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Executive Director
Category: Manager

Paul J. Ceiner Botanical Garden
Kernersville, North Carolina

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013

Growing Botanical Garden Seeks Innovative Executive Director


Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden seeks an innovative, relationship builder and team manager to serve as its executive director. The ideal leader will possess a proven track record of non-profit leadership with strong experience in marketing, fundraising and volunteer management of high-level volunteers.

Located in historic, downtown Kernersville, North Carolina, Ciener Garden is a place of unique beauty that seeks to inspire, enlighten, and connect people of all ages to the world of plants, gardening, and horticulture. The Garden currently features two acres with 15 gardens showcasing 1,300 different kinds of plants with an additional five acres under development. The Perennial Border, designed by Doug Ruhren and Edith Eddleman, received the Perennial Plant Association’s 2011 Commercial Landscape Award and the Pattern Garden features the largest spring bulb display in the Piedmont Triad. The Kitchen Garden produces three seasons of fruits and vegetables and is a staple of school-age programs.

Kernersville is home to more than 20,000 people and is located in the center of the Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point). It offers all the amenities of small town living with easy access to the larger Triad cities and other suburban communities.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director provides leadership of the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden and, in partnership with the Board of Directors, is responsible for its strategic direction and success.  He or she leads the organization in achieving its mission, including overseeing its financial stability, community and philanthropic relations, staffing, and operations, under the policies, directives and guidelines established by the Board of Directors.


Essential Functions:

  1. Provides support and leadership to the Board of Directors as its executive officer, implements its policies, plans and directives, and reports to the Board on matters affecting the welfare of the Garden.  Acts as a resource to the Board and its committees on policy development, planning and financial development and helps Board members understand and appreciate their roles and responsibilities.
  2. Oversees Garden operations and programs, supervising the staff and working with the Board and staff to anticipate and address community needs.  Spearheads the development, communication and implementation of effective strategies and processes. 
  3. Directs the staff to carry out initiatives, assignments and programs under the approved strategic plan and annual budget.  Ensures a positive workplace culture and an effective staff organization.
  4. Provides leadership to the organization’s philanthropic efforts, maximizing community partnerships, engaging volunteers, and cultivating and soliciting top donors and community leaders.  Oversees the long range development of the Garden’s resources including annual operations, capital improvement, community development and long range financial stability. 
  5. Recommends annual budget for Board approval.  Ensures prudent fiscal management, reporting and controls.  Oversees financial operations.
  6. Brings innovation and oversight to the Garden’s marketing efforts with a keen focus on creating, cultivating, and sustaining relationships with identified constituencies.
  7. Communicates and collaborates with government, schools, other not-for profits, corporations and other organizations in the community.  Interprets the work of the Garden to the community and ensures its mission, vision, values and goals are understood.
  8. Develops and maintains excellent relationships within the community, as well as within the state and regional, Garden movements as appropriate.
  9. Directs the development of the strategic plan as needed, in partnership with the Board of Directors and assures the accomplishment of organizational goals and objectives.



  1. Bachelor's degree in business administration, environmental or life sciences, horticulture, communications, or other relevant degree; related graduate degree preferred. 
  2. Ten or more years broad management experience, preferably in the not-for-profit sector, including program management, fiscal oversight, philanthropic development, and marketing.
  3. Experience, skill and creativity to effectively lead growing, not-for-profit organization.
  4. Demonstrated experience in community relations, board and volunteer development, and strategic planning.
  5. Ability to attract, retain, lead and motivate quality staff and volunteer leadership.
  6. Knowledge and understanding of community resources and the ability to engage and partner these resources with the Garden to meet strategic objectives.
  7. Must be regarded as a peer to other top-level community leaders.
  8. Must have commitment to the mission of the Garden and uphold its values.
  9. Must be an articulate spokesperson on behalf of the Garden.
  10. Must be attentive to details and committed to intentional follow through with Garden constituencies.
  11. Experience with other horticulture-related organizations and/or membership organizations, preferred.
  12.  Must be willing to live in Kernersville or near-by.


Direct Reports

1.       Director of Marketing and Resource Development

2.       Program Coordinator

3.       Garden Curator

Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2013. Please visit armstrong mcguire to apply for this position.

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