Education Program Coordinator

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 6:00pm



Durham, NC
United States

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Job Description:

Duke Gardens is a 55-acre public botanic garden on the campus of Duke University, dedicated to learning, inspiration and enjoyment through excellence in horticulture and community engagement. More than 600,000 people visit the Gardens annually. Admission is free, and the garden is open from 8 a.m. to dusk 365 days a year.

Duke Gardens offers a broad range of fee-based and free drop-in educational programs to engage adults, children, families, and schools in learning about interconnections in the natural world, developing an appreciation for horticulture and gardening, and gaining direct experience with natural sciences using culturally responsive teaching methods. The Education Program Coordinator will develop, implement and evaluate programs that focus on children, schools, and families, while assisting with all program areas and audiences.

The school programs at Sarah P. Duke Gardens may include programs occurring at the Gardens, at schools, other community locations, and online, creating a vibrant, dynamic partnership between area schools and Duke Gardens. Program content promotes science literacy by linking the NC Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS), national K-12 Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education, school goals and student knowledge with direct experiences related to Duke Gardens. This position is responsible for regularly evaluating, updating, retiring, and creating programs in response to community feedback.

Programs and classes for children and families may include a full range of offerings to serve Gardens

members and visitors, including Saturday, Sunday, intersession and summer camp programs. Programs use the entire Gardens as an outdoor classroom, with a focus on supporting environmental science literacy and interdisciplinary science communication. This position will work some weekend and/or evening hours.

Work Performed:

The program coordinator creates and manages programs from development through implementation, including day-to-day details of the entire program, coordinating class schedules and classroom equipment, training volunteers, managing contract instructors and assisting students.

Primary Responsibilities:

Program planning and implementation (70%):

· Create seasonal programs that share Sarah P. Duke Gardens as a classroom using methods and topics that are relevant to participants’ identities and experience

· Assist in recruiting, training, and helping volunteer garden guides succeed in leading, assisting and preparing for programs

· Write lesson plans, manage program schedules and conduct program evaluation

· Investigate trends to recommend and implement modifications to improve program effectiveness

· Maintain clean and organized indoor program spaces and supplies

Communications and Partnerships (20%):

· Work closely with the Director of Learning and Engagement and other members of the Education and Visitor Services team to establish and accomplish department objectives

· Seek and develop partnerships within Duke University and the Durham community

· Represent Sarah P. Duke Gardens in various committees and attend professional meetings as appropriate

· Serve as liaison with other programs, offices, and departments at Duke to coordinate program business and to accomplish program objectives

· Serve as a link with external organizations to enhance cooperative efforts and utilize available resources

Administrative Tasks (10%)

· Assist in the preparation of budgets and grants

· Work with members of the Education and Visitor Services team to track program participation metrics

· Monitor, verify, and reconcile expenditures as appropriate to manage operating budget

· Perform other related duties as assigned or as incidental to the work described

Salary range $40,000-64,585

How to Apply:

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After submitting an application through the Duke HR website, please also submit a copy of your resume and cover letter to