Job Listing: School &Teacher Program Coordinator

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond, VA

Closes - Open until filled

Position Title – Deputy Director of Development

Salary - $16 to $22/hr

Job Type - Full Time, Non-Exempt

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Job Description

The School and Teacher Program Coordinator oversees the development and implementation of PreK-12 school group visits, outreach programming in the schools, and educator professional learning. Building relationships with leaders and teachers in Richmond-area school districts will be a crucial part of their role. They are responsible for supervising part time educators, and also serve as a member of the teaching team that presents nature-based programs to learners of all ages and abilities.

We value and understand peer-reviewed research demonstrating youth learn most when they see themselves represented in their teachers. We have a strong desire for our Youth and Family Engagement Team to represent the diverse community we serve. We encourage members of the BIPOC community to apply.


· Prek-12 School Group Programs

    o Develops, maintains, and updates lesson outlines for onsite field trip programs.

    o Responsible for supply inventory, ordering, organization, and tracking expenses.

    o Develops outreach programming in partnership with local schools, focusing on repeat engagements and creating                      immersive and meaningful learning experiences for students.

    o 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.

· Educator Professional Learning

    o Develops and delivers immersive professional learning programs independently and in coordination with district and             university partners.

    o Represents the Garden at local/regional educator conferences.

· Supervision of part-time educators and volunteers

   o Recruits, hires, trains, coaches, and completes performance appraisals for part-time educators responsible for teaching        school programs.

   o Monitors and evaluates the teaching methods of part-time educators, offering coaching as needed. Offers ongoing                  support and constructive guidance related to interactive, hands-on instructional approaches.

   o Recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers working with School and Teacher Programs.

· Promotion of School and Teacher Programs

   o Develops marketing and promotional materials related to school and teacher programs, including promotional copy              and program descriptions.

   o Develops and updates content for the Youth & Family Engagement website page, internal and external Garden                        communications, including social media.

   o Liaises with district partners in collaboration with Youth and Family Engagement Manager.

   o Cultivates relationships with school district leaders and teachers.

· All members of the Youth and Family Engagement Team

   o Assist with general upkeep of Children’s Garden spaces.

   o Ensure that guests’ fundamental needs for safety, security and comfort are met at all times in the Garden.

   o Complete other duties as assigned, including team projects, special events, and horticultural maintenance.

   o Work occasional weekend, evening, and holiday hours.

Skills and Abilities

· Highly organized.

· Ability to productively switch between multiple tasks/types of work within a single day.

· Ability to handle day-to-day operations while also planning months ahead.

· Communicates effectively with diverse ages, backgrounds and all abilities.

· Works well independently as well as thrives in a team environment; adaptable and solution-oriented.

· Knowledge of basic digital design tools, such as Canva.

· Comfort with learning new systems and digital tools quickly.

· Must be able to initiate, build and sustain relationships with fellow staff, volunteers, and community partners.

· This position requires work at schools and attendance at offsite meetings and events through the Greater Richmond area.

· Proficiency in conversational Spanish a plus.

Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

· Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of    their individual job    descriptions.

· Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving                                multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.

· Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of          their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.

· Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human                Resources.

· Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

· Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

· Have proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

· Ability to carry up to 30 lbs.

· Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

· Comfortable working in immediate proximity to the general public in a safe and friendly manner.

· This position requires familiarity with all public areas of the 82-acre Garden property.

Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Education and Experience

· Bachelor’s or Associates degree or equivalent experience working in an educational setting.

· 2-3 years’ experience teaching or working with schools in an informal learning environment.

· Demonstrated experience coordinating the work of others (whether as formal supervisor of paid staff/volunteers, team          lead, or in a context outside traditional employment).

· Familiarity with curriculum development and Virginia Standards of Learning.

· Experience in a garden or other nature-based learning setting a plus.

· Prior experience in a botanical garden, museum, or cultural non-profit preferred.