Our client, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, a national historic site, education center and tourist destination, is seeking a President and CEO. Created from the vision of extraordinary people: David F. Day, Frederick Law Olmsted, John F. Cowell, Frederick A. Lord, and William A. Burnham, this masterpiece opened in 1900. Located in Buffalo, NY, the Botanical Gardens are full of horticultural treasurers from around the world. Over 140,000 people visit annually to enjoy the amazing architecture and the indoor and outdoor garden sanctuaries. The President and CEO will be an effective leader with the breadth of capabilities to lead the organization’s internal operations, external relationships, and business development. While working closely with the organization’s executive team, the President and CEO will inspire innovation and ensure that the organization’s activities are compliant and in furtherance of its mission. This leader will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and staff to evolve the organization through a $20M expansion into the future. The President and CEO will also play a critical role in fundraising for its strategic expansion plan.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated corporate or not-for-profit business operations and leadership experience, strong financial skills, solid fundraising and relationship building skills, a commitment to valuing diversity, and the ability to act as a catalyst for action and change. Required competencies include: strong leadership orientation, analytical thinking, business acumen, decision making skills, strategic thinking, communication and presentation skills, motivation of others, diplomacy, organization skills, visionary outlook, and political savvy. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative and self-directed leader and share the Botanical Garden’s mission of inspiring curiosity and connecting people to the natural world through its historic living museum.
A Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 5-7 years of equivalent senior level leadership experience is required. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft’s Office suite is also required. Prior non-profit work, community service involvement, and board experience is preferred. Also preferred is prior experience working in a public arboretum, botanical garden, or other cultural organization. Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to MaryEllen Carlo, Director of Search Services at Career Partners International Buffalo| Niagara at email@example.com.
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