The Assistant Director of Horticulture provides tactical leadership for daily horticulture operations under the curatorial and artistic direction of the Director of Horticulture and Education. The ideal candidate will be an action-oriented professional with substantive experience in public horticulture management, including fluency in budget planning, team and project management. The Assistant Director will activate the Horticulture team to advance the organization towards an array of progressive, strategic goals that provide a dynamic guest experience at the intersection of horticulture and ecology.
To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and perform other duties as assigned.
• Manage the daily horticultural operations to institutional standards of excellence with a passion for and interest in sustainability
• Manage the horticulture operating budget and annual operating plan
• Cultivate a cohesive team of horticultural professionals and volunteers with a passion for growth, execution and excellence
• Facilitate the procurement of plants, hard goods, growing equipment and supplies for all the horticultural functions of the institution
• Facilitate design development processes for seasonal horticultural displays and exhibits in collaboration with the Director of Horticulture and Education
• Collaborate with the Director of Facilities to facilitate snow removal and winter weather response, and on building-related issues that potentially could affect plant health and condition
• Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Education on interpretive projects, including signage, technology and interactive exhibits, in concert with Guest Experience and Horticulture staff
• Assist the Director of Horticulture and Education, as needed, with ancillary activities of the curatorial program, including plant exploration, plant breeding and improvement programs, and industry outreach that promotes the collections or expands their access to new audiences
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required for this position.
Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, botany, land management or related field of study is required; graduate degree is desired
• Minimum of two years of experience in a management position at public gardens with knowledge of current trends in horticulture is required
• A basic knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, engine maintenance and landscape equipment operations is highly desirable
Licenses and Certifications
• Must possess a valid State of Iowa Driver’s License (or obtain within 1 month)
• Must possess a valid Commercial Pesticides Applicator license (or obtain within 1 month)
• Maintain insurability under the company auto liability policy
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
• Creative problem solver; strategic and organized thinker
• Excellent time-management skills to handle a variety of assignments simultaneously under a variety of deadlines and other constraints
• Ability to understand and interpret instruction to work effectively and efficiently independently with minimal supervision, as well as part of a team
• Comfortable engaging audiences across a range of demographics and learning styles
• Ability to interact in an appropriate and professional manner with the general public, staff and volunteers
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, application, three references, and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until the candidate is hired. Only electronic applications are accepted; no paper applications will be considered.