Education and Operations Programming Manager

Dallas Arboretum
March 30, 2022
8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX
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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.


  •    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.

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