A program coordinator ensures the smooth functioning of specific projects or initiatives by keeping employees and budgets on track to achieve the program's stated purposes. This includes tracking and coordinating employee schedules, ensuring payments are made on time and securing funding should budgets run short.
Program coordinators generally work within the fields of education and health care, and some work with non-profit organizations as well. Those working within educational and non-profit environments see more of a focus on outreach and fundraising, while those within the health care field usually take a more administrative role. No matter the field, required skills for success include conflict resolution, along with the abilities to plan ahead and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people.