Assistant Director of Education: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

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Des Moines, IA
United States

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Primary Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and perform other duties as assigned.


Manage the growth and development of educational programs that expand audiences and advance literacy through mission-aligned content
Determine new direction for existing educational programs, while actively pursuing new opportunities to develop a portfolio of high-quality, targeted and relevant programs
Cultivate a cohesive team of educational professionals and volunteers with a passion for growth and excellence in programming
Work alongside team members to execute programs and produce didactic materials to ensure compatibility with the educational mission of the organization
Develop and oversee operational budget, staff schedule, and implementation of strategic plan goals
Develop and track metrics to measure effectiveness of program offerings
Serve as the institution’s operational lead for interpretive projects, including signage, technology, and interactive exhibits, in concert with Guest Experience and Horticulture staff
Increase the value of the guest experience through the development and enhancement of self-guided programming that serves to connect a wide range of audiences with the diversity of the Botanical Garden’s collections. Develop deeper connections with community partners and leverage institutional resources towards meaningful collaborations, particularly in the areas of community gardening and sustainable planting design.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises the Adult Education Coordinator, Youth Education Coordinator, program volunteers and contracted educators
Carries out supervisory responsibilities with a passion for creativity, collaboration, and successful completion

Carries out supervisory responsibilities per the organization's policies and applicable laws
Interviews, hires, and trains employees; plans, assigns and directs work; appraises performances; rewards and disciplines employees; addresses complaints and resolves problems



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required for this position.


Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in science education, horticulture, biology, botany, natural science or related field of study is required; graduate degree is desired
Experience in public gardens with knowledge of current trends in horticulture, education, and museum or cultural attraction programming.
Minimum of two years of experience in a management position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Strong written and verbal communication skills
Creative problem solver; strategic and organized thinker
Excellent time-management skills to handle a variety of assignments simultaneously under a variety of deadlines and other constraints
Ability to understand and interpret instruction to work effectively and efficiently independently with minimal supervision, as well as part of a team
Comfortable engaging audiences across a range of demographics and learning styles
Ability to interact appropriately and professionally with the general public, staff, and volunteers
Knowledge of plant science, gardening, horticulture, and the natural world


How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, application, three references, and a resume to Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until the candidate is hired. Only electronic applications are accepted; no paper applications will be considered.