College or University Business Manager

Administer business affairs of colleges or universities.
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Salary Range
$47,000 – $165,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do College or University Business Managers do?

Administers business affairs of college or university: Prepares operating budget draft for submission through PRESIDENT, COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY to board of trustees. Directs control of budget upon its approval by board, including collection, custody, investment, disbursement, accounting, and auditing of all college funds. Recruits, supervises, and oversees training of clerical staff. Formulates, with DIRECTOR OF STUDENT AFFAIRS, policies and procedures governing financial relations with students, dormitories, cafeterias, bookstores, and recreational and parking facilities. Audits financial status of student organization accounts, campus food service, housing, and bookstores. Administers financial aspects of student loans, scholarships, and student credit. Negotiates with groups, such as foundations, for university loans. Keeps financial records and prepares annual financial report. Formulates and administers policies and procedures for development and management of physical plant, including custodial care, sanitation, and fire and police protection. Negotiates with industry representatives on costs and materials for building construction. Develops policies and procedures for procurement of goods and nonpersonal services for university. Coordinates service operations, such as printing, duplicating, mail and messenger service, bindery, and machine computing and tabulating.


Should I be a College or University Business Manager?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

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    How to Become a
    College or University Business Manager

    Most College or University Business Managers have a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaaz9y&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%2823%25%29|master%27s+%2855%25%29|doctorate+%2822%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,55
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