Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director (“ED”) of the SFBGS has overall strategic and operational responsibility for SFBGS and its mission of supporting SFBG. The ED provides business leadership and guidance to SFBGS.
S/he will work in partnership with the Board on strategic planning, fundraising, external communications and policy matters. Critical to success for SFBGS will be a strong and productive relationship with SF Rec and Park.
The ED is responsible for the fiscal sustainability of SFBGS. S/he will, along with the efforts of the Leadership Team and in particular the Development department, be responsible for maintaining, diversifying, and increasing the robustness of SFBGS’s revenue channels. The ED will bring the understanding of the need for entrepreneurialism, especially focused on increasing earned revenue to support the long-term sustainability of the organization. This also includes expanding the membership rolls and systematically growing philanthropic opportunities. SFBG requires fundraising to support operations as well as fundraising for capital and garden enhancement projects.
The ED has the ultimate responsibility for leading and managing fundraising, marketing, volunteers, visitors and programs. S/he works with the management team to optimize and enhance SFBGS’s programs and services, providing a strong understanding of program management and a commitment to constant innovation in programmatic opportunities for the public. The ED is responsible for overseeing that SFBGS’s organizational infrastructure, such as technology systems, keeps pace with the organization’s growth, thus ensuring operating effectiveness.
The new ED will have the ability to manage a range of high performing staff, including well-experienced senior managers as well as staff members who are earlier in their professional careers; set and achieve strategic organizational objectives; and create and manage an annual operating plan and budget.
The ED is the external spokesperson for SFBGS, responsible for partnering with the Garden Director in raising SFBG’s visibility locally, statewide, and nationally.
S/he should have significant experience in fundraising, operations and business planning, as well as an appreciation for public gardens or cultural institutions, horticultural preservation and exhibition, as well as environmental stewardship.
Strategic Leadership and Management:
Bring passion for, and leadership to, defining and fulfilling SFBGS’s mission;
Continue to support and build on the strong relationship with SF Rec & Park;
Lead a wide range of stakeholders in developing and implementing a new Strategic Plan;
Build upon the strong relationship with volunteers of SFBG to ensure their confidence in and continued success of the many collaborative efforts that support SFBG’s mission;
Foster opportunities among staff, Board of Trustees, and volunteers for interaction and collaboration so each group may be informed of and enhance the others’ work;
Serve as primary spokesperson and public figure for SFBG, building on an individual reputation as a respected leader in the local community and in the broader community of horticulture, conservation, and related nonprofit organizations;
Lead and manage staff in education and engagement, visitor services, and collections management;
Ensure excellence in programs, finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; and
Through behavioral example, policy, and leadership, foster an organizational culture of collaboration, mutual support and respect, personal responsibility and accountability, empowerment, and results.
Partnership with Board of Trustees:
Proactively partner with and support the development and stewardship of a strong Board of Trustees, and serve ex officio on the Board and on designated committees ;
Collaborate with the Board to support the advancement of SFBGS’s mission by ensuring sufficient resources and staff in order to be successful;
Work with the Board to provide leadership, information, and support that enhances the governance of SFBGS;
Develop, present, and successfully implement the annual operating plan and annual operating budget with the Board’s approval; and
Ensure the Board is kept informed of the status of SFBGS’s programs and finances.
Fundraising and Communications:
Work with the current team in Development, marketing, communications, grant writing, and events to raise funds to support programs, operations, and future capital needs of SFBG;
Recruit a new Director of Development, and work with the current Associate Director to develop and execute a strong fundraising program with annual plans and goals;
Work closely with the Development department to explore fundraising opportunities and effectively reach out to current and prospective donors to cultivate, develop, and ultimately steward, their support of SFBG;
Activate the Board of Trustees in the development of deep community relationships; mentor and support the work of the Board to identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors;
Make the “leadership ask” when necessary and appropriate;
Work with appropriate staff to deepen and refine all aspects of communications, from web presence to external relations, to create a stronger brand and raise the visibility of SFBG;
Oversee the planning of public relations, marketing and outreach efforts; review and approve the design and content of marketing materials;
Actively engage and energize event committees, funders and donors, as well as volunteers; and
Cultivate and build relationships, as appropriate with a wide variety of stakeholders, including foundations, corporations, businesses, educational and governmental entities, and community groups.
Finance, Operations and Human Resources:
Work with the Chief Financial Officer and senior management team to create strong annual operating budgets and forecasts for the organization;
Work with the Chief Financial Officer and oversee the budgeting, forecasting, annual financial audit, tax filings, and maintenance of correct and complete records required for the healthy and compliant operation of SFBGS under all national, state, and local rules and regulations and SF Rec & Park contractual requirements;
Ensure that operational and financial performance indicators are in place and accurate; are reviewed regularly by senior staff and the Board of Trustees, and are used for continuous improvement; and,
Work with the Chief Financial Officer to lead the human resources function, exemplifying SFBGS’s value of human capital to the success of its mission and ensure best-in-class human resources policies and practices.
Proven track record of leadership, with a minimum of 10 years of management experience with an organization of similar complexity to SFBGS including managing multiple departments, programs and functions, as well as demonstrated success in collaborative leadership and management of strong professional staff, and a large corps of volunteers;
Successful track record of raising funds as well as overseeing a development function with multiple revenue channels;
Track record of working successfully with a Board of Trustees in governance, fundraising, and strategic management of an organization;
Experience working in partnership with a public agency is highly desired;
Experience in the management of resources, financial operations management, and business decision making;
Technologically savvy, with experience in collaborating with technical resources for organizational benefit; and
Experience in developing and implementing a long-range strategic plan.
A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree or higher is preferred.