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Working As A Corporate Director

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • $143,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Corporate Director Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become A Corporate Director

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Average Length of Employment
Corporate Director 4.0 years
Director 3.8 years
Corporate Manager 3.7 years
Top Careers Before Corporate Director
Director 10.0%
Manager 8.7%
Controller 5.0%
Consultant 4.6%
Owner 3.0%
Top Careers After Corporate Director
Consultant 9.1%
Director 7.8%
President 5.1%
Controller 3.9%
Owner 3.2%
Principal 3.2%

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Corporate Director Demographics

Gender

Male

59.8%

Female

31.2%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.7%

French

12.3%

Portuguese

7.7%

Italian

5.8%

German

4.5%

Russian

3.9%

Japanese

3.2%

Chinese

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Carrier

1.9%

Czech

1.3%

Dutch

1.3%

Dakota

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Indonesian

0.6%

Somali

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Occidental

0.6%

Arabic

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%
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Corporate Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.2%

New York University

6.8%

Michigan State University

6.4%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

Purdue University

5.3%

Ohio State University

5.2%

Arizona State University

4.6%

Fordham University

4.1%

Cornell University

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

George Washington University

3.8%

DePaul University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

University of Chicago

3.8%

University of Connecticut

3.7%

Johnson & Wales University

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

Northwestern University

3.4%

Webster University

3.3%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.3%
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Majors

Business

36.1%

Accounting

12.2%

Finance

10.3%

Management

7.0%

Marketing

4.3%

Human Resources Management

3.3%

Communication

3.1%

Nursing

3.0%

Psychology

2.4%

Economics

2.2%

Political Science

2.2%

Education

2.1%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Law

2.0%

Hospitality Management

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Computer Science

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Biology

1.0%

Electrical Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.6%

Masters

37.1%

Other

12.9%

Doctorate

3.5%

Associate

3.4%

Certificate

3.0%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.2%
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$100,000
Min 10%
$143,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
South Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Corporate Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Corporate Director in the United States is $144,139 per year or $69 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $100,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $206,000.

Real Corporate Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Corporate Risk Wison Floating Systems, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $285,000
Director, Corporate Banking (Consumer and Retail) Merrill Lynch New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $240,000 -
$260,000
Director of Corporate Planning Apache Corporation Houston, TX May 05, 2014 $225,000
Director, Global Banking Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions Group Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. New York, NY Sep 03, 2016 $225,000
Director, Origination/Corporate Coverage Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 10, 2015 $225,000
Director of Corporate Planning Apache Corporation Houston, TX Jul 12, 2015 $225,000
Director, Sector Corporate Finance, Energy America RBS Securities Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $200,000
Director, Sector Corporate Finance, Energy America RBS Securities Inc. Houston, TX Aug 03, 2012 $200,000
Senior Corporate Strategy Director Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2016 $197,475
Director, Corporate & Social Responsibility Aecom Technology Corporation New York, NY Oct 14, 2014 $192,858
Director, Corporate Consulting EMC Corporation Hopkinton, MA Oct 13, 2016 $188,115 -
$206,800
Director, Origination/Corporate Coverage Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2016 $183,477 -
$250,510
Director, Head of Global Corporate Real Estate Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 30, 2015 $180,000
Director, Origination/Corporate Coverage Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 08, 2014 $175,000 -
$225,000
Director-Corporate Finance-Merger Integration FTI, LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 22, 2015 $147,410 -
$160,000
Director, Corporate Governance JH Cohn, LLP Roseland, NJ Aug 26, 2011 $147,000
Audit Director, Corporate Governance News America Incorporated New York, NY Jul 13, 2011 $146,100
Director of Corporate Solutions Group Unicredit Bank AG New York, NY Sep 23, 2015 $145,101 -
$246,100
Director Corporate Ratings (Ratings Analytical) Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC New York, NY Sep 02, 2013 $145,000 -
$155,000
Director, Corporate Finance Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. Irvine, CA Jan 09, 2016 $141,650
Audit Director, Corporate Governance News America Incorporated New York, NY Jul 02, 2010 $139,800
Director, Corporate Pricing Oversight Prudential Insurance Company of America Newark, NJ Aug 26, 2016 $122,000 -
$157,200
Director, Corporate Finance MacQuarie Aircraft Leasing Services (Us) Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 14, 2012 $121,638 -
$186,000
Director of Corporate Finance (Principal Financial Analyst) PLS, Inc. Houston, TX May 20, 2015 $120,000
Director of Corporate Finance 5Barz International, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 04, 2012 $120,000
Director of Corporate Finance 5Barz International, Inc. Mission Viejo, CA Sep 24, 2011 $120,000
Director of Corporate Finance 5Barz International, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 14, 2011 $120,000
Director of Corporate Finance 5Barz International, Inc. Miami, FL Jan 17, 2011 $120,000

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Top Skills for A Corporate Director

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Procedures
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  • Reviewed and analyzed foreign currencies hedge budget, divisional financial statements, management reports, and corporate presentations.
  • Maintain accurate and well-organized documentation on all candidates, searches, hiring manager interactions and other hiring activities to ensure compliance.
  • Designed and implemented system-wide research administration policies and procedures that controlled all clinical research and grants activities.
  • Developed and conducted a survey that evaluated current research capabilities and capacity, resulting in a system-wide strategic plan.
  • Spearheaded lease negotiation, design-build processes, construction and relocation project management, facilities management, office administration and purchasing.

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