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.
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
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