The unit manager is responsible for managing a specific operation in an organization. The manager usually is in charge of a group of employees within the unit the manager is overseeing. They typically are in charge of hiring employees and ensuring these employees are working properly and efficiently in their position. The fields in which a unit manager works vary widely. In nursing homes, for example, the unit manager oversees employees and nurses; in a sales position, the unit manager manages the sales employees in their division.
Unit managers often report to a supervisor, who evaluates how well these managers are running the department in the organization; the unit is typically judged on efficiency of operations and whether it meets organizational goals. The unit manager may work in a wide variety of environments, but they typically work in an indoor setting during regular business hours. However, they might need to come in at different hours to follow through on time-sensitive tasks and solve issues that come up unexpectedly.
The unit manager typically must have supervising experience and be knowledgeable about the field in which they are working; this could include formal education, as well as work experience. The manager must be an effective leader and manager, able to resolve interpersonal and logistical issues that arise in their department.
Unit Manager Tasks
- Oversee unit budget and payroll and document outcomes and productivity.
- Lead periodic meetings to convey goals, changes, and upcoming events.
- Lead organizational teams, set schedules, ensure staffing levels, and define goals.