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Director of Garden and Programs

Location: New York
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

  • Leadership (Executive Director, President/CEO) Job Description - The Director of Garden and Programs reports to the President & Executive Director and is responsible for all garden and program operations.The role contributes to organizational vision and strategy and is responsible for horticulture, education, event and exhibit delivery and standards. All operational staff report through this position, currently three direct reports (Heads of Horticulture, Education & Events) and a total year-round team of ten.The role holder will work directly with Board Committees and in support of major fundraising initiatives, as well as being the chief spokesperson for horticultural and educational aspects of the Society. This position will complete a senior team of President plus Directors of Outreach & Giving and Finance who work closely and collaboratively on all strategic programs. Duties & Responsibilities - --- Lead, inspire and manage a dedicated and talented staff team in the development of the garden and society, modelling MHS culture and values and with a focus on the professional development of all team members.
    --- Ensure that resources are effectively and creatively used for maximum impact in engaging, inspiring and activating our multiple audiences inside and outside the Garden
    --- Assume overall accountability for delivery of daily operations safely, timeously, within agreed budgets and to an ever-improving standard.
    --- Study feasibility, plan, project manage and deliver a pipeline of new projects for MHS, currently including major relaunch of schools program; garden restoration; flower show relaunch and new exhibit calendar.
    --- Contribute to strategic initiatives as a member of the senior team and engage both staff and Board Committees in these as appropriate.
    --- Develop operational procedures and standards for all organizational areas, including recommendation of appropriate technologies and capital investments
    --- Represent and advocate for MHS regionally and nationally in all operational areas, as a spokesperson, legislatively, and in support of major fundraising programs.
    --- Effectively develop and harness volunteer support across all functional areas Education and Experience - MHS is looking for a dynamic leader with a clear history of accomplishment to lead daily operations and project manage a pipeline of significant new programs. Candidates will need to provide clear evidence through specific examples that they meet the criteria set out below. In addition, this role will require adaptability, tenaciousness and a comfort with change and development. This role will much more require a 'start-up' mentality and project management methodology than 'business as usual'. Commitment to the mission of transformative change through horticulture, and MHS values must be demonstrated at interview.Essential Criteria - qualifications, competencies, skills and experience--- A qualified horticultural, exhibits, project management or operational specialist with a relevant degree or equivalent professional competence demonstrated in a growing public garden or similar organization.
    --- Demonstrable staff management and leadership experience with a focus on clear accountability, personal coaching and professional development
    --- Exceptional written, spoken and public communication skills
    --- A track record of successful, timely, on budget and documented project delivery utilizing a clear project management system
    --- Commitment to the vision, values and culture of MHS and evidence of a direct and collaborative pattern of working behaviors
    --- Creativity in bringing to fruition audience centered programming at scale within significant constraints.
    --- A high rate of ongoing personal and professional learning and development Application Instructions - Please send a resume and a letter detailing how you fulfil the essential criteria to This position is open until filled with application review beginning Jan 30, 2022
    The primary place of work is The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA.
    MHS is happy for this role to include an element of work-from-home. Most senior staff currently work-from-home one day each week on a Monday.Salary Range: $90,000 to $110,000 with growth potential.
    Comprehensive benefits package

Keywords: AMERICAN PUBLIC GARDENS ASSN, New York , Director of Garden and Programs, Executive , New York, New York

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