Chief Executives

Description

Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Tasks

  • Direct or coordinate an organization's financial or budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments, or increase efficiency.
  • Confer with board members, organization officials, or staff members to discuss issues, coordinate activities, or resolve problems.
  • Analyze operations to evaluate performance of a company or its staff in meeting objectives or to determine areas of potential cost reduction, program improvement, or policy change.
  • Direct, plan, or implement policies, objectives, or activities of organizations or businesses to ensure continuing operations, to maximize returns on investments, or to increase productivity.
  • Prepare budgets for approval, including those for funding or implementation of programs.
  • Direct or coordinate activities of businesses or departments concerned with production, pricing, sales, or distribution of products.
  • Negotiate or approve contracts or agreements with suppliers, distributors, federal or state agencies, or other organizational entities.
  • Review reports submitted by staff members to recommend approval or to suggest changes.
  • Appoint department heads or managers and assign or delegate responsibilities to them.
  • Direct human resources activities, including the approval of human resource plans or activities, the selection of directors or other high-level staff, or establishment or organization of major departments.
  • Preside over or serve on boards of directors, management committees, or other governing boards.
  • Prepare or present reports concerning activities, expenses, budgets, government statutes or rulings, or other items affecting businesses or program services.
  • Establish departmental responsibilities and coordinate functions among departments and sites.
  • Implement corrective action plans to solve organizational or departmental problems.
  • Coordinate the development or implementation of budgetary control systems, recordkeeping systems, or other administrative control processes.
  • Direct non-merchandising departments, such as advertising, purchasing, credit, or accounting.
  • Deliver speeches, write articles, or present information at meetings or conventions to promote services, exchange ideas, or accomplish objectives.
  • Serve as liaisons between organizations, shareholders, and outside organizations.
  • Review and analyze legislation, laws, and public policy, and recommend changes to promote and support interests of both the general population and special groups.
  • Nominate citizens to boards or commissions.
  • Interpret and explain policies, rules, regulations, or laws to organizations, government or corporate officials, or individuals.
  • Make presentations to legislative or other government committees regarding policies, programs, or budgets.
  • Refer major policy matters to elected representatives for final decisions.
  • Administer programs for selection of sites, construction of buildings, or provision of equipment or supplies.
  • Direct or coordinate activities of businesses involved with buying or selling investment products or financial services.
  • Direct or conduct studies or research on issues affecting areas of responsibility.
  • Attend and participate in meetings of municipal councils or council committees.
  • Organize or approve promotional campaigns.
  • Conduct or direct investigations or hearings to resolve complaints or violations of laws or testify at such hearings.
  • Represent organizations or promote their objectives at official functions or delegate representatives to do so.
  • Prepare bylaws approved by elected officials and ensure that bylaws are enforced.
  • Direct or coordinate activities between the United States Government and foreign entities to provide information or promote international interests and harmony.

Skills

Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Troubleshooting
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

Reaction Time
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Response Orientation
The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Static Strength
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Speed of Limb Movement
The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
Wrist-Finger Speed
The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Rate Control
The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Manual Dexterity
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Arm-Hand Steadiness
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

Interests

Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Style

Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Work Values

Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Lay Titles

Aeronautics Commission Director
Agricultural Services Director
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Assistance Program Administrator
Arts and Humanities Council Director
Bakery Manager
Bank President
Brokerage Office Manager
Bureau Chief
Business Coordinator
Business Development Executive
Business Development Officer
Business Enterprise Officer
Business Executive
Cemetery Manager
Chairman
Chancellor
Chief Administrative Officer
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
Chief Warden
City Administrator
City Manager
City Superintendent
City Superintendent of Schools
City Supervisor
Classification and Treatment Director
College President
Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Community Services and Health Education Officer
Compliance Analyst
Compliance Director
Compliance Manager
Conservation of Resources Commissioner
Consumer Affairs Director
Controller
Corporate Administrator
Corporate Executive
Corporate Manager
Corporate Officer
Corporate Planner
Corporate Security Manager
Corporation Officer
Correctional Administrator
Correctional Agency Director
Council On Aging Director
County Administrator
County Commissioner
County Superintendent of Schools
County Supervisor
Department Manager
Department Store Manager
Deputy District Customs Director
Deputy Insurance Commissioner
Director of Vital Statistics
District Customs Director
Economic Developer
Economic Development Coordinator
Educational Institution President
Election Assistant
Employment Research and Planning Director
Employment Services Director
Environmental Analyst
Executive Administrator
Executive Director
Executive Vice President (EVP)
Federal Aid Coordinator
Field Representatives Director
Finance Vice President
Financial Institution President
Financial Responsibility Division Director
Financial Secretary
Fire Chief

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$80.84 hourly, $168,140 annual.
Employment (2008):
255,940 employees