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Executive Director
Category: Manager

Idaho Botanical Garden
Boise, ID

Salary: $65 - $75,000 / year
Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014

About the Job

The Executive Director for the Idaho Botanical Garden will lead and guide a robust and professional staff as they implement strategic, development, marketing and work plans for the Garden. This includes overall responsibility to grow current and develop new sources of financial support for the Garden, act as a liaison between Board and staff, and implement recently completed strategic and master plans for Garden programs and capital development. A successful candidate must be an effective communicator, an experienced fundraiser, and an efficient, proactive, highly organized and engaged manager, able to leverage, motivate and shepherd the work of a professional staff, dedicated donors and volunteers.

This is an opportunity for an energetic, engaging individual to continue the maturation and success of a 30-year-old public garden.


  • A bachelor’s degree with 10 years work experience or an advanced degree with 5 years work experience. Experience should include a minimum of 5 years experience in non-profit administration and/or in horticulture or a related field.
  • Significant budget experience, including management of restricted funds preferred.
  • Strong management skills, including supervisory responsibility.
  • Proven fundraising skills.
  • Outstanding communication skills, including writing and public speaking.

Salary and Benefits
Salary range is from $65 – $75,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include generous paid time off, 11 holidays, a Simple IRA with 3% match, short and long-term disability, and APGA membership.

To Apply
Submit a comprehensive resume, letter of application, three professional references, and answer the following in no more than one page total:

  • What makes you the right person to lead the Idaho Botanical Garden?
  • Share a unique story about yourself or a skill or experience you have that we would not see inyour resume.

Email to:

Mail any supporting materials to: Executive Director Search Committee, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, Idaho 83712.

Closing Date:  Friday, March 21, 2014

More Information
To find out more about the Idaho Botanical Garden and the Executive Director position go to

About the Garden
Founded in 1984, the Idaho Botanical Garden (the Garden) seeks to enhance the human experience in the landscape, with a particular focus on plants native to or sustainable in the intermountain region of the Rocky Mountains. The Garden is dedicated to enhancing our community’s quality of life through fostering a love of nature and developing intellectual curiosity in people of all ages. The Garden has a small and growing formal plant collection program, and would like to pursue museum accreditation in the future.

The Garden, an independent, private, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, is located on 33 acres leased from the State of Idaho. The property in located within the Old Penitentiary Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Approximately 15 acres of the Garden are developed. Education programs and cultural events occur year-round. In 2013, the Garden welcomed 140,000 visitors, and was supported by 500 active volunteers and nearly 4,000 members. IBG employs 14 fulltime and 20+ part-time or seasonal staff members. The annual operating budget is approximately $1 million, 30% earned revenue from program fees, events, and site rental, 35% contributed memberships and donations, and 40% from other sources. At present, there is no endowment or operational funding from government sources. The Garden is a signator to several contracts, partnerships, and other agreements with various city, state and for-profit entities to ensure water rights, contract labor, concerts and other activities.

About Boise and Southwest Idaho
Boise is a vibrant community, home to Boise State University, the Boise River Greenbelt, a dynamic arts community, with quick and easy access to the outdoors including skiing, mountain biking and hiking. Boise is regularly included in top ten lists of great places to live and work and is the healthcare, financial and educational hub for the intermountain area. The Boise valley is also home to many corporate headquarters ranging from Micron Technology to Cradlepoint Technology, employers large and small such as Hewlett Packard and Healthwise and has a vibrant entrepreneurial and start up scene. Restaurants, wineries and craft breweries? We have those too. Boise and much of Southwest Idaho is historically identified as high desert, USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5, Intermountain region.

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