Morris Arboretum

Executive Nonprofit Opportunity: Details





Morris Arboretum

Philadelphia, PA

F. Otto Haas Executive Director

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, an historic public garden and educational institution with programs that integrate science, art and the humanities, is among the most highly regarded arboreta in the U.S.

The Arboretum seeks an individual with a strong record of effective leadership at a public garden, museum, or affiliated organization, and progressive leadership traits such as adaptability, resilience, open-mindedness and emotional control. The successful candidate must have experience articulating an organizational vision and identifying and coalescing support for that vision. Experience in a research institution or an affinity and understanding of research activities as an element of core mission is desired.

The ideal candidate will be skilled at leading boards and committees, including being an effective listener, keeping groups focused on agenda, engaging all individuals, and bringing groups to consensus. He or she must have a track record of successful fundraising and grant writing, and experience working with a diverse range of supporters, including those in the local community and others with an interest in horticulture and education.

Candidates must display strong communication and personal presentation skills, including an ability to speak extemporaneously and to write effectively for a wide range of audiences including donors, university officials, foundation professionals, corporate executives, and key governmental administrators. She or he must be able to communicate with integrity and ethically to create a safe and trusting environment which allows the Board, staff and Arboretum community to collaborate in an open and meaningful way.

Candidates must have experience managing a team and a demonstrated ability to develop staff. This person will be able to instill confidence through their actions and communicate expectations clearly. He or she will also have experience developing, sustaining and maintaining annual and multi-year budgets. The successful candidate must have high levels of organizational skills, displaying advanced planning, resourcefulness and creativity in addressing priority initiatives and unforeseen problems. This executive should be entrepreneurial and willing to seize opportunities and express curiosity and openness to new ideas. Decisive and accountable decision making is required.

An advanced degree in a relevant discipline such as horticulture, landscape architecture, ecology, public garden management or related academic tracks is highly desirable.

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