Senior managers - health, education, social and community services and membership organizations


Senior managers in health, education, social and community services and membership organizations plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate, through middle managers, membership and other organizations or institutions that deliver health, education, social or community services. They formulate policies which establish the direction to be taken by these organizations, either alone or in conjunction with a board of directors. They are employed in health care organizations, educational services, social and community services and membership organizations or they may own and operate their own business.

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Establish objectives for the organization or institution and formulate or approve policies and programs

  • Authorize and organize the establishment of major departments and associated senior staff positions

  • Allocate material, human and financial resources to implement organizational policies and programs; establish financial and administrative controls; formulate and approve promotional campaigns; and approve overall personnel planning

  • Select middle managers, directors or other executive staff

  • Coordinate the work of regions, divisions or departments

  • Represent the organization, or delegate representatives to act on behalf of the organization, in negotiations or other official functions.

  • Senior managers in this unit group may specialize in areas such as finance, marketing, human resources or in a particular service area.

Job titles

  • academic affairs vice-president - post-secondary education
  • academic association president
  • academic business vice-president
  • alumni association executive director
  • arts and culture association chairperson
  • arts association executive director

Employment prospects

Source: BC Labour Market Outlook 2023 edition
The labour market information for this career is aggregate data for Senior government managers and officials, Senior managers - financial, communications, and other business services, Senior managers - health, education, social and community services, and membership organizations, Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services and Senior managers - construction, transportation, production and utilities.

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Education and training

Employment requirements

  • A university degree or college diploma in business administration, hospital administration, finance or other discipline related to the service provided is usually required.
  • Senior managers in finance usually require a professional accounting designation.
  • Several years of experience as a middle manager in a related institution or organization are usually required.
  • Specialization in a particular functional area or service is possible through specific university or college training in that area or through previous experience.

Additional information

  • There is mobility among senior management occupations.

Certification requirements

  • No certification requirements

Post-secondary programs in B.C.

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