Central Office Administrator/Education

Administrators in school district central offices oversee public schools under their jurisdiction. This group includes those who direct subject-area programs such as English, music, vocational education, special education and mathematics. They supervise instructional coordinators and curriculum specialists and work with them to evaluate and improve curriculums and teaching techniques. Administrators may also oversee career counseling programs and testing that measures students’ abilities and helps to place them in appropriate classes. With site-based management, administrators have transferred primary responsibility for many of these programs to the principals, assistant principals, teachers, instructional coordinators and other staff in the school.

Many jobs require a master’s or doctoral degree and experience in a related occupation, such as teaching or admissions counseling. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential because much of an administrator’s job involves working and collaborating with others.