• Serve on Gardens’ leadership team; participates in strategic planning, the design and implementation of programs and projects
• Work together with Board of Directors and its committees, Gardens donors, volunteers, Gardens members, and community at large to represent the horticulture and conservation programs
• Collaborate with Philanthropy to support fundraising and stewardship initiatives related to horticultural objectives, and with Marketing to share the Gardens’ accomplishments and aspirations
• Pursue leadership development and professional advancement locally and nationally
• Provide vision and embrace the mission and culture of the Gardens as it relates to all aspects of our operations
• Create departmental annual plans in line with institutional key strategic priorities
• Direct, manage, and work with a department of 23 staff and 50+ volunteers in garden maintenance, nursery production, plant records, conservation, irrigation and mechanical maintenance.
• Establish annual budget, authorize budget expenditures, manage assigned budgets, and provide periodic reports to Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer
• Direct Horticulture Management Team in establishing projects and priorities; formulate, design, plan and oversee the project progress and budget
• Establishes and implements aesthetic and horticultural standards to maintain and enhance the gardens and grounds using best practices.
• Research and understand history and design of the Gardens, maintain records and files of grounds and horticulture related activities.
• With Horticulture Management Team interview, train, mentor, and discipline staff and volunteers.
• Master Degree in Plant Science field and/or minimum of seven years’ experience in horticulture and arboriculture practices and management is required.
• Knowledge of native plants and ecosystems
• Understand garden design, color theory, horticultural practices, landscape maintenance, public garden operations and function
• Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, including effective presentation, negotiation, and problems solving skills
• Self-starter, creative, persuasive, and goal oriented
• Organized and detail oriented
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department and across departments
• Ability to work independently and lead team members effectively
• Ability to work with and supervise a diverse staff and volunteer group; ability to collaborate across departments and provide leadership and support as required on special events
• Ability to work a flexible schedule and under deadline pressure
• Ability to work outdoors in all seasonal extremes and able to lift 50 pounds