CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Education Administrator, Preschool

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrator, Preschool
Summary Job Description Tasks
Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic and nonacademic activities of preschool and childcare centers or programs. Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities and policies, and students' behavioral or learning problems.
Prepare and maintain attendance, activity, planning, accounting, or personnel reports and records for officials and agencies, or direct preparation and maintenance activities.
Set educational standards and goals, and help establish policies, procedures, and programs to carry them out.
Monitor students' progress, and provide students and teachers with assistance in resolving any problems.
Determine allocations of funds for staff, supplies, materials, and equipment, and authorize purchases.
Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate primary and supplemental staff, and recommend personnel actions for programs and services.
Direct and coordinate activities of teachers or administrators at daycare centers, schools, public agencies, or institutions.
Plan, direct, and monitor instructional methods and content of educational, vocational, or student activity programs.
Review and interpret government codes, and develop procedures to meet codes and to ensure facility safety, security, and maintenance.
Determine the scope of educational program offerings, and prepare drafts of program schedules and descriptions, to estimate staffing and facility requirements.
Review and evaluate new and current programs to determine their efficiency, effectiveness, and compliance with state, local, and federal regulations, and recommend any necessary modifications.
Teach classes or courses, or provide direct care to children.
Prepare and submit budget requests or grant proposals to solicit program funding.
Write articles, manuals, and other publications, and assist in the distribution of promotional literature about programs and facilities.
Collect and analyze survey data, regulatory information, and demographic and employment trends, to forecast enrollment patterns and the need for curriculum changes.
Inform businesses, community groups, and governmental agencies about educational needs, available programs, and program policies.
Organize and direct committees of specialists, volunteers, and staff to provide technical and advisory assistance for programs.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrator, Preschool
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
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.
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.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
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.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrator, Preschool
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrator, Preschool
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrator, Preschool
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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrator, Preschool
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrator, Preschool
Alternate Job Title(s)
Art Coordinator
Assessment Coordinator
Child Care Center Administrator
Child Care Center Director
Child Care Director
Childcare Administrator
Childcare Center Administrator
Childcare Center Director
Childcare Director
Day Care Center Director
Day Care Director
Daycare Manager
Director of Child Care Center
Director of Preschool
Director of Testing
Early Care Superintendent
Early Childhood Development Manager
Early Childhood Program Supervisor (ECP Supervisor)
Early Childhood Services Director
Early Childhood Specialist
Early Head Start Director
Education Coordinator
Education Director
Education Site Manager
Education Specialist
Educational Program Director
Executive Director
Head Start Coordinator
Head Start Director
Montessori Program Director
Prekindergarten Program Coordinator
Preschool Director
Program Coordinator
Program Director
Site Coordinator
Special Education Director
Therapeutic Preschool Program Manager
Vice Principal
Vocational Training Director
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrator, Preschool
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