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Position: Adult Education Supervisor
Organization: Toronto Botanical Garden
Location: North Toronto, Ontario (Leslie & Lawrence)

The Company

Toronto Botanical Garden is embarking on an exciting landmark capital expansion to achieve education, display, conservation and research across a 35-acreage footprint that will serve over 1 million visitors a year. Botanical gardens play an increasingly important role in the 21st century: they are public institutions best positioned to provide knowledge and understanding of the world of plants and the importance of plants and healthy ecosystems to all other life on earth.

Toronto Botanical Garden is a registered charitable organization, governed by a Board of Directors.

Our Vision

Toronto Botanical Garden will be renowned for its display of nature’s beauty and as a dynamic hub for plant-centred learning, conservation and research.

Our Mission

Toronto Botanical Garden connects people to plants, inspiring us to live in harmony with nature.


Reporting to the Director of Education, the Adult Education Supervisor is responsible for adult education programs which advance TBG’s mission to connect people to plants, inspiring them to live in harmony with nature. The supervisor will oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of approximately 80 courses, workshops, lectures and special events each year related to gardening, art, floral design, conservation and food.

TBG is committed to environmental sustainability education and action. All TBG employees and volunteers are expected to learn about and contribute to greening initiatives. Information about these initiatives can be found at

Duties & Responsibilities

Administration and Finances

  • Produce reports on class attendance, revenue and expenses.
  • Create budgets and financial statements.
  • Schedule, coordinate and manage a vibrant team of volunteers to support classes.

Program Planning, Delivery and Evaluation

  • Research and confirm external instructors and speakers throughout the year.
  • Research and development of new adult education programs taking in to account feedback from key stakeholders and market research
  • Provide timely and helpful communication with TBG members, volunteers and students.
  • Manage professional relationships with instructors and speakers regarding course development, registration, evaluation and compensation.
  • Liaise with partnering organizations and individuals to manage TBG’s Floral Design program, Urban Beekeeping Program and Garden Design Program.
  • Plan small graduation ceremony every fall for students of the above-mentioned programs.
  • Consult regularly with TBG staff, members, volunteers and students to plan and evaluate programs.
  • Assist in the planning, registration and delivery of TBG lectures and symposia.


  • Liaise with communications department to create and update website and social media content and supply images for adult education programs.
  • Work with external instructors and partner organizations to promote programs, including the exploration of cross-promotion opportunities.
  • Create posters using Canva or other design programs.

Other Duties

  • Take on other duties as assigned from time to time, including assist with large TBG events.

Education and Professional Qualifications

  • College diploma or university degree in education, horticulture, conservation or a related field


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with education program and event planning, delivery and evaluation
  • Multi-year experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with, or a willingness to learn, Event Pro, Visio, Eventbrite and Canva
  • Knowledge of database software, with Raiser’s Edge preferred
  • Experience working with volunteers in a not-for-profit setting
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, beekeeping, gardening and/or ecology an asset

Personality and Attributes

  • A passion for people, plants and sustainability
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong sense of accountability and commitment towards measuring outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and manage competing priorities
  • Proven ability to maintain and communicate a positive attitude, exercising diplomacy and good judgement
  • Excellent interpersonal relationships and strong collaboration skills with all key stakeholders which include staff, members and volunteers.
  • Attention to detail, responsive and adherent to deadlines. Excellent time management, organization and planning skills.

Please note that this is a part-time (24 hours/week) permanent position.

Location: 777 Lawrence Avenue East, North Toronto


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 27 2019    ID: 55267