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City of Springfield, Parks, Botanical Center-Executive Director, Friends of the Garden-Thu, 08/29/2019 - 10:53am

Executive Director, Friends of the Garden


City of Springfield, Parks, Botanical Center
840 N Boonville 2400 S. Scenic (Botanical Center)
Springfield , MO 65802

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Job Description 

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has a unique opportunity for those whose interests and skill set aligns with serving as the Executive Director of the Friends of the Garden. Friends of the Garden is a 501( c )3, not-for-profit organization devoted to maintaining and enhancing the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park by raising funds, volunteers and members and supporting the mission of the Park Board.

This is a challenging and rewarding position that offers an opportunity to become a key team member in working with the community. Additionally, this position will develop and strengthen relationships for the continuation of effectively planning, leading, organizing and directing the organization in their supporting role in enhancing the visitor experience through continual, sustainable improvements of the Springfield Botanical Gardens.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Primary Purpose

Responsible for the direct management and oversight of all Friends of the Garden (FOG) programs and functions, including staff and volunteers; office administration; and acts as the chief spokesperson and media contact for FOG in coordination with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.


Experience, Education, and Training
•Requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Organizational Management, Communication, or closely related area;

•At least 2 years responsible experience in not-for-profit organizations;

•Experience and/or knowledge in horticulture or botanical sciences.

Licensing/Certification •If assignment requires driving, must possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

•Principles, procedures, and techniques in developing and directing non-profit programs and events;
•Public gardens programming and facilities.

Abilities •Effectively plan, organize, supervise and coordinate the activities of the FOG;
•Analyze and evaluate effectiveness of programs;
•Present information in a professional and clear manner to the public and management;
•Develop and implement an effective promotional campaign to attract and retain FOG memberships;
•Provide support, guidance, training and leadership to FOG employees and volunteers;
•Communicate clear goals and objectives for FOG program management;
•Make effective recommendations and decisions utilizing sound judgment;
•Work effectively and courteously with a variety of agencies, program participants, and the general public;
•Follow annual approved budget and maintain thorough documentation of expenditures;
•Follow oral and written instructions;
•Present an overall professional image;
•Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
•Maintain accurate records and prepare clear and comprehensive reports;
•Model and promote acceptance and respect for differences among employees and citizens;
•Perform effectively as a member of a team in carrying out the City's and FOG's stated mission and philosophy;
•Perform the essential functions of the job without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of self or others.


Essential Functions
1.Support the mission and goals of the FOG and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
2.Develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships with the Park Board, City and County officials, and a variety of other entities.
3.Provide accurate and essential information to the media on FOG matters ensuring coordination with Parks' Public Information Administrator.
4.Coordinate a variety of education and outreach activities and reports outcomes to the FOG Board.
5.Prepare and present an annual budget and work program to the FOG Board in a timely manner and administer the approved FOG budget during the year.
6.Identify and develop potential opportunities for accomplishing FOG goals, including funding resources and increasing and retaining volunteer resources.
7.Provide daily supervision and guidance to FOG employees and volunteers.
8.Develop programs and written procedures to ensure all FOG funds, physical assets and property are appropriately administered and safeguarded.
9.Prepare FOG correspondence and processes. Maintain a variety of records, reports, forms and files.
10.Encourage FOG membership retention and growth through public appreciation and support of FOG.

Important Functions
1.Maintains professional growth and development and keeps abreast of current trends in not-for-profit organizations and public gardening.
2.Attends conferences, workshops, seminars, and other training for professional development purposes.
3.Take an active role in relevant regional and national associations, take part in community activities, and become directly involved in service or social organizations in the area of Public Gardens, not-for-profit organizations and Park business as approved.

Performs related work as required.



Under the general supervision of the Director of Parks, or designee, and FOG Board. Manages and/or oversees FOG staff and volunteers.

Physical Requirements

Performs bending and reaching to both ground level and overhead; lifts, carries, pushes and pulls 50 pounds; holds and grips objects.

Working Environment

Works primarily in an indoor setting, but will be exposed to extreme heat, cold, dust, and/or pollen when supervising and coordinating FOG programs and activities.

Miscellaneous Requirements

Subject to working some weekend and evening hours. If driving personal vehicle for employment related duties, must possess liability insurance on vehicle.


FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargain Unit Elig.: Not Eligible
Occupational Group: N/A

Education and Experience 

Qualifications and Requirements
Experience, Education, and Training
•Requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Organizational Management, Communication, or closely related area;

•At least 2 years responsible experience in not-for-profit organizations;

•Experience and/or knowledge in horticulture or botanical sciences.

For more information on essential functions and other requirements, please see the job description.

Other Requirements

Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability and Vet
Individuals with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act prior to testing or appointment. Proof of United States Citizenship/Authorization to Work in The United States as established by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986 is a condition of employment. Pre-employment drug testing is required.

All interested candidates MUST complete the City of Springfield on-line application in its entirety. The candidate profile must include all employment history with accurate and complete information prior to submission. Resumes alone will not be accepted as the application, but they may be submitted as supplemental documentation.

Application Instructions 

Create a user name and password under the city of Springfield:

The job posting can be seen here:

Applications Due September 6, 2019.

Full Name 
Miles Park