Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Executive Director


Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden is seeking an executive director with excellent leadership skills. The executive director is charged with ensuring that the organization’s programs sustain its mission and advance its strategic goals. Responsibilities include fund development, fiscal management, staff management and organizational communications.

The filing deadline for this position is Friday, April 6, 2018. To be considered, please submit your cover letter, resume, and list of at least three professional references. For additional information about Klehm, please refer to our website: http://klehm.org.

Your references will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment. Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed. Resumes will be screened based on the criteria outlined in the job description.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Job Description
TITLE: Executive Director
REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
CLASSIFICATION: Administrative
STATUS: Full-Time Exempt

The executive director is the chief executive officer of the Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Inc. and is responsible for visionary leadership and overall management of the organization. Areas of responsibility include securing financial support and volunteer participation, strategic planning, organization, directing, staffing, budgeting, marketing, and coordinating.

College level course work in horticultural sciences, natural resource management or parks and recreation and experience in related activities including at least two years in a supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties.
Grant writing experience preferred.
Proven ability to work both independently and in team situations.
Ability to manage multiple projects and budgets.
Knowledge of computer operations and common computer software products.
Excellent written and verbal communications and public speaking skills.

General Administrative
Supports the mission of the arboretum – to maintain a living museum for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of all people.
Supervises all paid and volunteer staff – directly or through subordinate staff.
Plan, organize, and direct horticultural operations.
Supervise maintenance of facilities, machinery, and utilities.
Set priorities on expenditures based on objectives of the operations set by the Board of Directors.
Interfaces with donors, vendors and other business entities, granting agencies, government agencies, volunteers, staff, and maintains a productive partnership with the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County.
Attends regular Board of Directors meetings and arboretum fundraisers, approved conferences, and appropriate community events.
Other duties as requested by the Board of Directors.
Create and develop long range planning. Participate in long range planning activities.
Review and supervise all accounting, purchasing, and inventory activities.
Works with treasurer to develop and recommend an annual operating budget to the board of directors.
Works with the treasurer to monitor budget variance reporting for monthly internal financial reports.
Works with Business Manager to monitor budget variance reporting for monthly internal departmental financial reports.
Works with staff to facilitate recommendations for annual budget.
Monitors and maintains knowledge of budget implementation and makes recommendations for periodic budget modifications, if necessary.
Direct and conduct fundraising and membership development activities.
Education, Events and Tours
Researches and applies for grants and other outside funding opportunities that supplement existing educational programs and those in development.
Oversees publications including news releases, newsletters, and informational materials for members and the public.
Supervision and H.R.
Responsible for all technical and administrative operations.
Interview, select, and train employees.
Coordinate work schedules and assignments to ensure adequate operation of Klehm.
Manages staff and volunteers, including periodic and annual reviews and discipline, when necessary.
Conducts annual review of employee benefits and eligibility such as health insurance, retirement, vacation eligibility.
Monitors compliance with established procedures and regulations.

Send resume and cover letter to [email protected]