Director, School of Professional Horticulture

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The School of Professional Horticulture (SOPH) is a two-year, full-time program combining academic studies with hands-on practical training. The Director is responsible for all aspects of the School, including curriculum development, student recruitment, instructor relations, and day-to-day program administration.

The Director engages and partners with local and national organizations to promote the School and to expand the representation of BIPOC and underrepresented communities in horticultural studies and academia. Additionally, this position supports, through actions and conduct, NYBG’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility initiatives and helps to build and maintain an inclusive organization culture throughout the institution.

The New York Botanical Garden is committed to an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible work environment, and further recognizes that diversity in our workforce fosters excellence in our mission of advocating for the plants of the world. Leveraging the strong foundation of existing policies and practices, NYBG will advance inclusion,
diversity, equity, and accessibility through a number of institutional initiatives. Our aspiration is to continue to cultivate a workforce and institution that is as diverse as the communities we serve and the audiences we engage.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Horticulture staff to assure coordinated, quality hands-on training through practical work experiences.
  • Works with Adult Education staff to assure coordinated, quality education through academic training.
  • In collaboration with Horticulture and Adult Education staff, organizes, and facilitates the work of approximately 30 instructors and Horticulture work rotation supervisors. training, i.e., plant walks, field trips, student plots and lecture programs for students. catalog and brochure production, and admission process. supervisory staff, and horticulture professionals in periodic reviews of the SOPH program. records are kept up-to-date. Serves as School’s principal liaison with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the N.Y. Department of Veterans Affairs. Ensures rules and regulations are adhered to and deadlines are met. functions. Stays abreast of new academic/professional developments in horticulture and related fields. on curriculum, scheduling of classes and rotations, ensuring a smooth operation of the program.
  • Supervises the School’s Manager who assists the Director in all aspects of School operations.
  • Conducts curriculum reviews as outlined in SOPH Curriculum Review and Revision Policy.
  • Organizes, coordinates, and is actively involved in specialized horticulture
  • Develops and manages student orientation, graduation and alumni events.
  • Responsible for SoPH student recruitment, including marketing, alumni outreach,
  • Oversees and maintains the School website.
  • Leads the School’s Advisory Committee, Advisory Board of instructors,
  • Maintains complete and accurate student statistics and records for licensing and accreditation and prepares appropriate reports.
  • Provides academic and career advisement to students. Helps facilitate internships.
  • Responsible for developing annual business plan. Prepares and monitors annual budget.
  • Serves as NYBG’s principal liaison with the New York State Education Department’s Bureau of Proprietary Schools
  • Supervision, and with the School’s accrediting agency, ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training).
  • Ensures state rules and regulations are adhered to, deadlines are met, and
  • Interacts with education professionals and represents the Garden at professional
  • Works with BCC Horticulture Program Coordinator, NYBG staff and instructors


  • Administrative experience in running an educational program a plus.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Masters or Bachelor degree in Horticulture plus field experience.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office, U.S. Department of Education software and websites)

Please be advised, as a term and condition of accepting a job offer the candidate for employment must submit proof of full vaccination. Candidates for employment unable to submit proof of full vaccination at the time of the offer will not be considered for employment.

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If you require an accommodation for any part of the application process, please notify the Human Resources department at
EOE/BIPOC/F/Persons with disabilities/Veterans

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New York Botanical Garden
Contact Name: Jenna Vasquez
Phone: 7188178872
Website: Apply Online