Executive Director – Position Description
Columbus Botanical Garden, Columbus, Georgia
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.
Duties & Responsibilities
· 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.