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Working As A Chief 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

  • $112,895

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief 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 A Chief 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
Master Sergeant 14.8 years
Operations Manager 4.1 years
Chief Of Service 4.1 years
Chief Deputy 3.9 years
Division Chief 3.7 years
Branch Chief 3.4 years
Operations Officer 3.2 years
Chief Of Staff 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Instructor 6.0%
Officer 5.3%
Recruiter 4.1%
Manager 3.6%
Supervisor 3.1%
Top Employers After
Director 6.4%
Fire Chief 4.3%
Instructor 3.7%
Consultant 3.5%

Chief Of Operations Demographics

Gender

Male

82.7%

Female

15.3%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

81.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.5%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.1%

French

8.8%

Russian

6.6%

German

5.1%

Italian

3.7%

Chinese

3.7%

Mandarin

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Hindi

2.2%

Dari

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Turkish

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Persian

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Swedish

0.7%
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Chief Of Operations Education

Schools

Webster University

13.0%

University of Phoenix

11.8%

Community College of the Air Force

10.1%

Troy University

7.2%

American University

5.0%

Central Michigan University

4.7%

Columbia Southern University

4.5%

Excelsior College

4.5%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

The Academy

3.7%

Central Texas College

3.7%

Strayer University

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.3%

Ashford University

3.3%

Liberty University

3.2%

George Washington University

3.0%

Naval Postgraduate School

3.0%

University of Oklahoma

2.8%

U.S. Army War College

2.7%

Air University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

27.7%

Management

9.2%

Criminal Justice

7.4%

International Relations

5.5%

Human Resources Management

4.3%

Education

3.9%

Fire Science And Protection

3.9%

Public Administration

3.7%

Political Science

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Homeland Security

3.5%

History

3.1%

Psychology

3.0%

Aviation

2.8%

Finance

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Project Management

2.5%

Supply Chain Management

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

General Studies

2.2%
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Degrees

Masters

35.5%

Bachelors

28.5%

Other

19.5%

Associate

7.8%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

3.5%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Chief Of Operations Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief of Operations Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Anchorage, AK Sep 13, 2010 $385,000 -
$585,000
Chief Operations Petrophysicist QO Inc. Houston, TX Nov 19, 2015 $371,250
Chief Operating Chemist ASI/Silica MacHinery, LLC Gardena, CA Oct 22, 2014 $300,000
Chief Operating Chemist ASI/Silica MacHinery LLC Gardena, CA Sep 21, 2016 $300,000
Chief of Operations Exact Resources Inc. Seattle, WA Apr 28, 2013 $250,440
Chief of Operations Exact Resources Inc. Seattle, WA May 02, 2011 $250,440
Chief Operations Manager Cadogan Management, LLC New York, NY Jan 24, 2011 $250,000
Chief Operating Executive Southwire Company Carrollton, GA Sep 10, 2014 $243,485
Chief Operations Manager Xcoal Energy & Resources Latrobe, PA Oct 01, 2013 $200,000
Chief Operations Manager Xcoal Energy & Resources Latrobe, PA Sep 15, 2014 $200,000
Chief Operations Manager Xcoal Energy & Resources Latrobe, PA Dec 19, 2014 $200,000
Chief Operations Manager EXYN Technologies, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 17, 2016 $200,000
Chief Operations Manager Eagle Integration Services LLC Houston, TX Sep 19, 2011 $162,000
Chief Operations Manager Eagle Integration Services LLC Houston, TX Sep 22, 2011 $162,000
Chief, Wildlife Capture Operations Native Range Inc. Oxnard, CA Jul 01, 2013 $161,680
Chief, Wildlife Capture Operations Native Range, Inc. CA Nov 28, 2011 $161,000
Chief Operations Engineer (Operations Manager) Technicolr USA, Inc. New York, NY Oct 22, 2010 $160,000
Chief Operations Manager Martifer-Hirschfeld Energy Systems, LLC San Angelo, TX Oct 01, 2011 $160,000 -
$180,000
Chief US Operations Ecoya USA Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 25, 2011 $160,000
Chief Operations Manager Xcoal Energy & Resources Latrobe, PA Jan 14, 2013 $150,000
Chief Operations Manager Xcoal Energy & Resources Latrobe, PA Mar 28, 2011 $150,000
Chief Operations Manager Xcoal Energy & Resources Latrobe, PA Apr 11, 2011 $150,000
Chief, Wildlife Capture Operations Quicksilver Air Inc. Fairbanks, AK Jun 10, 2010 $100,000
Chief Instructor of Military Parachute Operations Perris Valley Aviation Services, Inc. Perris, CA Mar 02, 2015 $100,000
Chief Operations Executive Saftpay, Inc. Miami Beach, FL Mar 12, 2010 $99,000
Chief Operations Manager I. Kunik Company McAllen, TX Dec 12, 2012 $96,200 -
$96,210
Chief Operations Office Manager Specialized Radiology Services Roanoke, VA Nov 30, 2011 $92,466
Chief Operations Office Manager Specialized Radiology Services Roanoke, VA Nov 30, 2011 $90,000
Chief Operations Manager/General Manager Chima Philadelphia, LLC Philadelphia, PA Sep 22, 2010 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Of Operations

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Top Chief Of Operations Skills

  1. Military Personnel
  2. Procedures
  3. Commander
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated contracts and engaged Jordanian civilian and military personnel to ensure the US military presence in the country was adequately sustained.
  • Authored 2 AFSOC supplements and approved 10 installation procedures ensuring safe airspace for 100K annual flying ops.
  • Authored 12 opposing force briefs, identifying threats/vulnerabilities to eight base commanders decreasing disclosures 68%.
  • Oversee the planned and preventive maintenance plan, Lockout/Tag out, confined space entry, and safety equipment plan.
  • Directed fire crews to combat aircraft, structural and miscellaneous fires; protecting 10-thousand people and 32 aircraft worth $1.9-billion.

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