School Programs Coordinator

Principal Function and Description
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is seeking an enthusiastic person to assist with Title I school programming including the outreach and onsite classroom presentation program and the middle school summer learning programs.

The Outreach Program is available to any Title I school within 20 miles of the Garden. The School Programs Assistant and School Programs Coordinator visits registered schools and conducts presentations in the classroom. Presentation topics range from tasting local produce to amphibian diversity to carnivorous plants (see website for a more detailed description of the program - http://atlantabg.org/learn/educator-resources/outreach-program).

The middle school summer STEAM learning program is in partnership with Atlanta Public Schools. During this two week program, students from a selected Title 1 middle school will learn about the environment and the importance of plants through hands-on experiences and nature based projects. Throughout the program, students meet with the Garden's experts and community scientists who offer great insights into important issues like protecting pollinators, improving air quality, and sustainable gardening.

The onsite classroom program is scheduled to launch in fall 2018, with a development and testing period in spring 2018. This program will bring Title I students to the Garden for a brief presentation that is then followed up with a Garden experience.

Responsibilities
Facilitate lessons and activities for students grades K – 12 that support school performance standards, encourage environmental stewardship, scientific curiosity and healthy eating habits (approximately 3 – 4 days per week during the school year).

  • Assist School Programs Assistant Manager with the development and implementation of the onsite presentation program.
  • Organize outreach calendar and presentation registrations.
  • Coordinate all aspects of the middle school summer learning program from school and student selection, lesson plan development, field trip scheduling, transportation and other program logistics.
  • Communicate with School Programs Assistant Manager, Registrar, Metro Atlanta schools, teachers and district coordinators regarding scheduling, transportation and other program logistics.
  • Implement evaluation process and refine curriculum in response to evaluations.
  • Coordinate with ABG staff on borrowing live specimens and harvesting fresh produce for programs.
  • Organize and communicate with program volunteers before and during the programs.
  • Ensure that Garden safety policies are being followed while students are at the Garden.
  • Assist development team by providing them with descriptions and data for grant writing purposes.
  • Follow program budgets and keep accurate spending records.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by School Programs Assistant Manager.

Qualifications

  • Must have at least 2 years of experience in working with children in grades K – 12.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in Education, Environmental Education, Biology or related field.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Experience working with Title I schools a plus.
  • Current CPR and first aid certification
  • The ideal candidate will have an enthusiasm for the outdoors and the natural world and fresh and local produce
  • Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift 20 lbs.

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.

It is the policy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Email resume to Susan Boulware at sboulware@atlantabg.org.