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Working As A Director Of Administration & Finance

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $107,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Administration & Finance Do

Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

Duties

Financial managers typically do the following:

  • Prepare financial statements, business activity reports, and forecasts
  • Monitor financial details to ensure that legal requirements are met
  • Supervise employees who do financial reporting and budgeting
  • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs
  • Analyze market trends to maximize profits and find expansion opportunities
  • Help management make financial decisions

The role of the financial manager, particularly in business, is changing in response to technological advances that have substantially reduced the amount of time it takes to produce financial reports. Financial managers’ main responsibility used to be monitoring a company’s finances, but they now do more data analysis and advise senior managers on ways to maximize profits. They often work on teams, acting as business advisors to top executives.

Financial managers also do tasks that are specific to their organization or industry. For example, government financial managers must be experts on government appropriations and budgeting processes, and healthcare financial managers must know about topics in healthcare finance. Moreover, financial managers must be knowledgeable about special tax laws and regulations that affect their industry.

The following are examples of types of financial managers:

Chief financial officers (CFOs) are accountable for the accuracy of a company’s or organization’s financial reporting, especially among publicly traded companies. As head of a company’s entire financial department, they manage the lower level financial managers. They oversee the company’s financial goals, objectives, and budgets.

Controllers direct the preparation of financial reports that summarize and forecast the organization’s financial position, such as income statements, balance sheets, and analyses of future earnings or expenses. Controllers also are in charge of preparing special reports required by governmental agencies that regulate businesses. Often, controllers oversee the accounting, audit, and budget departments of their organization.

Treasurers and finance officers direct their organization’s budgets to meet its financial goals. They oversee the investment of funds and carry out strategies to raise capital (such as issuing stocks or bonds) to support the firm’s expansion. They also develop financial plans for mergers (two companies joining together) and acquisitions (one company buying another).

Credit managers oversee their firm’s credit business. They set credit-rating criteria, determine credit ceilings, and monitor the collections of past-due accounts.

Cash managers monitor and control the flow of cash that comes in and goes out of the company to meet the company’s business and investment needs. For example, they must project cash flow (amounts coming in and going out) to determine whether the company will have a shortage or surplus of cash. 

Risk managers control financial risk by using strategies to limit or offset the probability of a financial loss or a company’s exposure to financial uncertainty. Among the risks they try to limit are those that stem from currency or commodity price changes.

Insurance managers decide how best to limit a company’s losses by obtaining insurance against risks, such as the need to make disability payments for an employee who gets hurt on the job or the costs imposed by a lawsuit against the company.

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How To Become A Director Of Administration & Finance

Financial managers typically have a bachelor’s degree and 5 years or more of experience in another business or financial occupation, such as an accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst.

Education

A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, or business administration is often the minimum education needed for financial managers. However, many employers now seek candidates with a master’s degree, preferably in business administration, finance, or economics. These academic programs help students develop analytical skills and learn financial analysis methods and software.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Professional certification is not required, but some financial managers still get it to demonstrate a level of competence. The CFA Institute confers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification to investment professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of work experience, and pass three exams. The Association for Financial Professionals confers the Certified Treasury Professional credential to those who pass an exam and have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Financial managers usually have experience in another business or financial occupation. For example, they may have worked as a loan officer, accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst. 

In some cases, companies provide formal management training programs to help prepare highly motivated and skilled financial workers to become financial managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial managers increasingly are assisting executives in making decisions that affect their organization, a task which requires analytical ability.

Communication skills. Excellent communication skills are essential because financial managers must explain and justify complex financial transactions.

Detail oriented. In preparing and analyzing reports such as balance sheets and income statements, financial managers must be precise and attentive to their work in order to avoid errors.

Math skills. Financial managers must be skilled in math, including algebra. An understanding of international finance and complex financial documents also is important.

Organizational skills. Financial managers deal with a range of information and documents and so they must stay organized to do their jobs effectively.

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Director Of Administration & Finance Career Paths

Director Of Administration & Finance
Chief Finance Officer
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Finance Vice President
Senior Vice President
13 Yearsyrs
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Senior Director
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Director Of Finance
Controller, Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Controller/Director Of Finance
Finance Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Director
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
President
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Program Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Center Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President Of Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Development Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Business Director
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Finance Director 4.0 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Finance Manager 3.7 years
Top Careers Before Director Of Administration & Finance
Controller 16.4%
Accountant 5.7%
Consultant 3.1%
Manager 3.1%
Top Careers After Director Of Administration & Finance
Controller 15.2%
Consultant 8.0%
Accountant 3.6%
Director 2.6%

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Director Of Administration & Finance Demographics

Gender

Male

50.0%

Female

41.0%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.7%

French

15.9%

German

6.1%

Italian

6.1%

Portuguese

4.9%

Cantonese

3.7%

Chinese

2.4%

Macedonian

2.4%

Bosnian

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Serbian

2.4%

Croatian

2.4%

Mandarin

1.2%

Wolof

1.2%

Dari

1.2%
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Director Of Administration & Finance Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.9%

New York University

8.9%

Pace University - New York

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

5.2%

Northeastern University

4.9%

Suffolk University

4.6%

American University

4.3%

George Washington University

4.0%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.0%

Strayer University

4.0%

University of Oklahoma

4.0%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

Pepperdine University

3.4%

University of Delaware

3.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.1%

Harvard University

3.1%

Florida International University

3.1%

Drexel University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

34.2%

Accounting

29.3%

Finance

15.0%

Management

6.0%

Economics

2.0%

Public Administration

1.7%

Education

1.3%

Human Resources Management

1.3%

Political Science

1.2%

Psychology

1.0%

Law

1.0%

Marketing

0.9%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.9%

Health Care Administration

0.8%

Project Management

0.8%

Taxation

0.6%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.5%

Small Business Management

0.5%

Liberal Arts

0.5%

Information Technology

0.5%
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Degrees

Masters

43.3%

Bachelors

37.0%

Other

10.5%

Certificate

3.7%

Associate

2.7%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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$62,000
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$107,000
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Director Of Administration & Finance make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Administration & Finance in the United States is $107,899 per year or $52 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $62,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $186,000.

Real Director Of Administration & Finance Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Finance and Administration ECKA Granules of America Orangeburg, SC Nov 13, 2009 $181,220
Director of Administration & Finance Evolution Advance, Inc. Miami Lakes, FL Feb 29, 2016 $168,542
Director of Administration & Finance Art Bordados, Inc. Doral, FL Jun 15, 2016 $168,542
Director of Finance and Administration University of Colorado Aurora, CO Sep 01, 2015 $168,000
Finance and Administration Director International Airline Training Academy, Inc. Napa, CA Sep 01, 2014 $150,000
Director of Finance and Admin., Vaccine Access & Delivery Path Seattle, WA Feb 25, 2016 $147,514 -
$221,736
Director of Finance and Administration Cognitive Scale Austin, TX Mar 02, 2016 $125,000
Director of Finance and Administration Saint-Gobain Sekurit USA, Inc. Shelby, MI Sep 01, 2009 $121,800 -
$131,800
Director of Finance and Administration Saint-Gobain Sekurit USA, Inc. Shelby, MI Aug 11, 2009 $121,800 -
$131,800
Director Finance & Administration H.C. Starck, Inc. Newton, MA Oct 01, 2009 $120,000
Director of Finance and Administration Reporting Cognitive Scale, Inc. Austin, TX Jan 05, 2015 $115,000 -
$125,000
Director of Finance and Administration "I Have A Dream" Foundation New York, NY Mar 01, 2015 $107,245
Director, Corporate Finance & Data Administration Alliance Healthcare Services Newport Beach, CA Oct 07, 2010 $100,000
Director of Finance and Administration Prodigy Resources, LLC Denver, CO Jan 28, 2016 $98,280
Director of Finance and Administration Tsinghua Education Foundation N.A. Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 12, 2015 $95,000
Director of Finance and Administration "I Have A Dream" Foundation New York, NY Mar 01, 2012 $95,000
Director, Finance & Administration Omnihealth Biosciences Corporation Weston, MA Jan 10, 2016 $90,000
Director of Finance and Administration Howard University Washington, DC Feb 19, 2015 $85,000
Director of Finance and Administration Vick Companies, Inc. Williamsburg, VA Aug 25, 2016 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Director Of Administration & Finance

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. Procedures
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  • Processed monthly Financial Statements detailed G/L analysis, prepared budget forecasting system for grant management and spending allocations.
  • Developed and implemented new payroll procedures to ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations.
  • Conducted employee evaluations, handled complaints, resolved problems as well as developed and revised organizational policies and procedures.
  • Developed and instituted a comprehensive financial forecasting system to accurately plan cash flow and ensure compliance with debt covenants.
  • Compiled and maintained all documents required for successful external audits.

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