0421 Administrators - post-secondary education and vocational training

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Lead statement

This unit group includes faculty administrators and registrars of colleges or universities and administrators of vocational training schools. Faculty administrators manage the academic and related activities of faculties of colleges or universities. Registrars manage registration activities and academic records systems of colleges or universities. Administrators of vocational training schools manage the operations of vocational schools specializing in trades, technology, business or other vocational subjects.

Example Titles

  • aviation school manager
  • business school manager
  • community college dean
  • community college registrar
  • dean – university or college
  • dean of adult education
  • faculty of science dean
  • school of nursing dean
  • school of technology dean
  • student activities dean
  • trade school manager
  • university registrar

Main duties

Administrators of post-secondary education and vocational training perform some or all of the following duties:

Faculty administrators

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate academic and related activities of a college or university faculty
  • Recommend and approve faculty appointments
  • Recommend curriculum revisions and additions and approve scheduling of courses
  • Direct, through subordinate staff, activities such as research and curriculum development
  • Plan, administer and control budgets for projects, programs, support services and equipment
  • Advise president or rector of university or college
  • Participate in activities of various faculty and college committees.

Registrars

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the registration activities and academic records system of a college or university
  • Review registration statistics and consult with faculty officials to develop registration policies
  • Direct activities of staff and others engaged in compiling information on courses, schedules and requirements for admission and graduation.

Administrators of vocational training schools

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a private college or institute specializing in trades, technology or business
  • Develop curriculum for training programs
  • Consult with government regulatory and licensing agencies to ensure conformance to provincial standards
  • Plan, administer and control budgets for projects, programs, support services and equipment
  • May recruit and hire teachers and other staff
  • May teach.

Employment requirements

  • Faculty administrators require a graduate degree in a field related to the academic faculty and several years of experience as a university professor or college teacher.
  • Registrars require an undergraduate degree in business administration or a related field and several years of experience in registration administration.
  • Administrators of vocational training schools usually require an undergraduate degree in business administration or expertise and certification in a subject of instruction.

Additional information

  • There is no mobility among the various types of administrators in this group.
  • Progression to some senior management positions in education is possible with experience.

Exclusions