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School Business Official

School business officials provide leadership, financial direction and business expertise to publicly funded school authorities.

  • Avg. Salary $133,255.00
  • Avg. Wage $65.89
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Chief Financial and Business Officer

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Senior Managers - Health, Education, Social and Community Services and Membership Organizations (0014) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Senior Managers Health, Education, Social and Community Services and Membership Organizations (A014) 
  • 2011 NOC: Senior managers - health, education, social and community services and membership organizations (0014) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The School Business Official is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Senior Managers - Health, Education, Social and Community Services and Membership Organizations

Interest in synthesizing information to authorize the establishment of departments and associated senior staff positions; to approve overall human resource planning; to co-ordinate the work of regions, divisions and departments; to select middle managers, directors and other executive staff; and to approve promotional campaigns


Interest in establishing and organizing major departments and associated senior staff positions; and in formulating promotional campaigns


Interest in negotiating with a board of directors to formulate policies and programs; and in delegating representatives to act on behalf of the organization

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Mar 30, 2017

School business officials are leaders and administrators. They may specialize in a particular area or work in several areas of public education administration:

  • financial resource management (for example, prepare annual budgets and financial statements, provide financial management advice, develop and recommend financial strategies, develop technological solutions for problems, conduct internal audits, prepare grant applications)
  • corporate management and administration (for example, initiate and participate in operational planning and policy development, identify and apply constitutional rights and handle other legal matters as a liaison, understand and analyze the political and legislative process related to elections, develop and manage information management systems, oversee the implementation of legislated requirements such as freedom of information and protection of privacy requirements and occupational health and safety compliance, evaluate plan and policy effectiveness for the jurisdiction)
  • human resource management (for example, negotiate labour contracts, motivate staff and provide leadership, facilitate staff development, ensure compliance with labour standards, provide payroll and other human resource services)
  • facility management, property acquisition and management (for example, plan and manage construction, maintenance and facility operations; manage purchasing processes for supplies, fixed assets and real estate)
  • risk management (for example, develop appropriate programs, ensure adherence to legal requirements for insurance coverage, address safety and security needs)
  • student transportation (for example, develop school bus routes, supervise day-to-day operations, purchase vehicles and supplies, negotiate agreements, ensure student safety) 
  • public relations and communications (for example, develop and maintain positive media relations, prepare annual reports, facilitate internal and external communication).

Duties and responsibilities therefore vary considerably from one position to another and from one school jurisdiction to another.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 30, 2017

School business officials usually work standard weekday hours in school board or jurisdiction offices. Senior officials must attend school board and public meetings, and overtime is often required to meet budget and other deadlines. Depending on the position, some travel may be required for meetings with other school jurisdictions and government departments.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 30, 2017

School business officials need the following characteristics:

  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • critical and strategic thinking, logical analysis and problem solving skills
  • leadership skills and initiative
  • strong people skills 
  • the ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • the ability to work in a political environment 
  • the ability to multi-task
  • commitment to life long learning
  • high ethical standards.

They should enjoy directing and supervising the work of others, having clear rules and organized methods to guide their activities, and negotiating with other administrators.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 30, 2017

School business officials need a combination of related post-secondary education and experience. For example, those in financial management positions may require an accounting designation or have an equivalent combination of training and experience. Those in corporate management positions may have certificates or degrees in public administration.

Most school business officials have a bachelor's degree in Business or Commerce and have an accounting designation (CA, CMA, CGA). Some may have a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) or a master's degree in public administration or a related discipline.

Universities and colleges throughout the province offer three and four year degree programs in management and related disciplines.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Athabasca University

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 30, 2017

School Business Official

School business officials provide leadership, financial direction and business expertise to publicly funded school authorities.


Certified School Business Official is a protected title under Alberta's Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act [pdf] and the School Business Officials Regulation [pdf]. This means that to call yourself a Certified School Business Official (CSBO), you must be a registered member of the Association of School Business Officials of Alberta (ASBOA). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified School Business Official.

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • Acceptable academic qualifications
  • 3 years of related experience
  • Ongoing membership in ASBOA
  • Completion of law and administration courses as recognized by the ASBOA executive.

For detailed official information about registration requirements, contact the Association of School Business Officials of Alberta (ASBOA).

Working in Alberta

School business officials who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered school business officials in Alberta and the jurisdiction which applicant originates have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the Association of School Business Officials of Alberta (ASBOA) website.

Contact Details

Association of School Business Officials of Alberta (ASBOA)
1200, 9925-109 St.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2J8

Call: 780-451-7103
Fax: 780-482-5659

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 30, 2017

School business officials are employed by school authorities. Advancement opportunities depend on the size of the school jurisdiction and the school business official's qualifications. Senior school business official positions require skills and knowledge related to most of the areas listed in the Duties section of this profile

School business officials are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 0014: Senior managers - health, education, social and community services and membership organizations. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries.

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Senior managers - health, education, social and community services and membership organizations

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $23.39 $102.57 $53.20 $46.55
Overall $30.00 $128.12 $65.89 $59.85
Top $31.19 $177.04 $76.56 $67.31

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Educational Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Information, Culture, Recreation
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Skills Shortage

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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Communications
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Education and Library Studies
  • Social Sciences, Law and Religious Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 30, 2017

Association of School Business Officials of Alberta website:


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Updated Jan 08, 2013. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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