DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Employment TypeJob (Full-time)
The Director of Social Responsibility is responsible for broadening the accessibility and relevance of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through intentional relationship building with communities that have not been robustly represented at the Garden. They will develop strategies for connecting with and engaging diverse communities, provide leadership and daily oversight of community partnership programs both on-site and off-site, and implement systems to build capacity and collaborations. Based on the Garden’s newly adopted strategic plan that includes social responsibility as one of four commitments, they will work closely with our partners, staff, volunteers, and Board to build a more inclusive, welcoming, and accessible Garden.
We are committed to elevating diverse backgrounds and experiences not well represented on our team. We value the opportunity to work with individuals from different cultures and understand that, like diverse ecosystems, diverse workplaces are needed for success. We strongly desire our Director of Social Responsibility to represent the diverse community we serve. We encourage candidates from underrepresented identities and experiences to apply.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is connecting people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.
We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.
Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration
Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a nonprofit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting education programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected, and appreciated.
Duties & Responsibilities
• Develop priorities, establish expectations, and set goals for community partnerships, implementing systems to build
capacity and collaboration.
o Actively participate in community networks and gatherings, listening to community needs and facilitating
conversations in order to develop meaningful partnership programs.
o Develop best management practices for partnerships, including overseeing the development of a rigorous decision-
making process that ensures an equitable approach to programming beyond the Garden’s walls.
o Collaborate with staff and volunteers to manage and grow partnerships on and off-site, prioritizing community
mental health and well-being.
o Compile and maintain an inventory of partners.
o Provide leadership and oversight for tabling at festivals and events, collaborating with the Marketing team on
developing a strategic calendar.
• Collaborate with partners, staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and Board of Associates to grow a more inclusive,
diverse, and accessible Garden.
o Lead efforts to improve accessibility to and within the Garden; manage and build upon Garden access programs
such as Museums for All and Share the Garden.
o Collaborate with community partners in order to effectively welcome individuals of all backgrounds and abilities.
o Lead the Garden’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion cross-departmental team.
o Collaborate cross-departmentally to tell the history of the Garden, its land, and the Reserve with transparency.
o Collaborate with Human Resources and leadership staff to provide training for working with and welcoming
individuals from diverse communities.
• Provide daily oversight for social responsibility initiatives.
o Develop and implement an evaluation framework in order to measure and communicate impact and outcomes.
o Establish, track, and maintain program budget.
o Work closely with the Marketing department to share social responsibility and engagement initiatives on print, social
media, website, and other platforms.
o Collaborate with the Advancement department to pursue funding opportunities, compile information for reports, and
manage special project budgets.
Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree.
• A minimum of 3 years related experience.
• Demonstrated experience in reaching, welcoming, and including underserved audiences in programming and outreach
• Experience with DEI practices and training.
• Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in sustainable community relationship building.
• Broad-based knowledge of a full range of techniques for community program development.
• Prior experience in a botanical garden, museum, or cultural non-profit preferred.
• Proficiency in conversational Spanish is desirable.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.