Social Services Managers and Directors

Social services managers and directors plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources and commission the services necessary to protect the welfare of certain groups within local authorities including children and young people, families under stress, people with disabilities, elderly people and people needing help as a result of illness.


New workers
£ 15,752
£ 39,755
£ 92,568

Available jobs

In the past year there were 33,764 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Liaises with representatives of other relevant agencies.

  • Studies and advises upon changes in legislation that will impact upon social service provision.

  • Monitors and evaluates departmental performance with a view to improving social service provision.

  • Plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities of social services staff.

  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short and long-term needs.

  • Provides leadership and management to ensure services are delivered in accordance with statutory requirements and in line with the local authority social services department’s policies and procedures.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Social Work

  • Mental Health

  • Child Protection

  • Project Management

  • Risk Analysis

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Working With Children

  • Auditing

  • Performance Management

  • Finance

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Customer Service

  • Planning

  • Teaching

  • English Language

  • Operations

  • Sales

  • Interpersonal Communications

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.