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Working As a Youth 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

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Youth Program Director 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 Youth 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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Average Yearly Salary
$50,000
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$35,000
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$50,000
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$70,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
WTS International
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Youth Program Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Youth Program Director in the United States is $50,234 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $70,000.

Real Youth Program Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Youth Performance Programming Town Sports International New York, NY Jun 10, 2013 $90,000
Director, Youth Performance Programming Town Sports International New York, NY Jun 02, 2013 $90,000
Youth Tennis Program Director Skillman Tennis Associates LLC Islandia, NY Dec 30, 2014 $85,000
Youth Program Director Global Peace Youth Corps Tarrytown, NY Sep 15, 2010 $75,699
Children, Youth and Family Program Director Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center North Miami Beach, FL Aug 01, 2013 $65,000
Youth Program Associate World Federation of United Nations Associations Day, NY Sep 12, 2014 $57,518
Youth Program Director Global Peace Youth Corps Washington, DC Oct 01, 2010 $49,800
Youth Program Director Global Peace Youth Corps. Edmonds, WA Mar 02, 2012 $48,000
Youth Program Director The National Institute of Family Counseling Vienna, VA Oct 01, 2012 $42,512
Associate for Youth Programming IPAS, Inc. Chapel Hill, NC Sep 02, 2010 $40,976
Youth Program Director Classic Swing Golf School, Inc. Myrtle Beach, SC Dec 10, 2013 $38,300
Youth Program Director Classic Swing Golf School, Inc. Myrtle Beach, SC Oct 01, 2012 $38,000
Youth Lacrosse Program Director Mercer Island Lacrosse Club Mercer Island, WA Aug 11, 2010 $28,467
Youth Lacrosse Program Director McCarthy Sports Seattle, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 11, 2010 $28,467
Youth Lacrosse Program Director McCarthy Sports Seattle, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 11, 2010 $28,091
Youth Lacrosse Program Director Mercer Island Lacrosse Club Mercer Island, WA Aug 11, 2010 $28,091
Youth Lacrosse Program Director McCarthy Sports Seattle, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 01, 2014 $23,479
Youth Lacrosse Program Director Mercer Island Lacrosse Club Mercer Island, WA Jan 25, 2015 $23,270
Youth Lacrosse Program Director Mercer Island Lacrosse Club Mercer Island, WA Sep 01, 2014 $23,270

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Top Skills for A Youth Program Director

  1. Youth Program
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Community Outreach
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and administered multiple youth programs and projects for inner-city at-risk youth.
  • Participated in curriculum development/revision processes.
  • Performed community outreach and relationship cultivation.
  • Piloted employment preparedness workshops and ensured all staff members receive orientation and appropriate training.
  • Performed community outreach, targeting 100+ at-risk youth to join after-school development programs each 3- month cycle.

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  2. California
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Minnesota
  5. Maryland
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Youth Program Director Demographics

Gender

Female

48.5%

Male

39.7%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.6%

French

9.1%

Hebrew

5.1%

Chinese

3.0%

German

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

Swahili

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Portuguese

1.0%

Khmer

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Albanian

1.0%

Dakota

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Lingala

1.0%
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Youth Program Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.4%

Liberty University

8.7%

Capella University

7.1%

Temple University

4.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.9%

Ohio University -

4.3%

Texas State University

4.3%

Walden University

4.3%

University of Washington

4.3%

Wayne State University

3.8%

San Francisco State University

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

Florida International University

3.8%

Florida State University

3.8%

Grand Canyon University

3.8%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.3%

Michigan State University

3.3%

San Jose State University

3.3%

Ashford University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

16.4%

Social Work

8.7%

Psychology

8.7%

Kinesiology

6.8%

Education

6.5%

Elementary Education

5.8%

Communication

5.0%

Sociology

4.3%

Theology

4.1%

Management

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Recreation Management

3.6%

Educational Leadership

3.5%

Human Services

3.2%

Health Education

2.9%

Political Science

2.9%

Human Development

2.6%

Counseling Psychology

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Public Relations

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Masters

30.9%

Other

15.4%

Associate

3.8%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

2.5%

License

0.4%

Diploma

0.4%
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Updated May 19, 2020