Education Administrators, Postsecondary


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.7% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


Roadtrip Nation Leaders in This Career

What Education Administrators, Postsecondary 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.

Other Job Titles Education Administrators, Postsecondary May Have

Academic Affairs Vice President (Academic Affairs VP), Academic Dean, Admissions Director, College President, Dean, Financial Aid Director, Institutional Research Director, Provost, Registrar, Students Dean

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work


Year Up

Half my time is external with donors, corporate partners, and other key stakeholders. The other half of my time is spent internally on culture, strategy, management, and people.

Director of Leadership and Experiential Learning ,

Frostburg State University

I have a lot of meetings to help determine the course of what leadership looks like on a college campus to college students. I teach a class on outdoor leadership because that is one of my passions. I have a few student meetings where I mentor students both academically and personally. I have at least one meeting for one of the student organizations that I advise, and then I try to develop one of the many programs that may be happening within the month, such as traveling to Dubai or Uganda.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • Advise students on issues such as course selection, progress toward graduation, and career decisions.
  • Plan, administer, and control budgets, maintain financial records, and produce financial reports.

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