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Manager, School Programs and Partnerships

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America Req #143
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Summary:  Leads the Missouri Botanical Garden’s work with PreK-12+ students, teachers, schools, districts, and the broader educational community to deliver the Garden’s mission to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life. Plans and develops school programs in the areas of plant science, conservation, ecological restoration, and sustainability, while also actively advancing the professional fields of informal science learning and environmental education. Partners with colleagues across multiple Garden sites and departments, as well as, educational partner institutions in the community. Identifies, pursues, and secures funding and ongoing support for programming. Manages teams of staff educators and volunteers in engaging a diverse group of students and teachers to promote interest, strengthen ecological literacy, and motivate the next generation of sustainability-driven thinkers, doers, and problem-solvers.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In close collaboration with all Garden sites, leads the planning, development, promotion, implementation, evaluation, and assessment of programs designed for students (preK-12+) and teachers, including on-site classes, tours, and workshops, school-based and community-based programs, teacher professional development programs, scholarships, digital/online learning, classroom curriculum resources, service learning/environmental action programs, and school partnerships.  Ensures programs integrate the Garden’s core areas of expertise, achieve the Education Division’s priority outcomes and impacts, and advance the Garden’s mission in significant, meaningful ways.

  • Leads, supports, and develops the Garden-based School Programs team of staff and volunteers. Provides orientation, training, and on-going mentoring for these teams. Identifies and pursues professional development opportunities to meet the unique needs of the team.

  • Strengthens existing partnerships within the educational community and strategically seeks out new partnerships that advance the Garden’s mission, broaden its audiences, and achieve desired impacts. Seeks out partnerships that can help the Garden engage underserved and underrepresented audiences.

  • Pursues and negotiates contracts between the Garden, schools, and school districts for teacher professional development and/or student learning experiences. Coordinates with other Garden employees and contractors who may assist with program delivery. Ensures the contracted scope of work is successfully completed within the approved timeframe and budget.

  • In close collaboration with Education leadership, develops, oversees, and coordinates the evaluation/assessment methodologies used by the School Program team. Routinely investigates models of evaluation/assessment and applies best practices and innovative approaches. Coordinates the services of external evaluators as needed to assess and report on program impact and outcomes.

  • For teacher professional development programs, works with university partners and/or certifying agencies (i.e. the Department of Health, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, etc.) to arrange graduate credit. Works with districts to arrange for continuing education units

  • In collaboration with Education leadership and the Garden’s Institutional Advancement division, identifies, pursues, and helps secure programmatic funding support from external sources, including government agencies, private foundations, businesses, and other donors. Works with the Garden’s Finance Office and funding agencies to manage funds in accordance with appropriate policies and standards for each granting organization.

  • Leads classes, tours, and workshops, and gives presentations as required; may be responsible for interacting with the media working with Communications to provide information regarding school programming and partnerships.

  • Supervises daily work assignments for assigned employees, coach/develop performance for success, review/approve timesheets, maintain accurate attendance records, complete annual performance evaluations and goal setting sessions with assigned employees, handle all disciplinary actions, etc.

  • Monitors employee/volunteer productivity, workload and morale with the goal of promoting employee/volunteer satisfaction while accomplishing the Division’s mission.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures and systems. 

  • Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed (i.e., inform employees of safety rules and safe working practices and routinely monitor to enforce them. Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards.  Reports all accidents, injuries and near-miss accidents immediately.)


Supervisory Responsibilities: This position supervises the following positions:

  • Coordinator, On-site School Programs

  • Coordinator, Early Childhood & Elementary Programs

  • Instructor, School Programs



  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Inspires respect and trust; Accepts feedback from others; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates; Gives appropriate recognition to others; Displays passion and optimism; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision.

  • Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement, as appropriate; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.

  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

  • Delegation - Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.

  • Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.

  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings, as required.

  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively, using correct spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

  • Strong service-oriented individual who is able to relate effectively with a wide variety of staff, volunteers and visitors.

  • Work quality - demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; follows instructions; welcomes and applies feedback to improve performance.

  • Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to additional work hours when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.



  • Minimum five (5) years of education experience in a relative role as a classroom teacher and/or curriculum specialist and/or administrator required.

  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience in teacher professional development and classroom mentoring preferred, including working knowledge of formal education standards with a focus on Next Gen Science Standards and best practices in environmental education.

  • Significant subject matter knowledge in natural/environmental sciences and unquenchable curiosity about the living world.

  • Working knowledge of evaluation and assessment methodologies, grant-writing and grant management.

  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience with inquiry-, research-, evidence- and investigation-based teaching 

  • Minimum three (3) years’ supervisory experience and solid team management experience required; demonstrated abilities in staff support, coaching and development, and conflict resolution.

  • Solid understanding of the formal educational landscape in Missouri and Illinois, environmental science, (especially relating to plants), best practices in teaching and learning, and basic child development

  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a media-trained spokesperson; confident in interacting with the media on educational issues.

  • Solid demonstrated abilities in project management, priority-setting, analytical and objective decision-making, cost conscious budget and grant administration, and managing through institutional systems.

  • Solid business acumen and understanding of financial operating budget process to effectively manage operational budget; ability to develop and analyze spreadsheets and reports to manage all aspects of business including expenditure trends and shifting needs.

  • Demonstrated ability to create various reports and write business correspondence and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to work independently with little instruction; coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks, set deadlines, and complete projects in a timely manner.

  • Extensive knowledge of digital media and its impacts/implications for education, specifically how technology is being tapped to strengthen the teaching and learning process. 

  • Working knowledge of urban schools preferred, including a familiarity with the school environment, classroom challenges, and biggest needs and priorities. 

  • Exceptional ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal team members and external organizations for the purposes of creating a commitment to common goals, prioritizing, minimizing obstacles, and executing realistic priorities in a sophisticated environment.

  • Occasional travel required (local and domestic)

  • Scheduling flexibility to work weekends, holidays, and evenings as needed is required.  
  • The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, natural sciences, environment/ecology, sustainability, or a related area required.

  • Master’s Degree in education, natural sciences, environment/ecology, sustainability, or a related area required (or equivalent combination of skills, education, and experience).

  • PhD desirable.

  • An equivalent combination of skills, education, and experience may be considered.


Other Skills and Abilities:  N/A


Language Skills:  Ability to communicate effectively in English (verbal and written).


Mathematical Skills:  

  • Proficient College Math Aptitude - Ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; calculate percentages and decimals, etc.

  • Ability to understand, analyze and create budgets.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in the observation, analysis and resolution of issues.

  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in the allocation of resources.

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in navigating through the Internet, and various PC applications including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite 2003 (i.e., PowerPoint, Excel and Word) or a similar application.

  • Solid Internet research skills.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain CPR/First Aid certification.


Physical Demands:  

  • Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing).

  • Ability to work both indoors and out.

  • Ability to lift up to (30) pounds (i.e., load, unload and move boxes, supplies and equipment).

  • May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., step stools, etc.)

  • Requires extensive standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching for extended periods of time-- 50% or more of the workday is standing on feet.

Work Environment:  

  • Classroom and outside instruction in the Garden.

  • Climate controlled buildings.

  • Private office that resides in a shared cubical office environment.

  • May require working indoors and outdoors throughout day in all seasons - Ability to work outdoors in temperatures over 100°F as well as temperatures below 0°F, in rain, snow, and other inclement weather conditions as needed.

  • Occasional travel required (local/domestically).


Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America