Social Services Director Salary
|Salary||$37,532 - $75,257|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $2,009|
|Total Pay (||$32,526 - $71,650|
|Hourly Rate||$14.23 - $28.01|
|Overtime||$19.23 - $40.79|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $2,009|
|Total Pay (||$32,526 - $71,650|
Job Description for Social Services Director
Social services directors are in charge of directing social services tasks such as admissions and transfers, as well as providing leadership for social services staff in their organization. One of their main functions includes providing accurate information regarding the admission process in their institution. They speak at community events and conduct educational sessions, as well as give tours to interested individuals and provide accurate information regarding existing programs. Social services directors arrange social services appointments for family members based on eligibility. They motivate social services staff to reach all organizational goals. In all tasks, the director must follow strict privacy and safety regulations.Read More...
These directors use a personal computer to communicate with staff and answer any external inquiries. They also provide education regarding rights and benefits, as well as obligations. The social services director develops effective integration strategies for residents, implements care plans, keeps accurate records, and maintains ongoing quality measurement. Social services directors assist with financial-planning alternatives. They also create documentation for future reference regarding social service programs and initiatives. They identify residents psychosocial needs and orient them regarding their options.
This position requires a bachelor's degree in social services, psychology, sociology, or a related field. In addition, previous experience in a managerial capacity is needed. Additional industry certifications may be required or preferred. Social services directors must be organized individuals that are results-driven. Social services directors must have advanced knowledge in counseling and special education. They should be excellent problem solvers and multitask in a variety of projects by prioritizing crucial tasks (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Social Services Director Tasks
- Oversee staff operations and monitor budget
- Plan and direct a social services program
- Monitor progress and effectiveness of program plans
- Act as a liaison between patients, families and outside agencies
- Provide psychosocial intervention and support services for patients and families
Common Career Paths for Social Services Director
For Social Services Directors, progressing to a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator can earn $82K annually. Social Services Directors most often move into positions as Geriatric Social Workers or MSW Social Workers. Geriatric Social Workers actually earn $10K less on average, however, and MSW Social Workers earn $6K less per year than Social Services Directors do.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director
Known for taking on a considerable number of Social Services Directors, Kindred Healthcare, The Salvation Army, Trilogy Health Services, LLC, Signature Healthcare, LLC, and Genesis HealthCare are leading firms in the industry. Genesis HealthCare offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $51K. Social Services Directors will also find cushy salaries at Kindred Healthcare (+$49K), Signature Healthcare, LLC (+$46K), and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (+$42K).
Workers at HCR ManorCare, Golden LivingCenters, and Trilogy Health Services, LLC also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $35K, $36K, and $38K respectively.
Popular Skills for Social Services Director
Survey results suggest that Social Services Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Budget Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 19 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Those listing discharge planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Long Term Care and Geriatrics also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Case Management also know Counseling and Program Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Social Services Director
Pay by Experience for a Social Services Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Social Services Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 425 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Social Services Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 268 salaries. An experienced Social Services Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 281 salaries. A Social Services Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 151 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Social Services Directors, heading east means bigger paychecks — those in Boston, Baltimore, and New York earn more on average than Social Services Directors in the rest of the country. Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Lexington is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Fort Wayne (13 percent less) and Sacramento (11 percent less).
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