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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.   (O'Net 11-9033.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Academic Affairs Dean, Academic Affairs Director, Academic Affairs Vice President, Academic Dean, Academic Department Chair, Academic Director, Academic Support Director, Academic Vice President, Administration Dean, Administration Vice President, Administrative Assistant, Admissions Advisor, Admissions Dean, Admissions Director, Admissions Officer, Admissions Representative, Adult Basic Education Manager, Alumni Secretary, Applied Science and Technologies Dean, Arts and Sciences Dean, Assessment Coordinator, Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, Athletic Coordinator, Athletic Director, Athletics Director, Behavioral Sciences Department Chair, Biology Department Chair, Business Dean, Business Division Chair, Business Manager, Business Services Director, Business Services Vice President, Campus Administrator, Campus Coordinator, Campus Dean, Campus Director, Career Development Director, Career Services Director, Chairperson, Chancellor, College Administrator, College Admissions Counselor, College Dean, College Director, College of Education Dean, College or University Business Manager, College or University Department Head, College or University Registrar, College President, College Recruiter, Commandant, Communications Department Chair, Communications Director, Continuing Education Dean, Continuing Education Director, Controller, Coordinator, Counseling Director, Dean, Dean of Men, Dean of Students, Dean of Women, Department Chair, Department Head, Development Director, Development Vice President, Director Career Services, Director of Admissions, Director of Athletics, Director of Institutional Research, Director of Physical Education, Director of Research, Director of Student Affairs, Director of Student Financial Aid, Director of Testing, Director of Veterans Affairs, Division Chair, Division Director, Economics Department Chair, Education Dean, Education Department Chair, Education Director, Engineering Department Chair, Enrollment Coordinator, Enrollment Counselor, Enrollment Management Director, Enrollment Management Vice President, Enrollment Services Dean, Enrollment Services Vice President, Enrollment Specialist, Executive Vice President, Extension Division Director, Extension Work Director, External Relations Director, Faculty Dean, Faculty Member, Finance Director, Finance Manager, Finance Vice President, Financial Aid Advisor, Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Director, Financial Aid Officer, Financial Services Director, Fine Arts Chair, Fiscal Services Director, Graduate School Dean, Graduate Studies Dean, Grants Director, Health Sciences Dean, Health Sciences Department Chair, Higher Education Administrator, Housing Coordinator, Human Resources Director, Humanities Department Chair, Information Services Vice President, Institutional Advancement Vice President, Institutional Research Coordinator, Institutional Research Director, Instruction Dean, Instructor, Interior Design Program Chair, Learning Support Services Director, Liberal Arts Dean, Library Director, Marketing Director, Marketing Services Vice President, Mathematics Department Chair, Music Department Chair, Natural Sciences Department Chair, Nursing Program Chair, Operations Director, Operations Vice President, Physics Department Chair, Placement Director, President, Principal, Professor, Program Director, Program Supervisor, Provost, Psychology Department Chair, Public Relations Director, Records Officer, Recruitment Director, Registrar, Research Director, Residence Life Director, Resource Development Director, Retention Specialist, School of Nursing Director, Social Sciences Department Chair, Student Accounts Manager, Student Activities Director, Student Affairs Dean, Student Affairs Vice President, Student Development and Retention Vice President, Student Development Dean, Student Financial Aid Manager, Student Life Dean, Student Life Vice President, Student Services Dean, Student Services Director, Student Services Representative, Student Services Vice President, Study Abroad Coordinator, Summer Sessions Director, Teacher Education Director, Technologies Division Chair, University Administrator, University Dean, University President, University Relations Vice President, Upward Bound Director, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice President of Instruction, Workforce Development Vice President
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 17.58   $ 24.44   $ 33.87   $ 46.97   $ 64.69   $ 38.10  
    Yearly $36,570   $50,830   $70,460   $97,700   $134,560   $79,240  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 17.74   $ 25.02   $ 34.10   $ 46.84   $ 65.17   $ 38.53  
    Yearly $36,900   $52,030   $70,930   $97,430   $135,550   $80,140  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 17.52   $ 22.60   $ 30.18   $ 44.59   $ 60.75   $ 36.13  
    Yearly $36,440   $47,000   $62,770   $92,740   $126,360   $75,150  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 494 508 0.3% 15
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Educational services; state, local, and private 93.9%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 5.3%
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 0.3%
    Management of companies and enterprises 0.1%
    Scientific research and development services 0.1%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Advise students on issues such as course selection, progress toward graduation, and career decisions.
     
  • 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: Occupational Information Network: Education Administrators, Postsecondary  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Education Administrators, Postsecondary  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Education Administrators, Postsecondary  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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 there is a problem.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Education Administrators, Postsecondary  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others - Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
  • Developing and Building Teams - Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Education Administrators, Postsecondary  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
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  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Education Administrators, Postsecondary  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Education Administrators, Postsecondary  updated June 2010
     


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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations 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).
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  • Training: 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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  • Experience: 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Education Administrators, Postsecondary  updated June 2010
     


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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Community College Education.
     
    • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
     
    • Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision.
     
    • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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