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Become An Account Director

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Working As An Account Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $97,987

    Average Salary

What Does An Account Director Do

An Account Director is focused on account management and supervision of the subordinate staff. They also plan budgets and activities for account management in the company.

How To Become An Account Director

A bachelor’s degree is required for most advertising, promotions, and marketing management positions. These managers typically have work experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, or sales.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is required for most advertising, promotions, and marketing management positions. For advertising management positions, some employers prefer a bachelor’s degree in advertising or journalism. A relevant course of study might include classes in marketing, consumer behavior, market research, sales, communication methods and technology, visual arts, art history, and photography.

Most marketing managers need a bachelor’s degree. Courses in business law, management, economics, finance, computer science, mathematics, and statistics are advantageous. For example, courses in computer science are helpful in developing an approach to maximize online traffic, by utilizing online search results, because maximizing such traffic is critical for digital advertisements and promotions. In addition, completing an internship while in school can be useful.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Advertising, promotional, and marketing managers typically have work experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, or sales. For example, many managers are former sales representatives; buyers or purchasing agents; or public relations specialists.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must be able to analyze industry trends to determine the most promising strategies for their organization. 

Communication skills. Managers must be able to communicate effectively with a broad-based team made up of other managers or staff members during the advertising, promotions, and marketing process. They must also be able to communicate persuasively with the public.

Creativity. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must be able to generate new and imaginative ideas.

Decisionmaking skills. Managers often must choose between competing advertising and marketing strategies put forward by staff.

Interpersonal skills. These managers must deal with a range of people in different roles, both inside and outside the organization.

Organizational skills. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must manage their time and budget efficiently while directing and motivating staff members.

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Account Director Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    51.5%
  • Female

    46.2%
  • Unknown

    2.3%

Ethnicity

  • White

    81.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.3%
  • Asian

    7.3%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    43.6%
  • French

    17.2%
  • German

    8.9%
  • Chinese

    5.3%
  • Mandarin

    3.9%
  • Portuguese

    3.9%
  • Italian

    3.6%
  • Japanese

    2.8%
  • Carrier

    1.7%
  • Korean

    1.4%
  • Cantonese

    1.4%
  • Russian

    1.1%
  • Arabic

    1.1%
  • Hindi

    0.8%
  • Dutch

    0.6%
  • Hungarian

    0.6%
  • Ukrainian

    0.6%
  • Greek

    0.6%
  • Catalan

    0.6%
  • Urdu

    0.6%
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Real Account Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Account Director Droga5, LLC New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $265,000
Account Director Firmenich, Inc. Plainsboro, NJ Sep 18, 2015 $215,653
Account Director, Fragrances Firmenich Plainsboro, NJ Jun 16, 2016 $215,653
Account Director Xaxis New York, NY Sep 28, 2015 $211,994
Advertising Account Director Droga5, LLC New York, NY Apr 29, 2015 $206,170
Account Director Anomaly Partners LLC New York, NY Jun 29, 2015 $180,000
Account Director Translation LLC New York, NY Mar 23, 2015 $175,000
Account Director TBWA Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 11, 2015 $170,000
Account Director TBWA Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 02, 2015 $170,000
Integrated Account Director Terri & Sandy Solution New York, NY Dec 12, 2016 $170,000
Account Director Supermoon, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 25, 2016 $165,562
Key Account Director, LG Brightstar Corp. Miami, FL Sep 18, 2015 $165,000 -
$175,000
Key Account Director, LG Brightstar Corp. Miami, FL Dec 16, 2015 $165,000 -
$175,000
Account Director Anomaly Partners LLC New York, NY Apr 01, 2016 $133,000
Account Director Dentsu McGarry Bowen, LLC New York, NY Jun 24, 2016 $131,000
Account Director Dentsu McGarry Bowen, LLC New York, NY May 24, 2016 $131,000
Account Director Bravosolution Us, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 21, 2016 $130,000
VP, Account Director Havas Media Group USA LLC New York, NY Nov 02, 2016 $130,000
Account Director Tubemogul Inc. New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $130,000
Account Director Tubemogul Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2015 $130,000
Director, Key Accounts NIIT Technologies Inc. Las Vegas, NV Jun 27, 2016 $112,632
Director, Key Accounts NIIT Technologies Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 22, 2015 $110,510
Account Director Sapient Corporation Santa Monica, CA Apr 30, 2015 $110,442
Account Director Nanigans, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 11, 2015 $110,115
Lifestyle Communications Account Director Starworks LLC New York, NY Apr 27, 2015 $110,000
Account Director Interglobe Technologies, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 06, 2015 $110,000
Account Director Forethought USA LLC New York, NY Jun 06, 2016 $108,493
Account Director Forethought USA LLC New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $108,202

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Top Skills for An Account Director

DigitalStrategyNewProductLaunchesFinancialOnlineClientRelationshipsBusinessDevelopmentAccountManagementWebPHealthcareQuotaROIProjectManagementCustomerServiceCRMRFPDirectReportsAnnualRevenueKeyAccountsCreativeDevelopment

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Top Account Director Skills

  1. Digital Strategy
  2. New Product Launches
  3. Financial
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed digital strategy for Nikon and CA Technologies accounts and oversaw execution by sister buying agency.
  • Key focus was on new product launches and key point of purchase times for retail.
  • Develop and monitor financial forecasts/budgets.
  • Developed direct/online marketing plans for B2B and technology clients.
  • Account Director, 2010 - Present Grow existing account base and establish new client relationships.

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