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Category: Clerical

Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Santa Fe, NM

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012


The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is a 25-year-old private, non-profit organization located in the culturally rich and diverse 400 year old capital city of New Mexico.   SFBG operates two nature preserves, the Ortiz Mountain Preserve (1300 acres) and the Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve (13 acres), and is in the first phase of construction of a 14 acre Botanical Garden on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill.  The city is surrounded by majestic mountains and vast blue skies at an elevation of 7500 feet.  This new position has been created to lead the organization at a time of extraordinary growth and dynamic transformation. 

The CEO will manage the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s finance, stewardship and development, public relations, community and member relations programs and enhance senior level contacts with governmental and peer institutions.  The primary focus of this new position will be to lead the successful completion of the $7.5 million Capital Campaign currently underway to build the Botanical Garden on Museum Hill.  Accomplishing this goal will require expansion and enhancement of the institution’s visibility, image, brand and stature locally and regionally.  The CEO will be responsible for revenue and development in the areas of the Capital Campaign, individual and business membership, annual appeal, planned giving, endowment and institutional grants.  The CEO will have oversight of SFBG budgets including reporting and management of finances for all sites and the central organization.

The position reports to the SFBG Board of Directors and works in tandem with SFBG’s Managing Director.

The CEO’s specific responsibilities include:


·         Assume primary responsibility for and lead the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of new prospects and existing donors for the Capital Campaign, working with the Development Associate and the Steering Committee.

·         Enhance and expand the database through prospect research, identification and tracking to include specific targeting of new individual and institutional sources for support of SFBG’s fundraising activities.

·         Prepare and submit major gift proposals and grant applications.

·         Develop and implement stewardship practices and programs, working with Special Event Committees and staff to complement fund raising goals and build sustained and enduring relationships within each constituency. 

·         Strengthen the comprehensive planned giving program of the Legacy Society to provide increased awareness of and additional opportunities benefitting SFBG.

·         Work closely with the Membership Committee to build a platform of ongoing support for SFBG, while significantly expanding individual, household and business partner memberships.  Utilize stewardship activities to maintain a high level of involvement and member retention.

·         Collaborate with other organizations including horticultural groups, non-profit conservation, education and environmental organizations, and foundations to communicate, enhance and execute against SFBG’s mission of education.

·         Build and cultivate a network of supporters who, through their relationships and standing within the community, have the ability to benefit SFBG and influence others to do the same.

·         Develop and direct all fundraising communications and messaging.


·         Maintain a fiscally sound operating budget.  Grow revenue from all sources to support the planned growth of the organization.

·         Oversee the development of the SFBG annual budget, working with the Finance Committee and the Managing Director.

·         Supervise preparation and delivery of monthly reports on all aspects of financial operations to the Finance Committee and the Board, working with the bookkeeper and the Managing Director.

·         Insure that all reports to outside agencies (IRS, grantors, foundations, etc.) are prepared and delivered in a timely and accurate manner.

·         Develop long-range forecasts of resource and staffing needs to advise the Board.


·         Develop and implement a comprehensive, long range strategic plan for SFBG in conjunction with the Board.   The strategic plan will address the mission, positioning and policies of the organization as well as tactical execution plans.

·         Direct the on-going activities of the organization as they relate to defined goals, procedures, staffing, budget and timetables.

·         Manage staff resources to maximize capability and performance of the organization.

·         Provide leadership, vision and motivation to the staff to meet the needs of SFBG.

·         Lead all facets of SFBG’s operations to a high ethical standard. 


The successful candidate will be a creative and visionary leader with a demonstrated track record of significant achievement in all areas of responsibility.  He/she will have outstanding communication skills, confidence in public speaking and a strong and dynamic public presence to articulate and promote the goals of SFBG to all of our constituents.  The individual we select will demonstrate an appreciation for the best and highest traditions in public gardens.

The CEO must have executive level development and management experience.  Although not-for-profit experience is preferred, corporate management experience in analogous areas may be considered.  The individual will have demonstrated success for multi-million dollar fund raising campaigns – as well as financial and tracking experience for the same, including planning and implementing creative, effective campaign strategies and programs.  She/he must be able to function effectively as a member of the management team and have demonstrated a commitment to staff excellence and diversity.  A collegial working style is important.  Strategic planning and budgeting/tracking skills are essential.  The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with at least 8-10 years’ experience in a senior fund raising role. Salary commensurate with experience.  Competitive benefits package. 

Please send resume and thoughtful cover letter to Cathy Kalenian, Board President; 87 Lodge Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506 or

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