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Career Details :: Education Administrators, Postsecondary
Plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required for these occupations. However, many also require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
- Establishes operational policies and procedures and develops academic objectives.
- Selects and counsels candidates for financial aid and coordinates issuing and collecting student aid payments.
- Advises student organizations, sponsors faculty activities, and arranges for caterers, entertainers, and decorators at scheduled events.
- Audits financial status of student organization and facility accounts and certifies income reports from event ticket sales.
- Assists faculty and staff to conduct orientation programs, teach classes, issue student transcripts, and prepare commencement lists.
- Plans and promotes athletic policies, sports events, ticket sales, and student participation in social, cultural, and recreational activities.
- Coordinates alumni functions and encourages alumni endorsement of recruiting and fund-raising activities.
- Reviews student misconduct reports requiring disciplinary action and counsels students to ensure conformance to university policies.
- Recruits, employs, trains, and terminates department personnel.
- Negotiates with foundation and industry representatives to secure loans for university and identify costs and materials for building construction.
- Confers with other academic staff to explain admission requirements and transfer credit policies, and compares course equivalencies to university/college curriculum.
- Determines course schedules and correlates room assignments to ensure optimum use of buildings and equipment.
- Represents college/university as liaison officer with accrediting agencies and to exchange information between academic institutions and in community.
- Evaluates personnel and physical plant operations, student programs, and statistical and research data to implement procedures or modifications to administrative policies.
- Advises staff and students on problems relating to policies, program administration, and financial and personal matters, and recommends solutions.
- Estimates and allocates department funding based on financial success of previous courses and other pertinent factors.
- Consults with staff, students, alumni, and subject experts to determine needs/feasibility and to formulate admission policies and educational programs.
- Completes and submits operating budget for approval, controls expenditures, and maintains financial reports and records.
- Meets with academic and administrative personnel to disseminate information, identify problems, monitor progress reports, and ensure adherence to goals/objectives.
- Directs work activities of personnel engaged in administration of academic institutions, departments, and alumni organizations.
- Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
- First-Line Supervisors, Administrative Support
- First-Line Supervisors, Customer Service
- Food Service Managers
- Government Service Executives
- Human Resources Managers
- Instructional Coordinators
- Management Analysts
- Medical and Health Services Managers
General Work Activities
- Performing Administrative Activities
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Establishing & Maintaining Relationships
- Management of Financial Resources
- Identification of Key Causes
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Management of Personnel Resources
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Coordinate or Lead Others