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.
- Ensure monitoring of funds by accounting for household petty cash and program participants' cash.
- Assist with the preparation of the annual program budget.
- Work as part of a team to perform program activities as directed by the supervisor.
- Be aware of safety procedures for fire, tornado, lock down, etc.
- The incumbent is responsible for implementing curriculum, as assigned.
- May act as a communication liaison and special events planner.
- Maintain a professional relationship with customers, clients, and the general public.
- May participate in program planning and in setting program objectives.
- Make referrals to appropriate offices and/or departments as needed.
- Complete data entry, including updating client demographics.
- Create reporting and develop dashboards based on project information.
- Help to recruit key staff and supervise the day-to-day functions of staff and others.
- Participate in the continuous, quality improvement activities of the department and institution.
- Coordinate contracts and is the liaison for internal and external vendors.
- Ensure a productive work environment by participating in staff meetings.
- Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, business administration, computer science or engineering, or equivalent experience.
- Able to provide technical assistance and solve problems while paying strict attention to detail.
- Collaborate with team members to assist with life skills such as toileting and bathrooms.
- Work as an advocate for both clients or patients and employer.
- Demonstrable full experience with writing protocols, computing, and enterprise resource planning.
- Assist in the onboarding and follow through with patients in a professional manner and with a positive attitude.
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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.
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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.