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Executive Director
Category: Manager

Bookworm Gardens
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013



The Organization.  Bookworm Gardens is a vibrant and engaging destination for families and school children in Wisconsin and beyond.  Founded in 2005 and opened in 2010, this seven-acre property with a two-acre garden based on children’s literature offers educational programs as well as free, unstructured play in a beautiful environment for the young and the young at heart.  
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The Position: Executive Director. Bookworm Gardens seeks a leader with outstanding organizational skills and a broad range of professional experience in the nonprofit sector. The successful candidate must be a self-directed, goal-oriented individual with high integrity and a passion for the mission of Bookworm Gardens. He or she must be a clear communicator and a skilled and effective consensus builder who develops and maintains relationships with donors, volunteers, and garden staff.
The Executive Director (ED) will report directly to the President of the Board of Directors (BOD) of Bookworm Gardens (BWG) and will interact regularly with the BOD Executive Committee, Committee Chairs and Board members.  The ED will serve as the principal ambassador for BWG to all of its constituents and stakeholders, including the BOD, staff, volunteers, donors, potential donors, and the general Sheboygan County community. The candidate will be committed to the enhancement, development, preservation, and stewardship of BWG. The selected candidate will have ultimate responsibility for the development and the financial health of the organization, day-to-day operations, staff management, and public image.
Position Responsibilities:
  • Create and retain revenue streams from grants, sponsorships, memberships, general donations, and special events.
  • Identify, review, and manage proposals for grants. 
  • Establish, cultivate and implement donor relationships. 
  • Use database software and other tools for complete donor tracking and recordkeeping. 
  • Collaborate with the BOD to prepare and implement the organization’s long-term strategic plan and policy decisions.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between the BOD, Executive Committee, and staff with regular communication. Provide recommendations to the BOD, staff, and committees to enable timely and responsive decision making.
  • Oversee design, marketing, promotion, delivery, and quality of all programs of BWG including: gift shop sales, educational opportunities, facility rentals, membership program, and other programs as they develop.
  • Create and manage an annual budget in accordance with the strategic and operational plans.
  • Monitor and ensure a positive fiscal condition; report any concerns to BOD leadership with recommendations for resolution.
  • Position the organization and its programs to maximize fund development opportunities.
  • Provide strong and attentive leadership for dedicated, passionate staff and volunteers. 
  • Recruit, supervise, and develop staff and volunteers; maintain a positive work environment; evaluate and carry out effective human resources policies; and sustain a collaborative goal-oriented team.
  • Maintain a professional presence in the community through publications and marketing materials including social media.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization; ensure that written and verbal communication about the organization reflects its overall mission and goals; and represent the organization at public events, conferences, and workshops.
  • Consistently present Bookworm Gardens in a positive and compelling manner to a broad range of stakeholders, constituencies, and communities.

Personal Attributes:

  • A passion for the garden and its programs.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills.
  • Successful fundraising through organizational planning, goal setting, and achievement of established goals.
  • Fluency and thoroughness with financial and accounting functions.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills including excellent use of public speaking, written communications, social media.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, or nonprofit management or requisite experience.
  • Three to five years of management experience in a nonprofit or business management position preferable.
  • Proven success in fundraising in the nonprofit sector.
  • Experience in managing professional staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated success in organizational planning, budgeting, and financial management.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors.
  • Some marketing background is desirable.
Working Conditions:
  • Position located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
  • High level of public contact.
  • Shared office space and office equipment.
  • Enthusiastic and dedicated support staff.
  • Dedicated and diligent corps of volunteers.
Send resume, cover letter, and references to or mail to Bookworm Gardens, 1415 Campus Drive, Sheboygan, WI 53081. Electronic submissions are preferred.
Open until filled.
No phone calls please.
Bookworm Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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