Group homes are private or government-run residential facilities where people with physical or mental disabilities, mental illness or criminal sentences of supervised probation live. A group home administrator is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities in such facilities.
Group home administrators ensure that facilities operate according to all federal, state and local health regulations, and that they provide a safe and therapeutic or positive environment for residents.
Administrators hire, train, supervise, evaluate and discipline the staff at group homes. The group home administrator monitors the progress of residents from the time of admission throughout their time at the facility.
Residents may be difficult, verbally abusive or violent, and group home administrators must be capable of dealing with these situations and handling crises if they arise. Successful administrators possess strong oral and written communication and leadership skills and are strong enough to assist with moving or restraining residents as needed.
Some facilities prefer applicants to have a nursing degree, such as a one-year practical nurse license or a two-year associate's or four-year bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Others look for administrators with a bachelor's or graduate degree in social work, health care administration or psychology.
Some states require a license or certification to serve as a group home administrator. Licensing requirements vary and may involve taking a specialized training course or passing a written exam.
In December 2009, the average annual salary for group home administrators is $73,000, according to Indeed.com.