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.
There were 232 Director of Program Management job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8890 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:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $96,349.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $100,888.
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 $78,706.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||7%|
|3 to 5 years||33%|
|6 to 8 years||25%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (53%)
- Planning (45%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (43%)
- Problem Solving (32%)
- Organizational Skills (21%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Budgeting (48%)
- Project Management (47%)
- Program Management (31%)
- Scheduling (24%)
- Change Management (17%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Staff Management (15%)
- Project Planning and Development Skills (14%)
- Process Improvement (12%)
- Vaccination (11%)
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (10%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Business Strategy (6%)
- Lifecycle Management (4%)
- Program Development (4%)
- Financial Management (4%)
- Risk Assessment (3%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Goal Setting (1%) – marginal value $16,674
- Program Implementation (2%) – marginal value $15,740
- Resource Management (3%) – marginal value $9,860
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
- Director Of Program Management
- Manager, Program Management
- Senior Manager, Program Management
- Program Manager Change Management
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.
- Program Manager (General)
- Director of Project Management
- Client Engagement Manager
- Project Manager (General)
- Program Coordinator
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.
- Deloitte (196)
- Salesforce (191)
- L3Harris (189)
- Facebook (178)
- Wells Fargo (144)
- Wells Fargo (23)
- Honeywell (8)
- Siemens (7)
- Deloitte (7)
- USAA (6)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!
- Business Administration Master's Degrees
- Professional Communication and Managerial Skills Graduate Certificates
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