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Working As An Assistant Program Director

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $61,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Program Director Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become An Assistant Program Director

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Assistant Program Director Career Paths

Assistant Program Director
Program Director
6 Yearsyrs
Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Center Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Education Director
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
President
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Site Director
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Social Services
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Service Director
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Camp Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Senior Programs
9 Yearsyrs
Production Director
Client Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Activities Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Co-Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Development Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Recreation Director
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Director Of Music
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of After School Program
Child Care Director
5 Yearsyrs
Residential Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Promotions Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Deputy Director
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Program Services
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Acting Director
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Acting Director
8 Yearsyrs
Youth Director
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Co-Owner
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Interim Director
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Residential Services
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing & Development
9 Yearsyrs
Project Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Board Of Directors Member
Advisory Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
Director Community Programs
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Director
Community Relations Director
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Of Admissions
National Director
10 Yearsyrs
Residential Director
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Health Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director/Operations Manager
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Director, Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Program Director 3.3 years
Program Supervisor 3.1 years
Assistant Director 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Assistant Program Director
Internship 13.7%
Teacher 5.7%
Counselor 5.2%
Director 4.8%
Supervisor 4.0%
Instructor 3.9%
Volunteer 3.9%
Top Careers After Assistant Program Director
Internship 6.4%
Teacher 5.8%
Director 5.6%
Instructor 4.0%
Volunteer 3.0%
Consultant 2.9%
Counselor 2.7%
Manager 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$61,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bryant University
Highest Paying City
Pacifica, CA
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does an Assistant Program Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Assistant Program Director in the United States is $61,944 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $111,000.

Real Assistant Program Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Endocrinologist/Assistant Program Director Synergy Medical Education Alliance Saginaw, MI Aug 01, 2012 $225,000
Endocrinologist/Assistant Program Director CMU Medical Education Partners Saginaw, MI Aug 01, 2012 $225,000
Endocrinologist/Assistant Program Director Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals Inc. Saginaw, MI Aug 01, 2012 $225,000
Endocrinologist/Assistant Program Director Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals, Inc. Saginaw, MI Aug 01, 2012 $225,000
Assistant Program Director The University of North Dakota Bismarck, ND Jul 01, 2014 $190,000
Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Prog Canton Medical Education Foundation, Inc. Canton, OH Jul 01, 2014 $180,000
Hospitalist-Assistant Program Director Inpatient Services of Massachusetts, P.C. Medford, MA Jul 01, 2011 $177,000
Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program Canton Medical Education Foundation Canton, OH May 08, 2015 $165,000
Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Prog Canton Medical Education Foundation, Inc. Canton, OH Jul 01, 2014 $165,000
Assistant Program Director, Family Medicine Aultman Hospital Canton, OH Jul 30, 2013 $150,000
Assistant Program Director, Health and Environment International Copper Association, Ltd. New York, NY Sep 09, 2010 $101,483
Assistant Director for Academic Programs The Israel Institute Inc. Washington, DC Jan 08, 2016 $90,000
Assistant Director for Academic Programs Israel Institute Washington, DC Jan 08, 2016 $90,000
Assistant Director, Patron Member Programs Asia Society New York, NY Jan 25, 2012 $70,000
Bariatric Surgery Program Assistant Director Potomac Hospital Corporation of Prince William Woodbridge, VA Sep 15, 2010 $68,960
Asst. Prof. and Director, Intensive English Language Program Claflin University Orangeburg, SC Sep 19, 2016 $66,950
Assistant Program Director Center for Urban Community Services, Inc. New York, NY Dec 14, 2012 $65,600
Assistant Director, Latin America/Spain Program Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Jan 09, 2016 $63,500
Assistant Director, Dispute Resolution Program Pepperdine University Malibu, CA Jan 08, 2016 $62,650
Assistant Director, Global Entrepreneurship Program & Busine Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Aug 15, 2016 $59,224
Assistant Director International Programs Northeastern University Boston, MA Jul 01, 2013 $56,785 -
$66,000
Assistant Director of US Sino Pathways Program Northeastern University Boston, MA Jul 01, 2013 $56,785 -
$66,000
Assistant Director for Partnerships and Programming University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Oct 10, 2016 $56,118
Assistant Director of ESL Programs Kingsborough Community College New York, NY Nov 07, 2009 $54,157
Assistant Director of Recreation Program AHRC New York City New York, NY Oct 29, 2009 $54,032

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Top Skills for An Assistant Program Director

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Staff Members
  3. Clinical Supervision
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  • Participated in instructional duties and classroom management, curriculum development, student registration/advisement, community relations and campus relations.
  • Coordinated and led other staff members in coaching and supervising campers in sports, weekly field trips and overnight trips.
  • Provided clinical supervision to indicated staff on therapeutic programming, treatment, operations, and quality assurance.
  • Develop and implement crisis prevention and/or intervention strategies to ensure a safe environment.
  • Provided day rehabilitation/outpatient mental health services.

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  3. California
  4. Maryland
  5. New Jersey
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Assistant Program Director Demographics

Gender

Female

54.1%

Male

36.6%

Unknown

9.3%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.8%

French

14.9%

German

4.0%

Mandarin

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Japanese

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Portuguese

2.0%

Hebrew

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Swedish

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Dutch

0.7%

Thai

0.7%

Dakota

0.7%

Czech

0.7%
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Assistant Program Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.2%

New York University

7.8%

Liberty University

5.5%

Capella University

5.5%

Walden University

5.2%

Ashford University

4.7%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Grand Canyon University

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

Webster University

4.1%

Temple University

3.8%

Florida State University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Nova Southeastern University

3.8%

Springfield College

3.8%

Fordham University

3.7%

Cambridge College

3.7%

Boston University

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

Metropolitan College of New York

3.3%
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Majors

Business

15.4%

Psychology

11.6%

Social Work

9.5%

Communication

6.8%

Education

5.1%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Counseling Psychology

4.0%

School Counseling

3.8%

Management

3.8%

Kinesiology

3.7%

Human Services

3.7%

Elementary Education

3.7%

Mental Health Counseling

3.7%

Nursing

3.6%

Educational Leadership

3.3%

Sociology

3.3%

English

3.0%

Public Administration

2.6%

Marketing

2.5%

Political Science

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.4%

Masters

32.6%

Other

14.2%

Associate

5.6%

Doctorate

4.9%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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