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Program Director

Note for Current UM Employees

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Definition of Class

This position researches, plans, develops, and executes departmental programs and activities. The incumbent establishes and implements goals based on strategic objectives, develops and manages assigned budgets, creates strategies to evaluate performance and effectiveness, and provides guidance and direction for support staff.

Examples of Work Performed
  • Manages daily operations that support program goals and objectives.
  • Plans and develops programs from inception to completion involving deadlines, milestones, and processes.
  • Initiates and establishes goals for programs according to strategic objectives of the department.
  • Develops and manages assigned program budgets.
  • Creates strategies to evaluate and monitor performance and determine needs for improvements.
  • Assesses and manages program risks.
  • Determines ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of programs and procedures.
  • Analyzes data and reports to determine trends and inform management on progress and growth.
  • Ensures program operations and activities comply with university guidelines and internal policies.
  • Serves as liaison to internal and external constituents.
  • Facilitates communication and networking among staff and faculty to cultivate collaborative relationships.
  • Collects and analyzes data for use in making recommendations, assessing progress, reporting to internal or external constituents, and/or developing proposals.
  • Ensures programs support and advance the department’s mission.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.
Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Plans, develops, and directs departmental programs and activities.
  2. Establishes and implements departmental goals and strategic objectives.
  3. Assesses and manages program risks.
  4. Provides guidance and direction for support staff.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university.


Two (2) years of experience related to the above described duties.

Substitution Statement: Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Salary/Wage Information

To learn more about our pay structure and view our salary ranges, click here to visit the Compensation page of our Human Resources website. This link is provided for general pay information. Hourly rate or salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget. Note: Unclassified positions (faculty, executives, researchers and coaches) do not have established salary ranges.

EEO Statement
The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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