The Tyler Arboretum is a nonprofit public garden in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, serving the Greater Philadelphia region. One of the oldest arboreta in the northeastern United States, it encompasses 100 acres of renowned plant collections, heritage and champion trees, and historic buildings enclosed by a deer fence and 550 acres of woodlands, wetlands, meadows and stream valleys connected by 17 miles of hiking trails.
The Board of Trustees adopted Tyler’s current master site plan in 2008. Numerous specific projects are designed and/or in process to date. To tie the various exhibits together and create a site that is diverse yet accessible, the plan calls for the completion of a pervious macadam Scenic Loop that enables visitors of all physical abilities to enjoy an array of natural experiences. Additionally, a thematic reorganization of the historic buildings is planned that will allow visitors to interpret and experience the historic landscape as a whole. These ambitious but achievable goals will require expanded fundraising capacity led by the Executive Director, Board of Trustees and staff.
We seek a proven leader who can demonstrate a successful career of consistently moving nonprofit organizations forward in pursuit of their vision. This individual would bring leadership characterized by an ability to garner broad constituent support, develop and empower staff, increase visibility of the organization and carry forward major projects and programs. We seek a leader who is an exceptional relationship builder whose passion is evident by his or her ability to clearly and enthusiastically articulate the organization’s vision to members, donors, elected officials and other stakeholders. An affinity for the mission of horticultural and historical properties as represented by public gardens and museums must be evident, as well as knowledge of best practices and new trends in the management of cultural resources. Of critical importance is the candidate’s ability to transform ideas into specific, goal-driven project outcomes. Solid, demonstrated skills in operations and business management are expected. Strategic decision making in project prioritization, from basic infrastructure improvements to large-scale programmatic initiatives, is essential to successfully carrying out the job.
Given the capital and annual fundraising requirements to implement the master site plan, we seek a candidate who has a proven track record in obtaining major individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, foundation grant support and government contracts. Such skills will also be required in assisting the Trustees to develop a high-powered Board devoting its time, talent and treasure. Prior experience in overseeing design, construction and management of large scale public projects would be a plus. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a master’s degree is preferred.
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