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

Dean, Division of Continuing Education & University Extension ,

Harvard University

As the Dean of Harvard's Continuing Education and Extension School, no day is the same. Essentially, it is the access branch of Harvard. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and non-credit programs. We experiment with different forms of innovation like testing new pedagogies and methods of learning. I am responsible for the welfare of over 30,000 students in over 150 countries and managing 600+ online classes.

Dean of Students & Associate Vice President ,

Old Dominion University

A typical day for a Dean of Students is never the same. You have the opportunity to make a difference in students lives everyday with your decisions.

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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