The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.
The Botanical Garden educates people of all ages about the science, function, and beauty of plants to generate awareness, inspire appreciation, and provide an understanding of the importance of plants to all life on Earth. Its Education Division offers a wide range of structured, programmatic experiences at all levels of learning that is unrivaled at any botanical garden in the world. With these extensive offerings and its 250-acre classroom, the Botanical Garden is an ideal place to learn about plants.
The Vice President for Education provides direction and leadership for the Botanical Garden’s Education Division which includes Continuing and Public Education; and Children’s Education. The Vice President instills vision and direction for all education programs, activities and exhibitions; defines the educational message on the environment and creates programming that draws upon the Botanical Garden’s resources to convey that message. He/she provides leadership for divisional long-range planning, goal-setting, implementation, and evaluation of programs; oversees divisional budgeting and recruiting; reviews all education publications; acts as a spokesperson for Education with patrons, sponsors, and donors; and works with Development on funding strategies for educational programs.
The Vice President oversees the planning, design, program development, and implementation of special projects in the division, ie. The Edible Academy with the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden as its centerpiece; and restoration of the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.
Continuing and Public Education
The Continuing Education program offers a diverse array of programs including non-certificate and certificate courses; advanced workshops; symposia; lecture series; and other special programs onsite, at the Midtown Education Center, and at other offsite locations. Public Education stages events, performances, and celebrations for visitors of all ages. These varied public programs bring audiences together to learn about plants, history and the humanities in a fun and interactive environment.
The Vice President for Education oversees the Vice President for Continuing and Public Education in developing strategies for new revenue generating classes and programs; and in reviewing Continuing and Public Education programming for quality, relevance, consistency with the Botanical Garden’s educational mission, and financial return.
Over 300,000 schoolchildren, families, and teachers participate in education programs at the Garden each year, utilizing three facilities: the 12-acre Everett Children’s Adventure Garden; the Edible Academy with the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden as its centerpiece; and the Green School. The Garden’s Professional Development program expands schoolteachers’ knowledge of plant science and ecology, and the Garden’s Curriculum Development program partners with academic publishers to create and distribute textbooks and interactive kits with lesson materials and activities. The Explainer Program engages teens as volunteers in the Children’s Adventure Garden, through personal mentoring and hands-on training to serve as facilitators of family activities.
The Vice President for Education oversees the Vice President for Children’s Education in developing strategies to implement “cutting edge” science education; and in maintaining the Botanical Garden’s standing as a national leader in education by extending the reach of Children’s Education beyond its onsite audience and establishing NYBG as a leader in curriculum development.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of progressive management experience in a museum, botanical garden, and/or academic institution relating directly to The New York Botanical Garden’s work. He/she must be a strategic thinker, planner, and innovator with excellent managerial and organizational skills; be well versed and in the forefront of the field of education; and have solid administrative and business skills, including budgeting and financial analysis and project management skills. Some marketing experience is preferred.
- Excellent benefits package including pension, 401k, and 4 weeks vacation.
- Qualified candidates should send or email resume, letter of interest and three references to:
The New York Botanical Garden
Attn: HR ; VPE
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10458
The New York Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer.