Under the direction of the AVP for Facilities Services, the Director of Horticulture and Grounds will bring technical skill, inspiration and support to the landscape plan at Northeastern University. Provides professional and experienced insight on plant management by establishing a long-range strategy for the appropriate care of the university landscape including the development of a plant health program. Creates a structure for the implementation of best horticultural practices by positively engaging and coaching assigned subordinate grounds supervisors and staff. Directs the horticultural stewardship and growth of the landscape plan under the supervision of the AVP for Facilities Services. Supports new endeavors and fosters collaborative relationships with various stakeholders unique to Northeastern University and the surrounding community.
Collaborates with planning staff, consultants and administration to ensure new landscape designs are in balance with exceptional horticultural standards and the natural integrity of the university landscape. Demonstrates fiscal responsibility by submitting and tracking horticultural expenditures against operating, donor-restricted and other associated budgets.
Delegate responsibilities to Assistant Director Landscaping Projects and Hardscape and recommend plans of action to attain appropriate horticultural standards. Establish standards and protocol at all campuses. Act as coordinator between the University and architects/contractors associated with special projects. Develop curriculum and administer training programs for maintenance workers and athletic facilities personnel. Oversee management of Landscape personnel and play a leadership role in oversight and management of snow removal efforts on Boston and Suburban campuses.
A Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture or Plant & Soil Science, as well as 6 years of employment history in the field of horticulture that demonstrates increasing responsibility, is required. The Director must have both the vision to achieve an innovative landscape program as well as the hands-on skills to ensure execution; experience in campus landscape development, arboretum development, and horticultural maintenance is required. The horticulturist must have the ability to inspire confidence and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization. Demonstrated supervisory and team leadership skills. Ability to communicate in the written and spoken word with tact, diplomacy, and authority when necessary. Exceptional organization, multi-stage project management and administrative skills are a must. Working knowledge of basic hand tools and demonstrated mechanical aptitude. Ability and willingness to handle many assignments simultaneously and develop new ideas for surrounding campus landscape. Must have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.
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