What does a Program Coordinator do?

Program coordinators manage employees and administrative tasks, including managing or maintaining a program budget or determining policy or procedure. They manage program-related internal and external communications and organize and maintain a program’s agenda. They work in various settings and industries including healthcare, higher education, or assisted living.

Program coordinators manage projects through the maintenance of budgets and by ensuring that staff can follow schedules. They create positive relationships with each participant in the project they are coordinating. They are tasked with securing funding for a budget and managing the project’s budget. They also cultivate positive relationships with external parties including vendors or service providers. They will communicate with media outlets, organize meetings, and update relevant news and social media platforms and websites. Program coordinators often need a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction or a master’s degree in related fields including public health, business administration, public administration, social work, or another related field.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Program Coordinator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$2,500 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $3K
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Program Coordinator Career Path

Learn how to become a Program Coordinator, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Program Support Representative
7 Mar 2021

“What I liked about working at IQVIA was that the work was fun and my coworks are fun too.”

Pulsus GroupPulsus Group
Program Coordinator
27 Sep 2019

“Last but not least..all the positive reviews written here is done my the management itself.”

Anheuser-Busch InBevAnheuser-Busch InBev
Brewery Trainee Program
4 Oct 2021

“I never felt afraid to voice my opinion and felt like my perspective was respected and valued.”

GEM Environmental (AZ)
Program Coordinator
23 Jun 2021

“The Executive Director is amazing and really wants the best for both his clients and his staff.”

Saint Cloud HospitalSaint Cloud Hospital
Health Unit Coordinator (HUC)
28 Oct 2021

“Pay rate wasn't great and they don't take education/experience into consideration when calculating pay.”

Benchmark Senior LivingBenchmark Senior Living
Harbor Programming Coordinator
15 Jan 2020

“coworkers don't care or put in good work and they get compensated well and no repercussions.”

Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity
Program Coordinator
7 Dec 2021

“You meet amazing people who truly enjoy the mission and purpose of the Habitat for Humanity.”

University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington
Program Coordinator
20 Mar 2020

“people are nice in most departments; stable job; don't take work home at the end of the day”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a program coordinator

When working as a program coordinator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Excellent Customer Service, Written Communication, Powerpoint and Excellent Communication.

The most similar professions to program coordinator are:
  • Coordinator
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager

The most common qualifications to become a program coordinator is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.