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Manager, Science Career Continuum


Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe , IL 60022
United States
Illinois US

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Manager, Science Career Continuum
Requisition Number: 875
Department: Education
Job Status: Year-Round
Hours: Full-time
Reports to: Youth Education Director
Supervises: Seasonal instructors, program assistants, students

The manager of the Science Career Continuum oversees all aspects of this STEM enrichment program for CPS students in grades 7-12, including setting schedules, recruiting students, hiring instructors, and hosting monthly meetings to keep students engaged during the school year. They arrange guest speakers and college visits for students, assist with fundraising, and participate in national networks of youth STEM programs. The manager builds and maintains supportive relationships with participants and their families. They introduce and implement changes to the program in response to opportunities or changes in best practice for youth programs.

Duties & Responsibilities 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

Set schedules for summer and school-year activities; follow all Garden procedures for reserving rooms, gaining permissions, and other related administrative tasks.
Work with contacts at CPS schools and community partners to identify, recruit, and select students for the summer program; use these partners to find educational and career development resources for students.
Hire and manage summer instructors; establish program policies, supervise curriculum development.
Work with research department staff and other departments to place College First students in mentorships; train mentors and monitor mentorship relationships during the summer.
Administer student assessments and program evaluations from students and their families; send an annual questionnaire to alumni to track them over time; maintain database of past and present student information.
Manage program budget and work with development department to provide information for reports and assist with fundraising efforts.
Collaborate with staff from Wright Community College to secure dual enrollment college credits for qualified College First students.
Participate in local and national youth education program networks; represent the Garden at conferences and professional meetings; use these contacts and resources to improve the program.
Participate in department meetings as an active team-member supporting all youth education programs at the Garden.

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired:

Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
Is cool under pressure; can reliably manage a situation calmly during difficult times; can manage stress and unexpected situations; helps others remain calm during a crisis.
Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
Picks up stray pieces of garbage from the ground when found, regardless of position.
Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
Is welcoming of new hires.

Education and Experience 

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

Demonstrated interest in working with students from marginalized backgrounds historically excluded from STEM fields, and cultivating their interest in STEM
Bachelor’s degree in science, education, museum education, or related field required; master’s degree preferred
Minimum three years of experience teaching middle or high school science in school or other educational setting
Knowledge of culturally responsive teaching practices, Common Core, and NGSS
Basic knowledge of plants and/or environmental science content
Experience supervising instructors, interns, volunteers, and/or other staff
Conversational Spanish required
Experience working with Chicago Public Schools is a plus

Physical Demands:
Regular work hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays, with adjustments when programs demand earlier start, staying later, or monthly weekend meetings during school year. Indoor (office and classroom) and outdoor (teaching/presentations) work. May require activities on the grounds for extended periods of time, standing or moving on different kinds of terrain in different weather conditions; ability to lift up to 25 pounds. Use of two-way radio and standard office equipment.

Application Instructions 

To Apply please visit our website:

Why Apply?:
Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a M/F, Disabled, and Vet EEO/AA Employer.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, or basis of disability, or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions.

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Mj Kim