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Working As A Senior Program Coordinator

  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $63,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Program Coordinator Do

Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists. They direct activities related to research and development, and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.

Duties

Natural sciences managers typically do the following:

  • Work with top executives to develop goals and strategies for researchers and developers
  • Budget resources for projects and programs by determining staffing, training, and equipment needs
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate scientists, technicians, and other staff members
  • Review staff members’ methodology and the accuracy of their research results
  • Ensure that laboratories are stocked with equipment and supplies
  • Monitor the progress of projects, review research performed, and draft operational reports
  • Provide technical assistance to scientists, technicians, and support staff
  • Establish and follow administrative procedures, policies, and standards
  • Communicate project proposals, research findings, and the status of projects to clients and top management

Natural sciences managers direct scientific research activities and direct and coordinate product development projects and production activities. The duties of natural sciences managers vary with the field of science (for example, biology or chemistry) or the industry they work in. Research projects may be aimed at improving manufacturing processes, advancing basic scientific knowledge, or developing new products.

Some natural sciences managers are former scientists and, after becoming managers, may continue to conduct their own research as well as oversee the work of others. These managers are sometimes called working managers and usually have smaller staffs, allowing them to do research in addition to carrying out their administrative duties.

Managers who are responsible for larger staffs may not have time to contribute to research and may spend all their time performing administrative duties.

Laboratory managers need to ensure that laboratories are fully supplied so that scientists can run their tests and experiments. Some specialize in the management of laboratory animals.

During all stages of a project, natural sciences managers coordinate the activities of their unit with those of other units or organizations. They work with higher levels of management; with financial, production, and marketing specialists; and with suppliers of equipment and materials.

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How To Become A Senior Program Coordinator

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. Natural sciences managers typically have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a related field, such as engineering. Some managers may find it helpful to have an advanced management degree—for example, a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), or a Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Education

Natural sciences managers typically begin their careers as scientists; therefore, most have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a closely related field, such as engineering. Scientific and technical knowledge is essential for managers because they must be able to understand the work of their subordinates and provide technical assistance when needed. 

Natural sciences managers who are interested in acquiring postsecondary education in management should be able to find master’s degree or Ph.D. programs in a natural science that incorporate business management courses. A relatively new type of degree, called the Professional Science Master’s (PSM), blends advanced training in a particular science field with business skills, such as communications and program management, and policy. Those interested in acquiring general management skills may pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Some natural sciences managers will have studied psychology or some other management-related field to enter this occupation.

Sciences managers must continually upgrade their knowledge because of the rapid growth of scientific developments.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. While employed as scientists, they typically are given more responsibility and independence in their work as they gain experience. Eventually, they may lead research teams and have control over the direction and content of projects before being promoted to an administrative position.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not typically required to become a natural sciences manager, many relevant certifications are available. These certifications range from those related to specific scientific areas of study or practice, such as laboratory animal management, to general management topics, such as project management, and are useful to natural sciences managers regardless of the organization being managed.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences, such as scientists, policymakers, and the public. Both written and oral communication are important.

Critical-thinking skills. Natural sciences managers must carefully evaluate the work of others. They must determine if their staff’s methods and results are based on sound science.

Interpersonal skills. Natural sciences managers lead research teams and therefore need to work well with others in order to reach common goals. Managers routinely deal with conflict, which they must be able to turn into positive outcomes for their organization.

Leadership skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to organize, direct, and motivate others. They need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their workers and create an environment in which the workers can succeed.

Problem-solving skills. Natural sciences managers use scientific observation and analysis to find solutions to complex technical questions.

Time-management skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to do multiple administrative, supervisory, and technical tasks while ensuring that projects remain on schedule.

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Average Length of Employment
Program Manager 3.3 years
Lead Coordinator 3.0 years
Program Officer 2.9 years
Grant Coordinator 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Senior Program Coordinator
Internship 8.9%
Teacher 4.2%
Volunteer 3.9%
Consultant 2.4%
Counselor 2.4%
Top Careers After Senior Program Coordinator
Consultant 5.5%
Manager 5.3%
Director 4.5%
Internship 3.7%
Volunteer 3.3%

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Senior Program Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

62.9%

Male

26.7%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.1%

French

17.0%

Arabic

6.3%

Portuguese

4.5%

Dari

2.7%

German

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Mandarin

1.8%

Albanian

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Hmong

0.9%

Somali

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Danish

0.9%

Tigrinya

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Coptic

0.9%

Amharic

0.9%
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Senior Program Coordinator Education

Schools

Boston University

13.1%

University of Phoenix

11.0%

University of Texas at Austin

6.9%

New York University

5.7%

Tulane University

5.3%

George Washington University

5.3%

Arizona State University

5.3%

Johns Hopkins University

4.9%

University of Arizona

4.9%

Northern Arizona University

4.5%

University of Southern California

4.1%

Harvard University

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

Fordham University

3.3%

West Virginia University

3.3%

University of Louisville

3.3%

Columbia University

3.3%

Georgia State University

2.9%

Nassau Community College

2.9%

University of Iowa

2.9%
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Majors

Business

25.3%

Psychology

7.3%

Social Work

6.7%

Communication

5.7%

Marketing

5.3%

Management

4.7%

Public Health

4.6%

Education

3.9%

Political Science

3.6%

Nursing

3.3%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

English

3.2%

Elementary Education

3.1%

Public Administration

3.1%

Educational Leadership

3.1%

Human Resources Management

3.0%

Public Relations

3.0%

Counseling Psychology

2.7%

Human Services

2.7%

Hospitality Management

2.6%
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Degrees

Masters

38.6%

Bachelors

35.2%

Other

11.4%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

5.0%

Doctorate

3.1%

License

0.5%

Diploma

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$39,000
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$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
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Best Paying Company
Mayo Clinic
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Senior Program Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Program Coordinator in the United States is $63,975 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $102,000.

Real Senior Program Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Program Coordinator Florida International University Miami, FL Nov 14, 2016 $98,068
Senior Program Coordinator Japan Science and Technology Agency Washington, DC Nov 01, 2010 $87,495
Senior Program Coordinator/Researcher Interesse International Inc. Washington, DC Oct 01, 2009 $80,000 -
$125,000
SR. Program Coordinator Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Aug 01, 2011 $66,200
SR. Program Coordinator Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Sep 26, 2011 $66,200
Senior Program Coordinator, International Extension Programs California State University, San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA Aug 27, 2015 $63,600
SR. Program Coordinator Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Jul 16, 2011 $60,000
Senior Program Coordinator University of Miami Coral Gables, FL May 15, 2013 $59,067
Senior Program Coordinator World Education Services, Inc. New York, NY Jul 18, 2014 $56,000
Senior Program Coordinator University of Miami-Human Resources Coral Gables, FL May 15, 2010 $55,120
Senior Program Coordinator Project Sunshine, Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2015 $50,750
Senior Program Coordinator Accion International, Inc. Washington, DC Apr 06, 2013 $50,000 -
$55,000
Senior Program Coordinator Accion International, Inc. Washington, DC Apr 06, 2010 $50,000 -
$55,000
Senior Program Coordinator The Administrators of The Tulane Endowment Fund New Orleans, LA Jul 01, 2015 $43,909
Senior Program Coordinator Project Sunshine, Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2012 $43,700

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  2. Financial Statements
  3. Data Entry
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  • Handled alphabetic and numeric data entry.
  • Developed and facilitated activities and special events appropriate to Senior Center objectives.
  • Work with development/communications staff members for wish child publicity needs.
  • Designed and scheduled direct mail advertising for company training programs.

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