Education administrators help run a university, college, or school.

What does an education administrator do?

As part of the senior leadership team, an education administrator is a strategic decision-maker who requires a broad range of skills and knowledge to help a school, college, university, or independent education provider run effectively at all levels. They ensure the smooth running and management of administration and professional development functions necessary to operate efficiently.

Education administrators review and streamline processes to help reduce the burden on teaching staff. The role is complex and varied, and may include performance management, financial planning and budgeting, analysing student data, interpreting regulations, or even writing quality improvement strategies. As an education administrator, you will need strong organisation and negotiation skills, and must be able to work flexibly under pressure. The role may also involve teaching.

Expect to be involved in:

  • finance
  • health and safety
  • data and information technology
  • quality
  • premises
  • examinations
  • admissions
  • personnel

What do I need to do to become an education administrator?

You don’t always need a degree to enter work in education administration, but it is advantageous and holding a relevant degree may attract a higher starting salary.          

Senior and specialist administrator positions often ask for a degree or a relevant professional qualification such as business studies, accountancy, personnel, or marketing, depending on the role. A working knowledge of the education sector, especially qualifications and inspection, will give you a great chance of being shortlisted.

Previous experience in teaching or school management will certainly help you stand out from the crowd. You will need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance for this role.

Related skills

  • Administration
  • Analytics
  • Business management
  • Communication
  • Financial planning
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • People management
  • Problem solving
  • Time management

Academic route

  • Diploma in School Business Management
  • MA in Educational Leadership and Management
  • AAT Professional Diploma in Accountancy

Vocational route

  • There is a range of vocational qualifications (such as BTECs, NVQs/SVQs, and diplomas) linked to an interest in education administration

Related subjects

  • Business studies
  • Computer science
  • English
  • Maths

Desirable qualifications

  • Certificate in health and safety
  • Personnel or marketing qualification (for specific roles)

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

Education administrators are predominantly employed in schools, colleges, and universities. However, alternatives include:

  • private training providers
  • education consultancies
  • Ofsted

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