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Working As A Senior Program Associate

  • 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

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Program Associate 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 Senior Program Associate

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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Senior Program Associate Career Paths

Senior Program Associate
Program Manager Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing & Development
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager
Director, Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Director
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Program Director
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Assistant Director
Assistant Director Of Operations
5 Yearsyrs
Program Director
Director Community Programs
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Alumni Relations
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Property Manager Communications Director
Community Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Case Manager Nursing Director
Branch Director
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Director President
Director Of Outreach
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engagement Manager
Engagement Director
10 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Director Operations Vice President
Director, Special Projects
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Assistant Director Camp Director
Child Care Director
5 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Assistant Store Manager Counter Manager
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Director Deputy Director
Director, Strategic Initiatives
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager Operations Program Manager
Director Of Programs And Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Grant Manager
Associate Director Of Development
8 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Administrative Manager Administrative & Finance Manager
Grant Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Program Director 3.3 years
Program Supervisor 3.1 years
Program Officer 2.9 years
Program Assistant 2.1 years
Program Lead 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Senior Program Associate
Internship 18.4%
Volunteer 5.7%
Cashier 4.6%
Teacher 3.8%
Associate 3.1%
Fellow 2.9%
Consultant 2.8%
Top Careers After Senior Program Associate
Consultant 8.5%
Internship 8.1%
Associate 4.0%
Volunteer 4.0%
Teacher 3.4%
Manager 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
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$111,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
South San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Senior Program Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Program Associate in the United States is $65,364 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $111,000.

Real Senior Program Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Program Associate Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Dallas, TX Jan 05, 2016 $110,200
Senior Associate, Program Management Sapient Corporation Arlington, VA Jan 14, 2011 $106,159
Program Associate National Board of Medical Examiners Philadelphia, PA Jul 15, 2012 $101,178 -
$151,370
Senior Program Associate Vera Institute of Justice New York, NY Nov 01, 2016 $90,000
Senior Program Associate Eastwest Institute New York, NY Jul 06, 2016 $77,724
Program Associate Accenture LLP King of Prussia, PA Jun 01, 2014 $77,210
Senior Program Associate Management Sciences for Health, Inc. Arlington, VA Sep 30, 2011 $75,400 -
$110,000
Program Associate Linden Trust for Conservation New York, NY Sep 10, 2014 $75,000 -
$105,000
Program Associate MZ Foundation Oakland, CA Sep 02, 2014 $70,000
Program Associate National Association of City Transportation Officials, Inc. New York, NY Jan 01, 2016 $68,000
Senior Program Associate Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development Arlington, VA Nov 02, 2015 $67,000 -
$70,800
Senior Program Associate Winrock International Arlington, VA Oct 21, 2015 $67,000 -
$70,800
Senior Program Associate Vera Institute of Justice Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2013 $65,000
Program Associate Vera Institute of Justice New York, NY Oct 17, 2011 $53,500
Program Associate University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR Jun 01, 2015 $53,040
Program Associate University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR Jan 06, 2015 $53,040
Senior Program Associate Results for Development Institute Inc. Washington, DC Feb 03, 2015 $53,000 -
$66,000
Senior Program Associate, Chinese Language Initiat The Asia Society New York, NY Jul 01, 2013 $53,000
Program Associate Americans for Unfpa New York, NY Apr 04, 2011 $53,000
Program Associate Creative Associates International, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 30, 2014 $52,000 -
$57,000
Senior Program Associate Results for Development Institute Inc. Washington, DC Feb 18, 2013 $52,000 -
$65,000
Program Associate University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR Sep 01, 2012 $46,920
Program Associate Emory University Atlanta, GA Jun 13, 2012 $46,530
Program Associate The Mitchell Group, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 02, 2014 $46,350
Program Associate Missouri Foundation for Health Saint Louis, MO Mar 15, 2011 $45,606
Program Associate Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation Plainville, MA Sep 02, 2015 $45,500
Program Associate Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation Plainville, MA Sep 15, 2015 $45,500
Program Associate Forest Trends Association Washington, DC Oct 01, 2012 $45,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Program Associate

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Technical Assistance
  3. Special Events
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  • Completed and submitted executive's expense reports and financial statements.
  • Provided technical assistance and consultation to grantees and their representatives in the development of their programmatic and fiscal reporting materials.
  • Planned special events designed to introduce international visitors to American government, history, and culture.
  • Maintain database of customer information and develop high-quality reports used by the management team to improve programming and customer service procedures.
  • Provided administrative support, including data entry and maintenance of confidential financial, personnel, and other program-related records.

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Senior Program Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

61.0%

Male

26.1%

Unknown

12.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.3%

Black or African American

15.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.0%

French

20.0%

Arabic

4.4%

Russian

4.2%

Portuguese

4.0%

Chinese

3.8%

Italian

3.7%

Mandarin

3.3%

Hindi

3.1%

German

2.9%

Japanese

2.7%

Urdu

1.5%

Hebrew

1.3%

Korean

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Cantonese

0.9%

Dutch

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Bengali

0.7%

Nepali

0.7%
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Senior Program Associate Education

Schools

George Washington University

11.9%

American University

10.1%

Camden County College

10.0%

New York University

6.9%

Rowan University

6.7%

University of Phoenix

5.5%

Columbia University

4.9%

Howard University

4.5%

George Mason University

4.2%

Georgetown University

4.1%

Rutgers University-Camden

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Johns Hopkins University

3.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.2%

Boston University

3.2%

Harvard University

3.0%

University of Maryland - University College

2.9%

Florida State University

2.9%

Capella University

2.9%

Ohio State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

17.8%

Psychology

10.5%

Political Science

7.3%

Social Work

6.3%

Communication

6.0%

International Relations

5.3%

Public Health

4.8%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

Management

3.7%

English

3.5%

Nursing

3.5%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Education

3.3%

Sociology

3.3%

Economics

3.1%

Public Administration

3.0%

Finance

3.0%

History

2.9%

Law

2.8%

Marketing

2.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.2%

Masters

36.6%

Other

12.6%

Associate

4.9%

Doctorate

3.7%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.2%
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