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Director of the Gardens
Category: Manager

Sherman Library & Gardens
Corona del Mar, California

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013



(Corona del Mar, CA)

Sherman Library & Gardens seeks a charismatic, entrepreneurial self-starter for their next Director of the Gardens.  Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre cultural center located in Corona del Mar, California.  The Gardens provide a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting of immaculate gardens, patios, and conservatories.  Sherman Library & Gardens is operated by Sherman Foundation, a public charity, partially supported by contributions from philanthropic organizations and the general public.  The daily operations depend upon a paid “lean” staff which is augmented by a vital volunteer organization of over 100 enthusiastic individuals.  The facility also includes a Garden Shop and full-service restaurant.  For more information, please see the website at
Reporting to the President of Sherman Foundation, the Director of Sherman Gardens is responsible for the direction, organization and management of the Gardens.  He/She must work collaboratively with the Director of the Library as they share facilities and have joint programming at various times throughout the year.  The Director should have experience that demonstrates innovative leadership and the management of a public garden or similar operating organization.  Although the successful candidate will most likely have solid leadership experience in the management of a public garden/horticultural organization, it is possible that the individual might come from another career background in the nonprofit, for-profit or public sector and have an interest in, if not passion for, horticulture.  The ideal candidate will have fund raising experience and/or the potential of establishing relationships for the benefit of the Gardens.  The successful candidate should have familiarity with technology that is appropriate in a horticultural environment.  Successful experience in general management, fund development, financial and people management, marketing, program development, and volunteer/board relations is also critical.  An undergraduate degree is required; strong preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree, ideally in horticulture or a related field.
To apply, please submit application, including resume and a letter of interest, in confidence to Morris & Berger through their website:  Direct inquiries or nominations to Morris & Berger by emailing or calling (818) 507-1234.

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