The Education Operations and Programming Manager will operate in a support role in the oversight and execution of education and public programming including in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (CAG) to create a successful visitor experience. Will be responsible for the creation and maintenance of department training manuals, on-boarding and operating procedures. Will oversee RMCAG education and public programming logistics including daily garden opening and closing in collaboration with the Operations department, exhibit maintenance requests and follow-up with internal departments and serving as manager on duty for education and public events teams as needed. Contribute to team effort.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Work collaboratively with Director of Education and RMCAG Public Events Manager to create curriculum and/or redesign and implement revisions to reflect trends in science education, NGSS, STEM practices and state standards.
- Assess current and future needs in RMCAG academic programs including learning galleries, overnights and scout programs.
- Work with DOE to implement new learning gallery, overnight and scout programs and effectively train staff on programs
- Select, develop and maintain materials, teacher and student documents, teacher tools, communications and supplies related to learning gallery, overnight and scout programs
- Ensure all materials are ordered for learning gallery, overnight and scout programs
- Maintain expenses within the budget for assigned programs throughout the year, obtaining approval for purchases
- Identify and source resources, equipment and materials for educational spaces
- Develop lessons and assessments that verify learning experience and assist in tracking metrics for grant funded programs
- Serve as instructional liaison between DOE and program teachers through guidance, modeling and feedback sessions for learning gallery, overnight and scout programs
- Provide targeted feedback to teachers on instructional practice, schedule and other topics related to program success
- Provide guidance and content area expertise to improve teaching through a variety of methods, including, but not limited to monitoring data and program feedback and providing professional development to teachers
- Stay abreast of emerging technologies, current research, knowledge and best practices in integrate technology into the curriculum to maximize learning outcomes.
- Maintain expertise in content area and in coaching to facilitate garden education needs.
- Maintain current teaching certificate with SBEC.
- Attend and participate in Dallas Arboretum events during and outside of scheduled hours as needed
- Contribute ideas, work on committees, collaborate with peers, participate in curriculum development and revision as appropriate, and attend professional development activities demonstrating a commitment to personal and professional growth and development
- Maintain accurate and efficient record-keeping of instructional planning and program and grant data
- Onboard new hires and seasonal staff under the direction of Director of Education and Senior Director of Experience and Innovation.
- Update and maintain department SOPs, including, but not limited to:
o Opening and closing procedures, RMCAG
o Event checklists, PE and EDU
o Department employee manuals, PE and EDU
o Line and bus control, RMCAG PE and EDU, Main EDU
- Monitor and review weekly all social media and website content for consistent branding across departments
- Log/submit maintenance requests for exhibits and facility operations
- Maintain an up-to-date plan of the logistics for all onsite programming in RMCAG in conjunction with Operations, Director of Education, Children’s Adventure Garden Public Events Manager, and Security;
- Serve as MOD as needed for public events festivals and special events, RMCAG and Education
- Assist in preparation of annual budget, RMCAG PE and Education as assigned
- Ensure the RMCAG is an integral part of the entire garden by communicating and collaborating with internal departments, primarily Education, Operations, Marketing, Horticulture and Shared Services.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor degree in education and/or science with experience in formal and/or informal science education with 10 or more years of teaching experience and/or Master’s Degree in STEM field
- Strong background in museum/garden education program execution focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Outdoor Education, Natural Science and/or Gardening fields
- Minimum 10 years of personnel management (hiring, scheduling, training, etc.) and program management experience (curriculum writing, budgeting, etc.)
- Confident speaking with and engaging guests around educational subjects both in small and large group settings as well as training others to facilitate educational experiences
- Ability to work flexible hours as needed, including weekends and holidays.
- Physically able to walk the garden for execution oversight in all weather conditions.
- Work in a fast-paced environment
- Supervisory experience desired
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus
- Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed
- Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy; professional work ethic.
- Creativity and skill in developing educational programing for successful visitor engagement.
- Successfully apply training/coaching methods
- Problem analysis and problem solving skills; good independent judgment skills.
- Proactive versus reactive skills with positive problem solution skills
- Positive guest relations/experiences driven.
Please go to www.dallasarboretum.org/careers to apply for this position.