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Position: Director of Education
Organization: Toronto Botanical Garden
Location: Toronto, Ontario

The Organization

Botanical gardens play an increasingly important role in the 21st century: they are public institutions best positioned to provide knowledge and understanding of the world of plants and the importance of plants and healthy ecosystems to all other life on earth. Located adjacent to Toronto’s extensive urban ravine system, Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) is embarking on an exciting landmark expansion to achieve world-class excellence in education, conservation, research and horticultural display across a 35-acre footprint that will serve over 1 million visitors a year.

Toronto Botanical Garden is a registered charitable organization, governed by a Board of Directors.

Our Vision

Toronto Botanical Garden will be renowned for its display of nature’s beauty and as a dynamic hub for plant-centred learning, conservation and research.

Our Mission

Toronto Botanical Garden connects people to plants, inspiring us to live in harmony with nature.

Scope of Position

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and working collaboratively within the senior management team, the Director of Education is responsible for the planning, management and evaluation of all educational activities, with the purpose of advancing TBG’s mission of connecting people to plants and inspiring them to live in harmony with nature. These activity areas include Adult Education, Children’s Education and Library Services. The preferred candidate is a champion of educational innovation, with a passion for TBG’s mission and vision.

Position Summary


  • Prepare annual and long-range plans for education activities for consideration by the Chief Executive Officer, Mission Committee and Board
  • Conduct a review of current offerings in both Adult and Children’s Education identifying opportunities and make recommendations for future planning; create a long-term plan for the Education department as it supports the strategy of TBG
    • Research trends and innovations as they relate to Education products and programs and make recommendations for improvements
  • Review offerings of organizations in a similar space, conduct analysis and make recommendations as it relates to improving the reach and impact of TBG’s programs
  • Review current costing models for paid education programs, present recommendations and implement changes as needed
  • Collaborate and liaise with senior staff and consultants to develop Education plans in line with the mindset of a botanical garden expanding in size and impact; provide the vision for a broader Education mandate that will support and enhance the Expansion project
  • Lead the planning of Education spaces and programs for the expanded garden
  • Support the development of TBG’s strategy around conservation and research in conjunction with the Director of Horticulture
  • Represent Education on TBG’s Mission Committee
  • Prepare and manage an annual departmental budget
  • Contribute an educational lens to policy and procedures development and strategic planning
  • Collaborate with Development staff to generate ideas and create content for education-based grant proposals, track deliverables and ensure reports are prepared on time
  • Liaise with partnering organizations and individuals to create, deliver and promote programs


  • Supervise a team of five full- and part-time Education staff including the Adult Education Supervisor, teachers, administrators and the library (staff size will grow in relation to the expansion), and oversee Education volunteers
  • Foster teamwork, working collaboratively with all departments
  • Monitor and report on financial and program performances regularly
  • Develop performance objectives and conduct annual performance reviews of reporting staff
  • Liaise with HR on the recruitment of full- and part-time staff, volunteers and interns

Program Delivery

  • In collaboration with the Adult Education Supervisor, research, retain and host engaging speakers annually for TBG’s Lecture Series. Survey membership for lecture topics of interest, relevance and impact
  • Lead the delivery of TBG’s annual Ravine Symposium
  • Provide administration and oversight for the delivery of TBG certificate programs such as Urban Beekeeping, Garden Design and Floral Design
  • Broaden program offerings and increase the reach and diversity of programs; conduct market research and provide analysis
  • Evolve aspects of the Education program to online offerings
  • Assist the Children’s Education Supervisors in the planning, delivery and evaluation of special events such as Earth Day and Harvest Day
  • Support the Adult Education Supervisor in the planning and evaluation of courses and workshops

Promotion and Outreach

  • Represent TBG as a spokesperson for Education
  • Liaise with the Director of Marketing and Communications and the Director of Horticulture to assess and leverage the promotional and educational value of TBG events and the Garden
  • Monitor and enhance the promotion of courses through social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Develop creative approaches for cross-promotion with partner organizations

Other Duties

  • Take on other duties as assigned from time to time and assist with large TBG events and initiatives

Short-Term Priorities

  • Seek opportunities to revise and expand aspects of TBG’s Education offerings in a post-COVID environment
  • Investigate and implement virtual education programs where feasible
  • Work with the Director of Development to seek funding for programs in the fall and winter
  • Plan for the Living Winter program geared towards grade 4 students from priority high-needs schools in Toronto. Given the possible impact of COVID restrictions, look for alternative opportunities to deliver this program, including virtual options


  • Minimum of five years of teaching experience at the elementary or secondary level, or in a botanical garden or nature-centred institution
  • Experience as an educational administrator, particularly in the non-profit sector such as museums or cultural institutions
  • Experience in a conservation/sustainability role is considered an asset
  • Experience in safety and liability management related to program design
  • Proven excellence in team leadership, organization, administration and communication skills
  • Proven achievement in building and adhering to balanced budgets
  • Proven experience working with and/or managing volunteers in a non-profit setting
  • Must be comfortable with technology tools, including working in a Windows PC environment and using Microsoft programs and applications. An ability to efficiently collaborate with other staff via electronic means is essential
  • Experience implementing and leveraging online education
  • A valid driver’s licence is mandatory; occasional irregular work hours will be required

Education and Professional Qualifications

  • University degree in education, environmental science, ecology, horticulture or a related field
  • Current teaching certification and membership with the Ontario College of Teachers an asset

Personal Attributes

  • A passion for people, education, horticulture and ecology
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Engaging, creative and fun-spirited
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with all key stakeholders, including staff, members and volunteers
  • Attention to detail, responsive and adherent to deadlines; excellent time management, organization and planning skills
  • Strong sense of accountability, commitment towards measuring outcomes and ability to deliver results
  • Demonstrated initiative and autonomy
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and manage competing priorities
  • Maintains and communicates a positive attitude, exercising diplomacy, confidentiality and good judgement


North Toronto
777 Lawrence Avenue East

Application for Consideration

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Aug 8 2020    Numéro : 57071