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Working As An Area Director

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $118,688

    Average Salary

What Does An Area Director Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become An Area Director

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Average Length of Employment
Director/Manager 4.8 years
Area Director 4.0 years
Service Director 4.0 years
District Director 3.9 years
Area Manager 3.8 years
Director 3.7 years
Regional Director 3.6 years
Division Director 3.6 years
Branch Director 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Director 7.1%
Manager 7.0%
Internship 3.5%
Consultant 3.3%
Top Employers After
Director 7.5%
Consultant 5.5%
Manager 4.2%
Internship 3.9%
Owner 3.9%
President 3.8%

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Area Director Demographics

Gender

Male

60.7%

Female

37.2%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.2%

French

15.0%

Portuguese

7.9%

German

7.1%

Dutch

3.1%

Arabic

2.4%

Swahili

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Italian

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Turkish

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Blackfoot

0.8%

Norwegian

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%

Bengali

0.8%
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Area Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.1%

Liberty University

5.6%

Florida State University

5.2%

University of Alabama

4.9%

Cornell University

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.6%

Texas Tech University

4.6%

West Virginia University

4.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.6%

Ball State University

4.6%

University of South Florida

4.3%

University of North Texas

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

Walden University

4.3%

Grand Valley State University

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

Brigham Young University - Idaho

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%
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Majors

Business

31.9%

Psychology

7.3%

Marketing

6.2%

Management

6.0%

Communication

5.4%

Education

4.5%

Nursing

4.1%

Political Science

3.5%

Accounting

3.4%

Hospitality Management

3.2%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Human Resources Management

3.0%

Finance

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Social Work

2.6%

School Counseling

2.2%

Kinesiology

2.1%

English

2.0%

Counseling Psychology

2.0%

Sociology

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.5%

Masters

28.4%

Other

17.1%

Associate

5.6%

Doctorate

3.3%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.4%
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Real Area Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Area Specialty Care Director-Latin America Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jul 09, 2016 $238,000
Area Legal Director, Latin America Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Wilmington, DE Dec 18, 2015 $217,000
Area Specialty Care Director-Latin America Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Sep 07, 2013 $210,000
Area Specialty Care Director-Latin America Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Mar 28, 2016 $200,000 -
$226,500
Area Legal Director, Latin America Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Wilmington, DE Sep 08, 2015 $198,550 -
$229,900
Area HCV Director Latin America Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Sep 21, 2016 $191,889
Director, Medical Therapeutic Area Leader CSL Behring King of Prussia, PA May 28, 2015 $190,000 -
$225,000
Area HCV Director Latin America Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jan 06, 2016 $185,000 -
$192,000
Director, Mature Product Therapeutic Area Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Princeton, NJ Sep 15, 2012 $185,000
Area Director Perfecto Mobile Inc. Woburn, MA Sep 15, 2015 $180,000
Area HCV Director Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Sep 21, 2013 $180,000
Area Director L&T Technology Services Limited Plano, TX Sep 19, 2016 $160,000
Area Director, Aftermarket Terex Corporation Southaven, MS Jul 13, 2010 $155,000
Area Legal Director, Latin America Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Wilmington, DE Sep 10, 2014 $155,000 -
$225,000
Business Area Director/Energy International Resources Group Alexandria, VA Sep 17, 2014 $154,470 -
$205,908
Area Director-Marketing World Wide Sires, Ltd Visalia, CA Jul 30, 2015 $153,972
Area Director Conmed Corporation Salem, OR Apr 24, 2013 $147,609
Area Director L&T Technology Services Limited Edison, NJ Sep 15, 2015 $143,880
Area Director Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Edison, NJ May 16, 2014 $140,000
Area Director Rehab Specialists California, LLC San Mateo, CA Jun 13, 2016 $120,000
Area Director Meltwater News Us Operations Inc. Miami Beach, FL Oct 01, 2010 $120,000
Practice Area Director Slalom, LLC Chicago, IL Jan 01, 2013 $120,000 -
$160,000
Practice Area Director Slalom LLC Chicago, IL Jan 01, 2011 $120,000 -
$132,000
Area Director Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, Inc. Andover, MA Sep 07, 2011 $98,946 -
$142,397
Area Director Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, Inc. Andover, MA Sep 07, 2014 $98,010 -
$114,973
Area Director of Revenue Strategy Bk Lynn Management, LLC New York, NY Jul 30, 2016 $96,000
Area Director of Revenue Strategy Bk Lynn Management, LLC New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $96,000
Area Director of Revenue Management Real Hospitality Group LLC New York, NY Jul 07, 2014 $92,508
International Franchise Area Director Wendy's International, Inc. Doral, FL Jul 15, 2010 $90,000

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  1. Financial Statements
  2. Procedures
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  • Develop projections and prepare financial statements and budgets for ownership.
  • Established operating procedures and guided franchisees on business development, product quality control, customer relations, and marketing programs.
  • Created and fostered a positive and empowered employee culture that inspired outstanding customer service and employee engagement.
  • Placed emphasis on driver development training and safety oversight for projects throughout seven western states, particularly in California.
  • Increased profitability in Franchise restaurants by coaching and mentoring all levels of leadership and influencing placement of different systems and controls.

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