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Working As An Assistant Director Of Operations

  • 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

  • $134,540

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Director Of Operations 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 Assistant Director Of Operations

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
Operations Manager 4.1 years
Director 3.7 years
Area Director 3.7 years
Operations Officer 3.2 years
Chief Of Staff 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 9.3%
Manager 6.3%
Pilot 4.3%
Director 3.7%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Employers After
Director 7.9%
Consultant 3.9%
Manager 3.8%
Internship 2.5%

Assistant Director Of Operations Demographics

Gender

Male

62.1%

Female

36.0%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

81.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.4%

French

8.8%

German

4.4%

Mandarin

3.6%

Chinese

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Japanese

2.2%

Portuguese

1.5%

Turkish

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Cheyenne

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Hungarian

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%
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Assistant Director Of Operations Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.4%

Troy University

10.7%

Liberty University

7.0%

Webster University

5.8%

Air Force Institute of Technology

5.4%

American University

5.4%

University of Maryland - University College

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

4.5%

Northern Illinois University

4.1%

University of Oklahoma

4.1%

Temple University

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

West Virginia University

3.7%

Florida International University

3.7%

Georgetown University

3.3%

Georgia State University

3.3%

University of Florida

3.3%

University of Washington

3.3%

Johnson & Wales University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

32.6%

Kinesiology

7.8%

Management

7.6%

Communication

5.3%

Psychology

4.9%

Education

3.7%

Marketing

3.6%

Accounting

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Political Science

3.0%

Human Resources Management

3.0%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Finance

2.6%

Aviation

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Educational Leadership

2.4%

International Relations

2.4%

Photography

2.2%

English

2.2%

Nursing

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.6%

Masters

33.1%

Other

16.9%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.4%
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Real Assistant Director Of Operations Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Operations Director Chobani Global Holidings, LLC Twin Falls, ID Dec 27, 2016 $123,600
Assistant Director of Operations Anvil Ny LLC New York, NY Sep 02, 2016 $110,000
Assistant Director of Operations Anvil Ny LLC New York, NY Feb 08, 2014 $105,000
Assistant Director of Tennis Operations Sleepy Hollow Country Club NY Apr 26, 2016 $104,350
Assistant Director-Data Operations Moody's Analytics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2016 $89,856
Assistant Operations Director Chobani Global Holdings, LLC Twin Falls, ID Dec 13, 2016 $87,963 -
$123,600
Assistant Director of Operations Golden Road Motor Inn Reno, NV Nov 09, 2016 $85,000
Assistant Operations Director Chobani Global Holdings, LLC Twin Falls, ID Jan 13, 2016 $81,515 -
$120,000
Assistant Director-Men's Ice Hockey Operations Northeastern University Boston, MA Jul 01, 2015 $62,547
Assistant Director of Operations/Programs YMCA of The Triangle Area, Inc. Arapahoe, NC Jul 17, 2014 $60,704
Assistant Director of Operations Board of Regents of The University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE Feb 17, 2014 $60,000
Assistant Director of Operations Efficient Restaurant Management, LLC Nashua, NH Oct 01, 2012 $57,350
Assistant Director of Operations and Management Northwestern University Evanston, IL Oct 01, 2009 $54,000
Assistant Director for Operations and Facilities Williams College Williamstown, MA Sep 06, 2015 $48,901
Asst Director of Operations & Program Blue Ridge Camp &Amp; Resort Inc. Mountain City, GA Nov 01, 2016 $48,700
Assistant Director, Partner Operations Team Bet Information Systems, Inc. D/B/A Survey.Com Boston, MA Sep 06, 2014 $45,000
Assistant Director of Housing Operations University of Denver Denver, CO Sep 23, 2013 $45,000
Assistant Director of Shelter Operations (Domestic New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY Mar 29, 2010 $45,000
Assistant Director of Shelter Operations (Domestic New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY May 24, 2010 $45,000
Asst DIR of Shelter Operations (Domestic Violence) New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY Oct 01, 2009 $45,000
Asst DIR of Shelter Operations (Domestic Violence) New York Asian's Women's Center New York, NY Oct 01, 2009 $45,000
Assistant Director of Recruitment Operations Depaul University Chicago, IL Mar 31, 2010 $44,325 -
$64,325
Assistant Director of Operations Efficient Restaurant Management, LLC Nashua, NH Oct 01, 2009 $41,163

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Top Skills for An Assistant Director Of Operations

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Top Assistant Director Of Operations Skills

  1. Civilian Personnel
  2. Procedures
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in directing 150 Military and Civilian personnel, sustaining navigation systems valued at over $3.5B.
  • Assisted Director of Club Operations with ensuring/establishing organization standards, core values, enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Review all Risk Management programs for the company with regards to safety and workman's comp.
  • Create payroll and make payments, record and monitor withholding.
  • Directed the business development division including direct supervision of employees, software evaluation and program development.

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