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Job Listing: Youth & Family Engagement Manager

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond, VA

Closes - Open until filled.

Position Title – Youth and Family Engagement Manager

Salary - Commensurate with experience.

Job Type - Full-Time

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The Youth and Family Engagement Manager is actively engaged with the community in advancing the Garden’s mission through the development and implementation of effective nature-based learning experiences, fostering a sense of wonder, curiosity, and interest in the natural world.

The Youth and Family Engagement Manager is responsible for the daily operations of the Children’s Garden and leads a team of full-time and part-time staff, volunteers, and interns who support the development and implementation of dynamic programming, horticultural planning and maintenance, and interpretation.

This individual is responsible for the vision, development, implementation, oversight and evaluation of K-12 programs, public programs, work-based learning initiatives, community partnerships, and outreach. Embedded in each of these initiatives is support for individuals of all backgrounds and abilities, grounded in principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


  • Oversees the development, implementation, and coordination of experiential, immersive learning opportunities throughout the Garden and in the community. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Pre-K-12 programs (field trips, out of school time, educator professional development, scouts, camps, outreach, and virtual learning).
    • Public programs (drop-in programs, family workshops, and seasonal special events).
    • Work-based learning opportunities (internships, vocational programs, youth volunteer programs, and career exploration for youth ages 13-18).
    • Programming related to seasonal exhibitions and annual themes, developed through an integrated planning process with the Education and Exhibitions team.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, evaluates, mentors, and coaches the youth and family engagement team, including paid staff, contract instructors, volunteers, and interns.
    • Builds a team of youth and adult volunteers to assist with daily operations, provide programming support, and serve as ambassadors in the Garden and in the community.
    • Conducts annual performance appraisals for team members, focused on forward-thinking planning and supporting the growth and development of staff.
  • Develops and strengthens community partnerships to build and expand learning opportunities and garden accessibility.
    • Grows relationships with school systems, cultural non-profits, and community-based organizations to identify and support the needs of youth and families.
    • Stays informed of environmental education and experiential learning trends and opportunities.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Education & Exhibitions, establishes annual and long-range goals and objectives, develops evaluation tools, and tracks measurable outcomes.
    • Develops and monitors annual budget for all youth and family programs and infrastructure, including horticulture and maintenance of the Children’s Garden.
    • Works closely with the Advancement team to develop, implement, evaluate, and report on grant and sponsorship proposals and projects.
    • Monitors short- and long-term progress toward fulfillment of the operational objectives for youth and family programs, as set forth in the Garden’s Strategic Plan.
  • Coordinates the daily operations of the Children’s Garden.
    • Supports Horticulture Department with maintenance and aesthetics of the outdoor classrooms.
    • Works closely with the Director of Facilities to evaluate and monitor upkeep and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure.
  • Oversees development of virtual youth and family programs and relevant web presence; coordinates with the Marketing and PR team to identify and support program promotional opportunities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong leadership skills, including expertise in effectively supervising, mentoring, motivating and managing employees.
  • The ability to foster empathy amongst colleagues and guests while working effectively and respectfully with people of diverse cultures, ages, and economic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated skill in designing and implementing innovative, developmentally appropriate programs for K-12 learners and family/youth audiences, with expertise in facilitating engaging educational experiences.
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and creative-thinking skills, with a proven ability to balance the vision and mission of an institution with great attention to detail; ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines while juggling multiple tasks and projects, planning months in advance while responding to day-to-day demands.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A demonstrated positive approach to problem solving and collaborating with others.
  • Technical proficiency with computers, databases, Microsoft software programs, and social media platforms.
  • Flexibility to work weekend, evening and holiday hours, as needed.

To apply, please see the full Youth and Family Engagement Manager job description (PDF) and submit a resume to