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Working As A Division 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

  • $183,894

    Average Salary

What Does A Division 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 Division 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
Division President 4.5 years
Executive Director 4.5 years
Division Manager 4.2 years
Division Director 4.0 years
Service Director 4.0 years
Area Director 3.8 years
Division Chief 3.7 years
Director 3.7 years
Regional Director 3.6 years
Division Head 3.5 years
Deputy Director 3.2 years
Acting Director 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Division Director
Director 10.2%
Manager 6.9%
Consultant 4.5%
Owner 3.8%
Top Careers After Division Director
Director 9.9%
Consultant 8.2%
President 6.1%
Owner 4.3%
Recruiter 3.8%

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Division Director Demographics

Gender

Male

59.3%

Female

38.6%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.6%

French

11.5%

German

6.1%

Italian

4.6%

Portuguese

4.6%

Chinese

4.6%

Japanese

3.8%

Hebrew

3.1%

Greek

2.3%

Carrier

2.3%

Mandarin

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Romanian

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%

Hawaiian

0.8%

Yoruba

0.8%
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Division Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

Michigan State University

6.0%

New York University

5.4%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

Northeastern University

5.1%

George Washington University

4.8%

Cornell University

4.8%

Mississippi State University

4.8%

Jackson State University

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.4%

University of Connecticut

4.4%

Capella University

4.4%

University of South Florida

4.1%

Ohio State University

4.1%

Webster University

4.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

Brigham Young University

3.8%

Northwestern University

3.8%

Troy University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

34.7%

Management

6.9%

Marketing

6.2%

Finance

5.4%

Education

4.2%

Psychology

4.1%

Political Science

4.0%

Communication

3.8%

Accounting

3.6%

Nursing

3.2%

Human Resources Management

3.1%

Law

3.1%

Social Work

2.8%

Public Administration

2.5%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

English

2.0%

Economics

1.7%

Educational Leadership

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.1%

Masters

34.3%

Other

15.8%

Doctorate

6.6%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.3%
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Real Division Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Onshore Geotechnical Division Fugro USA, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 03, 2016 $487,598
Division Director MacQuarie America Services Inc. New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $420,000
Division Director MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY May 02, 2014 $400,000
Division Director MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY Aug 04, 2014 $400,000
Division Director MacQuarie Funding Holdings Inc. Houston, TX Nov 01, 2011 $400,000
Division Director MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2013 $375,000
Division Director MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY Jul 10, 2015 $375,000
Division Director MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $375,000
Division Director MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $355,000
Division Director MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY Mar 17, 2014 $325,000
Division Director MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2011 $325,000
Division Director MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY Sep 22, 2013 $325,000
Director, Credit Derivatives Division BGC Partners, Inc. New York, NY Oct 20, 2011 $250,000
Division Director/Fellowship Director-Obstetric M Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island Providence, RI Jan 12, 2012 $250,000
Division Director/Fellowship Director-Obstetric M Women & Infant's Hospital of Rhode Island Providence, RI Sep 01, 2011 $250,000
Division Director MacQuarie Funding Holdings Inc. New York, NY Jun 20, 2011 $250,000
Division Director/Fellowship Director-Obstetric ME Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island Providence, RI Aug 15, 2013 $250,000
Division Director/Fellowship Director-Obstetric ME Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island Providence, RI Dec 09, 2013 $250,000
Division Director/Fellowship Director-Obstetric ME Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island Providence, RI Aug 12, 2013 $250,000
Director, Latin America Division Gentry Ny LLC New York, NY Sep 09, 2012 $150,000
Sales Director-Specialty (Houseware) Division Bradshaw International Inc. Rancho Cucamonga, CA Aug 28, 2015 $150,000
Director of International Division [Mortgages] Guardhill Financial Corporation New York, NY Sep 20, 2016 $150,000
Director of Science Division Duff Marketing Communications, Inc. Kansas City, MO Sep 05, 2015 $150,000
Director, Americas Division Simon-Kucher & Partners Strategy & Marketing Consultants LLC Cambridge, MA Jan 07, 2016 $150,000
Director of Accounting-Corrugating Division Pratt Industries (USA) Inc. Conyers, GA Mar 20, 2012 $147,000 -
$250,000
Deputy Division Director Uchicago Argonne, LLC Lemont, IL Dec 12, 2016 $141,918 -
$283,835

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Top Skills for A Division Director

  1. Personnel
  2. Procedures
  3. Revenue Growth
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  • Implemented strategic plans to improve resource allocation, optimize leadership techniques, and coordinate personnel and resources to achieve organizational mission.
  • Developed and implemented new governance procedures to better align expertise and improve relationships across 5 organizations consisting of over 350 employees.
  • Instilled a philosophy of continuous revenue growth in conjunction with increased cost control while never sacrificing service performance.
  • Develop and review reports and correspondence in support of grant/agreement financial management and analysis of grant/agreement applications.
  • Coordinate between designers and furniture manufacturers in custom product development, including sample distribution and creation of technical drawings for production.

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Top 10 Best States for Division Directors

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  4. District of Columbia
  5. Nevada
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