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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society-Director of Public Gardens & Landscapes-Fri, 09/10/2021 - 10:10am

Director of Public Gardens & Landscapes


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 N. 20th Street, 5th Floor PA Horticultural Society
Philadelphia , PA 19103
United States
Pennsylvania US

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Job Description 


Guided by horticultural excellence, the Director of Public Gardens and Landscapes manages PHS’s managed public gardens and landscapes and works cross departmentally to ensure PHS’s public gardens and landscapes are a center for horticultural display, education and membership engagement. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Public Horticulture with direct oversight of the team’s/activities including: procurement and design, installation and maintenance, client and contractor relations, business development, and capital improvements.


• Must be able to sit at a desk for up to 6 hours per day. Walking and standing are required the rest of the working day. This may include traveling to and from meetings. Length of time of these tasks may vary from day to day and task to task.
• Must be able to exert well-paced ability to reach other departments and locations on a timely basis.
• Must be able to lift to 40 lbs. occasionally.
• Requires grasping, writing, standing, sitting, walking, repetitive motions, pulling, pushing, listening and hearing ability and visual acuity.
• Talking and hearing occur continuously in the process of communicating with members, constituents and staff members.
• Ability to perceive the nature of sound with or without a correction.
• Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and make fine discriminations in sound.
• Vision occurs continuously with the most common visual functions being those of near vision and depth perception.
• Must have finger dexterity to be able to operate office equipment such as computers, printers, 10-key adding machine, electric typewriter, multi-line touch tone phone, filing cabinets, FAX machines, photocopiers, dolly and other office equipment as needed.

Duties & Responsibilities 


• Manages department staff to plan, develop and implement key projects and ensures follow-through on the project goals with a balanced perspective focused equally on economic and outstanding horticultural outcomes for all public gardens and landscapes, including Meadowbrook Farm.
• Maintains positive working relationships with all Public Gardens and Landscape’s clients.
• Responds to and develops/oversees proposals for new and existing landscape management fee-for-service projects.
• Develops systems and procedures to improve productivity, scheduling, labor utilization, communication, estimating, etc., to include oversight of Operations Hub.
• Facilitates cross-departmental collaboration to facilitate project work in audience engagement, urban activations, development, marketing and communications, volunteers etc.
• Promotes and facilitates networking and partnership development with project partners, city agencies, and other organizations.
• Hires, manages, and provides current, direct, complete and actionable feedback to other staff. Responsible for performance management of staff including setting expectations and performance standards, promoting professional development, facilitiating departmental team building efforts, and monitoring and measuring performance.
• Supports grant-writing efforts and participates, as requested by Vice President, in other fundraising activities.
• Works in partnership with the contract and administration manager to:
o Prepare annual department budgets in support of both Legacy Landscapes and fee-for-service project work, as well as, budgeting for Meadowbrook Farm.
o Prepare requests for proposals (RFPs) for professional services work
o Oversees the bid process for landscape improvement and management projects with support from the contract and administration manager
• Develops strong working relationships with third party contractors, providing oversight and tight product delivery controls
• Strategic planning: creates plans such as landscape management plan, sustainability plan, operations plan and executes the principles on Gardening for the Greater Good, etc. Assists VP with the creation and execution of the strategic plan and master plan for public gardens and horticulture.


• Participates in PHS events throughout the year including the Philadelphia Flower Show
• Helps to enlist new and retain existing donors by sharing the benefits of PHS membership with partners, advisors and program participants.
• Remain current with organization information, changes, policies and procedures
• Promotes the work of PHS programs locally, regionally, and nationally
• Communicates and implements the organization’s strategies, policies, and procedures to staff
• Execute emergency procedures in accordance with organizational standards and including COVID-19
• Comply with safety regulations and procedures
• Use sustainable and organic practices whenever possible

• This position oversees Project Managers, Zone Gardeners, Managers of Design and Procurement, Manager of Capital Projects and Associate Director of Meadowbrook Farm.

Education and Experience 


• Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture or equivalent experience
• 7 years of managerial and project management experience
• Excellent knowledge of ornamental horticulture
• A minimum of 3 years experience in ornamental horticulture, landscape design, construction or maintenance.
• Ability managing multiple projects while adhering to deadlines
• Landscape design, construction and maintenance supervision skills
• Able to build and maintain strong relationships with clients, staff, and contractors.
• Familiar with the greater Philadelphia region a plus
• Experience with local, state and federal government.

Application Instructions 
Full Name 
Brittany Viteri