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Working As A Program Administrator

  • 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

  • $51,918

    Average Salary

What Does A Program Administrator 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 Program Administrator

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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Program Administrator Career Paths

Program Administrator
Business Analyst Product Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer President/Chief Executive Officer Business Developer
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director General Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Operations Manager General Manager
General Manager Of Operations
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Project Administrator Administrative Manager Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Manager Executive
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Business Analyst Product Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Chief Operating Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Clinical Director Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Co-Owner Service Manager
Service Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Program Manager 3.3 years
Program Director 3.3 years
Administrator 3.2 years
Program Supervisor 3.1 years
Program Analyst 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 6.6%
Supervisor 4.1%
Teacher 4.1%
Manager 3.4%
Director 3.2%
Secretary 3.2%
Consultant 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.6%
Director 4.8%
Manager 4.7%
Teacher 3.8%
Owner 3.2%

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Program Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

68.7%

Male

29.5%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.7%

French

13.0%

German

3.6%

Portuguese

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Japanese

2.7%

Vietnamese

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Korean

1.8%

Hindi

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Latvian

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Thai

0.9%

Croatian

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Swedish

0.4%

Bambara

0.4%
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Program Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.4%

Walden University

6.5%

Strayer University

6.3%

Ashford University

5.5%

Michigan State University

5.1%

New York University

4.9%

Florida State University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

Webster University

4.3%

Texas State University

4.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%

Liberty University

3.7%

University of Southern California

3.5%

Cleveland State University

3.3%

George Washington University

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Troy University

3.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.1%

American University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

32.7%

Psychology

5.9%

Social Work

5.3%

Management

5.3%

Education

4.7%

Public Administration

4.0%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Accounting

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Educational Leadership

3.5%

Nursing

3.4%

Communication

3.3%

Marketing

3.2%

Political Science

3.0%

Human Resources Management

2.7%

Finance

2.7%

English

2.4%

Elementary Education

2.4%

Public Health

2.3%

Law

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.5%

Masters

33.4%

Other

15.8%

Associate

6.4%

Doctorate

4.6%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Real Program Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technology Development Program Administrator Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Nov 01, 2012 $150,000
Marketing Program Administrator Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Nov 02, 2012 $126,211
Program Administrator III Public Health Institute Monrovia, CA Nov 01, 2012 $114,400 -
$124,400
Program Administrator Tata Communications (America), Inc. Matawan, NJ Aug 18, 2016 $101,178
Program Administrator Tata Communications (America) Inc. Matawan, NJ Oct 17, 2016 $101,178
Program Administrator III Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Nov 05, 2012 $87,000
Lead Program Administrator World Wildlife Fund Us Washington, DC Oct 21, 2011 $84,100
Program Administrator Americare CSS, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $74,151
Program Administrator La New Times Presbyterian Church Western School Los Angeles, CA Nov 18, 2015 $72,426
Biomedical Equipment Program Administrator Brown MacKie College Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN Aug 31, 2015 $70,000
Program Administrator World Wide Workshop for Children's Media Technolog New York, NY Apr 01, 2013 $70,000
Program Administrator, Amazon Network Initiative World Wildlife Fund Us Washington, DC Mar 15, 2011 $68,000
Database Program Administrator San Diego Sunrise Realty San Diego, CA Jun 15, 2013 $55,786
Program Administrator The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN Jan 29, 2013 $55,742
Residency Program Administrator Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY Jul 01, 2014 $55,000
Research Program Administrator II Public Health Institute Monrovia, CA Nov 01, 2012 $53,144 -
$86,120
French Language Program Administrator Hands On World Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $52,175
Program Administrator Research Foundation of Cuny New York, NY Dec 01, 2016 $52,175
Program Administrator Penn Asian Senior Services Philadelphia, PA Sep 11, 2015 $44,720
Program Administrator ASSE International, Inc. CO Apr 11, 2016 $44,678
Theater Program Administrator Long Island Children's Museum Garden City, NY May 09, 2016 $44,390
Program Administrator, Health Services Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Baltimore, MD Feb 12, 2015 $44,017 -
$70,265
Program Administrator Central Michigan University Arlington, VA Nov 14, 2012 $43,000
Program Administrator III Public Health Institute Monrovia, CA Nov 01, 2012 $42,224 -
$90,601
International Program Administrator W.M. Rice University Houston, TX May 01, 2014 $42,200
Program Administrator Skydive Deland, Inc. DeLand, FL Sep 01, 2015 $42,000

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  2. Financial Statements
  3. Data Entry
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  • Established systems and procedures for administrative reporting and monitoring requirements for the department and state and federal agencies.
  • Perform accounting duties for 24 clients, which consist of paying their monthly bills and balancing their financial statements.
  • Recorded daily and monthly data entry of participant participation for reasons of funding.
  • Provided supervisory and manager consultation; inter-faced with military enlisted personnel, Naval Officers, civilian managers and supervisors.
  • Provided technical support for customer's quality and engineering staff, creating enhanced communication, which resulted in schedule improvement.

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