A director is a member of an entity's board of directors, who has responsibility for creating policy-level decisions, as well as the overall direction and allocation of funding within an organization. A director is typically approved for a one-year term in office by an entity's shareholders at the annual shareholders' meeting, though the duration of the term can vary. If the corporation is publicly held, the director may need to be independent of the organization, or at least if the person has a role on certain committees of the Board.
A director position can also be a title created within an organization to denote a certain level of responsibility, usually as a member of middle management. An area director is considered to be a more senior position, since it has a greater span of control. An executive director or managing director is considered part of the senior management group. A more specialized role is the finance director, which is roughly equivalent to a controller.