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Director of Horticulture Technology Training Program – Manchester Bidwell Corporation

SUMMARY:

The Director of the Horticulture Technology Training Program plans, develops, and administers the program to ensure students receive a quality education which meets the needs of employers, and is compliant with all standards of accreditation and requirements under Bidwell Training Center’s state license.

Additionally, the director is responsible for providing innovative leadership and excellence in the development and delivery of Bidwell Training Center’s horticulture program in collaboration with the Director of Greenhouse Operations for the Drew Mathieson Center for Horticultural and Agricultural Technology.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Essential duties and responsibilities include, and are not strictly limited to, the following:

  • Interviews applicants, conducts program orientations, and prepares and distributes student progress reports;
  • Counsels students as necessary in academic or classroom matters, and resolves grievances related to classroom performance, or appropriate workplace behavior;
  • Collaborates with other BTC program directors to ensure the integrity and consistent adherence to the standards of accreditation and organizational goals;
  • Collaborates with the Director of Greenhouse Operations and experts within greenhouse operational areas to bring the BTC mission and vision to life through best-in-class student lab experiences;
  • Coordinates with the Director of Greenhouse Operations on planning student experiential learning within the greenhouse facility;
  • Remains current on local, state and federal post-secondary education regulations and industry standards, and advises other directors and organization officers of new developments;
  • Ensures the functionality and safety of the program’s classroom and laboratory environment;
  • Collaborates with business, civic, and other organizations to develop curricula to meet the needs and interests of students and the community;
  • Analyzes data from questionnaires, interviews, and group discussions to evaluate curricula, teaching methods, and community participation in the program. Updates curricula accordingly, as needed;
  • Arranges schedules of classes and teaching staff;
  • At times, provides classroom or laboratory instruction to students;
  • Participates in the interviewing and selection of staff members and provides and oversees training for instructors;
  • Prepares annual budget and determines allocation of funds for staff, supplies and equipment, and facilities;
  • Recruits for, and actively participates on, the program’s Advisory Board and collaborates with board members on the content and direction of the program. Ensures that a minimum of two (2) Advisory Board meetings occur each year;
  • Arranges and evaluates all externships;
  • Participates in professional development activities;
  • Exhibits understanding and internalization of company values: influence, respect, listen, shape and embrace;
  • Other duties may be assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position has direct supervisory responsibility over program instructors and support staff.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related area (Master’s degree preferred); 3 years of progressive experience within the horticulture industry, and a minimum of 2 years experience in training or adult education required. Must have a demonstrated ability to develop curriculum, manage program budgets, and communicate with a diverse population. Must possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.  Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license and an insurable driving record.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to develop and manage program budgets, and comfortable applying common business accounting principles related to the same.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Communication Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common educational and/or management journals, financial reports, and business documents.  Delegates with clarity according to individual skills, knowledge, abilities, and attitude.  Ability to effectively convey complex technical information to diverse audiences and adjust communication style accordingly.  Actively listens to the content and processes of communication so that collaboration can occur.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from students, members of the business community, organizational officers and board members, other administrators and staff.

Strategic Planning:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to effectively carry out written or oral instructions in an expedient manner.  Capable of recognizing critical events or needs and adjusting deadlines accordingly.  Ability to deal with and analyze problems involving several concrete variables in and aside from standardized situations.  Promotes the attitudes, conditions and environments that yield increased quality and content of individual and team performance.

Leadership Skills: 

Facilitates the development of skills and abilities of others.  Actively contributes to discussions.  Maintains a dynamic and pro-active approach in guiding others toward organizational and program objectives.  Acknowledges accomplishments of individuals and teams.  Solicits and generates creative solutions. 

Adaptability:

Capable of effectively adjusting and coping with change and uncertainty in new situations and environments.  Maintains accuracy and focus on detail in difficult situations.  Ability to manage multiple tasks and modify objectives as needed.  Seeks feedback and is open to coaching and criticism without being defensive.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, hear, and use hands to handle, or feel.  The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms, and occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch and smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally, up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  Able to tolerate exposure to common chemicals or airborne agents, and exposure to bees.  Performs duties under a variety of environmental conditions both indoors and outdoors, including extremes in environmental temperatures.  The employee is occasionally required to operate a car, van or mini-van.

Interested Persons may submit their resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to hr@manchesterbidwell.org          EOE