Program Director, Higher Education
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Directs one or more programs carried out by a college or university. Often specializes in institutional advancement or engagement.
There were 172 Program Director, Higher Education job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4773 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the College / University Administrator industry, which includes the Program Director, Higher Education career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Program Director, Higher Education 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 $64,900.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $61,446.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Program Director, Higher Education postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $53,385.
Education and Experience
Posted Program Director, Higher Education 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 Program Director, Higher Education 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||20%|
|3 to 5 years||62%|
|6 to 8 years||10%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Program Director, Higher Education 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 (50%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (41%)
- Planning (38%)
- Research (32%)
- Building Effective Relationships (22%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Teaching (39%)
- Budgeting (38%)
- Staff Management (22%)
- Strategic Planning (15%)
- Curriculum Development (12%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Scheduling (19%)
- Project Management (11%)
- Social Media (9%)
- Supervisory Skills (8%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Educational Programs (6%)
- Student Placement (6%)
- Academic Counseling (5%)
- Grant Writing (5%)
- Public Health and Safety (5%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Program Director, Higher Education skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Program Director
- After-School Program Director
- Advancement Officer
- Academic Program Manager
- Director Of Career Development
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.
- Dean of Academic Division
- Associate Dean, Higher Education
- Dean of Academic Affairs
- Program Coordinator, Higher Education
- Director of Student Affairs
- Admissions Director
- Student Affairs Administrator
- Administrator, Higher Education
- Campus Director
- Dean (General)
Here are the employers that have posted the most Program Director, Higher Education jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Keiser University (80)
- University Of California (74)
- Ecpi University (67)
- YMCA (63)
- University of Chicago (56)
- University of North Carolina (30)
- Ecpi University (10)
- Cape Fear Community College (8)
- Duke University (8)
- Guilford Technical Community College (7)
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!