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Director of Student Affairs

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Leads the student affairs office at a college or university. The office plans and arranges social, cultural, and recreational events and activities of various student groups, according to university policies and regulations; meets and coordinates with student and faculty groups to plan activities; evaluates programs and suggests modifications.

Job Outlook

There were 174 Director of Student Affairs job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3852 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the College / University Administrator industry, which includes the Director of Student Affairs career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Director of Student Affairs jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $65,183.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $59,743.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Director of Student Affairs postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $50,559.

Education and Experience

Posted Director of Student Affairs jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree21%
Master's Degree76%
Doctoral Degree3%
Other1%

Posted Director of Student Affairs jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years22%
3 to 5 years60%
6 to 8 years11%
9+ years7%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Director of Student Affairs positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (55%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (46%)
  • Planning (38%)
  • Organizational Skills (24%)
  • Writing (23%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Budgeting (43%)
  • Staff Management (25%)
  • Teaching (16%)
  • Academic Advisement (14%)
  • Leadership Development (11%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Scheduling (16%)
  • Strategic Planning (13%)
  • Supervisory Skills (12%)
  • Social Media (10%)
  • Conflict Management (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Educational Programs (7%)
  • Policy Development (5%)
  • Tutoring (5%)
  • Special Education (5%)
  • Mental Health (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Special Education (5%) – marginal value $6,207

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Director of Student Affairs skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Director Of Student Services
  • Title Ix Coordinator
  • Director Of Student Success
  • Deputy Director, Veterans Affairs
  • Director Of Student Support Services

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Director of Student Affairs jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • University Of California (55)
  • Peraton Corporation (46)
  • California State University (31)
  • University of Chicago (27)
  • SUNY (25)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (20)
  • Wake Forest University (13)
  • Duke University (10)
  • East Carolina University (5)
  • North Carolina State University (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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