dcsimg

Career Story: School Administrator In An Urban School District

School Administrator In An Urban School District

Job Title: School Administrator

Type of Company: I am employed by an urban public school system in Massachusetts

Education: English Literature, Brockenhurst College, England

Previous Experience: I was editor and manager of publications for a large international mutual fund group for 7 years, then managed the process of creating and getting regulatory approval for new funds with the same company for 5 years.

Job Tasks: My present assignment is to help parents and others to resolve issues about their child's education. I listen to questions or situations that are of concern to them, and try to figure out ways to improve or settle the problem. Many problems concern the effects of suspension or expulsion, unfair treatment or placement of students. Many times I simply have to remind parents and other administrators about the rules and how they should work, but sometimes we need to provide extra services or special options for students. I keep a log of all my calls (cases) and report to my boss if I see patterns of problems emerging.

Because any parent can ask any question, I usually have interesting cases, and I also have the opportunity to make positive changes for children and their families. In addition, I hear appeals for families who can't prove that they live in our town, and help to write and edit district newspapers for parents and students about how the school system works and summer activities

I also supervise a program that gives children extra help in the summer, and run a "hotline" before school opens to make sure that all families are prepared for the beginning of school.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The absolute best part is making a positive change for a parent or student, like helping a mom with an injured child get a ride to school, or arranging a meeting with concerned adults which results in better communication for and with the families.

The worst part is when I really would like to help, but there is just no mechanism to do so, or when no matter what we try, the child does not find success. Happily, there is more good news than bad!

Job Tips: For my present position, it would be useful to be trained in mediation, and to be at ease with with people from all walks of life. You need an even temper, or you will not be able to get by some of the criticism which naturally comes with a complaint. You need to write well and speak precisely, since what you write and say will be relayed and interpreted by others.

Popular Schools offering Education Administration Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads

There's still time to apply to Grand Canyon University and pursue your education. Learn more today!

  • Programs: M.Ed. in Educational Administration (Leads to initial teacher licensure), Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership in with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership , more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate

Ashford University

  • Programs: Education Leadership & Administration - Bachelors, Education Leadership & Administration - Masters, Education, Technology & Online Learning - Bachelors, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

Concordia University, Nebraska offers accredited Master of Education and Master of Science degree programs online to help advance your career and become a transformative leader.

  • Programs: M.Ed. in Educational Administration, M.Ed. in Educational Administration, Dual Certification, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL/ELL Emphasis, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: International Education - Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Leadership in Higher Education - Master of Education, EdD - Learning Analytics in Higher Education, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Education - College Administration, PhD in Educational Leadership, Education Specialist in Educational Leadership, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate, Certificate

Abilene Christian University is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni make a real difference in the world.

  • Programs: Doctor of Education in Organizatonal Leadership - Higher Education Track, Master of Education in Higher Education , Doctor of Education in Organizatonal Leadership, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

  • Programs: AA in Education (Non-Licensure), Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Education in Interdisciplinary Studies, Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction, more...
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor, Doctorate

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

  • Programs: Master of Education - Higher Education Administration, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration, Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Certificate

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

  • Programs: Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Master

Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

  • Programs: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Education Administrators

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Education Administrators, including:

Back to Top