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Working As A Director Of Instruction

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $71,486

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Instruction Do

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, the office of the registrar, or student affairs.

Duties

Postsecondary education administrators who work in admissions decide if potential students should be admitted to the school. They typically do the following:

  • Determine how many students to admit to the school
  • Meet with prospective students and encourage them to apply
  • Review applications to determine if each potential student should be admitted
  • Analyze data about applicants and admitted students
  • Prepare promotional materials about the school

Many admissions counselors are assigned a region of the country and travel to that region to speak to high school counselors and students.

Admissions officers often work with the financial aid department, which helps students determine if they are able to afford tuition and creates packages of federal and institutional financial aid, if necessary.

Postsecondary education administrators who work in the registrar’s office, sometimes called registrars, maintain student and course records. They typically do the following:

  • Schedule and register students for classes
  • Schedule space and times for classes
  • Ensure that students meet graduation requirements
  • Plan commencement ceremonies
  • Prepare transcripts and diplomas for students
  • Produce data about students and classes
  • Maintain the academic records of the institution

Registrars have different duties throughout the school year. Before students register for classes, registrars must prepare schedules and course offerings. During registration and for the beginning of the semester, they help students sign up for, drop, and add courses. Toward the end of the semester, they plan graduation and ensure that students meet the requirements to graduate. Registrars need computer skills to create and maintain databases.

Postsecondary education administrators who work in student affairs are responsible for a variety of cocurricular school functions, such as student athletics and activities. They typically do the following:

  • Advise students on topics such as housing issues, personal problems, or academics
  • Communicate with parents or guardians
  • Create, support, and assess nonacademic programs for students
  • Schedule programs and services, such as athletic events or recreational activities

Postsecondary education administrators in student affairs can specialize in student activities, housing and residential life, or multicultural affairs. In student activities, they plan events and advise student clubs and organizations. In housing and residential life, they assign students rooms and roommates, ensure that residential facilities are well maintained, and train student workers, such as residential advisers. Education administrators who specialize in multicultural affairs plan events to celebrate different cultures and diverse backgrounds. Sometimes, they manage multicultural centers on campus.

Postsecondary education administrators can be provosts or academic deans. Provosts, also called chief academic officers, help college presidents develop academic policies, participate in making faculty appointments and tenure decisions, and manage budgets. Academic deans direct and coordinate the activities of the individual colleges or schools. For example, in a large university, a dean may oversee the law school.

Education administrators’ duties depend on the size of their college or university. Small schools often have smaller staffs who take on many different responsibilities, but larger schools may have different offices for each of these functions. For example, at a small college, the Office of Student Life may oversee student athletics and other activities, whereas a large university may have an Athletics Department.

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How To Become A Director Of Instruction

Although a bachelor’s degree may be acceptable for some entry-level positions, a master’s or higher degree is often required. Employers often want candidates who have experience working in the field, particularly for occupations such as registrars and academic deans. 

Education

Educational requirements vary for different positions. A bachelor’s degree may be sufficient, but a master’s degree or Ph.D. is generally required. Degrees can be in a variety of disciplines, such as social work, accounting, or marketing.

Provosts and deans often must have a Ph.D. Some provosts and deans begin their career as professors and later move into administration. These administrators have doctorates in the field in which they taught. Other provosts and deans have a Ph.D. in higher education or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Employers typically prefer to hire candidates who have several years of experience in a college administrative setting. Some postsecondary education administrators work in the registrar’s office or as a resident assistant while in college to gain the necessary experience. For other positions, such as those in admissions and student affairs, experience may or may not be necessary.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Postsecondary education administrators often need to be adept at working with computers so they can create and maintain databases and use computer programs to manage student and school records.

Interpersonal skills. Postsecondary education administrators need to build good relationships with colleagues, students, and parents. Those in admissions and student affairs need to be outgoing so they can encourage prospective students to apply to the school and existing students to participate in cocurricular activities.

Organizational skills. Administrators need to be organized so they can manage records, prioritize tasks, and coordinate the activities with their staff.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators often need to respond to difficult situations, develop creative solutions to problems, and react calmly when problems arise.

Advancement

Education administrators with advanced degrees can be promoted to higher level positions within their department or the college. Some become college presidents, an occupation which is discussed in the profile on top executives.

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Director Of Instruction Demographics

Gender

Male

50.8%

Female

47.1%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

64.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.8%

French

15.8%

Portuguese

8.4%

German

5.3%

Mandarin

4.2%

Russian

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Swedish

2.1%

Korean

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Irish

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Turkish

1.1%

Romanian

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Danish

1.1%

Indonesian

1.1%

Tahitian

1.1%
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Director Of Instruction Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Florida State University

8.3%

Walden University

6.7%

Liberty University

6.7%

University of North Texas

5.2%

University of Houston

5.2%

Capella University

5.2%

Grand Canyon University

5.2%

New York University

4.7%

San Francisco State University

4.7%

Troy University

4.7%

Ball State University

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Central Michigan University

4.1%

George Washington University

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Nova Southeastern University

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

16.0%

Educational Leadership

14.2%

Education

11.8%

Elementary Education

7.1%

Communication

4.9%

Psychology

4.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.6%

Educational Technology

4.4%

Curriculum And Instruction

4.1%

English

4.0%

Nursing

3.8%

Music

3.6%

Management

3.2%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Marketing

2.6%

Theatre

2.1%

Fine Arts

1.7%

Law

1.7%

Photography

1.5%

Political Science

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

36.8%

Bachelors

25.4%

Other

19.1%

Doctorate

10.1%

Associate

4.1%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Real Director Of Instruction Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Phd/Instructor In Medicine/Dir. of International I Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Brookline, MA Jul 01, 2012 $175,000
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Hebrew Language Academy Charter School New York, NY Jun 26, 2016 $137,917
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Hebrew Language Academy Charter School New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $130,000
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Hebrew Language Academy Charter School New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $123,600
Directof of Curriculum and Instruction Hebrew Language Academy Charter School New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $123,600
Director of Curriculum and Insruction Hebrew Language Academy Charter School New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $123,600
Director of Currriculum and Instruction Hebrew Language Academy Charter School New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $123,600
Director-Instructional Technology Education Suppor University of Connecticut Health Center Farmington, CT Feb 05, 2010 $120,000
Director-Instructional Technology Education Suppor University of Connecticut Health Center Farmington, CT Feb 19, 2010 $120,000
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Hebrew Language Academy Charter School New York, NY Jul 05, 2011 $120,000
Director-Instructional Technology Education Suppor University of Connecticut Health Center Farmington, CT Feb 09, 2010 $120,000
Director of Instruction TIY Academy LLC Austin, TX Nov 23, 2015 $115,000 -
$135,000
Instruction Director Tiger Sports Academy, Inc. Dumfries, VA Nov 25, 2011 $73,819
Instruction Director Chun Ma Taekwondo Inc. Virginia Beach, VA Sep 17, 2015 $72,987
Director/Instructor Louisiana State University and A & M College Baton Rouge, LA Sep 01, 2010 $60,442
Director/Instructor Louisiana State University and A & M College Baton Rouge, LA Sep 01, 2013 $60,442
Director of Instructional Design Lewis University Romeoville, IL Sep 21, 2009 $60,000
Golf Instruction Director GCGI Partners, Inc. Murrieta, CA Dec 14, 2015 $56,784
Instructor/Director of Mac (Mathematics Advancement Center) Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL Oct 20, 2014 $56,750
Instructional Director DR. Choi's Academy, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 24, 2010 $56,119
Director of Instruction Southwest Soccer Club Temecula, CA Nov 01, 2010 $49,150
Instruction Director State Career School, Inc. Waukegan, IL Oct 01, 2010 $48,610
Instruction Director State Career School Inc. Waukegan, IL Sep 15, 2010 $48,610
Director, Instructional Development/Research Campus California TG Etna, CA Jun 02, 2010 $47,133
Director of Sports Instruction Services/Ass't MGR Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club Tampa, FL Jul 10, 2012 $46,904
Instructional Director Secor Sleep Diagnostic Center LLC Towson, MD Nov 02, 2011 $46,000
Ballet Instructor/Director (Choreographer) Karen's School of Dance Highland, MI May 17, 2010 $45,914
Instructor and Director of Keyboard Instrument TEC State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, NY Jun 01, 2014 $45,500

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Top Skills for A Director Of Instruction

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  1. Curriculum
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Instructional Design
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  • Managed daily operations of post secondary vocational school overseeing admissions and curriculum development, hiring personnel, and payroll.
  • Worked with teachers in Classroom Management and offered ideas to make things work effectively.
  • Provided instructional design leadership during development of online courses in a variety of disciplines.
  • Designed, developed and maintained over 200 online courses in conjunction with faculty.
  • Established policies and procedures and implemented comprehensive training programs that enhanced knowledge and technical skills.

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  4. Rhode Island
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  6. Delaware
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Nevada
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