Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505
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Date Posted:
March 02, 2021

Region:
Central Massachusetts

Category:
Education/Instruction

Type:
Full-Time

Education Outreach Coordinator

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.

Under the direction of the Manager of Youth Education, the Outreach Education Coordinator will take a lead role in coordinating community partnerships and educational programming, with a special focus on children and families. The Coordinator is responsible for connecting with key community partners, and developing, teaching, and evaluating a mission-related, audience focused learning experiences. This programming includes off-site programs, virtual programs, and on-site field trips for families and children in grades PreK through 12. As a part of the education team, the Outreach Education Coordinator assists in other areas of the department as needed to help Tower Hill achieve its mission of “creating experiences with plants that inspire people and improve the world.”


Responsibilities

· Coordinate and deliver educational programs and lessons on gardening, ecology, botany, arboriculture, conservation, and more on and off-site forchildren in grades Pre-K to12.

· Create new curricula for use in outreach education that can be delivered in schools and on site focused on topics including tree care, climate change, and environmental justice.

· Implement and evaluate new and existing off and on-site program curricula to ensure it meets Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering standards.

· Work alongside the Horticulture Outreach Manager, when appropriate, to carry out tree plantings and educational lessons with local schools and youth organizations.

· Cultivate lasting partnerships with teachers, administrators and youth organizations.

· Initiate strategies for promoting and facilitating community relations between THBG and local community leaders and identify outreach opportunities from a community relations perspective.

· Make connections in the community by representing THBG and tabling at community events.

· Assist with coordination of the Community Advisory Committee which advises the staff and board to help ensure Tower Hill is a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible place to work, visit, and learn.

· Manage, track, and fulfill grant requirements.

· Obtain, organize, and record all relevant data related to each program and initiative including communities served, attendance, names of partners, and feedback gathered from each program.

· Assist with the planning and development of new programs, activities, and exhibitions including drop-in, free, and paid programs, a new children’s garden, summer camps, and school year partnerships.

· Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Leadership and Interpersonal Relations

· Strong organizational, time management, oral, and written communication skills.

· Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships and deal tactfully with community partners, visitors, students, volunteers, instructors, and staff.

· Ability to work with diverse groups and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.

· Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.

· Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.

· Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.

· Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.

· Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.

· Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.

· Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.

· Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.

· Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.

· Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.

· Leverage existing community partnerships and identify new ones.

· Assist with volunteer and per diem staff trainings, supervision, and management.

· Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.

· Partner regularly with the Horticulture Outreach Manager and act as a liaison between departments.



Schedule

The Outreach Education Coordinator is an hourly, full-time position and isnon-exempt from overtime.The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours per week Monday through Friday. However, the position requires a great deal of flexibility and the ability to work regular weekends and occasional evenings to suit the needs of the organization. On and off-site work will be required.


Work Environment

This job operates primarily in a professional office environment and in classrooms. However, there will be times when the employee works outdoors. The role routinely uses standard technology such computers, communications equipment and multi-function devices such as photocopiers.

Essential Functions

· Mustbeableto occasionallymove items up to25pounds

· Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time

· Must be able to frequently navigate uneven grounds and stairs.

· Must have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable with local travel.

Note:Thesehave been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Qualifications:

Education andExperience

· Bachelor’s degree in education, community development, museum studies, botany, horticulture, environmental studies, or related field and at least 2 years relevant experience.

· Experience working with a variety of young audiences from diverse backgrounds, including school groups, PreK-12 community groups, and families.

· Experience teaching in a formal or informal setting and knowledge of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards.

· Demonstrated experience developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs.

· Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and work independently.

· Experience working in the non-profit sector and grant writing experience a plus.

· Proficiency in standard business software, such as Microsoft Office suite, Google Docs, and web management systems.

How To Apply:
Please submit resume and letter of interest to jobs@towerhillbg.org
Apply by:
April 16, 2021
Salary:
$19
About this Organization:
Botanic Garden