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Working As A Campus Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Campus Director Do

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, the office of the registrar, or student affairs.

Duties

Postsecondary education administrators who work in admissions decide if potential students should be admitted to the school. They typically do the following:

  • Determine how many students to admit to the school
  • Meet with prospective students and encourage them to apply
  • Review applications to determine if each potential student should be admitted
  • Analyze data about applicants and admitted students
  • Prepare promotional materials about the school

Many admissions counselors are assigned a region of the country and travel to that region to speak to high school counselors and students.

Admissions officers often work with the financial aid department, which helps students determine if they are able to afford tuition and creates packages of federal and institutional financial aid, if necessary.

Postsecondary education administrators who work in the registrar’s office, sometimes called registrars, maintain student and course records. They typically do the following:

  • Schedule and register students for classes
  • Schedule space and times for classes
  • Ensure that students meet graduation requirements
  • Plan commencement ceremonies
  • Prepare transcripts and diplomas for students
  • Produce data about students and classes
  • Maintain the academic records of the institution

Registrars have different duties throughout the school year. Before students register for classes, registrars must prepare schedules and course offerings. During registration and for the beginning of the semester, they help students sign up for, drop, and add courses. Toward the end of the semester, they plan graduation and ensure that students meet the requirements to graduate. Registrars need computer skills to create and maintain databases.

Postsecondary education administrators who work in student affairs are responsible for a variety of cocurricular school functions, such as student athletics and activities. They typically do the following:

  • Advise students on topics such as housing issues, personal problems, or academics
  • Communicate with parents or guardians
  • Create, support, and assess nonacademic programs for students
  • Schedule programs and services, such as athletic events or recreational activities

Postsecondary education administrators in student affairs can specialize in student activities, housing and residential life, or multicultural affairs. In student activities, they plan events and advise student clubs and organizations. In housing and residential life, they assign students rooms and roommates, ensure that residential facilities are well maintained, and train student workers, such as residential advisers. Education administrators who specialize in multicultural affairs plan events to celebrate different cultures and diverse backgrounds. Sometimes, they manage multicultural centers on campus.

Postsecondary education administrators can be provosts or academic deans. Provosts, also called chief academic officers, help college presidents develop academic policies, participate in making faculty appointments and tenure decisions, and manage budgets. Academic deans direct and coordinate the activities of the individual colleges or schools. For example, in a large university, a dean may oversee the law school.

Education administrators’ duties depend on the size of their college or university. Small schools often have smaller staffs who take on many different responsibilities, but larger schools may have different offices for each of these functions. For example, at a small college, the Office of Student Life may oversee student athletics and other activities, whereas a large university may have an Athletics Department.

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How To Become A Campus Director

Although a bachelor’s degree may be acceptable for some entry-level positions, a master’s or higher degree is often required. Employers often want candidates who have experience working in the field, particularly for occupations such as registrars and academic deans. 

Education

Educational requirements vary for different positions. A bachelor’s degree may be sufficient, but a master’s degree or Ph.D. is generally required. Degrees can be in a variety of disciplines, such as social work, accounting, or marketing.

Provosts and deans often must have a Ph.D. Some provosts and deans begin their career as professors and later move into administration. These administrators have doctorates in the field in which they taught. Other provosts and deans have a Ph.D. in higher education or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Employers typically prefer to hire candidates who have several years of experience in a college administrative setting. Some postsecondary education administrators work in the registrar’s office or as a resident assistant while in college to gain the necessary experience. For other positions, such as those in admissions and student affairs, experience may or may not be necessary.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Postsecondary education administrators often need to be adept at working with computers so they can create and maintain databases and use computer programs to manage student and school records.

Interpersonal skills. Postsecondary education administrators need to build good relationships with colleagues, students, and parents. Those in admissions and student affairs need to be outgoing so they can encourage prospective students to apply to the school and existing students to participate in cocurricular activities.

Organizational skills. Administrators need to be organized so they can manage records, prioritize tasks, and coordinate the activities with their staff.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators often need to respond to difficult situations, develop creative solutions to problems, and react calmly when problems arise.

Advancement

Education administrators with advanced degrees can be promoted to higher level positions within their department or the college. Some become college presidents, an occupation which is discussed in the profile on top executives.

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Campus Director Career Paths

Campus Director
President
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Senior Vice President
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Regional Director Of Operations
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Corporate Director
Chief Finance Officer
13 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Development Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Area Director
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
National Director
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
National Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
School Director
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Director
Director Of Public Affairs
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Board Of Directors Member
Board President
6 Yearsyrs
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Compliance Director
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
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Campus Director Demographics

Gender

Male

48.3%

Female

41.3%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.3%

French

12.0%

German

7.4%

Portuguese

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

Russian

3.7%

Chinese

2.8%

Greek

2.8%

Hebrew

2.8%

Hindi

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Cheyenne

0.9%

Telugu

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Persian

0.9%

Bengali

0.9%

Polish

0.9%
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Campus Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.2%

Strayer University

12.0%

Walden University

6.8%

American InterContinental University

6.1%

Capella University

5.9%

Liberty University

5.9%

Webster University

5.0%

Nova Southeastern University

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.3%

Grand Canyon University

3.1%

University of South Florida

2.8%

Ball State University

2.8%

University of Texas at Austin

2.6%

University of Georgia

2.6%

University of North Texas

2.4%

Florida State University

2.4%

University of Florida

2.4%

Harvard University

2.4%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

2.2%

Pennsylvania State University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

30.3%

Educational Leadership

7.6%

Education

7.2%

Management

6.7%

Communication

5.2%

Human Resources Management

4.6%

Psychology

4.4%

Marketing

4.3%

Criminal Justice

4.1%

Political Science

3.4%

Counseling Psychology

2.6%

Nursing

2.6%

Finance

2.5%

Theology

2.3%

Elementary Education

2.2%

School Counseling

2.1%

Public Relations

2.1%

English

2.0%

Sociology

2.0%

Law

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

38.3%

Bachelors

36.8%

Other

10.9%

Doctorate

7.3%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$178,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Oakland, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Campus Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Campus Director in the United States is $87,734 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $178,000.

Real Campus Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Elementary Campus Lycee International de Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jul 06, 2015 $103,170
Campus Director Lycee International de Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2015 $92,500
Campus Director Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts Washington, DC Nov 01, 2010 $87,550
Campus Director Digital Imaging Arts, Inc. Washington, DC Nov 15, 2010 $87,550
Director of University Branch Campus South Baylo University Anaheim, CA Feb 15, 2010 $79,056
Director of University Branch Campus South Baylo University Anaheim, CA Mar 01, 2010 $79,056
Campus Director The Boyd School Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2012 $66,000
Director of Campus Life Clinton Communtiy College Plattsburgh, NY Jul 15, 2012 $42,000
Director of Campus Life Clinton Communtiy College Plattsburgh, NY Jul 16, 2012 $42,000

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Top Skills for A Campus Director

  1. Student Learning
  2. Financial Aid
  3. Staff Members
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  • Worked with faculty to enhance the course content and the student learning environment.
  • Provided effective financial management in areas such as financial aid processing accounts receivable, student loan defaults and bookstore operations.
  • Motivated and coached staff members by redefining individual success to incorporate factors leading to overall team success.
  • Participate in the curriculum development, revision and implementation process.
  • Developed and executed community outreach strategies, creating and defining organizational objectives.

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