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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.

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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130 Program Director jobs

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Program Director - Cloud Security & Identity

$60,000 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Program Director - Any Anthem Location (PS3516)

$60,000 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Sales Effectiveness Program Director (Commercial SpecialtySegment) - US - PS3355

$60,000 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Actuarial Dir PS3567

$100,398 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Actuarial Dir PS3572

$100,398 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Product Capabilities Director (Product Management Dir Sr) - AIM Chicago - PS2605

$120,838 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Strategy & Program Development Director - Nationwide (PS3909)

$105,000 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Director & Actuary III-PS4815

$100,398 Estimated

Insigma Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Program manager

$76,864 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Program Manager

$76,864 Estimated

Insigma
Ashburn, VA
Program Manager

$76,864 Estimated

Caci International
Ashburn, VA
Program Manager Senior (Technical)

$76,864 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Risk Management Program Manager

$76,864 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Program Manager - PS3416SK

$76,864 Estimated

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Ashburn, VA
Science Program Coordinator

$48,100 Estimated

Amazon
Ashburn, VA
Program Manager - Business Operations

$76,864 Estimated

Caci International Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Program Manager Senior (Technical)

$76,864 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Provider Network Mgt Dir

$155,690 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Program Manager NICU Product PS3197

$76,864 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Service Program Manager

$65,034 Estimated

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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 -
$232,597
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
Project/Program, Director Samsung Research America, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2015 $200,000
Program Director Dow Jones and Company New York, NY May 15, 2015 $200,000
DGD Program Director Pacific Drilling Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 24, 2015 $196,008
Director, Program Architect (Architect Leader) Salesforce.Com New York, NY Mar 10, 2015 $195,203
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Top Skills for A Program Director

ProceduresCurriculumDevelopmentFinancialClinicalSupervisionFacilityOversightCommunityOutreachSafetyPolicyMentalHealthStaffMembersChildCareCommunityResourcesCrisisInterventionProgramDevelopmentProgramBudgetProgramStaffDailyOperationsAdditionalCustomerService

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Top Program Director Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Financial
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Initiated new safety and policy procedures that were accepted and put into practice for future local programs.
  • Assisted in curriculum development and departmental training programs.
  • Reviewed program activity to assure quality, timely delivery and financial reconciliations met client needs.
  • Managed the family services department and provided clinical supervision to 5 clinicians and Masters prepared student interns.
  • Preserved operational aspects of security, programs and overall function of the facility.

Top Program Director Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Program Director

  1. YMCA
  2. IBM
  3. Healogics
  4. Boys and Girls Club
  5. Rehabcare
  6. Jenny Craig
  7. Kindred Healthcare
  8. YWCA
  9. Virginia College
  10. Americorps
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