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Atlanta Botanical Garden-Vice President, Horticulture-Wed, 07/11/2018 - 9:15am

Vice President, Horticulture


Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta , GA 30309

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The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG) is to develop and maintain plant collections for dis-play, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

The Vice-President of Horticulture is responsible for the management and growth of the Garden’s diverse plant collections and horticultural displays.

The hallmark of the living collection has always been diversity. Striving to maintain both breadth and depth, the Garden actively obtains material from around the world for both indoor and outdoor dis-plays with over 11,000 active taxa that include over 1800 genera. Areas of particular focus in-clude Acer (PCN co-holder), Araceae, Arecaceae, carnivorous plants: primari-ly Heliamphora,Nepenthes & Sarracenia (PCN holder), Coniferales, Epimedium, Ericaceae, Ferns, Gesne-riaceae, Hamamelidaceae, Hydrangeaceae, Magnoliaceae (Magnolia PCN co-holder), Orchidaceae (Stanhopea & Gongora PCN holder), Theaceae, Tricyrtis, Trillium; southeast North American flora; southeast Asian flora; Madagascar spiny forest flora: including Didieraceae & Pachypodium, old world tropical island flora: particularly New Caledonia; old world succulent flora: largely Aloeaceae, Crassulaceae & Euphorbiaceae.

PRINCIPAL FUNCTION: The Vice President, Horticulture provides visionary and strong leadership to the Horticulture Department and is responsible for guiding all departmental staff in the achievement of strategic organizational goals and best management practices. This position is responsible for leading the production and maintenance of quality horticultural displays and landscapes for the entire property, which includes an extensive conservatory complex, outdoor gardens, production and research facilities, and perimeter land management. Works closely with all levels of staff including management and senior management.

The Vice President, Horticulture is the primary leader of the development, implementation and execution of departmental strategies and plans. The position requires excellent focus, high energy and enthusiasm, forward thinking, strong management capability, excellent problem solving, the ability to manage change, and in-depth knowledge of horticulture and plant collections management.

Duties & Responsibilities 


• Provides strategic leadership for the Garden’s outdoor displays and collections, as well as those in the conservatory and orchid center. Maintains updated Plant Collections Policy.
• Ensures that the Garden’s plant collections and displays are managed to world class standards and with best management practices.
• Leads the entire team in cultivating the Garden’s indoor and outdoor displays, designing of displays, landscaping designs, use of irrigation system, and overall garden care.
• Performs and supports horticultural practices that encourage overall plant health and soil nu-trition, to include sustainable gardening and integrated pest management practices.
• Responsible for management of external contractors, consultants and collaborators to ensure performance standards are met.
• Functions as a contributing member of the senior management team and assists the President and CEO in short and long term goals that support ABG’s initiatives.
• Establishes and maintains strong relationships with ABG Gainesville, the International Plant Explorer’s Program and Conservation for the continued development of world-class collections and displays.
• Directs staff in the development of performance improvements. Develops, coaches and leads staff by providing timely feedback to ensure the team has the ability to achieve the highest level of career growth and desired performance standards.
• Manages staff in accordance with company policies and procedures.
• Reviews and makes recommendations to improve operational policies and procedures and ensures the proper implementation and ongoing adherence of approved changes.
• Develops, administers, and controls operating budget for all departmental functions.
• Ensures resources and tools are available in the department and is involved with the evalua-tion of departmental needs for training and resources.
• Acts as a formal and informal ambassador for the garden and its programs. Proactively seeks opportunities to develop relationships nationally or internationally with external partners in academia and peer institutions to advance strategic goals.
• Reviews and manages staffing needs; conducts interviews, hires new staff, and develops and oversees employee on-the-job training.
• Establishes and maintains strong relationships with senior management as to identify their needs and seek full range of business solutions.
• Communicates with Supervisors, Managers, and Vice Presidents about departmental opera-tions and regulatory compliance.
• Performs other duties as assigned by the department’s manager.

Other Requirements and Responsibilities:
• Attending management and leadership meetings and education training when scheduled.
• Ability to manage and supervise multiple teams at the same time.
• Understands and appreciates excellence in garden design and plant care.
• Ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization.
• Exercises sound judgment and makes decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
• High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results.
• Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems efficiently; gathers and analyzes information; develops solutions; uses reason.
• Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively; listens and gets clarification when necessary; responds informatively to questions.
• Written Communication: Writes clearly and concisely; edits work; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
• Cost Consciousness: Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; conserves ABG resources.
• Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives.
• Quality: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.
• Leadership: Exhibits confidence in self; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; gives recognition when appropriate.
• Listening to and managing people: Includes staff in decision-making processes; accessible to staff; provides regular feedback; develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; improves processes, products and services.
• Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks.
• Teaching/Training: Clearly explains concepts; varies presentation style to satisfy different learning needs.

Physical Demands:
• Occasionally required to remain in a stationary position
• Required to move about for long periods of time.
• Required to operate a computer and other machinery.
• Required to frequently communicate. Must be able to exchange accurate information.
• Occasionally required to ascend/descend a ladder or position oneself to adequately maintain the garden.
• Required to lift/move moderate weights (25-50 pounds). Occasionally required to lift/move heavy weights (50 pounds or greater).
• Required to observe and assess the Garden’s displays and collections.

Working Conditions:
• Work requires willingness to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends, and holi-days.
• Travel as appropriate to implement strategic departmental initiatives.

Education and Experience 

Education, Experience and Skills Required:
• Bachelor's Degree in horticulture, botany, or related field. Master’s Degree preferred. Exten-sive, proven experience/knowledge of public gardens management.
• Ten or more years of successful leadership experience in related industry.
• Proven ability to implement and manage a high-performance team.
• Experience in managing projects and team activities.
• Excellent strategic planning and implementation.
• Experience with fiscal activities such as staffing levels, budgets, and financial goals.
• Proven record of continual improvement and driving results in areas of expertise.
• Strong problem solving and analytical skills
• Ability to deal with and manage multiple projects.

Application Instructions 

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.

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