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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Director

Series: Director

Levels in series:  1










The Director is a stand-alone classification.  Incumbents direct strategic planning, administration, and coordination of a multi-faceted program or organizational service area or operational support that has College-wide operational impact providing leadership and direction; ensures operation of assigned area aligns with district vision, mission and goals; direct and lead special projects and initiatives assigned by administrative supervisor.   The Director is distinguished from other classifications by its responsibility for performing highly complex administrative operational support for an assigned Campus or District department having College-wide impact.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Directs the activities of assigned programs or services to include: planning, implementing, administering, and evaluating projects and services having impact throughout the College District–wide.  Daily  20%
  2. Supervises employees to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; and making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations.  Daily  10%
  3. Advises or responds to questions from other College departments, the Board of Governors, external institutions, and agencies regarding complex issues or policies impacting assigned programs, services or operations.  Daily 15%
  4. Establishes, monitors, evaluates, and improves processes, procedures and/or standards, ensuring alignment with the College mission, values, goals, objectives, initiatives and local, state, and Federal laws and regulations.  Daily 10%
  5. Administers functional contract proposals and committees; manages the selection and deployment of contracts.  Daily 10%
  6. Directs and supervises the collection of technical data and the preparation of a variety of complex reports, statements, and communications impacting employees, programs, grants, and service providers or vendors providing analysis and recommendations.  Daily 10%
  7. Develops, administers, and monitors budgets; implements and allocates resources following budget approval; approves expenditures.  Weekly 10%
  8. Evaluates and communicates the impact of changes affecting the College such as potential legal or regulatory changes; security; Access and Disability Resources; compliance; or technical changes. Weekly 5%
  9. Develops, plans, implements, and administers organizational goals and objectives. Monthly 5%
  10. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as required.


  • Incumbents may be required to travel

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):

Bachelor's degree in a related field and four years’ progressively responsible professional level experience related to the area of responsibility, including prior supervisory and management experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.  A master's degree is preferred.

Licensing/Certification Requirements for some positions in this class may require:

  • Background check
  • Valid Arizona driver's license
  • Licensed Architect
  • Professional Engineer

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Supervisory principles
  • Managerial principles
  • Research principles
  • Project management principles
  • Applicable theories and principles related to area of assignment
  • Strategy development principles and procedures
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Current trends in area of responsibility
  • Budget management
  • Applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations and grant administration and compliance requirements
  • Contract development
  • Program development and administration principles and practices
  • Resource planning
  • Conflict resolution
  • Statistical principles
  • Computers and applicable peripherals and software

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Analyzing complex situations
  • Communicating technical or complex information
  • Monitoring and evaluating employees
  • Prioritizing and assigning work
  • Developing, implementing  and monitoring budgets
  • Administering contracts
  • Public speaking
  • Customer service skills
  • Using new technology tools
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating program goals and recommending processes and operational procedures
  • Interpreting and applying local, state and federal laws and regulations
  • Managing change and sensitive topics
  • Planning, analyzing, and evaluating program services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
  • Preparing complex documents or statements
  • Using computers and applicable peripherals and software
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: reaching, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

NOTE:  The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM)
Date: 04/01, 9/12, 01/18