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Director of Program Management

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Directs ongoing program activity, or a group of program managers, for a company or organization. May be responsible for strategic direction.

Job Outlook

There were 151 Director of Program Management job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 6878 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Program Manager industry, which includes the Director of Program Management career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Director of Program Management jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $99,159.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $91,763.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Director of Program Management postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $82,170.

Education and Experience

Posted Director of Program Management jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree1%
Bachelor's Degree48%
Master's Degree47%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other3%

Posted Director of Program Management jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years6%
3 to 5 years28%
6 to 8 years20%
9+ years47%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Director of Program Management positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (50%)
  • Planning (46%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (38%)
  • Problem Solving (31%)
  • Building Effective Relationships (23%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Project Management (47%)
  • Budgeting (39%)
  • Program Management (26%)
  • Scheduling (23%)
  • Strategic Planning (17%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Planning and Development Skills (14%)
  • Staff Management (14%)
  • Customer Service (12%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (11%)
  • Business Development (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Microsoft Project (7%)
  • Business Strategy (6%)
  • Lifecycle Management (5%)
  • Program Development (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Director of Program Management skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Director, Program Management
  • Technician Program Director
  • Business Performance Management Director
  • Director Of Program Management
  • Manager, Program Management

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Director of Program Management jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Anthem Blue Cross (808)
  • Salesforce (239)
  • Microsoft Corporation (147)
  • Deloitte (130)
  • Guidehouse (119)

North Carolina

  • Anthem Blue Cross (17)
  • Microsoft Corporation (12)
  • Charter Communications (8)
  • Deloitte (7)
  • Guilford Technical Community College (7)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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