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Children’s Education Program Developer

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

This teaching position aids in the fulfillment of the Garden’s education mission by designing and implementing innovative programs for all ages and visitor type; is a member of the teaching team that presents nature-based programs to learners of all ages; and provides in-service training opportunities for educators, staff and volunteers on developmentally appropriate strategies for working with children.

Required Qualifications:
Responsibilities • Embraces the Garden’s educational mission and commitment to excellence in guest services. • As resident expert in environmental education, this position develops and implements programs for all ages and visitor types, which includes curriculum development as allocated by the children’s education manager for pre-school, primary and secondary school groups, including summer camp programs, family programs, special interest programming (such as after school programs, home-school and scout programs), professional development for teachers and developmentally appropriate programs that relate to permanent and changing exhibits. • Recruits, cross-trains, supervises and coaches part-time Children’s Educators, contractual staff, volunteers, and interns to prepare them for teaching programs. Staffing levels are based on programmatic requirements. • Monitors and evaluates the teaching methods of the Children’s Educators in all program areas. Offers ongoing support and constructive guidance related to interactive, hands-on instructional approaches. • Monitors the income and expenses for all group programs, emphasizing fulfillment of financial objectives for earned income related to children’s educational programming. • Supports the fulfillment of grant-funded programs through efficient allocation of staff and program resources; monitors the budget and provides evaluative data for grant reports. • Serves as a key liaison between LGBG and the education community; stays informed of education trends, standards, and local/state initiatives; expands community awareness of LGBG educational resources. • Aids in assessing the horticulture and maintenance needs of the Children’s Garden as they relate to instruction and programming to support all programs; assists with horticultural maintenance within the Children’s Garden as needed. • Assists in the daily operations, including logistics, scheduling staff and volunteers and registration practices of all group programs. • Works with Education staff and volunteers in preparing for and presenting programs; ensures that all necessary supplies are in stock for all programs. • Offers input and support on departmental policies and procedures and pre-visit and post-visit information as they relate to all programs. • Develops marketing and promotional materials related to all programs, including promotional copy and program descriptions for schools, community organizations, and special interest groups. • Aids in the development of marketing and promotional materials related to the Children’s Education. • Develops and updates content for the Children’s Education website page, internal and external Garden communications, including social media. • Ensures that guests’ fundamental needs for safety, security and comfort are met at all times in the Garden. • Other duties as assigned, including Children’s Education team projects, special events, and horticultural maintenance. Skills and Abilities • A passion for engaging all ages in authentic learning experiences in an outdoor environment in all seasons. • Demonstrated knowledge of formal and informal education principles and developmentally appropriate practices in nature-based education. • Demonstrated understanding of the design and delivery of high-quality, interactive educational programming for children and adults. • Prior experience and skill developing and presenting nature-based workshops for educators that support outdoor learning. • Intermediate experience with Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and database management. • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage goals and productivity; a strong team orientation with flexible attitude; an innovative, creative thinker. • Energetic, personable, and self-motivated with an ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels. • Must be willing and able to work some predictable nights and weekends. • Must be willing and able to successfully complete American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification training. Education and Experience • Bachelor’s degree in education, horticulture, environmental sciences, botany, biology, agriculture, or related field • Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered. • Prior experience in a botanical garden or museum setting is preferred. • Experience with Microsoft Creative Suite software.
Salary:
tbd
Benefits:
Medical and Vision Insurance Dental Insurance Life Insurance Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Flex Spending Accounts Retirement
How to apply:
Please submit cover letter, resume and application to Kelly Riley, Children’s Education Manager at kellyr@lewisginter.org For full job description and application visit http://www.lewisginter.org/about/employment/
Website:
http://www.lewisginter.org/about/employment/
Classifications:
Education
Location:
Henrico
Posting Organization:
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden