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Become A Program Assistant

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Working As A Program Assistant

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $36,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Program Assistant Do

A Program Assistant provides assistance in support of one or more programs for a non-profit organization, such as fundraising, budgeting, and community outreach. They assist with financial management, and recruit and supervise the members of the team.

How To Become A Program Assistant

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.

Education

Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 

Training

Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.

Advancement

For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Real Program Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Program Assistant Alaska Inc. Medley, FL Apr 17, 2015 $58,707
Education Program Assistant Mississippi College Clinton, MS Dec 20, 2010 $53,678
Environmental Health and Safety Program Assistant Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA May 14, 2012 $51,000
MBA Program Assistant Montclair State University Montclair, NJ Dec 17, 2012 $49,483
Program Assistant New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $45,000
Program Assistant Long Island University New York, NY Sep 15, 2009 $45,000
Program Assistant Georgetown University Washington, DC Jul 18, 2011 $44,616
Program Assistant, Department of Psychology Kean University Union, NJ Feb 16, 2013 $43,292
Program Assistant American Geophysical Union Washington, DC Sep 01, 2010 $43,200
Program Assistant United States Institute of Peace Washington, DC Nov 15, 2009 $42,584
Program Assistant The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Jun 18, 2010 $41,974
Program Assistant for Big Ideas Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX Apr 01, 2015 $41,740
GIS Program Assistant/Catographer Transit Realty Associates, LLC Boston, MA Dec 27, 2010 $41,385
Program Assistant (UCP III) University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Mar 01, 2013 $40,656
Program Assistant Opportunities Industrialization Centers Internati Philadelphia, PA Aug 16, 2010 $39,924
Program Assistant U.K. Elite Soccer, Inc. Stamford, CT Jan 01, 1970 $39,841
Program Assistant for International Affairs American Planning Association Washington, DC Jun 18, 2015 $39,229
Program Assistant Smartpower, Inc. Tempe, AZ Nov 01, 2011 $39,208
Program Assistant, Office of The President Inter-American Dialogue Washington, DC Jan 05, 2016 $38,500
Program Assistant, Department of Psychology Kean University Union, NJ Feb 16, 2010 $38,487
Program Assistant-New Teacher Support System Boston Public Schools Boston, MA Oct 01, 2010 $38,244
Program Assistant Fund for The City of New York, Inc. New York, NY Oct 06, 2014 $37,566
Recreational Program Assistant Senior Care Woodbury LLC Woodbury, MN Sep 14, 2016 $35,479
Program Assistant The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Jul 06, 2011 $34,999
Program Assistant, Remittances and Development Inter-American Dialogue Washington, DC Feb 01, 2011 $34,500
Disability Program Assistant University of Kentucky Lexington, KY Jun 01, 2010 $34,445
Program Assistant Seacoast United Sports Club Maine, Inc. York, ME Jan 01, 1970 $33,789
Program Assistant The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Feb 06, 2010 $33,717
Legal Program Assistant City of Atlanta-Office of The City Solicitor Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2011 $33,397

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Top Skills for A Program Assistant

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Top Program Assistant Skills

  1. Data Entry
  2. Administrative Assistance
  3. Safe Environment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed employer correspondence, data entry, and job research.
  • Provided daily administrative assistance to C.E.O.
  • Maintained a healthy and safe environment for the children and made sure that only permitted people came to visit the children.
  • Attended training classes to maintain up to date knowledge of the child care field.
  • Maintained financial reports for $120 million operation representing 516 churches.

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