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Become An Assistant Director

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Working As An Assistant Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $53,933

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Director Do

An Assistant Director helps the director of a company or department with a wide range of administrative tasks. Their main duties include delegating tasks, training staff, creating schedules, and ensuring that performance goals are met.

How To Become An Assistant Director

High school graduates who have experience using computer software applications, such as word processing and spreadsheets, usually qualify for entry-level positions. Although most secretaries learn their job in several weeks, many legal and medical secretaries require additional training to learn industry-specific terminology. Executive secretaries usually need several years of related work experience.

Education

High school graduates can take courses in word processing and office procedures at technical schools or community colleges. Some temporary placement agencies also provide training in word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.

Some medical and legal secretaries learn industry-specific terminology and practices by attending courses offered at community colleges or technical schools. For executive secretary positions, employers increasingly prefer to hire those who have taken some college courses or have a bachelor’s degree.

Training

Secretaries and administrative assistants typically learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting a few weeks. During this time they learn about administrative procedures, including how to prepare documents. Medical and legal secretaries’ training may last several months as they learn industry-specific terminology and practices.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Executive secretaries can gain experience by working in administrative positions that have less challenging responsibilities. Many secretaries and administrative assistants advance to higher level administrative positions.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate competency to employers.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals offers the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certification. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 to 4 years of administrative work experience, depending on their level of education, and pass an examination.

Legal secretaries have several certification options. For example, those with 1 year of general office experience, or who have completed an approved training course, can acquire the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) certification through a testing process administered by NALS (previously known as National Association of Legal Secretaries). NALS also offers the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) certification, considered to be an advanced certification for legal support professionals.

The Certified Legal Secretary Specialist (CLSS) certification is conferred by Legal Secretaries International in areas such as intellectual property, criminal law, civil litigation, probate, and business law. Candidates typically need to have 5 years of legal experience and pass an examination to become certified.

Advancement

Secretaries and administrative assistants generally advance to other administrative positions with more responsibilities, such as office supervisor, office manager, or executive secretary.

With additional training, many legal secretaries become paralegals or legal assistants.

Important Qualities

Integrity. Many secretaries and administrative assistants are trusted to handle sensitive information. For example, medical secretaries collect patient data that is required, by law, to be kept confidential in order to protect patient privacy.

Interpersonal skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants interact with clients, customers, or staff. They should communicate effectively and be courteous when interacting with others to create a positive work environment and client experience.

Organizational skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants keep files, folders, and schedules in proper order so an office can run efficiently.

Writing skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants write memos and emails when communicating with managers, employees, and customers. Therefore, they must have good grammar, ensure accuracy, and maintain a professional tone.

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35 Assistant Director jobs

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Product Capabilities Director (Product Management Dir Sr) - AIM Chicago - PS2605

$120,838 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Director & Actuary III-PS4815

$100,398 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
License Management Director

$160,000 Estimated

Jobleads
Ashburn, VA
Senior Director, Alliances - Global Cloud Team

$127,000 Estimated

Jobleads
Ashburn, VA
Alliance Director-Private Equity

$131,000 Estimated

Jobleads
Ashburn, VA
Alliance Director--Private Equity

$131,000 Estimated

Jobleads
Ashburn, VA
Director, Product Management

$133,140 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Director, Partner Product Management

$133,140 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Director Product Management - Oracle Platform Cloud

$133,140 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Senior Director, Customer Engagement / Engineering (JoinOCI-OutboundPM)

$181,336 Estimated

Bright Horizons
North Bethesda, MD
Assistant Director 1

$59,400 Estimated

American University
Washington, DC
Assistant Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life (10384)

$56,007 Estimated

Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Assistant Director, Office of Career Strategy - GeorgetownUniversity Law Center

$56,007 Estimated

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, VA
Assistant Real Estate Director

$53,933 Estimated

Virginia Hospital Center
Arlington, VA
Assistant Patient Care Director-Peds / Medical Surgical Unit

$53,933 Estimated

Virginia Hospital Center
Arlington, VA
Assistant Patient Care Director, Surgical

$53,933 Estimated

Kenwood Country Club
Washington, DC
Assistant Catering Director

$56,007 Estimated

Bright Horizons
Washington, DC
Assistant Director 1

$56,007 Estimated

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, VA
Assistant real estate director

$53,933 Estimated

Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Washington, DC
Assistant Director, Consumer Markets and Policy - DCCA

$56,007 Estimated

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Real Assistant Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Director, Regulatory Reporting-Policy and Govern AIG Employee Services, Inc. New York, NY Nov 23, 2016 $204,500
Assistant Director American General Life Insurance Company New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $200,000
General Assistant Director GFR Media, LLC Guaynabo, PR Feb 22, 2016 $200,000
Assistant Director American International Group, Inc. New York, NY Nov 19, 2015 $200,000
Assistant Director AIG Employee Services, Inc. New York, NY May 18, 2016 $200,000
Assistant Director American General Life Insurance Company New York, NY Apr 11, 2015 $200,000
Assistant Director American International Group, Inc. New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $200,000
Assistant Director, Risk American General Life Insurance Company Los Angeles, CA Feb 15, 2016 $192,000
Configuration Manager-Assistant Director Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Secaucus, NJ Oct 19, 2016 $171,000
Assistant Director, Statistics-Biometrics Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Oct 24, 2016 $165,000
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Top Skills for An Assistant Director

ProceduresFacilityFinancialReportsPayrollCurriculumSafeEnvironmentDirectSupervisionPersonnelChildCareCustomerServiceStaffMembersCompanyPoliciesDailyOperationsOversightLessonPlansSpecialEventsHumanResourcesEmergencyAlumniStaffMeetings

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Top Assistant Director Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Facility
  3. Financial Reports
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implement policies and develop operational procedures as required for the efficient operation and management of the program.
  • Supervised all facility operations and coordinated maintenance and security needs.
  • Prepared and presented financial reports, forecasts and strategy options to the board of directors.
  • Job functions included all administrative/clerical responsibilities; finance reporting, payroll and HR.
  • Supported in the curriculum development of University Course 104, a research methods class.

Top Assistant Director Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Assistant Director

  1. Kindercare Learning Center
  2. Art Institute of Pittsburgh
  3. Boys and Girls Club
  4. YMCA
  5. La Petite Academy
  6. Childcare Network
  7. The Fund for The Public Interest
  8. Crothall Healthcare
  9. Grassroots Campaigns Inc.
  10. Target
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