Longview Arboretum and Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in partnership with the City of Longview to manage the Arboretum. Longview Arboretum and Nature Center (LANC) is new and is currently in Phase I of a multi-phase building program. Over $2 million have been raised through donations and grants and the City of Longview passed a bond package that included $1.5 million for the Arboretum. Construction will be completed late summer 2019. The Arboretum will open to the public shortly thereafter.
The Arboretum will be Longview’s museum of living trees and plants set in 29 acres of formal gardens and natural woodlands. We are focused on connecting people to nature through plants, gardens and landscape while educating our community and conserving vitally important plant bio-diversity.
OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES:
LANC operates the Visitor Center and Nature Store; manages volunteer support programs; offers educational programs, tours, classes, demonstrations, brochures and activities; and raises funds for capital projects, maintenance and improvements to Longview Arboretum.
JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY:
The Executive Director (ED) will serve as the face of LANC and will be responsible for administration and oversight duties of fiscal management, community awareness, fundraising, strategic planning, operations, board relations, volunteers, communications, the Visitor Center and store, programs and overall execution of LANC’s mission. The ED reports to the LANC Board and will serve as LANC’s primary contact with the City of Longview.
The ED’s job is critical to the success and future growth of the Arboretum. Job responsibilities include: maintaining and building new major donor relationships; creating new revenue streams, meeting revenue goals and managing expenses; communicating in a consistent and meaningful way with our stake holders and diverse constituents; continually strengthening the board and staff; maintaining and creating new and relevant programs; and using creative hands-on management skills to develop fundraising events and programs.
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration and management, public administration, marketing, or related fields and five years of experience in managing non-profit, public arboretums or botanical gardens. Additional consideration will be given applicants with two years of increasing administrative and supervisory responsibility in environmental education programs, natural areas management operations, marketing and general public relations or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Interested individuals should address their resume in confidence with cover letter and salary history to Robert Metzler, Longview Arboretum and Nature Center, P. O. Box 9906, Longview, TX 75608 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.