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Urban Advantage Program Manager

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
New York City, New York, US
Closing date
Dec 14, 2022

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Conservation science
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Job DescriptionPosition Title: Urban Advantage Program Manager

Department: Children's Education

Reports to: Manager of School Programs & Partnerships

FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt

Grade: 7

Term: 35 hours per week

Position Description:

The Urban Advantage (UA) program manager works closely with two colleagues to ensure the collective development and implementation of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's (BBG) UA programs and deliverables. The UA program manager's primary teaching responsibilities are with the UA middle school program. The position entails ongoing professional learning with a focus on science teaching and learning that aligns with NYS/NGSS, culturally responsive teaching, and differentiating instruction for diverse learners.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead internal coordination of BBG's overall UA responsibilities and deliverables.
  • Lead planning and teaching UA middle school professional learning.
  • Manage all relationships with BBG's lead teachers; provide opportunities for collaboration, learning, and co-teaching.
  • Collaborate on planning and implementing additional UA and BBG's own Teacher Education (TE) workshops as needed.
  • Administer UA budget and prepare expense reports for the director of Learning and Partnerships.
  • Attend monthly UA partner meetings and participate in other all-UA events and trainings.
  • Maintain accurate records of middle school UA professional learning sessions, teacher work, participant attendance, etc.; contribute to departmental reporting both narratively and quantitatively.
  • Teach adults (both teachers and administrators) online and in person; facilitate synchronous and asynchronous online learning; build coursework and resources on Moodle platform.
  • Support other BBG Education department programming and initiatives as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree/teaching certificate in science, education, science education and a minimum of 3 years of classroom teaching experience at the middle school level with a strong preference for a master's degree; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Familiarity with the NGSS, NYC Science Scope and Sequence, Amplify Science, Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education and the CR-S Framework
  • Experience with plants, horticulture, and/or botany
  • Experience teaching science with living things
  • Fluency and comfort with written and spoken English
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different audiences, including teachers, colleagues at BBG and peer institutions, and school administrators
  • Comfort with a leadership role and skills to effectively collaborate with two full-time colleagues as well as work cooperatively alongside other BBG colleagues and UA partners at peer institutions
  • Organizational skills including scheduling, communicating with teachers and schools, maintaining supplies, and reporting on programming
  • Ability to work weekends and occasional evenings
  • Experience providing professional learning a plus
  • Experience teaching students with special needs, including students learning English and students with learning differences, a plus
  • Oral fluency in a second language a plus (especially Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, and Haitian Creole)

Work Environment:

  • Some work takes place in busy indoor and outdoor public spaces such as classrooms, greenhouses, and Garden grounds.
  • Personal workspace is in an open-plan office shared with other Education department colleagues.
  • Work requires active and effective communication with BBG colleagues, UA partners, and UA teachers and administrators.
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