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 Job Description

The Director of Rehabilitation Services sets and implements guidelines for programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. The individual is responsible for the management, planning, resource allocation, and budgeting of the department.

Education and Experience

A bachelor’s degree is required as a minimum, master’s degree preferred, in either physical or occupational therapy. Experience of 3 to 5 years in clinical work along with management experience is typically recommended. CPR certification and a Physical or Occupational Therapist license are required.

Core Competencies and Skills

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively communicate with persons throughout the organization and in the community
  • Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate staff
  • Understanding of medical needs for the hospital
  • Understanding of the regulations of government and private payers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to formulate and execute organizational strategies
  • Ability to develop and maintain a department budget


A Director of Rehabilitation Services may earn in the range of $90,000 to $130,000. However, this figure varies depending on a number of variables including the size of the hospital and the region of the country in which the hospital is located. Directors of Rehabilitation Services of smaller hospitals in more rural areas tend to earn less than their counterparts at large, urban hospitals.

Employment Outlook

Job prospects for Directors of Rehabilitation Services are reported to be good across the country, and in high demand at certain locations. This specific position is not present at every hospital, depending upon the services offered and organizational structure.

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