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Program Director Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75600
  • Pay Grade: P10
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Director
  • Family: Academic Programs
  • Function: Academic Support


Director creates and executes management plans, assesses priorities, aligns resources, and recommends opportunities for innovation. Perform program administration, provides leadership for the development, expansion, assessment, and administration of program through partnerships with the University’s academic departments.

Level Scope

Manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate Managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and  influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 8 years experience or equivalent including 5 years managerial experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Analyze data and make budget and enrollment forecasts
  • Supervisory responsibilities
  • Knowledge of higher education administration
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory
  • Strong professional and customer service focus
  • Knowledge of academic advising practices
  • Experience teaching adults
  • Knowledge of promotion and recruiting practices
  • Ability to professionally present and market programs
  • Experience directing a large program and managing multiple priorities

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Program Director must:

  • This position manages curriculum development and approvals, enrollment projections, budget, schedules courses, hires instructors, promotes the program, supervises department staff, directs committees, and manages partnerships with other academic programs/departments.
  • Strategic planning, data analysis, self-study accreditation reviews, and department annual reports are all essential components of this position.
  • Manage appropriated and local budgets
  • Act as first point of contact with partner program/department chairs for initiation of all academic partnerships including but not limited to curriculum, revenue sharing, program development, and related student support.
  • Direct needs assessments for students and may review course/instructor evaluations and act on them as needed.
  • Responsible for the hiring, supervision, and assessment of staff
  • Approve faculty contracts to ensure compliance with university procedures, deadlines, and availability of budgeted funds.

35% of Time the Program Director

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Program Director

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.