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Most Social Managers have for the most part a professional qualification as a social pedagogue, social worker, nurse, doctor, business administrator, accountant, finance expert or lawyer. To fulfil their professional duty they often lack key management capabilities that could supplement and consolidate their acquired professional training and education.
Social Managers in general are able to take on key management positions and leadership role in social organizations, due to both long-standing professional experience and specialized education for the profession as social manager.
University-level degree programs usually focus on creating new management knowledge and skills, filling gaps in, as well as strengthening the educational background in fields such as:
- Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Management
- Executive Management and Strategic Management
- Crisis Management
- Human Resource Management
- Finance and Controlling
- Social Marketing
- Project Management
- NGO Management and Community Development
- Social Development
- Social Policy
- Principles and Case Studies in Business Law, Private Law, Social Law, Labor Law, Family Law, etc.
The Social Management pursues the goal of connecting social objectives with principles of efficiency in management. The aim is to increase the potential and actual career changes of practicing social administrators (government offices related to the social sector, education and health care sector, public or private housing estates, social service organizations, etc.), social workers, kindergarten and school teachers, psychologists, nurses, doctors, even police officers, and all other professionals who are working in the social service sector.
Social Managers will work in private as well as public social organizations, such as:
- Elderly homes, care homes, counseling centers, youth centers, re-socialization centers, children homes, orphanages
- Kindergartens, primary schools, high schools, universities, educational institutions for social professions, education centers
- Hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, wellness centers, recreational centers
- Government offices related to education, health care, housing, social services, social assistance ("welfare benefits"), employment services, social insurance, social development, crime prevention and policing
- Welfare and social service related companies.