Toronto Botanical Garden is seeking a Director of Education with experience as an educator and manager in a nature-focused institution. The successful candidate will possess the leadership skills, as well as the understanding and commitment required to further the educational mandate of a dynamic, large-city botanic garden.

Title: Director of Education
Position Type: Full-time; Permanent
Reports To: Executive Director

Reporting to the Executive Director, and working collegially within a senior management team structure, the Director of Education is responsible for planning and management of all educational activities, with the purpose of advancing TBG’s botanic garden mission to “transform our city by connecting people to plants and the natural world”. These activity areas include adult education, children’s education, library services and interpretation, as well as any future educational opportunities provided by implementation of TBG’s expansion plans.



  • Prepare annual plans for Education activities, as well as long-range plans, for consideration by the Executive Director, Education Committee and Board
  • Liaise with staff and consultants to develop Education plans for a botanic garden expanding in size and impact
  • Prepare annual departmental budget
  • Lead the Science Advisory Committee and the Lectures Committee, as well as sitting on the Library Advisory Committee, the Garden Committee and occasional ad hoc committees
  • Collaborate with Development staff to generate ideas and content for grant proposals, track deliverables and ensure reports are prepared on time
  • Meet regularly with the Education Committee to discuss program direction, development and uptake
  • Work with the Knowledge Resources Manager to develop TBG’s interpretation plans
  • Liaise with partnering organizations and individuals to manage ongoing partnerships and incubate new opportunities


  • Supervise four full-time Education staff
  • Monitor financial performance and assess and report on monthly variance reports
  • Meet with Education staff teams regularly and individually, including provision of annual performance evaluation
  • Supervise recruitment and hiring of staff, program assistants, volunteers and interns
  • Track timesheets, vacation and sick time for salaried staff; hours sheets for contract staff
  • Assist the Adult Education Coordinator in development of course offerings and production of the Program Guide three times per year
  • Meet regularly with the Children’s Education Supervisors to oversee development of program delivery and production of promotional brochures
  • Meet regularly with the Knowledge Resources Manager and Library Advisory Committee to enhance library resources and to develop and monitor policies and procedures

Program Delivery:

  • In collaboration with the Adult Education Coordinator, research, retain and host 8-9 speakers annually for the Lecture Series and develop occasional symposia or conferences
  • Provide administration and oversight for the delivery of TBG certificate programs such as Urban Beekeeping, Garden Design and Horticultural Therapy.
  • Deliver occasional adult courses
  • Assist in delivering Children’s programs during occasional staff absences
  • In collaboration with Education and other TBG staff, organize annual special events such as Earth Day, Harvest Day, Holiday Open House and Canada’s National Garden Day

Promotion and Outreach:

  • Represent TBG as a spokesperson for Education, specifically nature-based Education, to the public and to various media
  • Liaise with the Director of Marketing and Communications to assess and leverage promotional and educational value of upcoming events
  • Participate actively on Trellis Committee, providing regular submissions for upcoming issues
  • Monitor promotion of courses through social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
  • Develop creative approaches to strategic program design, signage and cross-promotion with partner organizations
  • Assist at TBG-wide events, public promotion or speaking events, as needed


  • University degree in education, environmental science, ecology, horticulture or related field
  • Current teaching certification; membership in the Ontario College of Teachers an asset
  • At least two years teaching experience at the elementary or secondary level, or in a botanic garden or nature-centred institution
  • Experience as an educational administrator, particularly in the non-profit sector, an asset
  • Proven excellence in team leadership, organization, administration and communication skills
  • Proven achievement in building and adhering to balanced budgets
  • A passion for people, education, horticulture or ecology, as well as knowledge of the sector
  • Proven experience working with and/or managing volunteers in a nonprofit setting
  • Experience as a beekeeper an asset
  • Excellent facility with workplace computer software including Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Raiser’s Edge

Some flexibility in the work week, including weekend or evening work is required.

Posting closes 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Thank you for your interest, however, only candidates scheduled for an interview will be contacted.

To apply please send a resume and covering letter in a single PDF with the applicant’s name as a title to:

Harry Jongerden
Executive Director
Toronto Botanical Garden

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