Accounting

School Business Manager/Bursar

School business managers or bursars manage a school's finances, including clerical and administrative functions.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a School Business Manager/Bursar do?

School business managers or bursars manage a school's finances, including clerical and administrative functions.

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Work activities

As a school business manager or bursar, you would:

  • develop and manage the budget
  • direct and coordinate the schools' financial activities to fund operations, maximise investments, or increase efficiency
  • develop and implement financial and administrative policies and practices
  • appoint managers and assign or delegate responsibilities to them
  • appoint and oversee outsourced suppliers and contractors
  • pay all staff salaries
  • apply for funding programs
  • prepare accounts for auditing
  • advise and report to school boards, trustees and principals on matters relating to finances.
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Key skills and interests

To become a school business manager or bursar, you would need:

  • experience in financial management and budgets
  • a high level of written and oral communication
  • good presentation skills
  • good teamwork and leadership skills
  • financial planning and decision making skills
  • good organisation and time management skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time job, you would usually work a standard number of hours per week, Monday to Friday. Part-time or term-time work may be possible.

Conditions

You could work in a government or private school, and also in a private vocational education college. You may be expected to attend meetings or school events in the evening, such as board meetings. You may be expected to take your holidays during school holidays.

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How to become an School Business Manager/Bursar?

Entry Level Education

To become a school business manager you usually have to complete a degree in accounting or a related field such as business or commerce with a major in accounting. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics are appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

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Job outlook

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Employment of school business managers is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.

Employment growth will be driven by increases in school enrolments.

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