What does a Lead Program Manager do?

Program managers oversee interconnected projects that are complementary to one another and that ultimately build and contribute to larger, longer-term business objectives. Program managers outline a program’s strategy and its objectives and oversee a list of dependent projects that are needed to reach the program’s goals. They work with teams and instruct them on how to best implement their strategies and to measure the return on investment.

Program managers share the program’s strategy and objectives with an emphasis on its impact upon the business. As the overseers of multiple-project platform collaborations, they also define the independent projects that must be completed first in order to achieve the program's ultimate goals. While they are supervising groups of projects, they will also strategize, oversee, and coordinate various project products or other strategic initiatives that are programmed within a group of related projects. Program managers need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business management.

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

Lead Program Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$120,723 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $121K
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Lead Program Manager Career Path

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Program Manager
Dec 10, 2021

“Great product based company to grow in your career with job security and the product is unique.”

HCL TechnologiesHCL Technologies
Senior Program Manager
Jun 1, 2021

“nothing notable to say and its a very employee career oriented and friendly organization to work”

University of British ColumbiaUniversity of British Columbia
Program Assistant
Dec 13, 2020

“Opportunities for Professional Development and Networking as a student or fresh grad is the best getaway from this position”

Vancouver Coastal HealthVancouver Coastal Health
Program Assistant- Mental Health and Substance Use
Feb 4, 2021

“Friendly staff who genuinely want to help you every step of the way from hiring to getting yourself started.”

Generation CitizenGeneration Citizen
Program Associate
Dec 20, 2019

“Culture of White Supremacy is high here and I don’t recommend working here if you’re a person of color.”

JOANN StoresJOANN Stores
Task Team
May 10, 2021

“Two of the six were amazing and some of my favorite people to work with.”

Program Manager
Aug 31, 2021

“Some of the most intelligent and creative people I have ever worked with in my career.”

City of San Marcos, CACity of San Marcos, CA
Recreation Leader
May 18, 2020

“Getting to work with kids was great and I enjoyed being able to help them have a fun summer.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a lead program manager

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  • Operations Program Manager
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The most common qualifications to become a lead program manager include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.