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Working As A Director Of Program Development

  • 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

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Program Development 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 A Director Of Program Development

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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Director Of Program Development Career Paths

Director Of Program Development
Executive Director
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Development Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
President
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
Senior Director Of Marketing
12 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
National Director
10 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Project Director
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Programming
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales
Sales And Marketing Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Communications Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Development Vice President
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
Division Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Division Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director, Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Senior Programs
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Director Program Management
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Director Program Management
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Program Director 3.3 years
Program Supervisor 3.1 years
Chief Of Staff 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Director Of Program Development
Director 9.2%
Consultant 5.8%
Teacher 5.0%
Manager 4.4%
Internship 4.2%
Instructor 3.3%
Top Careers After Director Of Program Development
Consultant 10.7%
Director 10.5%
President 3.8%
Principal 3.7%
Owner 2.9%

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Director Of Program Development Demographics

Gender

Female

51.5%

Male

39.1%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

15.4%

Portuguese

3.8%

Russian

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

German

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Amharic

2.6%

Dakota

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Swedish

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Somali

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Dutch

1.3%

Hmong

1.3%

Danish

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

Fijian

1.3%

Thai

1.3%
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Director Of Program Development Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

New York University

8.0%

Boston University

6.0%

Texas A&M University

5.6%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

5.2%

University of Florida

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.4%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.4%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.4%

University of Southern California

4.4%

Columbia University

4.4%

Syracuse University

4.0%

George Washington University

4.0%

Ohio State University

4.0%

Walden University

4.0%

Johns Hopkins University

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

Webster University

3.6%

Nova Southeastern University

3.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.6%
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Majors

Business

22.3%

Social Work

7.2%

Psychology

6.7%

Education

6.6%

Management

6.5%

Communication

4.9%

Nursing

4.7%

Marketing

4.3%

Educational Leadership

4.2%

Public Administration

3.6%

Sociology

3.4%

Elementary Education

3.3%

Political Science

3.2%

Counseling Psychology

3.1%

English

3.0%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Law

2.6%

Human Resources Management

2.5%

Finance

2.4%
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Degrees

Masters

44.6%

Bachelors

28.3%

Other

11.8%

Doctorate

9.3%

Certificate

2.9%

Associate

2.7%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$72,000
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$36,000
Min 10%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$146,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Coca-Cola Company
Highest Paying City
Urban Honolulu, HI
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Director Of Program Development make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Program Development in the United States is $73,029 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $146,000.

Real Director Of Program Development Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Program Development The Medici Group LLC New York, NY Aug 28, 2012 $150,000
Director of Program Development The Medici Group LLC New York, NY Dec 15, 2011 $150,000
Director of Program Development The Medici Group LLC New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $150,000
Global Director Talent Program Development The Coca-Cola Company Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2012 $145,000 -
$250,000
Leadership Development Program Director Neuroleadership Institute Inc. New York, NY Oct 02, 2016 $135,000
Director of Developer Program Bottlenose CA Aug 15, 2015 $120,000
Program Director, Executive Development Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive Education, LLC Chapel Hill, NC Oct 31, 2014 $116,438
Program Director-Executive Development Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive Education Chapel Hill, NC Nov 07, 2014 $112,382
Director, Program Director/Leadership & Talent Development UBS Financial Services Inc. Weehawken, NJ Aug 26, 2016 $102,000 -
$115,000
Director of Program & Production Development Promofilm California, LLC CA Nov 09, 2010 $96,741
Director of Program Development Yellow Magic Incorporated Murrieta, CA Jan 27, 2011 $93,454
Director of Program Development Yellow Magic Incorporated Murrieta, CA Mar 18, 2011 $93,454
Director of Exchange Program Development Forte International Exchange Association Falls Church, VA May 27, 2016 $77,626
Program Development Director Care for Life, Inc. Orem, UT Sep 20, 2011 $75,525
Program Development Director Care for Life, Inc. Provo, UT Sep 20, 2011 $75,525
Director of Game Development & Programming Tictabs, LLC. Las Vegas, NV Sep 30, 2013 $75,000
Deputy Director, Program Development Internews Network Washington, DC Sep 16, 2013 $74,400 -
$95,000
Director of Program Development, Music Programs New York Vocal Coaching, Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2015 $73,045
Director of Program Development New York Vocal Coaching, Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2014 $73,045
Director of Program Development Apple Educational Services Moonachie, NJ May 11, 2015 $71,136
Associate Director, Programs and Development West African Research Association Boston, MA Oct 01, 2015 $54,012
Director of Program Development Milkyway Education Center, Inc. Clifton, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $53,900
Director of Program Development Apple Educational Services, Inc. Clifton, NJ Sep 30, 2009 $53,851
Director of Program Development Sustainable Life Media, Inc. Burlingame, CA Sep 26, 2013 $50,648
Director of Assessment and Program Development University of Mount Union Alliance, OH Jun 13, 2011 $49,440
Director: Program Development/E-Learning, Core Lecturer Hohm Partners LLC New York, NY Jul 15, 2015 $48,982 -
$104,350

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Top Skills for A Director Of Program Development

  1. Community Outreach
  2. Strategic Plan
  3. Curriculum Development
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  • Developed community outreach campaigns including corporate, community, and volunteer aspects to increase awareness and enrollment.
  • Develop, implement and administer strategic plans to expand organizational functions; collaborate with professionals to establish goals and objectives.
  • Orchestrate curriculum development and train-the-trainer sessions with states and agencies.
  • Managed technical assistance programs and comprehensive business development training for low-resource entrepreneurs, start-up businesses, and expanding local companies.
  • Developed and implemented Human Capital Development Initiative project, strengthening organization structure of agency and 3 staff members' professional development.

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