73-Education managers

Job Title: 

Education managers

Job Description: 

Plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities.


Education managers plan, direct, coordinate and evaluate the educational and administrative aspects of education services, primary and secondary schools, colleges and faculties, departments in universities, auxiliary activities and other educational institutions. The may also be responsible for a number of activities in the educational sector, ranging from the development of policy to the development and review of course curricula and teaching materials, as well they may have an advisory role, preparing reports, information papers and submissions, or advise senior management or interdepartmental committees on education strategies and initiatives or be involved in the management of educational systems at a regional, district or state level, and may have to manage financial and physical resources for education, or recruit educational officers.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • determining educational programs based on frameworks established by education authorities and governing bodies
  • implementing systems and procedures to monitor school performance and student enrolments
  • directing administrative and clerical activities concerning student admissions and educational services
  • controlling administrative operations such as budget planning, report preparation, expenditure on supplies, equipment and services
  • providing leadership and guidance to teaching, academic and administrative staff as well as to students
  • evaluating the work of teachers and lecturers by visiting classrooms, observing teaching methods, reviewing instructional objectives and examining learning materials
  • promoting the educational program, and representing the service or institution in the wider community
  • supervising the maintenance of educational facilities
  • developing and enforcing a disciplinary code to create a safe and conducive environment for students and teachers
  • organizing and implementing methods of raising additional funds in conjunction with parent and community groups and sponsors
  • controlling selection, training and supervision of staff

Advanced specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Specialized knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Advanced knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Higher knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Higher knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Higher knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively recognizing and responding to the management of highly complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, executive information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Higher skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and generate recommendations and/or relevant alternatives
  • Manage advanced relationships and coordinate related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Advanced skills and experience in high level policy analysis, formulation and research, plus strategic planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Develop abstract concepts and convey strategic indications from the spectrum of development experience
  • Higher negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support high-level and complex work achievement
  • Work sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop creative solutions to complex unpredictable and/or abstract problems
  • Communicate with influence, and a proven record of developing and maintaining effective partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed advanced oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to initiate, implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively manage risks associated with change, as well recognize and implement ethical standards to highly complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to set and implement new policy directions
  • Highly developed higher organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    The working conditions of education managers may vary depending on the nature of their position. Regional/zone educational managers who coordinate the delivery of education in regional/zone or remote areas may have to travel, as may education managers who work at the federal level. Education managers who work within Emirate specific departments or educational institutions may not need to travel, as their focus may be on the management of education for a specific institution or zone.


    Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Education, or relevant field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 - 7 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Abu Dhabi Education Council, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTC)

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Higher than the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    College director - School Principal - Dean (university) - Head teacher
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Education manager - Dean - Registrar - Academic dean - Provost - Academic affairs vice president - College president - Admissions director - Dean of students - Financial aid director - Academic affairs dean - Principal - Assistant principal - Superintendent - Elementary principal - Primary/middle school principal - Secondary/high school principal - School superintendent - School administrator - Athletic director - Special education director

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Government, public administration and education services
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi