Public Garden Career Center - View Job


Return to Job listing


Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director
Category: Manager


Cornell Plantations
Ithaca, New York

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director

Cornell Plantations

 
Cornell University is seeking an exceptional individual to serve as the director of its botanical gardens, arboretum and natural areas, termed collectively the “Cornell Plantations”.  Unique for its scenic waterfalls and gorges that encircle Cornell’s campus, the Cornell Plantations has as its mission to preserve and enhance diverse horticultural collections and natural areas for enrichment, education and support of scientific research. 
 
The Director will be an energetic, creative, and strategic thinker and a prudent risk-taker.  She/he will have a proven record of successful leadership within a university garden, public garden, arboretum, museum, historic property, agency or related educational or environmental institution.  She/he will be an outstanding cultural and aesthetic guide who is passionate about the field, with strong ethics and integrity.  The Director will have a successful track record in soliciting gifts from individuals and securing grants from foundations, corporations, and government sources. She/he will be able to command respect among University faculty and administrators as well as external peers.
 
The Director will provide the leadership, vision and strategic direction for Cornell Plantations. She/he will ensure that Plantations is fiscally and administratively sound and that its programs are effective, well-managed, and continue to inspire and engage the public.  With a team of 5 program directors, the Director will manage day-to-day operations and activities, a $2.8 million budget, and a staff of up to 70 full- and part-time employees.  She/he will have primary responsibility for institutional development, initiation and implementation of major programmatic and capital improvements, and the establishment of the fundraising strategies required to achieve these goals.  The Director will heighten the visibility of Cornell Plantations and represent the organization to its diverse internal and external constituencies, locally, nationally and globally.
 
 
 
Review of application materials will begin on 9/26/13 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.
 
Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage.
Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.
 

Return to Job listing