Director of Preservation
Posted November 15, 2013
|Offered By||The Garden Conservancy |
20 Nazareth Way
Garrison, New York
|Salary||Commensurate with experience|
|Fax: 845-424-6501 |
The Director of Preservation is responsible for furthering the Garden Conservancy’s preservation efforts through its preservation projects and programs and for the management of the preservation department and resources. The Director of Preservation is also responsible for promoting and representing the Garden Conservancy’s preservation mission to gardening, horticultural, landscape design, preservation, and governmental entities and audiences, and to the public generally.
• Advises the President and the Board of Directors on the preservation mission and prepares and carries out plans for accomplishing preservation goals for Garden Conservancy programs. • Responsible for managing the processes and timetable that take a project from adoption to graduation. • Develops recommendations for action with regard to current and future preservation programs and projects for the Projects Committee and Board of Directors. • Through active investigation, and in collaboration with an ad hoc screening committee, identifies gardens for possible future Garden Conservancy involvement, evaluates the potential for success, and guides the decision-making process for adopting gardens. • Manages the provision of horticultural and preservation expertise to preservation gardens, as well as guidance and assistance regarding financial and human resource development, organizational and managerial development, strategies for building community and volunteer support, and establishing best practices. • Manages the Preservation Department and staff, garden staff, and consultants. • Responsible for program and project management, collaborating with the Finance and Administration departments on budgets, hiring, and personnel management. • Integrates and aligns Preservation Department programs and efforts with the work of other Garden Conservancy departments as required, including the Open Days, Development, and Communications departments. • Works collegially with Garden Conservancy staff to develop educational and collaborative public programs and publications that further the Conservancy’s mission, and to establish and maintain productive connections with other like-minded organizations.
• The ideal candidate will have a preservation degree, master’s level preferred, with an emphasis on landscape preservation, and a distinct and strong horticultural background—ideally an undergraduate degree in horticulture or landscape architecture. • The candidate must have an intimate personal understanding of gardens, garden-making, and garden maintenance, including sustainable practices, as well as an understanding of how a garden ages over time. • The ability to assess the horticultural significance of a garden and to articulate the parameters of its greatness and uniqueness is essential. • Ideally the candidate will have proven nonprofit, preferably public garden, administration experience, and a proven record in organizational and personnel management. • Demonstrated experience and success in nonprofit finance, and an understanding of long-term operational business plans for public gardens, including understanding the business of establishing a nonprofit organization, is required. • The candidate should be able to assess the economic feasibility of preserving any garden in its community, to develop strategic partnerships and other strong relationships on behalf of a garden, and to guide effective and resource-efficient strategies for its preservation. • The ideal candidate should be outgoing and personable, enjoy working with a range of constituents, and have the ability to quickly gain the favorable attention and trust of others.
How to Apply
Please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com. No phone calls please.