Kindergarten to Secondary Education Administrators

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Also known as:
Elementary School Principal, High School Principal, Junior High School Principal, K-12 School Principal, K-8 School Principal, Middle School Principal, Secondary School Principal

ABOUT KINDERGARTEN TO SECONDARY EDUCATION ADMINISTRATOR CAREERS
Video transcript

A quality education can make a real difference in people's lives. An educational administrator plays a critical role in setting educational goals and standards in the education system. An educational administrator provides leadership and day-to-day management of educational activities in schools, colleges, day-care centers, museums and even correctional institutions.

They can be principals who interact with teachers, coaches, students and parents, or work in a broader capacity in a school board office or as a department head at a university. Strong leadership and organizational skills, plus the ability to communicate effectively with adults and children, are necessary for this position.

Most administrators hold advanced degrees, or have many years of academic experience before being considered for an administrative position. By actively setting the academic tone and maintaining a stimulating environment for students and teachers to thrive in, educational administrators can make a significant contribution to their community's future.

SNAPSHOT
Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of kindergarten, elementary, or secondary schools.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
HIGH
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Determine the scope of educational program offerings, and prepare drafts of course schedules and descriptions to estimate staffing and facility requirements.

Prepare and submit budget requests and recommendations, or grant proposals to solicit program funding.

Review and approve new programs, or recommend modifications to existing programs, submitting program proposals for school board approval as necessary.

Create school improvement plans by using student performance data.

Organize and direct committees of specialists, volunteers, and staff to provide technical and advisory assistance for programs.

Develop partnerships with businesses, communities, and other organizations to help meet identified educational needs and to provide school-to-work programs.

Review and interpret government codes, and develop programs to ensure adherence to codes and facility safety, security, and maintenance.

Plan and develop instructional methods and content for educational, vocational, or student activity programs.

Prepare, maintain, or oversee the preparation and maintenance of attendance, activity, planning, or personnel reports and records.

Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate primary and supplemental staff.

Recommend personnel actions related to programs and services.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Performing Administrative Activities Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
TOP SKILLS
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.