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San Diego Botanic Garden-Education Manager-Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:19pm

Education Manager


San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas , CA 92023

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Job Description 

The Education Manager leads the Education department and is responsible for the planning and delivery of educational programs for youth and adult audiences. This position requires enthusiasm and innovation to create and implement on-site education programs that are responsive to the Garden’s audiences. In addition to increasing and improving upon current offerings, the Education Manager will also deliver educational content directly as an active educator. The Education Manager is committed to plant and nature-focused education and has a passion for teaching in a dynamic botanic garden environment. As leader of the education team, the Education Manager is an exempt position, reporting to the Managing Director and supervising a team of Education Coordinators.

Duties & Responsibilities 

• Lead the Garden’s Education department, including staff
• Develop a mission-driven curriculum that is inquiry-based to engage children of various backgrounds and abilities
• Manage the development and delivery of California NGSS and Common Core standards in various programs including school field trips
• Design, plan, lead and coordinate scheduling of educational tours for school groups
• Oversee planning and scheduling for Education department programs
• Create and track program budgets, marketing materials, tools, signage, program materials and update program content for Garden website
• Hire, train and supervise staff and contracted instructors for children’s and adult education programs
• Develop mission-oriented enrichment education programs for adults, offering a robust selection of classes, including horticulture, botany and natural history
• Supervise administration of adult education programs, including scheduling, registrations and payments
• Develop systematic review of education programs utilizing metrics and critical evaluation, track program statistics and create written reports
• Coordinate with Horticulture and Facilities departments to maintain and improve children’s gardens and other areas to maximize instructional needs
• Interface with donors and other funders, including applying for education grants, to help grow education program offerings and audiences
• Evaluate and refresh education offerings in the Seeds of Wonder and Hamilton Children’s Gardens
• Recruit, train, schedule and oversee volunteers

Education and Experience 

• K-6 classroom teaching or museum education experience (preferred)
• Experience in an informal teaching environment, preferably of natural history
• BA or BS degree in education, environmental science, museum sciences, biology, or related field (preferred)

Application Instructions 

• Enthusiasm and demonstrated ability to work with children and adults
• Ability to deliver exceptional customer service to diverse internal and external customers
• Have working knowledge of California NGSS and Common Core Standards (preferred)
• Strong ability to coordinate with other departments and changing priorities, with minimal supervision and frequent interruptions
• Experience with grant funding for education programs (highly desirable)
• Ability to learn Microsoft Office, POS Square and ActiveNet
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Detail oriented and strong organizational skills
• Ability to supervise 2-5 staff, both full and part time
• Proficiency in Spanish and/or ability to work with students of varied backgrounds (preferred)
Work Environment
• At least 50% outdoors, throughout the year
• Traversing through occasionally uneven Garden terrain
• Occasional to frequent work on nights & weekends

Full Name 
Jill Gardner