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What You Need to Know About Senior Living Administrator Jobs

    

Have you ever been curious about the administrator at your local senior living community? Perhaps you’ve wondered what their typical day looks like, or how they even got the position in the first place. If you’ve ever considered whether senior living administrator jobs are a part of your long-term career plan, let us break down their common roles, responsibilities, and rewards here.

Have you ever been curious about the administrator at your local senior living community? Perhaps you’ve wondered what their typical day looks like, or how they even got the position in the first place. If you’ve ever considered whether senior living administrator jobs are a part of your long-term career plan, let us break down their common roles, responsibilities, and rewards here.

Roles and Responsibilities

Senior living administrators are essentially responsible for the entire senior living community. It’s a big job that requires many big decisions. However, administrators get the reward of directly affecting resident care and staff satisfaction with the culture they foster within the community.

An administrator’s work can differ from one day to the next, but they are typically responsible for:

  • Developing staff recruitment, retention, and training strategies
  • Communicating with family members
  • Maintaining relationships with referral sources within the greater community
  • Developing, maintaining, and reporting on the budget and other financial expenses
  • Assuring federal, state, and national regulatory compliance
  • Assuring exceptional care for residents
  • Addressing any concerns, questions, or problems

But the administrator certainly doesn’t make decisions and develop plans alone. They are flanked and supported by a team of department managers who are experts in their fields. These department managers report to the administrator but can also provide unique insights into department-specific concerns or challenges that can be helpful as the administrator makes or follows through with a plan.

The administrator of a senior living community also sets the tone for the culture of the community. Good habits begin at the top, and the values of the administrator quickly become the values of the community. This is perhaps an administrator role’s biggest responsibility.

Passion Converts to Leadership

Many administrators in senior living communities start out working with seniors in an entirely different role. Some start as a caregiver, as an activity staff person, as a housekeeper, or as a server in the dining room. No matter how the administrator got their start in senior care, they became passionate about serving older adults. This passion can translate to effective leadership when you add experience, education, and a bit of confidence.

It’s a myth that administrators always have management or nursing experience. The Arbor Company has administrators throughout the country who came from a variety of backgrounds. Passion for senior care and service can be found in employees in any position within a senior community.

If you feel like you have a passion for serving seniors and want to take your career further, start by becoming a leader on your shift or in your department. Leadership takes practice and you can build your experience by leading from where you are. As you continue to grow as a service provider and a leader, you can move up to higher management positions. Each step is a way to gain experience that will serve you well in an administrator role.

Salary and Benefits

Administrators have difficult jobs, and they are compensated for their experience and for the role they play in their community accordingly. Salaries vary by state, as well as by experience, education, and additional certifications. Sites like Glassdoor and Indeed can estimate the salary for a senior living administrator in your part of the country or the world. However, in addition to salary, it is also important to remember to consider benefits, which can sweeten your experience as an administrator.

When asking about salary and benefits, be sure to inquire about any bonus structure that may be part of your administrator package. For example, some communities may offer a bonus based on annual census or for managing through a staffing crisis. You should also inquire about medical and other insurance benefits, as well as perks like discounted gym memberships, paid time off, and retirement accounts. Finally, remember that senior care offers non-tangible benefits that can make your job worth it, even on the hard days.

If you are curious about administrator jobs near you or are looking to find employment with a senior living company that values promoting from within, join our Talent Network. We value each of our team members and actively seek leaders within our own ranks to champion the Arbor culture for our residents.

 

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