What is the role of the Educational Administrator in Institutional Planning

School administrators work in every level of education. They may direct programming, hire and supervise staff, manage budgets, and make decisions that affect the academic community. They are also in charge of developing a direction and mission for the facility at which they work.

The actual specific job functions for an education administrator will vary depending on the institution of employment. For schools, this job is usually the role of a principal or assistant principal. For private schools and businesses, the job may be as a director of programs or head master.

Libraries and museums often employ administrators as instruction coordinators. For colleges and universities, education administrators are employed at all levels of the management structure – as admissions officers, department heads, and as deans and provosts.

Making policies and procedures and setting educational aims and standards is the responsibility of an education administrator. They act as a supervisor for managers and support other faculty, such as librarians, coaches, teachers, and aids. In small organizations, such as a daycare, there may be only one administrator in charge of all these duties.

At larger institutions, such as universities or large school systems, several administrators share the workload, each having a specific responsibility.

In the Association’s view, the role of the administrator is to facilitate teaching and learning by acting as:

  • An educational leader who helps develop, promote and maintain a shared vision for the school community;
  • An instructional leader who supports and ensures high-quality teaching;
  • A decision maker who is responsible for establishing a collaborative decision-making model for the school;
  • A manager who is responsible for organizing and operating the school to ensure a safe, effective and efficient learning environment;
  • An advocate who promotes the school and public education in the community; and
  • colleague who works with teachers to provide an educational culture conducive to student learning and professional growth.
  • handling relations with parents, students, employers, and the community
  • managing budgets and ensuring financial systems are followed overseeing record-keeping
  • managing student services such as guidance programs
  • training, supervising, and motivating faculty including
  • working on committees including academic boards, governing bodies and task groups
  • assisting with recruitment, public or alumni relations and marketing activities
  • providing administrative support to an academic team of lecturers, tutors or teachers
  • drafting and interpreting regulations and dealing with queries and complaints procedures
  • maintaining high levels of quality assurance, including course evaluation and course approval procedures
  • contributing to policy and planning
  • purchasing goods and equipment, as required, and processing invoices
  • liaising with partner institutions, other institutions, external agencies, government departments and prospective students
  • organizing and facilitating a variety of educational or
    social activities