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Working As an Educational 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

  • $54,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Educational 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 Educational 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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Average Yearly Salary
$54,000
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$38,000
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Best Paying Company
Fairview Health Services
Highest Paying City
San Rafael, CA
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does an Educational Program Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Educational Program Director in the United States is $54,946 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $77,000.

Real Educational Program Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Elementary Program Director, Education Administrat German School of Silicon Valley Mountain View, CA Sep 13, 2013 $88,000
Educational and Program Director A.P.Ex. American Professional Exchange, LLC San Clemente, CA Sep 25, 2012 $87,000
Educational and Program Director Proaupair LLC San Clemente, CA Sep 25, 2012 $87,000
Director-Educational Programs Ya Zhou Wen Hua Enterprises Ltd.(N.Y.) New York, NY Sep 25, 2013 $84,000
Physical Education Program Director The French-American School of Miami Miami, FL Oct 25, 2016 $80,057
Director, Israel Education Program World Zionist Organization New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $78,857
Director of Educational Programming Israeli-American Council New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $75,000
Director of Educational Programming Israeli-American Council New York, NY May 15, 2016 $75,000
Director of Educational Programs China Institute In America New York, NY Jun 30, 2011 $74,000
Educational Programming Director Global Spectrum Foundation Atlanta, GA Jun 16, 2015 $71,594
Uhcc Research, Education & Training Program Director Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Dec 22, 2014 $70,228
Program/Education Director Hoboken Montessori School Hoboken, NJ Jan 20, 2011 $68,000
Director of Junior Sports Education Programs Port Washington Tennis Academy Port Washington, NY Aug 02, 2013 $67,038
Director of Religious and Educational Programs John Paul II Shrine and Institute, Inc. Washington, DC Oct 15, 2014 $65,562 -
$87,000
Director-Education Program Ya Zhou Wen Hua Enterprises Ltd.(N.Y.) New York, NY Sep 17, 2013 $58,000
Director of Programs and Education South Florida Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Ins Boynton Beach, FL Oct 18, 2011 $58,000
Education Program Director The First Yunnan LLC Manassas, VA Sep 15, 2015 $56,800
Education Program Director Grace Mission University Fullerton, CA Oct 01, 2010 $56,558
Educational Program Director Tamalpa Institute San Rafael, CA Oct 01, 2012 $55,640
Education Program Director Korean Cable TV of Washington, Inc. Fairfax, VA Oct 15, 2012 $55,410
Program Director, Education/Recreation Camp Marimeta, Inc. Mundelein, IL Oct 02, 2014 $55,000
International Education Program Director Virginia University of Science & Technology Inc. McLean, VA Sep 17, 2016 $54,805
Educational Program Director The Korean Channel, Inc. NY Sep 01, 2011 $51,591
Education Program Director Orchepia School of Music, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 15, 2015 $49,837
Director Educational Programs JKST King of Prussia, PA Dec 15, 2011 $49,500
Music Education Program Director Chinese American Arts Council New York, NY Feb 15, 2010 $48,940
Music Education Program Director Chinese American Arts Council New York, NY Feb 15, 2010 $48,523
Director of Education Program Cross Culture Exchange Corp San Francisco, CA Sep 30, 2014 $48,001
Physical Education and Wellness Program Director Beverly Winward Wilmington, DE Sep 27, 2013 $48,000

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Top Skills for An Educational Program Director

  1. Educational Programs
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Child Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Directed preparations of publicity to promote activities, such as personnel recruitment, educational programs or other services.
  • Conducted business development, provided curriculum development and executed professional training to cable industry executives.
  • Recruited, trained and supervised full-time and part-time child care workers.
  • Developed agenda and monitored implementation of Council on Education meetings, which provides member oversight of the Academy's educational activities.
  • Generated school and community resources to improve student attendance, retention, academic performance, graduation, and college admissions.

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Educational Program Director Demographics

Gender

Female

61.1%

Male

29.8%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.2%

French

10.7%

Mandarin

3.6%

Korean

3.6%

Portuguese

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

German

3.6%

Russian

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Persian

2.4%

Swedish

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Blackfoot

1.2%

Hungarian

1.2%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Malay

1.2%

Bengali

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%
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Educational Program Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.2%

Capella University

8.2%

New York University

7.2%

Walden University

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Nova Southeastern University

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Webster University

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

George Washington University

3.8%

West Virginia University

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

Ohio State University

3.4%

American University

3.4%

Syracuse University

2.9%

Wayne State University

2.9%

Michigan State University

2.9%

North Carolina State University

2.9%

University of Texas at Austin

2.9%
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Majors

Business

13.4%

Education

13.2%

Educational Leadership

12.0%

Elementary Education

8.2%

Psychology

4.8%

Special Education

4.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.6%

Nursing

4.5%

Management

4.0%

English

3.6%

Early Childhood Education

3.5%

Counseling Psychology

3.5%

School Counseling

3.4%

Communication

3.0%

Social Work

2.9%

History

2.5%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.1%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

Political Science

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

44.8%

Bachelors

24.9%

Other

12.7%

Doctorate

10.5%

Certificate

4.0%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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