Public Education Manager – The New York Botanical Garden


This position is Monday through Friday, with at least one Saturday and one Sunday per month.

The Public Education Manager plays a key role in managing programs for visitors of all ages. S/he is responsible for developing dynamic programs that reflect the opportunities of a unique urban garden setting that specializes in art, science and the humanities.  S/he works with the Director and full time staff members to develop, coordinate, and implement public programs such as films, lectures, concerts, performances, demonstrations, and special evening events.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage event productions, such as musical performances, demonstrations, lectures, films, festival weekends, and evening programs
  • Execute logistics on-site at events, including basic AV set-ups; liaise with onsite Garden staff to ensure proper hardscape set ups for events
  • Train, schedule, and supervise Weekend Assistant staff and volunteers
  • Contribute ideas to support the content of programs and research program ideas and event schedules; Identify trends in contemporary culture, focusing on art, science and the humanities, and create programs that feature these elements
  • Identify and build relationships with potential presenters, performers, and community partners, including artists, scholars, and other specialists
  • Prepare budgets and event reports for programs
  • Assist in managing Coordinators’ projects such as Event Plans, Operations Reports, Weekend Handouts, and Staff Plans
  • Communicate with vendors for program production needs such as stage, lighting, and sound equipment
  • Facilitate communication between departments on Garden-wide events and activities and lead meetings with Visitor Services, Creative Services, Security, and Operations teams to ensure adequate preparation and staffing for events
  • Keep up to date with best practices in museum programming, and seek to strengthen the Garden’s program roster and maintain contact with the broader network of museum professionals through participating in conferences, professional networks and organizations.
  • Other projects and events as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree with at least three years of experience in program or special event planning or related experience
  • Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; a polished, polite, articulate, energetic,  friendly, team-player demeanor with an engaging, outgoing personality who enjoys working with the public with a demonstrated ability to work under pressure and problem-solve quickly and efficiently
  • Excellent organizational skills, showing attention to detail and the ability to self-start and prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends and holidays as program schedule necessitates.
  • Familiarity with basic technical A/V set ups preferred
  • Driver’s license required