Children's Program Developer - Early Childhood

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, October 2, 2016, 8:00am


Richmond, VA
United States

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Job Description:


  • Embraces the Garden’s educational mission and commitment to excellence in guest services.
  • As the resident expert in early childhood education, this position develops and implements curriculum for pre-school groups (Young Buds), professional development workshops for teachers, summer camps for pre-school children, and developmentally appropriate programs that relate to permanent and changing exhibits.
  • Recruits, cross-trains, and supervises part-time Children’s Garden Educators, contractual staff, volunteers, and interns to prepare them for teaching early childhood programs.Staffing level of this group is based on programmatic requirements.
  • Monitors and evaluates the teaching methods of the Children’s Garden Educators in early childhood program delivery.Offers ongoing support and constructive guidance related to interactive, hands-on instructional approaches.
  • Monitors the income and expenses for all pre-school group programs, emphasizing fulfillment of financial objectives for earned income related to children’s educational programming.
  • Supports the fulfillment of grant-funded programs through efficient allocation of staff and program resources; monitors the budget and provides evaluative data for grant reports.
  • Serves as key liaison between LGBG and the early childhood education community; stays informed of early education trends, standards, and local/state initiatives; expands community awareness of LGBG resources for young children.
  • Aids in assessing the horticulture and maintenance needs of the Children’s Garden as they relate to instruction and programming to support early childhood programs; assists with horticultural maintenance within the Children’s Garden as needed.
  • Assists in the daily operations, including logistics, scheduling staff and volunteers and registration practices of all group programs.
  • Works with education staff and volunteers in preparing for and presenting programs; ensures that all necessary supplies are in stock for all programs.
  • Offers input and support on departmental policies and procedures and pre-visit and post-visit information as they relate to all programs.
  • Develops marketing and promotional materials related to all programs, including promotional copy and program descriptions for schools, community organizations, and special interest groups.
  • Develops and updates content for the Children’s Garden website page, internal and external Garden communications, including social media.
  • Ensures that guest’s fundamental needs for safety, security and comfort are met at all times in the Children’s Garden
  • Other duties as assigned, including Children’s Garden team projects, special events, and horticultural maintenance.


  • A passion for engaging all ages in authentic learning experiences in an outdoor environment in all seasons.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of formal and informal education principles and developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the design and delivery of high-quality, interactive educational programming for children and adults. 
  • Prior experience and skill developing and presenting nature-based workshops for educators that support outdoor learning.
  • Intermediate experience with Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Database experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage goals and productivity; a strong team orientation with flexible attitude; an innovative, creative thinker. 
  • Energetic, personable, and self-motivated with an ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • Must be willing and able to work some varying hours, nights and weekends.
  • Must be willing and able to successfully complete American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification training.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, horticulture, environmental sciences, botany, biology, agriculture, or related field
  • Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered. 





How to Apply:

The full job description can be found on our website at


Please submit résumé and cover letter to Kelly Riley, Children’s Education Manager at  No Phone Inquiries, please.  EOE