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Manager, Certificate Programs
Category: Manager

Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago, IL

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014

TITLE:   Manager, Certificate Programs

PURPOSE: To administer, develop, implement, promote and evaluate certificate of merit programs in the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden that relate to the mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden.


• Perform all responsibilities necessary for the efficient operation of the Certificate of Merit Programs.

• Develop new and refine and/or improve the curriculum for the Certificate Programs, which advance the Garden’s mission.

• Hire, train and evaluate course instructors, speakers and teaching assistants for each course.

• Assess current and future staff and facility needs to efficiently implement quality Certificate Programs

• Direct the instructors and the Program Specialist to order supplies, prepare handouts, order books, prepare exams, arrange catering, travel and facilitate the exhibit of fresh plant samples or slide/CD resources for review by students.

• Develop course evaluation tools and assess and respond to evaluation results.

• Recruit and advise both new and current students on courses of study and career paths within the green industry.

• Maintain academic records for certificate students, including electronic grade database, transcripts and student files.

• Supply necessary program details to the Registrar’s Office needed to answer student questions.

• In cooperation with the Communications Department create marketing/promotion plans yearly, which will include but is not limited to the course catalog, individual program brochures and press releases.

• Work in cooperation with the department in the preparation of Keep Growing  Adult Education text section and brochures to publicize class offerings and additional brochures and flyers to promote special programs.

• Analyze cost effectiveness, attendance data, coding efforts, target mailings and marketing of programs to increase effectiveness in marketing the programs.

• Develop and adhere to the Certificate Program budgets.

• Analyze both intrinsic and financial outcomes. Report information to appropriate individuals and departments and use in future planning.

• Continue to foster relationships with professional organizations, identify new strategic partnerships, participate in strategic planning teams and serve on committees to further the gardens mission and develop outside contacts.

• Serve on interdepartmental teams and participate in other special projects as requested.

DEPARTMENT: Adult Education, The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Botanic Garden

REPORTS TO: Director, Adult Education

SUPERVISES: Program Instructors and Volunteers

COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIPS: All areas of the Garden including Horticulture, Collections, Research, Membership, Communications, Public Relations, Visitor Services, Custodial, etc.  Professionals in the Green Industry, local and state colleges or universities, professional associations, Cooperative Extension Service

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: MS or MA in Horticulture or related field preferred or BS and significant experience.  Knowledge of marketing techniques.  Strong organizational skills, effective communicator and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite are expected.  Must be able to manage multiple projects.  Willingness to learn new program management practices and how to operate new computer software systems.  Limited evening and weekend work is expected.

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