Director, Gardens on Spring Creek

City of Fort Collins
Fort Collins, CO
United States

Experience Required
Degree Required
From $98,000 To $108,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

The Gardens on Spring Creek is an 18-acre botanic garden located on the Spring Creek corridor in Fort Collins, Colorado. The City of Fort Collins is seeking a Sr Manager, Horticulture (Director, Gardens on Spring Creek) who will be responsible for the overall strategic, financial and operational leadership of the Gardens. The Director provides forward-looking leadership across this growing and popular community asset in support of stated goals, objectives, and policies. This position is key to developing and maintaining strong relations with all stakeholders within the City and the greater community.

Experience requirements include a minimum of 8 years of organizational leadership experience. Leadership at a botanical garden, museum, or related nonprofit organization is a plus. A bachelor’s or graduate degree in business administration, nonprofit management, or related field are helpful and may be considered in combination with knowledge, skills, and experience.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 


The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all-inclusive.

  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of The Gardens on Spring Creek, including full management responsibility for all botanic garden activities, services, and programs, including strategic planning, policies, etc.
  • Attract, develop, support, reward and retain a highly skilled, high-performing team of professionals.
  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of The Gardens budget, including participation in the City’s budgeting for outcomes process.
  • Oversees the budget for The Gardens, including revenue estimation and expense budgeting and monitoring. Responsible for meeting revenue projections and controlling expenses.
  • Develop and grow fundraising partnerships through grants, sponsorships, and major donations. Foster relationships with local businesses, foundations, and individual donors.
  • Create and champion new earned and contributed revenue opportunities to ensure financial success.
  • Reviews and analyzes programs, operations, and associated costs, forecasting departmental progress with regard to stated objectives and future needs.
  • Drive new programs, events, services and initiatives forward to advance the organization.
  • Benchmarks best practices and seeks innovation and efficiencies in customer service, building operations, and all areas of venue management.
  • Assures high-quality customer service by evaluating the results of overall operations and service levels and provides reports to the Director of Cultural Services as needed.
  • Coordinates work activities with other City departments or divisions, including Operation Services for maintenance and special projects; IT staff for technology needs; etc.
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of the Friends of the Gardens Board of Directors. Assist board with strategic planning, budgeting, and alignment with Gardens goals. Assist with the orientation of new board members.
  • Serve as the official spokesperson of The Gardens to the public, other City departments, elected officials, and community-at-large.
  • Facilitate and maintain partnerships with regional and community organizations.
  • Works a flexible schedule that may include weekends and evenings as needed.
  • Acts as Cultural Services Director in the director’s absence.
Job Requirements
City Competencies

Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.

Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.

A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.

A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of the internal workings and operations of a botanic garden.
Supervisory and management skills.
Strong knowledge and thorough understanding of financial management.
Good public relations, negotiations, project management, and strategic planning skills.
Ability to interface effectively with City staff and the general public.
Knowledge of budgetary processes.
Ability to perform statistical analysis.
Ability to use word processing and spreadsheet software.

Required Education

Minimum: College degree or equivalent work experience. Some positions may require functionally related certification or advanced degrees.

Preferred: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, nonprofit management, or a related field from an accredited college or university. Master's degree in Business Administration, nonprofit management, or related field from an accredited college or university.

Experience Requirements

Minimum 8-10 years of organizational leadership experience required. Leadership at a botanical garden or museum is a plus.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.