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Working As A 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

  • $100,398

    Average Salary

What Does A Director 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 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. 

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
President/Owner 7.8 years
Owner/Director 6.5 years
Director/Manager 4.8 years
Division President 4.6 years
Principal 4.5 years
Executive Director 4.4 years
Managing Director 4.4 years
Division Manager 4.3 years
Vice President 4.3 years
Senior Manager 4.2 years
Systems Director 4.1 years
Corporate Director 4.0 years
Director 4.0 years
Finance Director 3.9 years
Banquet Director 3.9 years
Senior Director 3.9 years
President 3.9 years
District Director 3.9 years
Manager Officer 3.8 years
Corporate Manager 3.8 years
Service Director 3.8 years
Nutrition Director 3.8 years
Technical Director 3.8 years
Partner-Director 3.8 years
Group Manager 3.8 years
Area Director 3.7 years
School Director 3.6 years
Group Director 3.6 years
Planning Director 3.5 years
Division Director 3.5 years
Regional Director 3.5 years
Center Director 3.5 years
National Director 3.5 years
General Director 3.5 years
Contracts Director 3.5 years
Grants Director 3.5 years
Associate Director 3.5 years
State Director 3.5 years
Product Director 3.4 years
Logistics Director 3.4 years
Study Director 3.4 years
Health Director 3.4 years
Global Director 3.4 years
Hotel Director 3.4 years
Clinical Director 3.4 years
Program Director 3.3 years
Education Director 3.3 years
Branch Director 3.3 years
Agency Director 3.3 years
Hospital Director 3.3 years
Housing Director 3.3 years
Business Director 3.3 years
Practice Director 3.2 years
Deputy Director 3.2 years
Market Director 3.2 years
Project Director 3.1 years
Marketing Director 3.1 years
Account Director 3.1 years
Unit Director 3.1 years
Staffing Director 3.1 years
Director Of Events 3.0 years
Aquatic Director 3.0 years
Spa Director 2.9 years
Assistant Director 2.9 years
Country Director 2.9 years
Campus Director 2.8 years
Rooms Director 2.7 years
Co-Director 2.7 years
Solutions Director 2.7 years
Casting Director 2.7 years
Chief Of Staff 2.6 years
Executive Officer 2.5 years
Acting Director 2.2 years
Interim Director 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 14.6%
Teacher 7.0%
Internship 6.5%
Consultant 5.1%
Supervisor 4.2%
Instructor 3.3%
President 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.4%
Manager 6.8%
Teacher 5.3%
President 5.1%
Owner 4.5%
Internship 4.0%
Principal 3.9%
Instructor 3.3%

Director Demographics

Gender

Male

51.2%

Female

46.2%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.7%

French

13.7%

German

5.5%

Chinese

5.0%

Italian

4.1%

Portuguese

3.8%

Mandarin

3.6%

Japanese

3.1%

Russian

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Korean

1.8%

Hindi

1.4%

Carrier

1.2%

Cantonese

1.0%

Hebrew

0.9%

Greek

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Dutch

0.5%

Urdu

0.5%

Tagalog

0.5%
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Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.9%

New York University

7.6%

Liberty University

5.8%

Michigan State University

5.5%

George Washington University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Temple University

4.4%

Capella University

4.3%

Harvard University

4.3%

Walden University

4.2%

University of Florida

4.1%

University of Southern California

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Syracuse University

3.8%

Webster University

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

Northwestern University

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%

Ashford University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

27.7%

Management

6.2%

Communication

5.5%

Education

5.5%

Finance

5.5%

Psychology

5.2%

Marketing

4.8%

Nursing

4.7%

Accounting

4.3%

Elementary Education

3.5%

Political Science

3.3%

Law

2.9%

Social Work

2.8%

English

2.8%

Early Childhood Education

2.7%

Educational Leadership

2.7%

Computer Science

2.7%

Photography

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.7%

Masters

31.6%

Other

16.2%

Doctorate

6.1%

Associate

5.1%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Real Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Jun 13, 2016 $600,000
Director Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $600,000
Director Mousse Partners Limited New York, NY Mar 30, 2015 $560,000
Director Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH Jan 11, 2016 $528,000 -
$825,000
Surgical Director Lung Transplantation & Ecmo Massachusetts General Physician's Organization Boston, MA Jul 15, 2015 $500,000
Director Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $400,000
Investment Director Besen Ainslie LLC New York, NY Sep 20, 2016 $393,121
Investment Director Besen Ainslie LLC New York, NY Feb 10, 2016 $393,121
Director Deloitte Consulting LLP Arlington, VA Aug 30, 2016 $391,300
Director Deloitte Consulting LLP Deerfield, IL Aug 05, 2015 $380,000
Director Deloitte Consulting LLP Dallas, TX Aug 05, 2015 $380,000
Surgical Director of Intestine and Multivisceral Transplantation Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Feb 09, 2016 $375,000
Surgical Director of Intestine and Multivisceral Transplant Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Aug 01, 2015 $375,000
Director Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. New York, NY Aug 12, 2015 $360,000
Director A.T. Kearney, Inc. New York, NY May 09, 2015 $185,000
Director Crowell & Moring International, LLC Washington, DC Apr 30, 2016 $185,000
Director Campbell Alliance Group, Inc. Boston, MA Jan 07, 2015 $185,000
Director of Pharmacovigilance Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 05, 2016 $185,000
Director Alixpartners, LLP Chicago, IL Sep 11, 2016 $185,000
Advisory Director Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC Florham Park, NJ Jan 02, 2016 $185,000
Director Campbell Alliance Group, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 15, 2015 $185,000 -
$205,000
Director/Futures & Options Broker ICAP Corporates LLC Chicago, IL Aug 03, 2015 $139,110
Director, ERP Transformation H.B. Fuller Company Vadnais Heights, MN Aug 01, 2015 $139,110 -
$200,000
Director of Private Banking, Latam Prodigy Network Miami, LLC New York, NY Oct 09, 2016 $138,757 -
$140,000
Director of Spectrum Sunpower Corporation Richmond, CA Jan 10, 2016 $138,375
Director Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Oct 08, 2016 $138,362 -
$189,479
Director Visa U.S.A. Inc. Foster City, CA Jun 09, 2016 $138,362 -
$185,400
Director Blackrock Financial Management, Inc. New York, NY Dec 07, 2015 $138,200 -
$160,000
Director, Statistician Medco Health Services, Inc. Franklin Lakes, NJ Oct 02, 2016 $138,133

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Top Skills for A Director

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Top Director Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Strategic Plan
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with Central Billing Office to design policy and procedures for billing and collections processes per legal guidelines.
  • Prepare financial projections and operating budgets utilizing historical financial statements.
  • Develop strategic model to align with the company's strategic plan to capture expected product profitability for the whole retail business.
  • Managed a 45,000 square foot outpatient care facility consisting of 24 general and specialty physicians and 113 support staff.
  • Perform all administrative tasks including processing enrollments, attendance, health, and safety records.

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