Associate Director, Gardens & Facilities Opening
The American Horticultural Society (AHS), a national nonprofit membership organization located in Alexandria, Virginia, is seeking a full-time Associate Director, Gardens and Facilities.
The position is based at the Society’s River Farm headquarters, a historic 25-acre site that was once part of George Washington’s extensive landholdings. The AHS has more than 20,000 members across the country and around the world. Through membership in the Society, members receive a variety of benefits (including The American Gardener magazine, complimentary or discounted admission to gardens across North America, an annual Member’s Seed Exchange, and exclusive on-line content) as well as help support the Society’s vision of “Making America a Nation of Gardeners, A Land of Gardens.”
The role of the Associate Director, Gardens and Facilities, is to serve as the primary staff member dedicated to the management of the gardens, grounds, and facilities at the Society’s River Farm headquarters. The individual will supervise the Volunteer Program Coordinator and a part time Horticulture Specialist. In this hands-on leadership position, the Associate Director will work closely with other staff members, volunteers, contractors, and Corporate Members in order to carry out his/her duties with an emphasis on horticultural quality, educational value, visitor experience, and sustainable practices.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
* General operational oversight and maintenance of all aspects of the Society’s River Farm headquarters, including gardens, grounds, and facilities
* Recruit and supervise seasonal interns
* Working with volunteers and volunteer groups on routine garden maintenance, projects, and work days
* Coordinate contractors and suppliers for routine maintenance and projects
* Serve as Corporate Member liaison for River Farm-based partnerships
* Develop and implement earth-friendly, IPM-based garden maintenance and pest management programs
* Partner with other staff members, committee members, and consultants on planning, management, and evaluation of activities and projects
* Set and implement long range goals, coordinate renovations and projects in collaboration with the Society’s leadership and other team members
* Ensure appropriate design aesthetics and maintenance practices are followed
* Plan and manage annual Member Seed Exchange
* Plan and manage annual Spring Garden Market
* Assist with coordination of special programs, events, and seasonal displays
* Create and maintain plant and garden records, plant labels, and interpretive signage/materials
* Collaborate with Communications and Member Programs staff members; contribute to, and serve as a resource for related programs and activities
* Provide occasional tours, presentations, and workshops
* Collaborate with other members of the AHS staff to ensure timely and accurate flow of information, efficient processes, and the highest level of visitor service
* Support development of related budgets and monitor performance to budget for routine maintenance, River Farm initiatives, and projects
Other responsibilities may include assisting with special projects and serving as a back up for other programs of the Society.
Desirable qualities include: demonstrated passion for the art and science of horticulture; outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and teamwork skills; an effective communicator who is comfortable with public interaction; demonstrated ability to set priorities and manage concurrent tasks; collaborative, efficient, and productive work style; ability to supervise volunteers, interns, and contractors; excellent computer skills; strong focus on visitor experience and service.
Requirements: Associate or Bachelor degree in horticulture or related field with minimum of two years experience in public gardens, estate or facilities management, landscape design, or landscape installation; proven knowledge and skill in horticultural practices and garden maintenance; ability to operate landscape equipment; ability to acquire certification for pesticide application; basic understanding of garden design, landscape construction, and building maintenance. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of USDA Zone 7 landscape plants and familiarity with temperate North American native plants.
This position will require some evening and weekend work, depending on operational needs, in addition to work in inclement weather.
To be considered, please email cover letter, resume, and three references to:
Executive Assistant and Administrative Manager
American Horticultural Society
7931 East Boulevard Drive
Alexandria, VA 22308
Position is open until filled. To find out more about the AHS, please visit www.ahsgardening.org