CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Program Directors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Program Directors
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news. Plan and schedule programming and event coverage, based on broadcast length, time availability, and other factors, such as community needs, ratings data, and viewer demographics.
 
Monitor and review programming to ensure that schedules are met, guidelines are adhered to, and performances are of adequate quality.
 
Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in broadcast news, sports, or programming.
 
Check completed program logs for accuracy and conformance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations and resolve program log inaccuracies.
 
Establish work schedules and assign work to staff members.
 
Coordinate activities between departments, such as news and programming.
 
Perform personnel duties, such as hiring staff and evaluating work performance.
 
Evaluate new and existing programming to assess suitability and the need for changes, using information such as audience surveys and feedback.
 
Develop budgets for programming and broadcasting activities and monitor expenditures to ensure that they remain within budgetary limits.
 
Confer with directors and production staff to discuss issues such as production and casting problems, budgets, policies, and news coverage.
 
Select, acquire, and maintain programs, music, films, and other needed materials and obtain legal clearances for their use as necessary.
 
Monitor network transmissions for advisories concerning daily program schedules, program content, special feeds, or program changes.
 
Develop promotions for current programs and specials.
 
Prepare copy and edit tape so that material is ready for broadcasting.
 
Develop ideas for programs and features that a station could produce.
 
Participate in the planning and execution of fundraising activities.
 
Review information about programs and schedules to ensure accuracy and provide such information to local media outlets.
 
Read news, read or record public service and promotional announcements, or perform other on-air duties.
 
Operate and maintain on-air and production audio equipment.
 
Direct setup of remote facilities and install or cancel programs at remote stations.
 
Cue announcers, actors, performers, and guests.
 
Conduct interviews for broadcasts.
 
Act as a liaison between talent and directors, providing information that performers or guests need to prepare for appearances and communicating relevant information from guests, performers, or staff to directors.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Program Directors
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Program Directors
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
 
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Program Directors
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Program Directors
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Required Level of Education Some College Courses
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Program Directors
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Broadcast Operations Director
Cable Television Program Director
Director
Educational Programming Director
Media Coordinator
News Director
News Producer
Newscast Director
Operations Director
Operations Manager
Production Director
Program Coordinator
Program Director
Program Manager
Program Supervisor
Programming Director
Public Service Director
Sports Director
Station Manager
Television Program Director (TV Program Director)
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Program Directors
 
 
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