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UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden-Manager of Public Outreach, Education, and Communications -Sat, 09/04/2021 - 11:11am

Manager of Public Outreach, Education, and Communications


UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
707 Tiverton Drive
Los Angeles , CA 90095
United States
California US

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Job Description 

The UCLA Mildred E Mathias Botanical Garden promotes botanical knowledge by curating collections that highlight biogeography, conservation, and natural history. The Garden seeks to inspire environmental and cultural appreciation of plants and their relationship to society through education, research, and public outreach. Our beautiful setting fosters health and tranquility for the community.

The Manager of Public Outreach, Education, and Communications manages the Garden Education Program, Public Outreach & Communications, Campus Communications, the Garden's Sales and Service and Campus Relations.

Duties & Responsibilities 

For the Garden Education Program, incumbent is to oversee K-12 curriculum programs and curriculum-based field trips and manage the garden docent program, including recruitment and training of Garden Educators; annually assess the performance of the docent program and evaluate the success of individual docents; design and deliver training courses for new docents. The manager will also hire and supervise work study students and volunteer educators, as well as managing the training programs. It further includes public tours, community building, planning interpretive signage and managing volunteers and work-study students. Incumbent is to develop curriculum-based field trips, which includes video production, website design, social media, content development, and presentations. It will sometimes require the incumbent to present the work at the American Public Gardens Association's National Conference or other conferences. In addition, incumbent is to manage a $40K grant that is related to school programs at the Garden, which involves the development and delivery of 4th and 7th grade curriculum.

For the management of campus communications, incumbent is to support the activities of the Garden Director, schedule and prepare agenda for the Campus Advisory Group, schedule meetings and provide support for Faculty Affiliates, and coordinate communications and activities with other campus groups as needed.

For Public Outreach & Communication, incumbent is to develop innovative new outreach programs in collaboration with Director and Assistant Director. This includes implementing and administering public outreach, public lecture series, and communication activities with external campus communities, such as speaking with neighborhood groups. Incumbent is to manage one's own budget for Public Outreach, Education and Communications. Incumbent will have an overview the Garden Membership with the administrative support.

For the Garden's Sales and Service and Campus Relations, incumbent is to supervise a Marketing Specialist who will be assisting incumbent on venue reservation and facility management. Incumbent is to manage and oversee the activities in the La Kretz Garden Pavilion and identified rental space within the garden as well as managing the sales and service including invoice set up, etc. Incumbent is to promote and support campus use of the Garden. Incumbent is to be part of the leadership team who will collaborate with the Herbarium Curator, Assistant Garden Director and with a direct report to the Garden Director. The job will require incumbent to work on the evenings and weekends.

Education and Experience 

1. Knowledge of or strong interest in learning about botany, horticulture, and plants and enthusiasm for sharing this interest with diverse garden users.

2. Excellent communication skills in conversation and through written correspondence.

3. Proficiency in writing, editing and proofreading varying types of English text, including business correspondence, social media posts and promotional material.

4. Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with faculty, staff, students, colleagues from other botanical gardens and the public in a complex environment

5. Working knowledge of computer software applications (such as MS Excel, word processing, email, internet, databases, etc.) and ability to easily learn other computer programs as needed.

6. Ability to manage, organize, plan and follow through on projects under minimal supervision and fluctuating workloads in order to set priorities and meet deadlines.

7. Ability to act as a point person and public face of the garden during events and to take responsibility for the safe and appropriate use of the Garden during those events.

8. Experience teaching, chaperoning or working with K-12 students.

9. Experience with website design and maintenance using WordPress.

10. Experience organizing events.

11. Experience with digital design for use in production of promotional materials.

12. Skill in creating and maintaining social media activities by using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media.

Application Instructions 

To apply, visit the UCLA Careers page and search for requisition #34413

Full Name 
Jules Cooch