How to become a Community Centre Manager

Community centre managers coordinate welfare centres and programs or projects that provide social welfare support.

Personal requirements of a Community Centre Manager

  • Able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
  • a non-judgmental attitude
  • good planning and organisational skills
  • responsibility and initiative
  • commitment to human rights and social justice
  • management and leadership skills
  • able to deal with conflict and remain calm in stressful situations.

Duties & Tasks of a Community Centre Manager

Community centre managers may perform the following tasks:

  • assess community facilities devoted to welfare (in areas such as health, housing, employment, training, arts, culture, environment and recreation)
  • determine the needs of community organisations and groups
  • encourage and gain the cooperation of a variety of service organisations to meet the identified needs of the community
  • provide leadership within the community
  • establish, coordinate and administer programs such as neighbourhood houses and community support groups, as well as employment and training programs and volunteer programs
  • prepare reports and assist with budgeting
  • recruit, train and coordinate paid and volunteer staff
  • assist community groups to identify and implement strategies to deal with local issues
  • advocate and negotiate for clients and communities.

Working conditions for a Community Centre Manager

They usually work in an office but may need to travel to clients' homes or other organisations to attend meetings and participate in other activities. The work is usually on a full-time basis during regular office hours, although some meetings may occur after hours.

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