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Working As A Vice President-Program Management

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $139,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Vice President-Program Management Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become A Vice President-Program Management

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.

Education

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.

Advancement

Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Director 7.8%
Consultant 3.7%
Manager 2.7%
Top Careers After Vice President-Program Management
Consultant 6.3%
President 5.4%
Director 4.8%
Principal 3.7%

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Vice President-Program Management Demographics

Gender

Male

68.2%

Female

25.7%

Unknown

6.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.5%

German

23.1%

French

15.4%

Romanian

7.7%

Carrier

7.7%

Armenian

7.7%
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Vice President-Program Management Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

George Washington University

10.2%

New York University

6.3%

Pace University - New York

6.3%

Arizona State University

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

5.5%

Villanova University

4.7%

Northwestern University

4.7%

University of Florida

3.9%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.9%

Johns Hopkins University

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

University of California - Berkeley

3.9%

Haverford College

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Pepperdine University

3.9%

Stanford University

3.1%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.1%

Boston University

3.1%

Ohio State University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

37.8%

Finance

11.2%

Management

7.1%

Project Management

6.7%

Computer Science

6.0%

Electrical Engineering

3.7%

Marketing

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Information Technology

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.2%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Information Systems

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Education

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

English

1.7%

Political Science

1.5%

Communication

1.1%

Civil Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

46.0%

Bachelors

35.8%

Other

11.1%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

2.6%

Associate

1.4%

Diploma

0.3%
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$103,000
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Best Paying Company
Change Healthcare
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Vice President-Program Management make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Vice President-Program Management in the United States is $139,428 per year or $67 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $103,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $188,000.

Real Vice President-Program Management Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice President Program Management Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2012 $235,000 -
$265,000
VP Strategic Programs & Alliance Management Icon Clinical Research, Inc. North Wales, PA Nov 21, 2011 $217,709
Vice President Program Management ASML Us, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2011 $209,528
Vice President, Program Management & Business Relationship Manager Fonantrix Solution LLC Stamford, CT Apr 05, 2016 $200,000
Vice President, Program Management & Business Relationship Manager Fonantrix Solution LLC Stamford, CT Apr 28, 2015 $195,021
Vice President-Program Management Qiagen Inc. Santa Clarita, CA Jul 31, 2013 $195,000
Vice President Program Management Pearson Education Inc. Boston, MA Sep 30, 2009 $160,000
Vice President of Program Management & Value Chain Improvement Webasto Roof Systems, Inc. Rochester Hills, MI Aug 12, 2015 $154,000 -
$180,000
Vice President-Program Management C-Sam Inc. Oakbrook Terrace, IL Jan 05, 2014 $150,000
Vice President, Program Management Dynamics AX UXC Eclipse (USA) LLC New York, NY Oct 15, 2015 $145,000
V. P., Program Mgmt & Business Relationship Manage Fonantrix Solution LLC Stamford, CT Apr 01, 2014 $140,000
V. P., Program Mgmt & Business Relationship Manage Fonantrix Solution LLC Stamford, CT Feb 24, 2014 $140,000
VP (Dept Specialist III)-Program Management Offi The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. Jersey City, NJ Jul 10, 2013 $135,000
Vice President Program Management FMR LLC Boston, MA Oct 26, 2015 $124,176 -
$166,000
VP, Program Management Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Apr 07, 2015 $122,000
Assistant Vice President, Program Management Operations Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Sep 21, 2015 $107,598
VP of Clinical Program Management Quality Professional Nursing, LLC Lakewood, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $78,576
VP of Clinical Program Management Professional Placement & Recruitment, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $74,151
Vice President of Clinical Program Management AGA Global Resources Corporation Congers, NY Oct 01, 2009 $72,836

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Top Skills for A Vice President-Program Management

  1. Project Management
  2. Portfolio
  3. Successful Delivery
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  • Reworked and implemented new project management, configuration management, and testing procedures including supporting tool set and deliverable templates.
  • Established project selection and portfolio prioritization review process with senior leadership to ensure alignment of projects/programs to business needs.
  • Developed strategic planning and functional alignment of organization with high level goals of the organization.
  • Worked with representatives in each market to assess PMO maturity and worked to establish uniform processes in all markets.
  • Provided detailed analysis and reporting to company's global technology organization governance boards, comprised of 12 senior managers.

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