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Director of Programs and Interpretation
Category: Manager

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
Chicago, Illinois

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013

Director of Programs and Interpretation 

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

Salary Grade: Grade 5
Department: Programs and Interpretation
Reports to: GPCA President
The Organization:
The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance (GPCA) is a community oriented non-profit organization involved in a unique partnership with the Chicago Park District and its historic plant conservatory. GPCA is very unique and creative organization.  The Department of Programs and Interpretation supports the mission of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance by connecting people to plants and is dedicated to developing, implementing, and facilitating a heightened interest and deeper understanding of the plant world, both inside and beyond the Conservatory’s glass walls.
Director of Programs and Interpretation is a full time position. The Director supervises the Programs & Interpretation Department staff including Public, School, Teacher and Volunteer Programs in the development and implementation of all Departmental programs and events. Primary responsibilities are to 1) Develop new, and where appropriate uphold and expand GPCA’s programming vision  2) Secure resources required to sustain programming initiatives  3) Build strong partner relations between GPCA and the Chicago Park District  4)  Support and enhance Conservatory campus interpretive strategies and program spaces.
Position Responsibilities:
1. Work directly with the GPCA President to develop and sustain a departmental vision aligned with the goals and objectives outlined in the 2013/5 year Strategic Plan, develop short and long range goals and ensure alignment with the GPCA mission and core values
2. Liaison with Conservatory foremen to secure on-site resources and integrate programming initiatives into current and future CPD planning
3. Oversee all development and management of all departmental program initiatives including:
▪ Family programs
▪ Public special events
▪ Education programs
▪ Conservatory volunteer program
▪ Exhibits
▪ GPCA urban gardening programs
4. Manage development of all Conservatory interpretative strategies and permanent educational exhibits
5. Oversee maintenance of all Conservatory interpretive tools and permanent educational exhibits
6. Collaborate with Development Department to identify relevant funding sources, develop proposals,  
cultivate/sustain donors, and complete reporting functions
7. Cultivate and maintain strong partnerships within the greening and informal education communities
8. Manage all program, exhibit, and audience-related evaluation
9. Write, submit, and oversee annual departmental work plan and budget
10.   Craft quarterly and annual reports
11. Represent Department of Programs and Interpretation to GPCA Board:
▪ Attend regular Board meetings
▪ Prepare and present Board reports
▪ Staff Board’s Programs Committee
12. Develop and manage Departmental marketing strategies including:
▪ Seasonal Programs and Activities brochure
▪ Conservatory website (program and event information)
▪ Updates to CPD marketing and press departments
14. Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum 8 years experience developing and managing educational and interpretive programs in a public museum, 
conservatory, botanic garden or a related informal educational facility
- Proven track record of excellent departmental and people management
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong financial management skills and familiarity with accounting procedures
- Collaborative, team-building attitude
- Experience with the development and implementation of museum interpretation including signage, exhibits, visitor 
navigation, and evaluation protocols
- Track record of success with fundraising or relevant experience in strategic relationship building strongly preferred
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities and circumstances with flexibility
- Dedication to maintaining high standards for quality and professionalism in all work
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs; knowledge of Corel Draw, Illustrator, Pagemaker, or similar a plus
- Undergraduate degree (advanced degree preferred) in Education, Environmental Education, or related field, with 
excellent knowledge of early childhood learning standards and methodologies
To Apply: 
Submit cover letter, resume, salary history and references by mail, fax or e-mail to:

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
Attn: Helen Hardy 
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624; (FAX) 773-638-1777; or

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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