct the assisted living program.
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Popular Skills for Residential Program Director
Residential Program Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Clinical Supervision, Program Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with People Management also know Clinical Supervision.
Pay by Experience Level for Residential Program Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Residential Program Directors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $42K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $46K on average. Residential Program Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $57K.