Administrator-in-Training: Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

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If you are considering a career in senior living or long-term care and have strong leadership skills, the Administrator-in-Training (AIT) program might be an option for you. Executive Directors and Administrators are the heart of the American Senior Communities (ASC) organization. They shape the culture and are responsible for the overall quality of care. It’s a rewarding role that allows a person to build relationships with residents and their families, as well as team members.

As a leader in the senior care profession, ASC attracts a broad range of qualified candidates. The program is competitive, but for those who are chosen, it offers significant opportunities for growth.

At ASC, we look for empathetic and energetic individuals with strong interpersonal skills to lead our communities across the state of Indiana. While previous leadership experience isn’t required, it is preferred. A passion for working with older adults and their families as well as developing teammates is a must.

Program Requirements for Candidates

Applicants to the AIT program must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Completion of (or willingness to complete during the AIT program) the Nurse Aide Training Program
  • Ability to relocate to any community throughout Indiana
  • Willingness to remain with ASC for two years after program completion

Our AIT program is open to both current ASC employees and external candidates who meet the requirements.

AIT Program Basics

A person accepted into the AIT program will be paired with a preceptor, who is a licensed Executive Director, and work with them at their community. An AIT candidate may also work with other licensed Administrators during this training period to ensure they are exposed to a variety of learning experiences across different settings.

Over the course of the 6- to 12-month internship, candidates are paid to develop hands-on skills and experience in all departments and roles throughout a community. Those who are chosen for the AIT program will spend time learning various functions:

  • Clinical services and hands-on caregiving
  • Culinary skills, dietary management and senior nutrition
  • Housekeeping and environmental services
  • Admissions and marketing responsibilities
  • Compliance standards that make up federal and state regulations
  • Accounting, finance and profit-and-loss basics
  • Life enrichment programming through THRIVE Wellness

Salaries and Benefits for AIT Candidates

Those enrolled in our Administrator-in-Training program will be compensated in line with our organizational standards and entitled to the same benefits as other employees:

  • Competitive wages during the internship
  • Holiday pay and paid time off
  • Medical, vision and dental insurance
  • Medical and dental flexible spending accounts

Upon successful completion of the AIT program, candidates will receive a salary increase.

Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about this program and to determine if this career path may be right for you, please click here to view frequently asked questions.

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