The Executive Director will provide comprehensive management of the Garden, facilities, grounds and operations and will serve under the direction of and report to the Board of Directors.
- Provide overall leadership within the organization.
- Champion the Garden’s Mission and Vision Statements, with particular emphasis on the Garden’s programming and educational opportunities.
- Create a culture that promotes community membership, repeat use of the Garden by visitors, and continued investment by volunteers.
- Demonstrate leadership in fundraising and cultivate funding sources; monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved.
- Administer the Garden’s budget.
- Demonstrate excellent leadership and management skills, while providing overall supervision of paid staff, contract employees and volunteers.
- Support the Campaign Chair to successfully execute the $10 million capital campaign launched in the fall of 2017.
- Oversee capital projects, vendors and contractors related to grounds and facility development, programming and maintenance.
- Forge new relationships to build Columbus Botanical Garden’s visibility, impact and financial resources within the community and the region it serves.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with government entities, chamber of commerce, corporate and philanthropic communities, educational entities, and regional botanical, horticulture and environmental organizations.
- Develop, implement and monitor the Garden’s strategic plan.
- Lead the marketing program, including all communications and promotional material for all aspects of the Garden.
- Leverage committees to benefit the Garden while maintaining oversight of committee work.
- Clearly and enthusiastically articulate the Garden’s mission to members, donors, media, civic groups, government and the public.
- Work in partnership with and perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
Qualifications – Education and Experience
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; advanced degree(s) viewed favorably.
- Organizational, administrative, fundraising, marketing, public-speaking and promotional skills.
- At least 5 years in a senior management position in for-profit or non-profit organization; experience with public garden, arboretum and/or horticulture viewed favorably.
- Computer, verbal and written communication skills.
- Understanding of accounting and financial management.
- Board, donor, volunteer and employee relations skills.