This program management position includes content, financial and oversite of all University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Interpretation and Family programs. This position is responsible to create and maintain self-guided and interactive visitor learning experiences, manage the budget & finances of the programming and provide strategic planning and vision to support the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Mission. Specific responsibilities of this position are as follows:
50% Self-guided Visitor Learning. Provide leadership, project management, and direct supervision of staff and volunteers including, but not limited to, the following:
Lead project management for all aspects of interpretive messaging on signs (including design, content, fabrication, installation), via walking brochures, and technology based interpretive formats.
Permanent exhibits; learning center, green play yard, under the oak, bee center, farm at the Arb.
Seasonal themes, displays, exhibits and events
Create a new (and revitalized) volunteer team to support visitor learning and experience events
Liaison across Arboretum departments to coordinate these activities with other programs, events, exhibits, activities and wayfinding. Manage all aspects contracting, budgeting, and managing vendors to accomplish this work.
Create a new (and revitalized) volunteer team to support visitor learning and experience events.
30% Interactive Visitor Learning. Provide leadership, project management, and direct supervision for staff and volunteers for all aspects of interactive guest experiences including guided walking tours, drop-in learning stations, bus and tram tours, and other interactive interpretation activities.
Liaison across Arboretum departments to coordinate these activities with other programs, events, exhibits and activities.
Manage all aspects contracting, budgeting, and managing vendors to accomplish this work.
10% Budget & Finance. Prepare, manage, and oversee all aspects of budget management associated with interpretive and visitor learning programs.
Create detailed return on investment analysis for this work.
Actively participate in fundraising efforts with the Arboretum Development team.
10% Strategic Planning Lead continual review and implementation of Interpretive plan for the Arboretum that is innovative, dynamic, and communicates the Arboretum’s mission, its collections, gardens and natural areas, and its key messages, including the vital link between plants and people, to its audience. Including, but not limited to these specifics:
Develop and maintain effective internal communication strategies with Arboretum departments including guest services, membership, development, horticulture & grounds, retail, marketing & public relations, and administration.
Serve as liaison with science content experts at the U of M, and other expert sources
Benchmark programming against other public garden and museum institutions
Masters degree in education, museum studies, related science discipline, or relevant related field with at least four years of experience or a bachelor's degree with at least six years of relevant post degree experience.
Minimum 5 years experience in education leadership or as a team member at a public garden, museum, or related educational setting
Minimum 5 years experience direct employee management
Minimum 5 years experience leading and participating in teams within and across departments in an education or non-profit organization
Experience as department lead or assistant in interpretation or education event management at a public garden, museum, or related institution
Experience as lead or team member in institution-wide equity and inclusion initiative(s)
Degree or advanced training in plant science related field
Experience advancing change efforts within an organization
Experience developing and delivering educational experiences related to crucial issues such as climate change, local food, clean water, biodiversity, or other science related issue
Clear understanding of the theory of emotional intelligence, and how it relates to communication and work team dynamics in a non-profit/educational institutional setting
For consideration: Experience in interactive learning environments, which may include an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, science center, and/or another innovative, engagement-driven learning/education organization is highly preferred. Significant interest in and appreciation for the mission and purposes of an arboretum, including educational objectives, is required.
Internal Number: 334918
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