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Associate Director, Sustainability & Community Programs
Category: Horticulture

The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014

Associate Director, Sustainability & Community Programs

The University of British Columbia

Job ID:  17788 
Location: Vancouver - Point Grey Campus
Job Category:  Educational Programming
Classification Title:  Educ. Programming, Level C
Business Title:  Assoc Director,Sustainability & Community Programs
VP/Faculty:  Faculty of Science
Botanical Grdn & Ctr for Hort.
Salary:  $66,969.00 - $80,395.00 (Annual)
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Desired Start Date:  2014/04/14

Job Summary
Within the context of the initiatives described in Place and Promise and the priorities established through Advancing Science, and in order to meet the objectives of the Garden's mandate and business plans, the Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs is responsible for developing and overseeing or implementing all aspects of sustainability and community programs in the Botanical Garden, including public and education programming and events that meet the objectives of the Garden's mandate and business plans.

Organizational Status
The Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs reports to the Director of the Botanical Garden. The position is responsible for supervising and directing staff, students, and volunteers, including a part-time Sustainability and Community Programs assistant and Event Coordinator. Works closely with the Marketing and Communications Manager, Research Manager, Associate Director Horticulture and Collections, other Garden staff, and the Friends of the UBC Botanical Garden, and sits on the Garden Executive with the Director, Associate Director, Horticulture and Collections, and the Associate Director, Research.

Work Performed
- works in consultation with the Garden Research Manager and Associate Director, Horticulture and Collections, as well as faculty members and campus groups, to select , develop, customize, and implement programing to maximize undergraduate and graduate student and faculty education and engagement in the Garden
- establishes, develops, manages, and implements sustainability and community programs at the Garden, including educational program offerings for adults, children, K to 12 students, specialist groups, and cultural communities, including First Nations communities
- conducts educational needs assessments in consultation with target communities and groups (including faculty) and prepares long-range plans for program delivery
- develops and manages the integration of sustainability and community programs, projects and initiatives to enhance the on-site educational and cultural experience of undergraduate and graduate students, community members, and stakeholder groups
- works with the Garden Research Manager and Associate Director, Horticulture and Collections to manage and organize internships and student placements
- develops and oversees the integration of educational and engagement content into relevant signage, exhibits, guides, conservation curriculum, marketing material, staff training, and community engagement efforts
- works in collaboration with the Associate Director, Horticulture and Collections and Research Manager to develop a comprehensive Garden and collections interpretation program
- leads the development and implementation of community education campaigns including engagement activities.
- works in consultation with Botanical Garden management (Marketing, Research, Administration and Horticulture and Collections) to coordinate sustainability and community programming with other Garden-related education activities
- supervises staff and assists in the day-to-day delivery of curriculum-based education
- revises existing programs to better meet the Garden's education and engagement goals.
- develops partnerships with UBC partners (including, but not limited to, UBC Sustainability Initiative, the Sustainability Ambassadors Peer Program, the Teaching & Learning Office UBC Farm, the Beaty Biodiversity Centre and Museum, the Faculty of Science, and other Faculties) to enhance Garden-based projects and to plan, develop, implement, and oversee joint projects.
- develops maintains relationships with campus and community groups based on the Garden's priorities
- promotes the Garden's sustainability and community education programs in curricula across faculties and within local and regional schools
- seeks relationships and liaises with School Boards, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and other education institutions as appropriate in the development and delivery of relevant programing
- creates and implements mechanisms for tracking and reporting-out to partners and stakeholders on progress on achieving sustainability program goals and actions
- develops, trains, leads and evaluates an education team (staff, interns, student and non-student volunteers) to effectively deliver sustainability and community education programs in the Garden and off-site
- recruits, interviews, trains and supervises relevant staff
- oversees, in consultation with Marketing and Administration, sustainability-related activities and special events, including events for members and donors
- acts as the Garden representative on Faculty, University and community committees as appropriate
- plays a leadership role in grant writing and donor development relative to this position
- assists Marketing and Communications in researching markets and developing marketing plans for program areas
- provides content for website and, with reference to Marketing and Communications, responds to visitor and media requests
- is one of three (or more) Garden representatives on the 2016 Centennial Committee
- manages the Garden's sustainability and community program budget in consultation with the Director and Garden Administrator
- performs other duties as required

Master's degree in Education.  University graduation with an MSc or PhD in a relevant field preferred.  Minimum of six years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience developing, overseeing and integrating educational and engagement Program planning and management experience and skills, including setting of goals and priorities, strategic planning and communication. Experience managing program budget. Experience developing volunteer programs. Knowledge and experience in community development required. Experience in facilitation of adult learners and programs. Experience working in a university settings is an asset. Experience supervising and leading program staff and working with volunteers. Knowledge of the University's sustainability initiatives. Knowledge of community development principles. Knowledge of adult education principles. Knowledge of and sensitivity to inner-city issues. Knowledge of and sensitivity to the university community. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.  Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to work effectively across diverse professional and community cultures. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. Ability to maintain connection between a long-range vision and day-to-day functions. Ability to envision and implement innovative programs and initiatives that support student and community development. Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and Saturdays.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


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