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Working As A Program Supervisor

  • 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

  • $51,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Program Supervisor 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 Supervisor

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 Length of Employment
Program Director 3.3 years
Program Manager 3.3 years
Program Supervisor 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Program Supervisor
Case Manager 11.4%
Internship 9.8%
Counselor 6.2%
Supervisor 5.9%
Teacher 5.2%
Therapist 4.4%
Volunteer 3.9%
Cashier 3.0%
Top Careers After Program Supervisor
Therapist 6.3%
Supervisor 5.4%
Internship 4.7%
Director 4.3%
Counselor 4.0%
Manager 3.5%
Teacher 3.4%
Clinician 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Providence Health & Services
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Program Supervisor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Program Supervisor in the United States is $51,331 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $82,000.

Real Program Supervisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineering Plant Program Supervisor Entergy Services, Inc. Jackson, MS Apr 04, 2011 $108,499
Applications Programming Intermediate Supervisor University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Apr 25, 2016 $80,018
Program Supervisor 2 Batesville Tool & Die, Inc. Batesville, IN Jun 28, 2016 $72,363
Supervisor Addiction Programs Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Center City, MN Dec 15, 2015 $70,639
Intensive Individual Support Services Program Supervisor & Family Trainer Renoxx Caregivers, Inc. Lanham, MD Feb 02, 2016 $68,500
Program Supervisor 2 Batesville Tool & Die, Inc. Batesville, IN Aug 12, 2016 $67,800
Program Supervisor Autism Spectrum Therapies, Inc. Monrovia, CA Feb 01, 2011 $65,000
Program Supervisor Autism Spectrum Therapies, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Oct 01, 2012 $62,500
Program Supervisor .02 Clinical Psychologists) Autism Spectrum Therapies San Diego, CA Sep 22, 2016 $61,069
Program Supervisor Aisling Irish Community Center, Inc. Yonkers, NY Sep 01, 2015 $58,373
Program Supervisor, Counseling and Legal Services Dominican Women's Development Center, Inc. New York, NY Nov 30, 2015 $56,349
Corrections Program Supervisor Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Portland, OR Jan 05, 2016 $55,894 -
$86,257
Early Childhood Program Supervisor South Bay Mental Health Center, Inc. Lowell, MA Oct 01, 2010 $55,000
Day Services Program Supervisor YAI-National Institute for People With Disabilitie New York, NY Oct 07, 2009 $54,032
Program Supervisor Familiesfirst, Inc. Campbell, CA Sep 29, 2010 $54,000
Program Supervisor Life Steps Foundation Inc. Santa Maria, CA Mar 08, 2010 $51,361
Program Supervisor & Family Trainer Renoxx Caregivers, Inc. Lanham, MD Dec 07, 2011 $48,001
Program Supervisor .02 Clinical Psychologists) Autism Spectrum Therapies San Diego, CA Sep 11, 2015 $47,528
Program Supervisor YAI-National Institute for People With Disabilit New York, NY Oct 07, 2009 $44,300
Volunteer Program Supervisor Hope Community Resources, Inc. Anchorage, AK Dec 18, 2012 $43,764
Program Supervisor Association for The Help of Retarded Children New York, NY Sep 20, 2010 $40,000
Riding Program Supervisor Mary V Keppler's Riding Enterprise, Ltd. Medina, NY May 06, 2010 $39,903
Program Supervisor & Family Trainer Renoxx Caregivers, Inc. Lanham, MD Apr 02, 2016 $39,000
Program Supervisor & Family Trainer Renoxx Caregivers, Inc. Lanham, MD Dec 06, 2014 $39,000
Program Supervisor AHRC NYC New York, NY Oct 15, 2009 $38,000
Recreation Programs Supervisor Hope Community Resources, Inc. Anchorage, AK Jun 01, 2010 $37,169
Recreation Programs Supervisor Hope Community Resources, Inc. Anchorage, AK Sep 01, 2013 $37,169
Recreation Programs Supervisor Hope Community Resources, Inc. Anchorage, AK Oct 01, 2011 $37,169

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Top Skills for A Program Supervisor

  1. Direct Supervision
  2. Staff Members
  3. Safe Environment
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  • Provided in-service and training to all schools, their faculties, and staff members on training and staff development opportunities.
  • Supervised children, provided safe environment, offered homework assistance and mentoring
  • Conducted intakes and assigned cases, provide crisis intervention, co-facilitated group supervision, and facilitated Family Team Conferences.
  • Coordinate school and community-based mental health services for students and families on individual caseloads.

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Program Supervisor Demographics

Gender

Female

55.9%

Male

32.3%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.2%

French

9.2%

Italian

2.7%

German

2.7%

Arabic

2.5%

Portuguese

2.0%

Mandarin

1.8%

Russian

1.6%

Cantonese

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Chinese

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Urdu

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Hindi

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Dakota

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Swedish

0.5%
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Program Supervisor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.9%

Capella University

9.5%

Walden University

5.6%

Fordham University

5.2%

Arizona State University

4.6%

New York University

4.5%

Florida State University

4.2%

Springfield College

4.2%

Temple University

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Adelphi University

3.9%

Ashford University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Liberty University

3.8%

Grand Canyon University

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Webster University

3.2%

Strayer University

3.1%

University of Central Florida

3.0%
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Majors

Social Work

15.6%

Business

14.5%

Psychology

12.4%

Criminal Justice

6.2%

Counseling Psychology

5.5%

Human Services

5.3%

Education

4.8%

School Counseling

3.9%

Mental Health Counseling

3.9%

Sociology

3.6%

Management

3.2%

Nursing

3.0%

Elementary Education

2.7%

Communication

2.5%

Public Administration

2.4%

Human Development

2.2%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Special Education

2.0%
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Degrees

Masters

37.6%

Bachelors

36.0%

Other

12.9%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

3.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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