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Executive Director
Category: Manager

Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Fayetteville, NC

Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2013

Executive Director - Cape Fear Botanical Gardens



Reporting to the board of directors and in close partnership with the staff, the executive director will ensure the fulfillment of the Garden’s mission, increase earned and philanthropic revenue streams, oversee and manage operations and programs, implement the strategic plan, and continue to cultivate the Garden’s relationship with the community. The executive director will manage a knowledgeable and dedicated staff and ensure that the garden is fiscally and administratively sound, that its programs are effective and well-managed, and the Garden continues to inspire and engage the public. It is essential that the executive director possess the human and intellectual qualities that will earn the respect of staff, board, community, donors and other stakeholders, as well as be an enthusiastic and knowledgeable participant with other local education and cultural entities.



This position is classified as a full time, exempt position.  On occasion, employee must be available in the evenings and on weekends to assist with garden events. This person will report to a 20 person volunteer board of directors.


Job Requirements:


Fundraising and Marketing

  • Develops and sustains a diverse funding base with an emphasis on private giving, growing the membership base and expanding the individual donor base.
  • Raises the visibility of the Garden through the development and implementation of a sustainable marketing campaign geared to its various stakeholders that will assist in growing visitation.
  • Increases and diversifies the Garden’s funding sources in preparation to achieve the goals of any current and future Capital Campaigns.
  • Serves as the chief spokesperson for the organization and ensures appropriate representation to its multiple constituencies.

Management and Administration

  • Oversees all programs, projects, and the landsite to ensure that objectives are met.
  • Supports an inclusive strategic planning process and ensures planning decisions are used in setting annual program and project goals. 
  • Sets annual goals and objectives and develops projections of needs and funding.
  • Works with the board of directors to develop policies, guidelines and priorities to support the effective management of the organization.

Fiscal Management

  • Assists in the development of annual, long-term and special project budgets.
  • Approves expenditures and ensures proper fiscal record keeping and reporting.
  • Ensures effective audit trails.
  • Ensures compliance with funding sources and regulatory requirements.
  • Engages with the board treasurer, finance committee, capital campaign committee, and director of finance in financial planning and diversification activities.

Personnel Management

  • Hires and supervises an effective management team, including use of legal hiring and termination procedures; disciplinary actions; annual performance evaluations and professional development opportunities; contractor management etc.
  • Maintains a climate which attracts, maintains, and motivates top quality people, both professional staff and volunteers.
  • Administers Board-approved personnel policies.
  • Promotes an organizational culture of cooperation, open and frequent communication, trust and teamwork.
  • Oversees an appropriate organizational structure and insures that programmatic objectives are supported.

Board Relations

  • Promotes board of directors’ engagement in critical thinking, strategic planning, resource development and overall organizational wellness.
  • Serves as the primary staff person for the board of directors and the executive, governance, and any major fundraising committees.  Responsible for overseeing the staffing of all other Board committees.
  • With the board president, develops meeting agendas and materials to ensure the opportunity for the board to effectively fulfill its governance responsibilities.
  • Keeps the board and president fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors.
  • Facilitates the orientation of new board members.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Successful major gift fundraising experience, particularly in support of a Capital Campaign.
  • Proven leadership skills developed through several years in senior management positions.
  • Business experience in managing a complex budget.
  • Understanding of non-profit organizations and experience working with boards of directors and volunteers.
  • Excellent organizational development, interpersonal, marketing, communications, analytical, administration and personnel management skills.
  • Is visionary, trustworthy, diplomatic and innovative with a high energy level.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience fostering a healthy organizational culture; ability to inspire and motivate; effective at conflict management.
  • Ability to build collaborative ventures with diverse constituents.

Education and Experience:

Four-year baccalaureate degree, advanced degree preferred, in business administration, public administration, horticulture or other related field of study.  A minimum of five years of senior level/executive director management experience in a public garden or similar institution.

To Apply:

Please send a copy of your resume along with salary requirements and three references to: Cape Fear Botanical Garden, c/o Executive Director Search Committee PO Box 53485, Fayetteville, NC 28305.

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