Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants
Los Angeles, California
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Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF) is seeking an Education Manager to administer and grow our education programs, particularly our class offerings for adults and professional landscapers. This position is rooted in our mission to inspire and educate Southern Californians about the beauty and ecological benefits of California native plant landscapes. Reporting to the Director of Public Programs, this position works closely with all departments across TPF as well as with outside partners, instructors, and organizations. This is a full-time, hourly position, with some evening and weekend work required (40 hours per week, Tuesday–Saturday).
The Theodore Payne Foundation is a non-profit nursery and educational organization that promotes the understanding and use of California native plants. The Foundation has approximately 3,000 members and an outreach to nearly 27,000 via its e-newsletter; it has a paid staff of 20+ and a corps of 150 volunteers. The Foundation owns and operates a 22-acre educational facility and nursery in Sun Valley in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, CA, and has an operating budget of more than $1 million. Major activities include operating a public nursery/seed room and bookstore, plant propagation, education and K-12 nature education classes, demonstration gardens, an annual native plant garden tour with 3,000 attendees at 30+ gardens, seasonal plant sales, as well as donor, member, and volunteer appreciation events. Outreach activities include the website, e-newsletter, social media, and offsite sales. For more information, visit theodorepayne.org.
The Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all TPF activities are conducted without discrimination based on race, color, genetics, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran. TPF is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
Duties & Responsibilities
• Manage a suite of core classes for adults offered on a quarterly basis
• Research, design, and execute new adult education classes in support of TPF’s strategic
• Forge lasting partnerships with outside instructors, institutions, and organizations
representing diverse audiences across the region
• Deliver classes, presentations, trainings, and programs as needed (virtual and in-person)
• Foster a collaborative and learning-oriented environment, providing coaching and
support to fellow staff members involved in course development and instruction
• Contribute ideas and expertise to enhance the overall quality and effectiveness of
• Track and analyze enrollment data
• Administer class evaluations and implement changes as needed to address findings.
• Provide administrative support to TPF’s professional education courses, including the
Native Plant Landscaper Certification Program
• Assist outside teachers and school groups in planning, coordinating, and managing field
• Develop informal educational programs for families and children relating to TPFs
• Collaborate with other members of TPF staff on marketing and promotional efforts.
• Train and supervise volunteers to assist in education programming
• Assist the Director of Public Programs with grant writing and reporting as needed
• Assist in tracking and reporting education program budgets consistent with
organizational needs and resources including grants
Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree and two years of related experience required
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Capability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment.
• Strong customer service mindset required
• Data tracking experience required
• Excellent computer skills required
• Knowledge of native plant horticulture, botany, gardening, landscaping, and environmental justice preferred
• Teaching or educational administration experience preferred
• Fluency in Spanish preferred
• Vacation/Sick/Holiday paid time off
• 401K with employer matching up to 4%
• Health and Dental Coverage
• Staff discount of 30% on plants, seeds, and TPF merchandise
• Work in a beautiful setting surrounded by gardens and native plants
START DATE: We are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible
SALARY: $25 per hour
SCHEDULE: Full-time, Tuesday-Saturday
Send cover letter, resume, writing samples, and references to email@example.com with the subject heading of: Education ManagerApplication Deadline:
September 4, 2031