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Executive Director - Goodell Gardens & Homestead

Executive Director, Goodell Gardens & Homestead

Goodell Gardens & Homestead [GG&H] is seeking an executive director. The director successfully manages the affairs of the organization, is responsible to the Board of Directors in achieving the goals set forth in the master plan, and operates within the approved budget. As such, he/she provides general oversight of and assistance to all organizational activities including: management of personnel, facilities and property; fundraising, marketing and public relations; education and event development.

Goodell Gardens & Homestead is a non-profit botanical garden and arboretum created in 2001and located in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. The purpose of Goodell Gardens & Homestead is to create a premier botanical garden and arboretum on the 78-acre Goodell family farm. Today that heritage is celebrated by the renovation and adaptive reuse of the family’s homestead buildings and the Gardens are home to a variety of interesting and rare specimens. The organization’s current annual operating budget shows revenue of $230,000.00.

Goodell Gardens’ Programs and Services
Educational Programming: Goodell Gardens offers a wide variety of formal and informal educational programming, including a field trip program, pre-K classes, agricultural projects with teenagers, educational special events, guided tours, self-guided tours, and informational and interpretive signage.

Cultural Programming
Goodell Gardens offers a weekly farmers market and annual harvest festival as well as a summer concert series and children’s sing along program.

Goodell Gardens offers a variety of site rentals. A large portion of the Gardens’ earned revenue comes from renting the site for public and private events large and small.


Leadership and Management
 Manage the financial operations of GG&H. Prepare and administer the annual operating budget. Authorize expenditures and monitor GG&H financial health.
 Supervise communications and public relations activities.
 Develop, motivate and lead team of professionals and volunteers to accomplish the mission of GG&H.
 Supervise staff, presently consisting of one full-time and four part-time employees. Hire and replace staff as needed. Complete annual performance evaluations.
 Serve as ex-officio Board member and as liaison to Board committees.
 Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs to fulfill the mission and the objectives of GG&H.
 Maintain an ambience that attracts, retains, and motivates top-quality staff and volunteers, ensuring opportunities for growth and development.

Fundraising and Communications
 Represent the Gardens to the local, business and philanthropic communities in the region.
 Cultivate relationships and negotiate with relevant organizations locally, regionally and nationally to develop long-term partnerships.
 Develop, direct and ensure implementation of a marketing plan to increase attendance and revenues.
 Work with the Board of Directors, staff, and consultants to raise operating, capital and endowment funds.

Planning and New Business
 Plan and direct capital projects within the scope of the organizational master plan.
 Recommend policies to the Board of Directors and administer these policies.
 Stay informed of developments in the fields of property management, horticulture, and management of nonprofits. Monitor trends, legislation, and regulations which might impact organizational health. Make appropriate recommendations to the Board.

 Dynamic, articulate and experienced leader and manager.
 Knowledge of principles and practices of financial management and bookkeeping.
 Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience.
 Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, retain and manage staff and volunteers through a participative management style.
 Passionate commitment to quality programs and to leading an evolving organization.
 Successful experience with development programs such as annual appeal, capital campaign, endowments and membership development.
 Demonstrated ability to write grants and/or raise funds from individuals, corporations and foundations.
 Willing to establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with the Board of Directors and staff members.
 Computer and technologically literate.
 Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
 Experience in public speaking.

Competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with education and experience.

Application Process
To apply for this position please submit a current resume and letter of interest that addresses your relevant experience to: Eric Randall, President of the Board, Goodell Gardens & Homestead, P.O. Box 156, Edinboro, PA 16412 or

Goodell Gardens & Homestead is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Application deadline: March 26, 2018

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