Vice President of Public Horticulture

Pennsylvania Horticultural Soc
100 N. 20th St. 5th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

The Vice President of Public Horticulture is charged with advancing PHS’s Vision 2027 Strategy by envisioning, creating, and operating gardens, landscapes, and other horticulture projects in the public realm. The VP will lead a team that carries out the following activities: managing a network of PHS and third-party controlled and/or funded public gardens and landscapes; growing plants for internal and external clients; designing and building projects for internal and external clients; creating and advancing a vision for horticulture in the public realm; and partnering with colleagues across PHS to activate landscapes and attract supporters.

Given that this is a new role, the VP must unify existing public horticulture functions and orient these functions to align with PHS’s impact, audience engagement, and revenue generation priorities. This will also include setting a common standard for horticultural excellence for PHS that aligns with PHS’s impact priorities and developing a long-term vision for the role of horticulture in the public realm of Greater Philadelphia.

The VP is responsible for delivering on the budget for Public Horticulture. PHS’s public horticulture activities are funded and implemented through a complex set of business models, including fee-for-service work for external clients, internally funded activities, philanthropy, and partnerships with operators at the Pop Up Gardens. The VP will be directly responsible for sustaining and growing the revenue base by creating and maintaining relationships with clients, supporters, and partners.

This position reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

Key Responsibilities:

Public Horticulture Operations

Lead and integrate team Public Horticulture team by implementation of new activities and strategy consistent with organizational and team objectives

Manage and drive growth of existing revenue-generating activities, including fee-for-service contracting work, Pop Up Gardens, Urban Design, Meadowbrook Farm, and donor cultivation and stewardship

Program Development

Identify and cultivate new opportunities and projects in conjunction with other teams and groups throughout the organization

Open opportunities for engagement in the gardens and landscapes; activate gardens through education, programming, volunteerism, etc.

Advocacy and Vision

Establish and promote a PHS vision for public horticulture leadership in the greater Philadelphia region

Advocate for PHS public realm opportunities and showcase expertise in the civic sphere; seek speaking opportunities, opportunities to demonstrate thought leadership, etc.

Knowledge & Skills:

Robust knowledge of horticulture, landscape design, and/or landscape architecture

Ability to develop, implement, and adjust proposals, business plans, and budgets for projects with uncertainty in execution

Hands on experience leading and managing a large cross-functional team consisting of full-time, part-time and seasonal staff in a workplace with a strong emphasis on customer experience, excellent customer service, and positive employee relations

Demonstrated ability to achieve goals by managing and developing team members

Proficient knowledge and ability to develop and monitor departmental fiscal objectives and outcome

Ability to build relationships with wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
Proven track record in innovative and strategic planning initiatives with landscape design, construction and maintenance

Able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and be flexible to change priorities
Strong computer skills with a proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

Strong communication skills, in-person, in writing, via telephone or other electronic media

Handle other duties as requested by management

Proven ability to lead and manage diverse staff and volunteers

Ability to present PHS’s work to diverse stakeholders on various platforms

Job Requirements
Other Job Functions:
Work in a seated position for 6 hours
Must be able to work both weekends and evenings as needed and required based on business needs
Self-directed: able to work independently as well as part of a team
Task oriented: able to handle multiple assignments simultaneously
Ability to drive to donor and client establishments and represent PHS in a professional manner
See, hear, and speak with sufficient capability to perform assigned tasks
Lift/lower, push/pull and carry objects/parcels no greater than 25 pounds
40-50% travel to other PHS work locations
Attendance at offsite meetings at PHS Headquarters and in the community as required
Ability to work and travel locally, regionally and nationally in safe weather conditions
A valid Drivers’ License
A reliable automobile with valid proof of current insurance
Demonstrate cognitive ability to:
Follow directions and routines
Concentrate, memorize, and recall
Identify logical connections and determine sequence of response
Process up to 2-3 steps ahead
Evaluate problems and escalate / inform Management as necessary
Education / years & type of experience:
B.S. degree in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Botany or related field (Master’s degree preferred) and/or relevant work experience in public garden management in lieu of degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of experience working at a public horticulture institution or horticulture company, with increasing supervisory responsibilities, including conducting annual performance evaluations and managing staff performance.
A minimum of five (5) years of experience managing diverse client/funder relationships, including philanthropic and business relationships.
Once you apply for this position you will be asked to complete the Vice President – Public Horticulture Interview Essay.