CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary
Summary Job Description Tasks
Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools. Review and approve new programs, or recommend modifications to existing programs, submitting program proposals for school board approval as necessary.
Prepare, maintain, or oversee the preparation and maintenance of attendance, activity, planning, or personnel reports and records.
Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities, policies, and student behavioral or learning problems.
Prepare and submit budget requests and recommendations, or grant proposals to solicit program funding.
Direct and coordinate school maintenance services and the use of school facilities.
Counsel and provide guidance to students regarding personal, academic, vocational, or behavioral issues.
Organize and direct committees of specialists, volunteers, and staff to provide technical and advisory assistance for programs.
Teach classes or courses to students.
Advocate for new schools to be built, or for existing facilities to be repaired or remodeled.
Plan and develop instructional methods and content for educational, vocational, or student activity programs.
Develop partnerships with businesses, communities, and other organizations to help meet identified educational needs and to provide school-to-work programs.
Direct and coordinate activities of teachers, administrators, and support staff at schools, public agencies, and institutions.
Evaluate curricula, teaching methods, and programs to determine their effectiveness, efficiency, and utilization, and to ensure that school activities comply with federal, state, and local regulations.
Set educational standards and goals, and help establish policies and procedures to carry them out.
Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate primary and supplemental staff.
Enforce discipline and attendance rules.
Observe teaching methods and examine learning materials to evaluate and standardize curricula and teaching techniques, and to determine areas where improvement is needed.
Establish, coordinate, and oversee particular programs across school districts, such as programs to evaluate student academic achievement.
Review and interpret government codes, and develop programs to ensure adherence to codes and facility safety, security, and maintenance.
Determine allocations of funds for staff, supplies, materials, and equipment, and authorize purchases.
Write articles, manuals, and other publications, and assist in the distribution of promotional literature about facilities and programs.
Recommend personnel actions related to programs and services.
Collaborate with teachers to develop and maintain curriculum standards, develop mission statements, and set performance goals and objectives.
Collect and analyze survey data, regulatory information, and data on demographic and employment trends to forecast enrollment patterns and curriculum change needs.
Determine the scope of educational program offerings, and prepare drafts of course schedules and descriptions to estimate staffing and facility requirements.
Plan and lead professional development activities for teachers, administrators, and support staff.
Participate in special education-related activities such as attending meetings and providing support to special educators throughout the district.
Meet with federal, state, and local agencies to keep updated on policies and to discuss improvements for education programs.
Plan, coordinate, and oversee school logistics programs such as bus and food services.
Coordinate and direct extracurricular activities and programs such as after-school events and athletic contests.
Mentor and support administrative staff members such as superintendents and principals.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
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.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
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.
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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.
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.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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).
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.
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).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
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.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
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.
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).
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ACS Technologies HeadMaster Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Attendance tracking software Data base user interface and query software
Blackbaud The Education Edge Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Computer Resources MMS Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Effexoft EASI Enterprise resource planning ERP software
L-Systems X-ONE Data base user interface and query software
LogicalBit Eimas Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Pearson PowerSchool Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Principle Data Systems School Management Software Enterprise resource planning ERP software
RecordKeeper Software School RecordKeeper Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Rediker Software School Office Suite Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Robust Software Overseer Suite Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
School Attendance Keeper Data base user interface and query software
SchoolDESX Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Seasia Consulting School Wizard Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Specialized Data Systems School Office Enterprise resource planning ERP software
SunGard Public Sector IFAS Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Thinc Technologies Virtual School Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Wilcomp Software RenWeb Enterprise resource planning ERP software
eDistrict Internet Solutions eDistrict Unified Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital projectors Liquid crystal display projector
Fire alarm systems Alarm systems
Interactive whiteboards Touch screen monitors
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Multi-line telephone systems Special purpose telephones
Personal computers Personal computers
Photocopying equipment Photocopiers
Public address PA systems Public address systems
Security alarm systems Alarm systems
Two way radios Two way radios
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary
Alternate Job Title(s)
Administrative Assistant
Art Coordinator
Assessment Coordinator
Assistant Principal
Assistant Superintendent
Athletic Coordinator
Athletic Director
Attendance and Discipline Vice Principal
Building Principal
Commission for the Blind Director
Curriculum Assistant Principal
Curriculum Director
Curriculum and Instruction Assistant Superintendent
Dean of Boys
Dean of Girls
Director of Admissions
Director of Athletics
Director of Physical Education
Director of Pupil Personnel Program
Director of Special Education
Director of Special Services
Director of Testing
Early Childhood Services Coordinator
Education Supervisor
Educational Administrator
Educational Program Director
Elementary Assistant Principal
Elementary Principal
Elementary School Principal
High School Assistant Principal
High School Principal
High School Vice Principal
Home-School Coordinator
House Principal
Instruction Assistant Principal
Instructional Supervisor
Instructional Support Services Director
Junior High School Principal
K-12 Principal
K-12 School Principal
K-8 School Principal
Middle School Principal
Mother Superior
Program Coordinator
Pupil Personnel Services Director
School Administrator
School Business Manager
School Coordinator
School Principal
School Superintendent
Secondary School Principal
Site Administrator
Special Education Administrator
Special Education Coordinator
Special Education Director
Special Education Superintendent
Special Education Supervisor
Special Programs Director
Special Services Director
Student Dean
Student Services Director
Sub Master
Superintendent of Schools
Team Coordinator
Testing Coordinator
Title I Director
Transition Specialist
Vice Principal
Vocational Training Director
Vocational-Technical Education Director
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Education Administration
Benchmark Title: Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary
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