How to write a Program Analyst job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Program Analyst job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Program Analyst job titles

    Program Analyst
    Junior Program Analyst
    Program Analyst (with PMP certification)
    Program Analyst (Part-Time)
    Program Support Analyst

Program Analyst job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Program Analyst job summary

We are a global leader in the payment technology solutions industry, and we are growing quickly. We are currently in need of an experienced and professional Program Analyst to join our team. The Program Analyst will be responsible for using advanced qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze the effectiveness of organizational programs, and implementing study methods to evaluate the efficiency of complex program operations. The ideal candidate has previous experience as a Program Analyst, and is enthusiastic about being part of a team that is at the top of its game. If this sounds like you, please apply!

Program Analyst responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Program Analyst responsibilities

    Provide data management and analysis for studies and maintain assigned projects
    Use data sources to identify programmatic needs
    Participate in strategic planning with regards to program development
    Assist with program assessments ensuring programmatic goals are well documented
    Perform data validation and quality control checks to ensure adherence to study protocols

Program Analyst qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Program Analyst skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Computer Science or related field
    3+ years’ experience in project management role
    Knowledge of industry best practices (ITIL, PMI, and CMMI)
    Strong analytical skills
    Able to work well on a team
    Strong Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills
    Possess unrestricted work authorization

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