How to write a Program Director 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 Director 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 Director job titles

    Program Director
    Assistant Program Director
    Program Director (Master of Social Work required)
    Director of Programs

Program Director 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 Director job summary

Our organization is looking for a Program Director who will help us to create educational and physical fitness programs for our residents. The Program Director will be responsible for making certain that all staffing goals are met, that all staff members are properly certified and that each of our programs meets all government guidelines. If you have previous experience in a leadership position at an adult day center, a compassionate nature and a dedication to improving people’s lives, we encourage you to apply today.

Program Director 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 Director responsibilities

    Work closely with management staff to update and maintain the professional credentials of each staff member
    Stay updated on all laws and regulations and make certain that all company operations are within the scope of those laws
    Establish an overall annual program budget and then monitor each program to make sure the budget is not exceeded
    Develop comprehensive progress reports on all active programs to be submitted to the executive staff each week
    Maintain and deliver all paperwork required to make sure that the organization’s certifications remain intact and in good standing

Program Director 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 Director skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work required
    5+ years of experience as a social worker
    Ability to maintain workflow efficiently in a fast-paced environment
    Strong communication and leadership skills
    Proficiency in MS Office
    Compassionate and understanding nature

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