Education administrators help to ensure the efficient and cost-effective running of higher, further, tertiary and private education institutions through a range of secretarial, administrative, supportive and financial duties.
Education administrators organise and manage the administration, support systems and activities that keep an educational institution running smoothly. They’re usually based in higher or further education (HE or FE), but jobs are also available in schools and private colleges.
You will normally work in areas such as admissions, quality assurance, data management and examinations or in a specialist department such as finance, careers, marketing or human resources. All of these can be either centrally based or within faculties, departments or other smaller units.
- handling correspondence
- organising and servicing committee and academic board meetings (producing agendas, taking minutes etc)
- researching and writing reports
- preparing statistics and handling data, such as attendance figures
- processing invoices
- purchasing equipment/other goods
- liaising with potential students, other institutions, government departments and external organisations
- helping with course approval and evaluation activities
- formulating and implementing regulations/policies
- timetabling and planning events
- administering and coordinating student recruitment, examinations and assessment activities
There are routes into a career in educational administration for both university graduates and school leavers. A good diploma or honours degree in any subject can be helpful for entry into the profession.
Qualifications in education, English, psychology, sociology, business studies, statistics, IT, administration or management may be beneficial. Previous higher/further education, office or commercial work experience can also be helpful.
- strong interpersonal skills to help you relate to students, academic staff, teachers, senior managers and colleagues in other areas of education administration;
- excellent written communication skills;
- team working skills and the ability to work alone without supervision;
- the ability to deal positively with change;
- experience in organising, prioritising and managing your time effectively;
- IT skills in areas such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and the internet as well as the use of social media;
- a flexible approach to work.