Director of Education

Director of Education

Department: Education

Reports to: Executive Director

Classification: Salary, Full-Time, Regular

Job Overview: The Director of Education promotes a transformative guest experience, energetically inspiring innovative and creative thinking among staff to create excellent formal and informal educational programs, events, exhibitions, and community partnerships. The Director of Education leads strategic initiatives, engaging visitors of diverse ages and backgrounds—from toddlers to seniors—in active, creative experiential learning, where first-hand experience with historical and cultural resources along with observations of the natural world builds knowledge, expands awareness, and fosters a greater care ethic for human and natural communities.

The Director embraces Kingwood’s commitment to high quality, excellent horticultural displays and guest services, willingly and cheerfully integrating the work of education and interpretation with the lager vision framework. This position executes Mr. King’s wish for “cultural and educational activities…[that build]…the higher intellectual and cultural development of the people.”

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and executes a strategic business plan for all Kingwood formal and informal educational offerings
  • Participates in long range planning, the design and implementation of programs and projects as a leadership team member
  • Assembles and administers the department budget and specific grant budgets, providing periodic reports to Kingwood’s Marketing and Development department and Executive Director
  • Cultivates collaborative programmatic partnerships with regional universities, museums, schools, governmental agencies, and historical, garden or plant societies, and green industry associations
  • Recruits, screens, and hires candidates for direct report positions
  • Supervises, coaches, nurtures, and assesses the work of the Education Coordinator, education interns, and education volunteers
  • Oversees the development, execution, and evaluation of high quality formal and informal educational offerings and interpretation for diverse audiences
  • Creates and executes an interpretive master plan
  • Collaborates with other Kingwood staff in designing and executing programs, interpretation, events and displays associated with yearly seasonal and occasional traveling exhibitions supporting the mission, engage our community, and encourage visitation
  • Collaborates with development and marketing staff in creating appropriate content for the purposes of funding and promoting Kingwood educational initiatives and offerings
  • Teaches occasional classes as part of the Garden’s education program and provides internal training for Garden staff and volunteers
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must beProlonged periods of continuous standing, sitting, or walking along with occasional stooping, bending, reaching, crouching
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds occasionally
  • Must be able to move around garden in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including occasional evening, weekend, or holiday
  • Must be goal-oriented, flexible, and adaptable to potential unanticipated opportunities
  • Must possess outstanding organizational and leadership skills, attention to detail, and ability to self-motivate
  • Ability to work with and supervise diverse staff and volunteers
  • Possess verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, including effective presentation, negotiation, and problems solving skills 
  • Ability to collaborate across departments and provide leadership support as required for special events
  • Demonstrated ability with computers, Microsoft software programs, social media platforms, and other databases


  • Minimum of 3 years experience Bachelor’s degree or at least 5 years of experience in horticulture, botany, science education, natural history, museum studies, or related field (advanced degrees or additional relevant certifications preferred)
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in leading public garden or museum education programs for diverse audiences with supervision of staff and volunteers
  • Minimum of 3 years of successful nonprofit management or leadership experience managing programs, projects, or exhibitions
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, financial and grant oversight, organizational development, and systems thinking within an organization
  • Demonstrated ability to design and deliver engaging educational experiences, preferably in a visitor attraction or related informal educational experience
  • Experience using established assessment metrics for educational effectiveness and financial strength
  • Experience with interpretive programming preferred
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • Must pass a background check
  • Must pass drug test

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