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Senior Vice President of Gardens & Facilities
Category: Manager

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
Nashville, TN

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012


Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art is located on 55-acres in Nashville and is considered one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era Estate in the United States. Designed by Bryant Fleming for the Cheek Family who amassed their fortune through the Maxwell House Coffee business, Cheekwood was built between 1929 and 1932.  The estate was opened to the public as a 501(c)(3) garden and art museum in 1960 and currently operates with an annual budget of $6 million and over 100 full and part-time staff members.


Reporting to the President/CEO, the Senior Vice President of Gardens & Facilities (SVP) is responsible for developing immediate and long term plans to achieve horticultural excellence. The SVP will lead all horticultural initiatives in collaboration with the Senior Management Team to ensure an integrated and strategically focused outcome that realizes the institution’s overall vision and values.  This person will provide leadership, direction and management to both the botanical garden and facility staff including development and monitoring of the organizational structure needed to accomplish annual goals.


This person must possess outstanding horticulture or related garden design expertise as well as management, organizational and planning skills.  A historical understanding of and sensitivity to Cheekwood’s origins as an American Country Place Era Estate is a must. This position requires thorough knowledge of botanic garden collections, supporting science and sustainability practices with demonstrated creative design abilities.  An advanced degree in horticulture or related fields such as landscape architecture, arboriculture, garden design or historic preservation is highly desirable. We seek a minimum of ten years of progressive supervisory experience and demonstrated organizational success in a similar role.


To apply, please send a current resume and letter of interest to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at  For more information, please visit Cheekwood’s website at

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