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Working As A Director Program Management

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $174,569

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Program Management Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become A Director Program Management

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.

Education

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.

Advancement

Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Average Length of Employment
Program Manager 3.4 years
Top Employers Before
Director 5.0%
Manager 4.3%
Consultant 3.4%
Top Employers After
Director 6.5%
Consultant 5.8%

Director Program Management Demographics

Gender

Male

69.6%

Female

28.1%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

78.8%

Asian

9.7%

Hispanic or Latino

8.1%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

11.1%

German

9.5%

Japanese

7.9%

Mandarin

6.3%

Chinese

4.8%

Carrier

4.8%

Russian

3.2%

Portuguese

3.2%

Dutch

3.2%

Cantonese

3.2%

Hungarian

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Dakota

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Director Program Management Education

Schools

George Washington University

12.9%

University of Phoenix

12.3%

Michigan State University

7.3%

Northwestern University

6.3%

Stanford University

6.0%

New York University

5.0%

University of California - Berkeley

4.3%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

Villanova University

4.0%

San Jose State University

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

Purdue University

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.3%

University of Florida

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.0%

George Mason University

3.0%

Southern Methodist University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

34.1%

Management

9.0%

Computer Science

7.8%

Finance

7.4%

Electrical Engineering

6.5%

Project Management

6.1%

Mechanical Engineering

4.0%

Marketing

4.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Engineering

2.0%

Information Technology

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Psychology

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Industrial Engineering

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Communication

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%

Information Systems

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

44.6%

Bachelors

35.6%

Other

9.9%

Doctorate

4.0%

Certificate

3.6%

Associate

1.8%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Director Program Management Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Program Management White & Case LLP New York, NY Jul 12, 2015 $350,000 -
$425,000
Program Management Director Worldlink, Inc. Parker, TX Apr 02, 2013 $245,000 -
$300,000
Director Program Management Sapient Corporation Chicago, IL Dec 15, 2015 $206,000
Director Program Management Sapient Corporation Chicago, IL Jan 16, 2016 $206,000
Director, Engineering Program and Release Management Five9, Inc. San Ramon, CA Jun 13, 2016 $200,000 -
$210,000
SR. Director, Strategic Program Management, SSG GL Applied Materials, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2011 $190,000
Director Program Management Sapient Corporation Chicago, IL Jan 02, 2014 $188,700
Director Program Management Sapient Corporation Chicago, IL Jul 15, 2014 $188,700
Director of Program and Release Management Five9, Inc. San Ramon, CA Jul 04, 2016 $186,618 -
$200,000
Director of Program and Release Management Five9, Inc. San Ramon, CA Dec 29, 2014 $186,555 -
$200,000
Director, Program Management Sapient Corporation Chicago, IL Dec 03, 2012 $185,000
Director Program Management Crown Castle USA, Inc. Canonsburg, PA Jan 05, 2016 $184,500
Director Program Management Crown Castle USA, Inc. Canonsburg, PA Oct 15, 2015 $184,500
Associate Director, Program Management Saama Technologies, Inc. Glendale, AZ Mar 10, 2016 $157,500
Director, Program Management A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 16, 2016 $154,440 -
$185,000
Director, Program Management A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 02, 2015 $154,107 -
$185,000
Director, Program Management II A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 02, 2015 $154,107 -
$185,000
Director, Program Management Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Oct 06, 2014 $152,000
Director, Program Management Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL May 25, 2016 $152,000
Director Program Management Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 13, 2013 $151,100 -
$226,700
Director, Program Management Sapient Corporation NJ Jan 20, 2013 $138,859
Program Management Director Merz North America Greensboro, NC Oct 02, 2014 $137,758 -
$181,220
Director of Program Management Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Apr 11, 2011 $136,781 -
$184,500
Director of Program Management Embarq Management Company Monroe, LA Sep 28, 2015 $136,253 -
$235,347
Director of Program Management Engineering Systems Interactive Sports Media, Inc. Renton, WA Dec 15, 2011 $135,655
Director of Program Management Prodapt North America Houston, TX Sep 10, 2014 $135,000
Director, Program Management Pervacio, Inc. Irving, TX Jan 06, 2016 $135,000

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Top Skills for A Director Program Management

ProgramManagementSuccessfulDeliveryProjectManagementNewProductDevelopmentPortfolioManagementStrategicPlanPMOFinancialManagementOfficeComplianceBusinessUnitsOversightGovernanceBusinessDevelopmentProcessImprovementScopeBusinessProcessManagementProcessesPCustomerSatisfaction

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Top Director Program Management Skills

  1. Program Management
  2. Successful Delivery
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented Program Management processes and best practices to streamline internal development and customer management.
  • Developed and directed the Program Management Office enabling the successful delivery of the company's commercial product offerings.
  • Developed training to support project management competency in division.
  • Lead executive on Stanley Security Products engineering staff for overall new product development process quality.
  • Managed $15 million Capital IT Budget, Portfolio Management, Project Management Methodologies/ Governance, and Vendor/Resource Management.

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