Manager, Certificate Programs

Requisition Number: 
Adult Education
Job Status: 

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.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • 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 the 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 the Keep Growing magazine adult education text section and brochures to publicize class offerings, as well as 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 for 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 Garden's mission and develop outside contacts.
  • Serve on interdepartmental teams and participate in other special projects as requested.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Master of science degree or master of arts degree in horticulture or a related field preferred; or a bachelor of science degree 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.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.