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Working As A Director/Manager

  • 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

  • $126,211

    Average Salary

What Does A Director/Manager 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/Manager

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
Owner/Manager 6.7 years
Owner/Director 6.5 years
Director/Manager 5.0 years
Managing Director 4.4 years
Division Manager 4.3 years
Operations Manager 4.1 years
Manager Executive 4.0 years
Manager/Partner 3.9 years
Partner-Director 3.8 years
Area Manager 3.8 years
Director 3.7 years
Manager 3.7 years
Area Director 3.7 years
Head Operator 3.5 years
Branch Director 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 13.9%
Director 6.8%
Teacher 4.5%
Internship 4.3%
Supervisor 4.2%
Consultant 3.6%
Top Employers After
Director 9.6%
Manager 8.2%
Consultant 7.9%
Owner 5.2%

Director/Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

52.5%

Female

45.6%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

80.2%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.4%

French

11.3%

Japanese

5.3%

German

4.5%

Italian

3.8%

Russian

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Korean

2.3%

Chinese

2.3%

Polish

2.3%

Swedish

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Hebrew

1.5%

Swahili

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%

Igbo

0.8%

Bengali

0.8%
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Director/Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.7%

New York University

7.1%

Cornell University

5.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

Walden University

4.7%

Capella University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

Michigan State University

3.9%

George Washington University

3.5%

University of Pennsylvania

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%

Boston College

3.5%

University of Washington

3.5%

DePaul University

3.5%

Purdue University

3.5%

University of Oregon

3.5%

Oklahoma State University

3.5%

Villanova University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

31.6%

Management

7.8%

Marketing

5.4%

Accounting

5.3%

Nursing

4.8%

Communication

4.8%

Psychology

4.7%

Finance

4.7%

Education

3.8%

Graphic Design

3.5%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Computer Science

3.0%

Human Resources Management

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Political Science

2.2%

Kinesiology

2.1%

Biology

2.0%

Elementary Education

2.0%

English

2.0%

Real Estate

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.8%

Masters

24.7%

Other

19.7%

Associate

8.0%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

4.2%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.7%
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Real Director/Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director (Portfolio Manager, Arbitrage) Sunrise Partners Limited Partnership Greenwich, CT May 21, 2010 $200,000
Director, FIN MGR PVG Merrill Lynch New York, NY Nov 24, 2016 $175,000
Director (Product Marketing Manager Management) Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 13, 2010 $162,306
Director, Manager Market Risk Natixis North America LLC New York, NY Dec 13, 2013 $160,000
Director, Wocs (Credit Analyst Manager) Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 24, 2016 $159,982
Dir-Bus Dev/Strat Plng (Manager-Product Management/Dev) Verizon Corporate Resources Group Ridgefield, NJ Dec 03, 2016 $159,920
Director, Analysis Manager Dunnhumby Inc. Cincinnati, OH Oct 11, 2016 $147,035 -
$160,000
Success Manager-Director Salesforce.Com Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 06, 2016 $141,128
Director, Analysis Manager Dunnhumby Inc. West Sacramento, CA Dec 05, 2016 $132,000 -
$150,000
Director, Success Manager Sundaysky, Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $129,540
Dynamics AX Analyst, Manager (Director Financial Systems) KLX Energy Services, LLC Houston, TX Jul 28, 2016 $125,000
Product Strategy Director (Marketing Manager) Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico LLC F/K/A San J San Juan, PR Dec 01, 2012 $125,000
Product Strategy Director (Marketing Manager) San Juan Cable, LLC San Juan, PR Dec 01, 2012 $125,000
Product Strategy Director (Marketing Manager) Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico, LLC F/K/A San San Juan, PR Dec 03, 2012 $125,000
Director (Investment Fund Manager) EG USA LLC Austin, TX Jul 15, 2015 $120,000
Manager/Director, Department of Medicine Cambridge Public Health Commission Cambridge, MA Oct 04, 2015 $93,184 -
$120,740
Manager Director Loccioni USA, Inc. College Park, MD Dec 14, 2015 $93,000
Director (Financial Manager) FTI, LLC New York, NY Dec 10, 2009 $90,251 -
$122,221
Director (Financial Manager) FTI, LLC New York, NY Mar 01, 2010 $90,251 -
$122,221
Director (Financial Manager) FTI, LLC New York, NY Apr 01, 2010 $90,251 -
$122,221
Porject Manager (Support Director) Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group Inc. Houston, TX Dec 15, 2011 $87,900 -
$158,200
Director (Manager of Middle East Operations) Qorvis Communications, LLC Washington, DC Oct 01, 2010 $85,000
Sales Director/Manager Lifes2Good Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 23, 2010 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Director/Manager

ProceduresFinancialReportsCustomerServiceEnsureCompliancePayrollProductsSafetyProgramFacilityCompanyPoliciesSuperviseHumanResourcesWebAdditionalOversightDailyOperationsProjectManagementEmergencyCustomerSatisfactionStaffMembersBusinessDevelopment

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Top Director/Manager Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Financial Reports
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop and revise all agency policies and procedures relative to the mental health care and sex offender treatment provided to inmates.
  • Interpreted financial reports and provide expertise on revenue vs. expenses.
  • Initiated client call/feedback lists and procedures for ultimate customer services and satisfaction.
  • Developed new policies and procedures for the Clinical Laboratory departmental functions to ensure compliance.
  • Managed front office operations, prepared various monthly and yearly reports, and managed the Housing departments payroll.

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