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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

  • $81,240

    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 Demographics

Gender

Female

59.4%

Male

38.6%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.3%

French

15.5%

German

5.5%

Russian

2.7%

Italian

2.7%

Mandarin

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Portuguese

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Japanese

1.8%

Swedish

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Hindi

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Chinese

0.9%

Czech

0.9%

Dakota

0.9%

Sami

0.5%
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Assistant Program Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.9%

Liberty University

7.1%

New York University

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Grand Canyon University

5.1%

Capella University

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

University of Southern California

4.8%

Ashford University

4.5%

Temple University

4.3%

Webster University

4.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Northern Arizona University

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

Nova Southeastern University

3.7%

Cambridge College

3.7%

University of Denver

3.7%

Boston University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

15.1%

Psychology

10.2%

Social Work

8.8%

Communication

7.2%

Education

5.0%

Elementary Education

4.6%

Criminal Justice

4.4%

Counseling Psychology

4.3%

School Counseling

4.3%

Educational Leadership

4.0%

Nursing

3.8%

Management

3.7%

Sociology

3.7%

Kinesiology

3.5%

Mental Health Counseling

3.3%

Public Administration

3.1%

Human Services

2.9%

English

2.8%

Journalism

2.7%

Political Science

2.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.4%

Masters

33.5%

Other

14.8%

Doctorate

5.6%

Associate

5.3%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Real Assistant Program Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
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
Endocrinologist/Assistant Program Director Synergy Medical Education Alliance 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 Prog Canton Medical Education Foundation, Inc. Canton, OH Jul 01, 2014 $165,000
Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program Canton Medical Education Foundation Canton, OH May 08, 2015 $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 Israel Institute Washington, DC Jan 08, 2016 $90,000
Assistant Director for Academic Programs The Israel Institute Inc. 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
Assistant Director of Recreation Program AHRC New York City New York, NY Oct 28, 2010 $54,032

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  • Provided case management for staff vacations and vacancies, ensured facility was environmentally safe per organizational policies and procedures.
  • Collaborated with facilitators providing technical assistance on developing curriculum for a range of high quality S.T.E.M.
  • Provided direct supervision to case managers, facilitated team meetings, ensured all required training were completed promptly and satisfactory.
  • Ensured all staff members receive proper orientation and appropriate training in accordance with organizational standards.
  • Conduct investigations and complete detailed reports for incidents in violation of BOP/BSS rules/regulations, serious incidents occurring within the facility

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