Job Title: Program Director
Type of Company: Family support and child abuse prevention
Education: Master in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government BA in History, Kansas State University
Previous Experience: I worked as a home visitor, as a teacher in a youth detention facility, and as a family support advocate
Job Tasks: I manage a statewide home visiting program for for first time parents age 20 and under. I supervise a team for four staff that work directly with the local programs. They are doing contracts management, technical assistance, program implementation and other support aspects. Additionally, we develop program policies, maintain a program database, provide data reports for quality assurance and manage public relations. As a member of the senior staff of the agency, I also confer with other departments on fundraising, legislative advocacy and programs development.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is hearing directly from the participants in the program, hearing about their successes and knowing that the work I do has helped them indirectly. I don't work in a way that I encounter families regularly anymore- it's nice when I can see that planning and thinking on a statewide level really does translate into real people having better lives. I also very much enjoy talking with those who are doing direct services- they have great ideas and remind me of my former self that did their work.
The worst part of the job is realizing that the good news of prevention will never supercede the word of some horrible tragedy. It also is tough to know that until there are truly adequate resources devoted to prevention, we will continue to hear of those tragedies. And damaged people will still be created every day.
Job Tips: Learn early how to collaborate on projects - this field demands working with other similar agencies, if only to maximize limited resources. Thinking in expansive ways helps out. Work directly with the population you hope to serve/affect- if you want to "go macro" it will help you to know what it is like out there on the front lines.
Additional Thoughts: Be prepared that the rewards for this work are not financial, at least not until you have either worked in the field for many years and/or work at a macro level.
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school
Experience an education that helps you realize your potential in a way that fits you best. Request more information about Post University today.
Develop your knowledge of human behavior and earn your bachelor's or master's in psychology degree online with GCU.
100% online degrees from Ashford University
Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose.
SocialWork@Simmons is an innovative, online Master of Social Work program offered through the Simmons School of SocialWork, the nation’s oldest school of social work. Complete your MSW in as little as 15 months with this CSWE-accredited program. No GRE required.
Why Choose Widener University?
At Widener University, we proudly cultivate challenging and culturally diverse learning environments where academics, leadership, and service come first. Our curricula are connected to societal issues and challenge students to take social responsibility for their role in today's global society.
Our Lady of the Lake University is a private, Catholic university with a deep connection to the history and community of San Antonio.
Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.
The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.
Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Social And Community Service Managers, including: