An information technology (IT) program manager is an administrative position for a company with an IT department. This position incorporates elements of managerial work and technical skill, with the manager directing a team of IT specialists. A typical day for an IT program manager include meetings with subordinates, general oversight of the IT workspace, and collaboration with other departments.
Because of the nature of the department and the type of tasks that are performed, the IT program manager must have an understanding of information technology and computer science. The IT program manager must also be well versed in management techniques and must have charisma, communication skills, and leadership ability. The typical candidate for the IT program manager position has at least a bachelor’s degree in information technology, although an associate’s degree may be acceptable depending on the company. Additionally, most IT program manager positions require three to four years of IT experience in a professional setting.
Program Manager, IT Tasks
- Work closely with developers and testers to ensure functional designs and also assigns duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority to project personnel.
- May drive and participate in design, development and implementation.
- Develop and maintain plans, policies, and procedures for all project phases.