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Charleston Parks Conservancy-Director of Horticulture Programs-Wed, 09/15/2021 - 6:59pm

Director of Horticulture Programs


Charleston Parks Conservancy
Charleston , SC 29417
United States
South Carolina US

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Job Description 

The Director of Horticulture Programs is a member of the Conservancy’s Executive Management Team and provides leadership oversight and management of all aspects of horticultural production and display. This position supervises horticulture staff and volunteers, plans and implements planting designs, and ensures accurate tracking and public communication of plant related information. They have primary responsibility for development and management of the organization’s Horticulture Fellowship Program. This position is a key public face of the organization and must be an enthusiastic advocate internally and externally for making the parks beautiful and engaging for others. In addition, the position collaborates with and supports the Board of Directors as needed and required.


-Compensation in a range of $80,000 to $95,000 based on experience and/or qualifications
-Investment in your personal growth through individual direction, training, and learning opportunities
-A benefits package that includes 10 paid holidays, PTO, Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, and a retirement plan

Duties & Responsibilities 


Strategic and Foundational Planning: 10%
-Develop a comprehensive horticultural strategy and organizational philosophy that incorporates best practices and reflects Charleston’s unique history and horticultural heritage. This includes working closely with key members of the Conservancy’s horticulture team and City Parks Department to align Conservancy’s work with City priorities.
-Establish and implement aesthetic and horticultural standards to maintain, upgrade and enhance the gardens and cultivated spaces under Conservancy care.

Park-based Horticulture: 25%
-Lead design, development, and installation of horticulture components of new projects and spaces.
-Collaborate with others in managing, engaging and deploying volunteers to support the Conservancy’s horticulture program.
-Manage and lead a team of 4-5 professional staff, 6-7 fellows and interns, and numerous volunteers in developing and maintaining those spaces under Conservancy care.

Education and Community Engagement: 10%
-Serve as a public educator and an ambassador for the Conservancy across a wide variety of public settings.
-Develop horticulture and education partnerships with like-minded organizations; and incorporate public education into Conservancy programs as appropriate

Leading the Horticulture Fellowship Program: 50%
-Manage development, roll-out and operation of the program, including recruitment and training annually a class of 6 Fellows from varying backgrounds for an immersive year of working in parks, gardens, and public spaces around Charleston with the goal of placing them in a career-oriented job upon completion of the program.
-Support a Program Advisory Board collaboratively with Executive Director
-Cultivate industry partnerships to support the program.

Administration and Management: 5%
-Annual planning, budgeting and assessment.
-Staff management and related HR functions.
-Participate in cross-functional teams and projects in various areas of the organization
-Serving on the Conservancy’s senior leadership team and collaborating with and supporting the Board of Directors.


-Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
-While performing the duties of this job, the employee will occasionally spend time walking, standing, bending, crouching, and using their hands to push and pull. The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 20 to 50 pounds occasionally. Substantial time is spent working on a computer.
-While performing the duties of this Job, the employee will be exposed to hot or cold temperatures, outside weather conditions across all seasons, exposure to dust and dirt and chemicals, and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is sometimes loud.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Activities, duties, and responsibilities may change at any time with or without prior notice.

Education and Experience 

-Strong program management experience including fostering workforce development or job training with the ability to build strategic partnerships to accomplish training for the program
-Experience with public/private partnerships and demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with government and school-based partners
-Community engagement experience that demonstrates building trust with community members and includes principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion
-Background in public horticulture either in a park or public garden setting
-Ability to work in all weather conditions and perform activity related to the planting and care of plants and gardens.
-Ability to manage and deploy staff.
-Valid SC Driver’s License and ability to drive trucks and trailers.
-Ability to operate and maintain simple power equipment.
-Physical ability to stand for long periods of time.
-Excellent communication skills with staff, volunteers, and community/users of our parks.
-Ability to teach others through hands-on methods; enjoy working with volunteers who may have minimal gardening experience.
-Ability to work in a fast-paced, change oriented environment
-Willingness to take calculated risks to establish long-term change in organizational direction
-Must be willing to serve all of our internal and external constituents equally regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

-Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in relevant field required
3-5 years of progressive related management responsibility, including proven skills relating to leadership and program development. Comparable experience outside of the nonprofit sector will be considered.

Application Instructions 

Charleston Parks Conservancy has partnered with CSR to assist with this hire. All applications must be accompanied by a compelling cover letter and resume to be considered for this role. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected. Applications accepted through Indeed:

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Aleksandra Hodges