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Working As A Deputy Director

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $117,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Deputy Director Do

The primary duties of a Deputy Director include project development, client relations and management, and business development. They also mentor and coach the personnel of companies.

How To Become A Deputy Director

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. 


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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Real Deputy Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Deputy Director and Chief Officer for Global Strat Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York, NY Oct 02, 2014 $371,423
Deputy Director, External Relations Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston, MA Dec 01, 2013 $310,000
Deputy Director-Program Integration and Coordination (Seni Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Sacramento, CA Sep 15, 2016 $200,096
Deputy Director International Planned Parenthood Federation/WHR New York, NY Apr 05, 2013 $200,000
Deputy Director, Iaasb International Federation of Accountants New York, NY Sep 15, 2013 $197,000
Deputy Director, Iaasb International Federation of Accountants New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $193,000
Deputy Director, Crops Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle, WA Mar 02, 2015 $191,000 -
Deputy Director, Iaasb International Federation of Accountants New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $190,000
Deputy Director, Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research (Gheor) Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals NJ Jan 21, 2016 $188,115
Physicist-Deputy Director of Rhic/Atlas Computing Facility Brookhaven National Laboratory NY Nov 04, 2016 $184,616

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Top Skills for A Deputy Director


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Top Deputy Director Skills

  1. Personnel Management
  2. Policy Development
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed personnel management, quality improvement, logistic functions and management indicators in accordance with Army Regulations.
  • Led the discussion and policy development involving U.S. military actions, policies and strategies in Africa.
  • Assisted in the formulation and development of overall administrative policy and procedures.
  • Designed and implemented financial management and accountability procedures for all project activity in both countries.
  • Provided key program oversight of the National Logistics organization.

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