Senior Program Officer Salary
Just under three-fifths of Senior Program Officers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $55K to $148K per year, but median earnings come to around $79K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female Senior Program Officers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$55,236 - $133,687|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $9,250|
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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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Program Officer
Pay by Experience for a Senior Program Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Program Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Program Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 69 salaries. An experienced Senior Program Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 79 salaries. A Senior Program Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 17 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Senior Program Officers, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 108 percent above the national average. Senior Program Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent) and San Francisco (+4 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Program Officers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 40 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Boston (11 percent lower) and Washington (5 percent lower).
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