Education Administrators, Postsecondary


Also called : Academic Affairs Vice President (Academic Affairs VP), Academic Dean, Admissions Director, College President, Dean, Financial Aid Director, Institutional Research Director, Provost, Registrar, Studen

What they do


Plan, direct, or coordinate student instruction, administration, and services, as well as other research and educational activities, at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • English Language
      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Administration and Management
      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Education and Training
      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • Customer and Personal Service
      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    SKILLS


    • Systems Analysis
      Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

    • Systems Evaluation
      Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

    • Management of Financial Resources
      Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

    • Critical Thinking
      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension
      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    ABILITIES


    • Oral Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity
      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Written Comprehension
      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Written Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

    • Inductive Reasoning
      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Leadership
      Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    • Achievement/Effort
      Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

    • Persistence
      Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Self-Control
      Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Accounting software

    • Analytical or scientific software

    • Business intelligence and data analysis software

    • Cloud-based data access and sharing software

    • Computer based training software

    • Customer relationship management CRM software

    • Data base reporting software

    • Data base user interface and query software

    • Desktop communications software

    • Desktop publishing software

    • Electronic mail software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Extensive Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Graduate Degree or higher.

    • Experience

      Extensive skills, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations.

    • Jobtraining

      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.

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