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President & CEO - Norfolk Botanical Garden Society, VA - USA

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Norfolk Botanical Garden Society
location: Norfolk, VA
category: Jobs in Botanic Gardens

title: President & CEO

job: 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

For more information, please see our website at or the Norfolk Botanical Garden’s website at

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