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Botanical Education Manager - REVISED
Category: Education

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, California

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Botanical Education Manager

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Regular, Salaried, Full-Time, 37.5 hours per week – Job #080-14

Under the purview of the Director of Education, the Botanical Educational Manager is responsible for planning and directing programs and interpretation with special emphasis on school audiences.  Additionally, the Botanical Educational Manager plays a major role in developing programmatic goals and content for teacher training, exhibition support, and website creation. Experience with grants and the possession of grant-writing skills is desired.  The ability to foster interdepartmental and external collaborations is a must.  The Botanical Educational Manager may supervise education staff, contractors, interns, and volunteers.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides vision and leadership for formal education initiatives (teacher training, school programming, continuing education) that will ensure the Huntington supports innovative botanical and scientific education that is responsive to school and community needs, demonstrably effective, and ultimately sustainable.
  • Monitors and reports progress toward achieving programmatic objectives.
  • Develops content and interpretation for school-based programs.  
  • Advises relevant staff within all divisions (Botanical, Communications, Advancement) in regard to institutional efforts to create impactful appreciation of the Botanical Gardens’ cultural and natural resources.  
  • Works with various program managers to ensure appropriate teaching pedagogies are being considered for various audiences.
  • Develops internal and external working relationships including establishing and maintaining an active network of professional contacts to encourage collaborations and promote the dissemination of the department’s work.
  • Draws on expertise of Curatorial and other professional staff to support and develop new programs and concepts in formal education.  
  • Works with the Director of Education and the Advancement Division to identify potential funding sources, prepare grant proposals, and provide reports to funders as necessary.
  • Develops and manages program and project budgets, either directly or indirectly.
  • Manages staff and interns, sets performance standards, facilitates efforts to meet performance standards, facilitates staff development, and writes performance reviews.
  • Ensures the effective employment of volunteers and interns.
  •  Ensures that program activities meet and integrate with overall organizational objectives and the Huntington’s requirements for health and safety.
  • Remains up-to-date in knowledge of museum education theory, interpretive development, curriculum development, and current issues and practices in formal and informal education.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Experience in and understanding of formal education is essential.
  • Must have excellent planning, supervisory, organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as strong skills in communication, both written and oral.
  • Must possess ability to think innovatively and work productively in both a team environment and on independent projects.
  • Must be able to think strategically and understand the needs of the institution as a whole.
  •  Must demonstrate awareness of current best practices in museum education.  
  • Must have proficient skills with computer applications such as Microsoft Office, image and web-authoring software, and other relevant programs.
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings and to get around the 200-acre site would be a plus.


  • Masters degree, or equivalent experience, in a field related to the mission of the program, such as botany, biology, geography, museums studies, or education.
  • Classroom experience and significant practice in developing and managing informal education programs and interpretation is desirable.
  • Proven experience in grant-writing and administration.

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