Administrative directors oversee the administrative operations in a business. The specific tasks that fall under administrative directors’ purview vary from business to business, as do the titles given to these employees; other related titles include director of operations and director of administration and finance. In general, administrative directors tend to provide supervision and leadership for administrative departments, including finance, human resources, and materials management.
Because administrative directors provide leadership for a diverse collection of administrative departments, they must have wide-ranging knowledge about the ways these different departments work and interact. Administrative directors develop organization-wide policies and initiatives, control the flow of staff and funding into each administrative department, and serve as the ultimate authority for the collected administrative workforce. They serve as the point person for communication with building landlords, vendors, and other contract partners, as well as provide guidance on operating methods. They also oversee technological components such as the phone and network administration. Administrative directors are responsible for administrative departments’ budgets and hiring as well. These directors typically work in an office environment during regular business hours.
Most companies require that their administrative directors hold a bachelor’s degree in business administration or a related field, as well as at least five years of related experience in contract negotiation, financial matters, and managing corporate relationships. Administrative directors must be strategically and analytically minded, with excellent organization and communication skills. They must have good leadership abilities as well.
Administrative Director Tasks
Monitor and control budgets for contracts, equipment, and supplies.
Direct the administrative managers and supervisors.
Plan, direct and coordinate administrative support services; facilities, security, mail distribution, record management, and other office support services.
Handle contract procurement and negotiation.
Develop infrastructure, analyze current processes, and recommend and implement procedural or policy changes to improve operations.