Senior Program Officer Salary
Senior Program Officers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under three-fifths of Senior Program Officers. Pay fluctuates from $55K to $154K per year, but expected earnings average $82K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Senior Program Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$55,365 - $153,374|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $15,101|
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$55,313 - $154,144|
Job Description for Senior Program Officer
Senior program officers are typically responsible for a variety of high-level organizational and strategic planning efforts. Management of diverse program portfolios, as well as strong communication and collaboration skills, are essential for this position. Senior program officers build program capacity requirements, develop grantees and key partners, plan organizational events, develop relevant knowledge within the organization, and provide support for other officers and program directors. These officers generally work alongside other senior program officers, project managers, department managers, and directors in the organization. They must use outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills to interact with all levels of staff to perform all program responsibilities.Read More...
Senior program officers generally often work in an office environment, and they frequently meet with clients and members of staff to discuss and manage current programs. Some travel may be expected depending on the needs of the employer. These individuals typically work during regular business hours, although overtime may be required depending on the needs of the organization.
Typically, senior program officers hold a bachelor's degree in a social science or public policy field, although a master's degree may be preferred by employers. In addition, many applicants must demonstrate sufficient experience in the field working with grant making, project management, project development, and other related roles. Skills generally required in the senior program officer position include proficiency with basic computer programs, the ability to recognize and resolve interpersonal issues, strong leadership skills, and the ability to build relationships with potential philanthropists and partners.
Senior Program Officer Tasks
- Responsible for a program with a specific purpose such as a addressing a targeted social issue (e.g. poverty, homelessness, sexual orientation) or organizational function (e.g. fundraising, security) of a non-profit organization or government agency.
- Document, distribute and disseminate program findings to headquarters and other branches of the organization.
- Supervise program's operations regarding its project portfolio.
- Manage grant administration and investor/donor process.
- Develop and manage program objectives and strategies based on research, field reports and organization-wide initiatives.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Program Officer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Senior Program Officers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $61K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $77K. Senior Program Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $93K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $120K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Senior Program Officers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 99 percent greater than the national average. Senior Program Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent) and San Francisco (+9 percent). Senior Program Officers in Minneapolis make 42 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Washington (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).
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