Red Butte Garden is looking for a Director of Program who can provide vision and leadership for the Garden’s educational activities, cultivates and maintains strategic community partnerships, and leads a dynamic team of individuals towards the fulfillment of the Garden’s mission. The Director also accepts primary responsibility for keeping the Garden’s education programs at the forefront of excellence in the public garden profession. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Programs serves as a key member of the Garden’s senior management team.
•Coordinate, implement, and oversee the Gardens’ educational programs
•Develop and grow the Gardens’ formal and informal educational programs for adults and children in conjunction with Gardens’ strategic plan
•Supervise, mentor, coach and evaluate Programs staff and volunteers
•Meet regularly with staff to review goals and assess progress
•Plan and conduct regular department meetings, ad hoc meetings as necessary, and long-range planning meetings for communication, planning, evaluation, and discussion.
•Manage hiring and conduct annual performance evaluations of Program staff members.
•Promote growth and excellence in all educational programs offered by the Garden, and assure that all programs are consistent with the long-range plans of the organization
•Collaborate with other Garden departments, other gardens, other museums, schools, universities, and local/regional/national organizations in developing, refining and presenting cutting-edge educational programming
•Develop the annual Programs Department budget and participate in developing the combined annual operating budget for the Garden
•Articulate revenue goals and expense needs, prepare the departmental budget and develop strategies to carry out programs and monitor financial performance
•Identify and, in collaboration with the Development Department, submit proposals to funding sources appropriate for the Garden’s programs, including local, regional and national foundations
•Reach all annual budget goals for the Programs Department, as set forth in consultation with the Garden’s Executive Director
•Actively participate in the daily activities of the Garden
•Attend Garden staff meetings, senior staff meetings, board meetings as needed, team meetings, and events
•Assist with reports, articles, and proposals.
•Continue professional education and participate in appropriate garden organizations; and encourage all staff in the department to do the same.
•Represent the Garden in community collaborations as needed.
•Report to the Garden’s Executive Director in regular meetings
•Meet with, and report to the Advisory Board about education activities, as needed
•Participate in interdepartmental committee meetings for planning, cooperation, and integration of organizational programming
•Participate in local and regional organizations that promote the ideals and mission of the Garden
•Make presentations of an informative and educational nature to groups at education events, garden tours, speaking engagements, media interviews, and professional conferences.
•Lead the development, implementation and oversight of the Garden’s interpretive master plan and interpretation activities.
This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Four to six years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of hiring department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department. Completion of provided supervisory training within one year of employment may be required. Master’s degree in a related area may be preferred.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
Master’s degree in education, environmental science, horticulture, botany, administration, or related field
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