College and University Administrator  What They Do

Just the Facts


Plans, directs or coordinates research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at post-secondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Administration and Administrative Support pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Advises students on issues such as course selection, progress toward graduation, and career decisions.
  • Directs, coordinates, and evaluates the activities of personnel, including support staff, engaged in administering academic institutions, departments or alumni organizations.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and terminates departmental personnel.
  • Participates in student recruitment, selection, and admission, making admissions recommendations when required to do so.
  • Formulates strategic plans for the institution.
  • Plans, administers, and controls budgets, maintains financial records, and produces financial reports.
  • Establishes operational policies and procedures and makes any necessary modifications, based on analysis of operations, demographics, and other research information.
  • Participates in faculty and college committee activities.
  • Promotes the university by participating in community, state, and national events or meetings, and by developing partnerships with industry and secondary education institutions.
  • Represents institutions at community and campus events, in meetings with other institution personnel, and during accreditation processes.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Admissions Director -- Manages and directs the admissions process in a college or university.
  • Program Director -- Oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of a program including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities.
  • College Director --