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Working As A Director Of Operations And Development

  • 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

  • $108,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Operations And Development 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 Of Operations And Development

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
Top Careers Before Director Of Operations And Development
Director 6.3%
Manager 5.4%
Consultant 3.8%
Internship 3.4%
President 2.9%
Top Careers After Director Of Operations And Development
Consultant 9.4%
Director 6.3%
President 5.6%
Principal 3.5%
Owner 2.8%

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Director Of Operations And Development Demographics

Gender

Male

62.2%

Female

27.8%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

8.9%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.6%

French

10.9%

Portuguese

9.1%

Japanese

7.3%

German

5.5%

Mandarin

5.5%

Chinese

3.6%

Russian

1.8%

Turkish

1.8%

Romanian

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Italian

1.8%
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Director Of Operations And Development Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.6%

Arizona State University

6.5%

Pepperdine University

5.2%

University of Chicago

5.2%

Michigan State University

4.6%

University of Southern California

4.6%

Cornell University

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Temple University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Georgia State University

3.9%

New York University

3.9%

West Virginia University

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

University of Houston

3.9%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%
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Majors

Business

42.7%

Management

7.3%

Finance

6.3%

Marketing

5.7%

Political Science

4.0%

Communication

3.6%

Computer Science

3.1%

Human Resources Management

3.1%

Psychology

3.0%

Accounting

2.6%

English

2.3%

Economics

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.0%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

History

1.8%

Hospitality Management

1.8%

Kinesiology

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Nursing

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.7%

Masters

34.2%

Other

14.5%

Doctorate

3.6%

Associate

2.8%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$65,000
Min 10%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
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$108,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Director Of Operations And Development make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Operations And Development in the United States is $108,135 per year or $52 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $177,000.

Real Director Of Operations And Development Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Operations and Development Analytics Snaps Media Inc. New York, NY Jul 12, 2016 $135,000
Director, Operational Development Eurofins Medinet, LLC Chantilly, VA Feb 14, 2012 $135,000 -
$170,000
Director of Operations & Product Development Bikes and Life LLC Johns Creek, GA Sep 11, 2015 $130,000
Director, Operations and Business Development Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy LLC Stamford, CT Mar 26, 2012 $130,000
Director, Insync Development/Operations Md Online Solutions, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Aug 23, 2013 $125,000
Director of Campaign and Development Operations Pathfinder International Watertown Town, MA Sep 16, 2010 $120,000 -
$150,000
Director, Operations and Business Development Boxpay Us, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 01, 2012 $115,000
Director of Farm Operations and Development KFO, Inc. Thermal, CA May 22, 2014 $104,350
Director of Operations & Business Development Internet Brands, Inc. El Segundo, CA Jul 03, 2016 $100,000 -
$120,000
Director, Development Operations Mindshift Technologies Inc. Commack, NY Jun 20, 2016 $100,000 -
$145,000
Director of Development Operations Sittercity Incorporated Chicago, IL Sep 19, 2014 $100,000 -
$150,000
Director of Operations-Development SHYP, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 17, 2014 $100,000 -
$120,000
Director, Development Operations Mindshift Technologies Inc. Commack, NY Jun 20, 2013 $100,000 -
$175,000
Director of Strategy, Operations & Business Develo Class Twist, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 01, 2012 $100,000
Director Operations and Business Development Boxpay Us, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $100,000
Director Strategic Development and Operations Anal Accite Holdings LLC Georgetown, TX Sep 01, 2013 $99,320
Director of Operations/Business Development Agile Global Solutions, Inc. Rancho Cordova, CA Feb 15, 2011 $97,698
Director of Operations and Product Development Mi-Jack Systems and Technology, LLC Hazel Crest, IL Oct 01, 2010 $95,000
Director of Farm Operations and Development KFO, Inc. Thermal, CA Sep 14, 2013 $94,203 -
$97,000
Director of R&D Operations Computerized Assessments and Learning, LLC Lawrence, KS Mar 06, 2011 $90,000
Director of R & D Operations Computerized Assessments and Learning, LLC Lawrence, KS Jul 10, 2009 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Director Of Operations And Development

  1. Business Development
  2. Financial Management
  3. Procedures
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  • Provided operational liaising for Americas (non-domestic), Asia-Pacific and European general managers, business teams and business development leads.
  • Directed all financial management and operational functions.
  • Provided effective senior level leadership and turn-around function expertise in areas of operations, accounting, corporate process and procedures.
  • Worked closely with the administrator to ensure compliance in all areas of organizational operation.
  • Designed, implemented and managed all cable modem operations including installation and customer service from business inception.

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