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NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY, INC.
President & CEO
Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Norfolk Botanical Garden Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Virginia non-profit corporation governed by a voluntary board of directors. The Garden consists of 155 acres with 12 miles of paved roads and paths, as well as one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons and roses on the East Coast. Forty distinctive themed gardens are maintained including a 3-acre children’s garden which opened in 2006. Approximately 300,000 guests visit the Garden annually. The Garden is highly regarded for its educational programming and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Board has adopted a long-range master plan. The role of the new President & CEO in articulating and driving this endeavor in partnership with the Board is key to the Garden’s success. We seek a proven leader who can demonstrate a successful career of consistently moving organizations forward in pursuit of a vision. This individual would bring leadership characterized by an ability to garner broad community support, increase visibility of the organization and carry forward major new projects and programs. Given the fundraising requirements to implement the strategic plan, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a proven track record in obtaining major individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, foundation support and government grants.
Specific experience with public gardens is not a requirement. An affinity for the mission of public gardens and conservation organizations must be evident, as well as knowledge of effective practices in the management of cultural resources. Of critical importance is the candidate’s ability to transform ideas into specific, goal-driven project outcomes. Strategic decision-making in project management, from basic programmatic improvements to large-scale capital construction projects, would be ideal. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a master’s degree is preferred. Affiliation with local, state or national professional or trade associations related to the Garden’s mission would be a plus.
Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please send a current resume and letter of interest to email@example.com.
For more information, please see Kittleman & Associate’s website at www.kittlemansearch.com.
Position: Senior Youth Educator – Early Childhood Programs
Description: Seasonal part time position. Hours vary by the season. Currently hiring for fall/winter terms. Weekend work required.
Essential Function: Summer Term: Serve as “WOW Senior Staff on Duty”, overseeing all educational and safety procedures for the WOW Children’s Garden. Leads school, birthday, scout and family programs. Ensures that WOW is safe for guests and staff and communicates needs for WOW to supervisors and other Garden staff. Develops and implements programs for families with children ages 1-5.
Education and Experience: 4-year college degree in a Science, Education or related field preferred. Requires energetic person who loves working with children and a dynamic education team. Experience leading toddler, early education and pre-school age programs required. Requires pre-screening drug test, state background check and valid driver’s license.
Specific Job Responsibilities:
- Develops and implements Early Education programs for WOW including music, story time and interactive nature programs.
- Leads evening and weekend programming in December in conjunction with our Polar Express and other holiday classes.
- Acts as “WOW Senior Staff on Duty”
- Maintains daily reports and safety checks.
- Ensures that WOW visitors understand and follow all guidelines. Acts as “point person” for safety procedures.
- Works in WOW to provide programming and ensure safety and guest enjoyment.
- Educates the public using various props as well as plants and natural materials.
- Positively interacts and orients visitors to WOW map, guidelines and activities. Enforces guidelines.
- Encourages families to interact with WOW materials, plants and properties.
- Conducts school programs both on-site and for outreaches in area schools.
- Maintains WOW cleaning/upkeep list. Cleans and assigns volunteers for duties as needed to ensure a clean and safe work environment.
- Leads birthday parties, scout and family programs. Communicates with parents before birthday parties and hosts events that are memorable and exciting experiences for the families.
- Works weekends and evenings when programs and special events are scheduled.
- Works with supervisors to give feedback regarding existing programs. Develops new programs for WOW and Summer Exhibits.
- Educates visitors about special exhibits.
- Performs additional duties and responsibilities as requested.
Reports to: Youth Programs Managers Send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dominion Garden of Lights Crew:
Light Crew Needed – Seasonal position September – January: 5 days/40 hours and possibly evenings Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Applicant will assist with installation/maintenance of outdoor light displays. Valid driver’s license and drug screening required.
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Position: Lift Operator, Garden of Lights
Position type: Term employee
Pay: $9.00-11.00 per hour depending on qualifications
Employment Dates: September 2013 through November 2013 at 40 hours per week. Potential to continue at less than 40 hours per week through January 2014.
Description: Performs all aspects of Garden of Lights display installation; primarily in 45 to 80 foot tall lifts. Will also require some ground work.
- Operate articulated lifts (45’ and 80’) safely and efficiently in a wooded setting.
- Install holiday light strands, lighted frames, and novelty light fixtures securely.
- Must be able (or willing to learn) to perform some minor electrical tasks such as splicing.
- This job requires a significant talent for creativity and artistry. Light strands must be installed in an attractive way that hightlights the natural beauty of the trees and landscape. The lift operator must have “an artistic eye” to accomplish this successfully.
- The Lift Operator will be a member of the Garden of Lights Crew and will frequently be required to assist with installation of lights displays on the ground.
- After the show is installed there will be opportunities for night work as a troubleshooter or member of the traffic crew.
- Some professional lift operation experience preferred.
- Familiarity with the Garden of Lights display is preferred.
- Have the ability to push, pull and/or lift 50 pounds.
- Have the ability to perform heavy labor all day, outdoors in all weather conditions.
- Must have reliable transportation to work.
- Must be able to work a 7:00 am-3:30 pm Monday through Friday schedule. There are occasional opportunities for overtime.
- Must pass a drug screen, individuals who cannot pass a drug screen need not apply.
Reports to: Manager of Garden of Lights
Send resumes and/or applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
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