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.

Median Annual Wage: $88,390

Education: Master's degree (54%); Bachelor's degree (23%); Doctoral degree (22%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Financial Aid Director; Registrar; Dean; Academic Dean; Academic Affairs Vice President; College President; Provost; Admissions Director; Dean of Students; Academic Affairs Dean

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Education Administrators, Postsecondary.

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  • Direct, coordinate, and evaluate the activities of personnel, including support staff, engaged in administering academic institutions, departments or alumni organizations.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and terminate departmental personnel.
  • Participate in student recruitment, selection, and admission, making admissions recommendations when required to do so.
  • Formulate strategic plans for the institution.
  • Plan, administer, and control budgets, maintain financial records, and produce financial reports.
  • Establish operational policies and procedures and make any necessary modifications, based on analysis of operations, demographics, and other research information.
  • Participate in faculty and college committee activities.
  • Represent institutions at community and campus events, in meetings with other institution personnel, and during accreditation processes.
  • Promote the university by participating in community, state, and national events or meetings, and by developing partnerships with industry and secondary education institutions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Education Administrators, Postsecondary.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Education Administrators, Postsecondary.

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