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Area of Practice - Administration

The practice area of Administration encompasses organization and administration, public policy and intergovernment relations, Legal issues and Risk Management



The School Business Official leads by having a shared vision for the organization and by working with other stakeholders, translating that vision into a comprehensive plan, based on integrity and commitment for the educational mission to inspire and motivate others to achieve a common goal.

The school business official understands and demonstrates their ability to:

  • Identify and apply various organizational leadership models
  • Motivate others, delegates, plan and allocate appropriate resources
  • Assign personnel and resources
  • Problem solve, make decisions, adapt to change
  • Collect, analyze and evaluate information
  • Apply basic concepts of organizational development


 Knowledge of:  Skills in:
 Business practices  Preparation of operational and strategic plans
 Group dynamics  Managing projects and processes
 Educational environment  Delegating
 Global awareness  Inspiring people
 School operations  Coaching


Public Policy and Intergovernmental Relations 

A School business official provides leadership and direction to ensure best practices regarding the political and legislative process as it relates to local school board operations.

The school business official understands and demonstrates their ability to:

  • Develop, interpret, evaluate and apply policies and roles of all relevant authorities
  • Understand the role and influence of special interest groups
  • Understand and analyze the political and legislative process as it relates to local school board elections; municipal governments, provincial legislatures and other government jurisdictions.
  • Use the skills necessary to interpret and evaluate local school board policies and administrative procedures to ensure consistent application in the daily operation of the school district


Knowledge of: Skills In:
 Legislated and organizational procedures  Interpreting and applying legislation
 Stakeholder interests  Assessing political landscape at all levels
 Appropriate legislation  Coordinating electoral process
 Relevant municipal governments,provincial
legislature and other government jurisdictions
 Fostering relationships


Legal Issues

A School Business Official must possess a broad understanding and knowledge of legal issues within the educational context.

A School Business Official understands and demonstrates the ability to:

  • Identify and apply constitutional rights
  • Review, analyze and apply statutory legislation
  • apply the highest values and ethical standards as they relate to the entire profession of school business administration
  • to protect all stakeholder interests with respect to responsibility and financial integrity
  • Implement a "whistle blower" policy to facilitate an atmosphere of openness and trust


 Knowledge of:  Skills In:
Legal Process, legislation, torts  Interpreting all types of contracts, legislation, policies 
Working knowledge of basic legal concepts: Negligence, Administrative Procedural Fairness within an educational context Reviewing, analyzing and applying statutory legislative
 ASBOA Code of Ethics analyzing and evaluting the signifcance and implications of a particular legal case as it relates to the education context
  Understanding when to seek professional advice


Risk Management

To be a leader for implementing best practices related to enterprise risk management ensuring the safeguarding of assets of an organization, both capital and human resources.  Risk management and contingency planning can be used to anticipate and limit those risks that may affect the activities of the jurisdiction.

Risk management also plays a role in developing standards of benchmarking,best practices and performance measurement.  Financial standards such as claim statistics and cost of risk analysis are important measures of efficiency but are not true measures of risk management effectiveness when used alone.  Other areas that need to be measured include strategies to contain costs of workers compensation, litigation management, employees relations, loss control and cost containment.

The School Business Official understands and demonstrates the ability to:

  • Ensure that a comprehensive risk management program is in place
  • Ensure the risk management program addresses safety and security
  • Assess risk management programs and recommend changes consistent with district needs
  • Identify and apply models for the evaluation of potential risk management programs
  • Communicate the risk management program to all stakeholders
  • Adhere to legal requirements for insurance coverage
  • ensures that a comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety program is in place as required under legislation
  • ensures that a crisis management plan has been developed and that there are appropriate steps in place to operationalize it in the event of an emergency


 Knowledge of  Skills in
 Internal audit methods  Evaluating potential risks
 Organizational policies and structure  Identifying weakness
 Industry best practices  Assessing methods and strategies
 Risk mitigation strategies  Implementing corrective actions
 Insurance policies  Organizing
 Insurance terminology  Articulating recommendations
 Organization's physical assets  Evaluating policies
 Areas of potential liability  Interpreting data
 Industry standards  Researching
 Insurance claim practices  Negotiating
 Loss prevention strategies  Routinely reviewing plans and recommending changes
 Organization's insurance policy parameters  Communicating risk management program to all stakeholders
Hazard identification  Reporting of accidents/incidents