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Tower Hill Botanic Garden-Manager of Adult Education-Thu, 06/13/2019 - 10:26am

Manager of Adult Education


Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive Boylston
Boylston , MA 01505

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Job Description 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden believes diversity in nature promotes a healthy, vigorous garden. We believe that diversity among our staff promotes a healthy work environment and a vigorous organization. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. We believe in diversity of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ability, and all the other traits that make us unique. Tower Hill is an equal opportunity employer.

About Tower Hill
Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s mission is to inspire the use and appreciation of horticulture to improve lives, enrich communities and strengthen commitment to the natural world. Our core values are learning, stewardship, sustainability, inclusivity, joy and excellence. Our vision is to grow our gardens and programs to connect with new audiences and deepen our relationship with those who know us. Our gardens will become a must-see destination drawing visitors from near and far. We will strive to become a collection of people and plants that can make a difference beyond our boundaries. We will work with others to develop and disseminate plant-based solutions to societal issues. Finally, we will lead some of those efforts to build a better world with plants and people.

Position Overview
Under the direction of the Director of Education, the Manager of Adult Education is charged with attracting and serving a diverse population of new and existing adult audiences through a comprehensive suite of relevant and mission focused, learning opportunities. These learning experiences include interpretation, drop-in activities, lectures, author talks, workshops, symposia, classes, tours, trips, etc. on topics including horticultural therapy, horticulture, gardening, garden design, nature studies, floral design, art and craft, health and wellness, food and cooking, and more. The Manager of Adult Education oversees all aspects of program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. The ideal candidate is strategic, creative, highly organized, and has extensive experience with adult program planning and logistics.

• Excellent record keeping, organization, and planning skills.
• Ability to compile and report data and track program performance.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to work well in a team setting with a diverse group of staff, volunteers, and the public.
• Ability to give and receive feedback and cooperate with staff to solve problems.
• Expertise in planning, designing, marketing, and evaluating innovative education programs.
• Experience building successful partnerships with other organizations and institutions.
• Experience in a management role and the ability to supervise a diverse group of contracted instructors.
• Successful grant management experience.
• Experience creating and managing budgets and deadlines.
• Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal tactfully with visitors, students, volunteers, instructors, and staff and the demonstrated capability to conduct one’s self with a calm and professional demeanor at all times.
• Ability to work with diverse groups and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Content knowledge in horticulture, gardening, natural resources, or a related field strongly desired.
• Proficiency in computer applications including Excel, Raiser’s Edge, Word and internet applications.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions
• Must be able to lift 25 pounds and work outdoors as required.
• Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand, and walk for extended periods of time and to navigate uneven grounds and stairs evenly.
• Must be able to work with appropriate computer and communications equipment.
Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Manager of Adult Education position is salaried and exempt from overtime. The standard work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday. However, the schedule must be flexible to suit the needs of the organization and often will involve weekend or evening hours. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, and the Manager of Adult Education will be asked to assist with program management in outdoor roles.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Leadership and Interpersonal Relations
• Developing a vision and a 5-year plan that aligns with our educational and strategic plans and supports lifelong learning for our diverse adult audiences.
• Analyzing the return on investment and mission value of all adult educational offerings.
• Evaluating the success of current educational offerings and making recommendations for improvement.
• Helping to position Tower Hill as a leader among public gardens and informal education institutions and as the go-to regional source for gardening and horticultural resources.
• Thinking strategically about how to maximize available resources to reach new audiences.
• Enabling and empowering adults to work towards a sustainable future through learning experiences focused on plant-based solutions.
• Streamlining policies and procedures relating to adult education.
• Developing partnerships with outside organizations to enhance adult learning and expand audiences (e.g. professionals).
• Developing programs that engage a population that is representative of Worcester County’s diversity.
Supervision and Training
• Recruiting, stewarding, and evaluating a corps of instructors with subject matter expertise.
• Supervising and training volunteers who support adult learning experiences.
Program Development and Delivery
• Developing, executing, and evaluating a robust year-round menu of mission-focused programs that meet the needs of our visitors, members, and the community we serve, as well as engage new audiences.
• Managing program logistics, schedules, materials, and recordkeeping.
• Attending and supervising programs as needed.
• Ensuring that programs are planned and executed in a manner that reflects the highest standards.
• Developing and teaching classes in area of specialty as needed.
• Developing accessible no- and low-cost learning opportunities for adults.
• Working with Tower Hill peers to utilize their subject-matter expertise and access to resources to further enhance the adult education programs.
• Developing interpretive resources including educational videos and handouts for adults.
• Developing resources pertaining to accessibility.
• Developing adult programs for plants shows, exhibitions, exhibits, and events.
• Developing and implementing a sustainable horticultural therapy program at Tower Hill.
• Increasing our Programs by Request offerings and instructors who lead them.
• Managing and tracking the adult education budget and meeting earned revenue goals.
• Implementing and assisting with grant writing to support adult programming as needed.
• Supporting operating and capital fundraising efforts.

Education and Experience 

Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental education, museum studies, horticulture, public gardens, or related field, and five years of related experience.

Application Instructions 

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WCHS/Tower Hill Botanic Garden