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Become A Program Director

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Working As A 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

  • Stressful

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Program Director Do

A Program Director is responsible for supervising one or more programs within an organization. They initiate and set goals for programs in accordance with the strategic objectives of the organization.

How To Become A 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.


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.


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 Director Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Hindi

  • Hebrew

  • Cantonese

  • Greek

  • Urdu

  • Turkish

  • Thai

  • Dakota

  • Swahili

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Real Program Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Fellowship Program Director-Trauma, Burn John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County/Cook County Chicago, IL Oct 05, 2015 $275,739
Director, PSS GTM Programs Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, CA Aug 24, 2015 $217,547 -
Program Director for The Record Ltd. Denver, CO Jul 27, 2016 $212,500
Program Director Axon Solutions Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 09, 2016 $210,000
DGD Program Director Pacific Drilling Services, Inc. Houston, TX May 25, 2015 $205,808
Catalyst Program Director Apigee Corporation San Jose, CA Nov 24, 2015 $200,000
Program Director Dow Jones and Company New York, NY May 15, 2015 $200,000
Project/Program, Director Samsung Research America, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2015 $200,000
DGD Program Director Pacific Drilling Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 24, 2015 $196,008
Director, Program Architect (Architect Leader) Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Mar 15, 2016 $195,203
Director, Program Architect (Architect Leader) Salesforce.Com New York, NY Mar 10, 2015 $195,203
Program Director IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 27, 2015 $194,724
Program Director IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 28, 2015 $194,724
Program Director Mindtree Limited Melville, NY Feb 05, 2016 $103,438
Director Strategic Programs McKesson Corporation The Woodlands, TX Jan 10, 2016 $103,400 -
Director/Program Director Mindtree Limited Warren, NJ Aug 20, 2015 $102,190 -
Program Director, Speech-Language Pathology Midwestern University Downers Grove, IL May 08, 2016 $100,315
Program Director Noteleaf, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 09, 2016 $100,000 -
Program Director Noteleaf, Inc. New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $100,000 -
Director/Program Director Mindtree Limited Dallas, TX Oct 14, 2016 $99,590
Director, Staff and Programs (Outdoor Camp) Calleva, Inc. Poolesville, MD Feb 11, 2016 $98,717
Program Director Vermont Academy Saxtons River, VT Jan 06, 2015 $73,000
Senior Program Director International Center for Journalists Washington, DC Jan 10, 2015 $72,925
Program Director Winter Garden Adult Day Care, LLC MA Aug 15, 2015 $72,669
Senior Program Director International Center for Journalists Washington, DC Jan 01, 2015 $72,615
West Coast RSJ Community Program Director World Zionist Organization Los Angeles, CA Sep 18, 2015 $72,200
Israel Fellows Program Director World Zionist Organization Los Angeles, CA Sep 18, 2015 $72,000
Program Director Mosholu Montefiore Community Center Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 2015 $71,375
Instructional Programs Director The Young Men's Christian Association of Greter Toledo Jackson, MI Mar 31, 2015 $71,074

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Top Skills for A Program Director


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Top Program Director Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Clinical Supervision
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Processed payroll, inventory, and established cost control procedures for facility.
  • Staff Supervision, Curriculum Development, Program Management & Fund Development
  • Managed the family services department and provided clinical supervision to 5 clinicians and Masters prepared student interns.
  • Reviewed program activity to assure quality, timely delivery and financial reconciliations met client needs.
  • Maintained the facility and individual resident budgets to provide for daily living expenses.

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