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Education Administrators, Postsecondary

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.

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    Work Activities

    • Direct activities of administrative departments, such as admissions, registration, and career services.
    • Appoint individuals to faculty positions, and evaluate their performance.
    • Develop curricula, and recommend curricula revisions and additions.
    • Design or use assessments to monitor student learning outcomes.
    • Recruit, hire, train, and terminate departmental personnel.
    • Direct, coordinate, and evaluate the activities of personnel, including support staff engaged in administering academic institutions, departments, or alumni organizations.
    • Consult with government regulatory and licensing agencies to ensure the institution's conformance with applicable standards.
    • Advise students on issues such as course selection, progress toward graduation, and career decisions.
    • Participate in student recruitment, selection, and admission, making admissions recommendations when required to do so.
    • Plan, administer, and control budgets, maintain financial records, and produce financial reports.
    • Formulate strategic plans for the institution.
    • Determine course schedules, and coordinate teaching assignments and room assignments to ensure optimum use of buildings and equipment.
    • Establish operational policies and procedures and make any necessary modifications, based on analysis of operations, demographics, and other research information.
    • Provide assistance to faculty and staff in duties such as teaching classes, conducting orientation programs, issuing transcripts, and scheduling events.
    • Represent institutions at community and campus events, in meetings with other institution personnel, and during accreditation processes.
    • Prepare reports on academic or institutional data.
    • Promote the university by participating in community, state, and national events or meetings, and by developing partnerships with industry and secondary education institutions.
    • Teach courses within their department.
    • Review registration statistics, and consult with faculty officials to develop registration policies.
    • Confer with other academic staff to explain and formulate admission requirements and course credit policies.
    • Direct scholarship, fellowship, and loan programs, performing activities such as selecting recipients and distributing aid.
    • Direct and participate in institutional fundraising activities, and encourage alumni participation in such activities.
    • Coordinate the production and dissemination of university publications, such as course catalogs and class schedules.
    • Write grants to procure external funding, and supervise grant-funded projects.
    • Plan and promote sporting events and social, cultural, and recreational activities.
    • Audit the financial status of student organizations and facility accounts.
    • Oversee facilities management for the university, including construction, repair, and maintenance projects.


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      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.

    • 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.


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    • 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.


    • 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.

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