Professional Development Manager

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Start Date: 05/15/2023  Compensation: $60,000-66,000

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs, and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

QBG is a professional development (PD) resource especially for schoolteachers. QBG is one of eight Urban Advantage (UA) cultural institution partners serving the science education goals of teachers in NYC. The Garden’s green Visitor & Administration Building and surrounding landscapes also offers PD potential for the fledging field of sustainable systems and green building management.

The Professional Development Manager will maximize the breath and quality of current training programs and help expand professional development resources to a larger audience.

The Professional Development Manager reports to the Director of Programs and works in conjunction with education and other Garden staff. The PD Manager is responsible for the management and facilitation of professional development for participating Urban Advantage teachers. The PD Manager will partner with the Department of Education (DOE) and other organizations on items such as the development, coordination and teaching of P-credit classes and other professional development opportunities. The PD Manager may teach environmental workshops provided by QBG and provide horticultor and education support throughout the education department as needed.


  • Developing and coordinating the fulfillment of all aspects of PD, including all cycles of UA PD
  • Attending regular monthly and special UA meetings
  • Building and maintaining relations with the DOE and other educational organizations
  • Developing, coordinating and teaching professional development opportunities for other professional participants and professional groups
  • Coordinating with QBG education staff regarding UA resources for students, parents, and administrators
  • Managing grant related budgets, data tracking, and preparing reports
  • Assisting with children and family program instructions, public programs, Garden wide events, and events in the community, as needed
  • Providing on and offsite assistance to teachers and schools
  • Supervise and support QBG relevant UA staff


  • Minimum B.S. in environmental science or other science discipline (preferably life sciences) (B.A. acceptable with teacher certification and minimum of four years’ experience as an educator). Master’s degree preferred
  • Science teaching experience preferred
  • Knowledge of local, state and national science standards
  • Train the trainer/professional development experience
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent verbal, writing and organizational skills
  • P-Credit certification a plus

Additional Information

This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits, including excellent medical, vision, dental and life insurance, generous PTO, paid holidays, employee discounts, access to the Museums Council pass, which grants free admission to various museums and cultural institutions, pension and other retirement savings plans.

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our Career Center
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Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

Queens Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). The Garden does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, gender expression, mental illness, socioeconomic status or background, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, predisposing genetic characteristic, immigration status, or any other legally protected status. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact Human Resources via email, phone 718-886-3800 x 203.

Contact Information

Queens Botanical Garden
Contact Name: Human Resources
Phone: 7188863800
Website: Apply Online