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Executive Director, Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, NE USA

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Job Description 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director of Lauritzen Gardens will oversee and orchestrate all aspects of the organization and its initiatives in close collaboration with an engaged volunteer Board of Directors, while working diligently to develop and enhance the already generous support of community members, an active and involved donor base, businesses and organizations.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Provide executive-level operations leadership, including budget management and knowledge of the economic environment and regulatory issues.

Develop and implement a dynamic, effective long term strategic plan,

Collaborate with Director of Development to cultivate and solicit gifts from individuals, corporations, organizations and philanthropic foundations.

Understand logistics and population management to oversee and orchestrate a destination site with hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

Articulate and communicate the goals of Lauritzen Gardens.

Engage with Board leadership, Board committees, and individual Board members to accomplish goals and tasks.

Interpret financial statements and balance sheets, run a financially responsible program based on generally accepted accounting principles.

Build coalitions, facilitate and blend the interests and resources of disparate groups to advance the mission and purpose of Lauritzen Gardens.

Marketing mindset approach to effectively serve as the face and voice of Lauritzen Gardens within the community

Develop rapport and working relationships with federal, state, and local governmental officials and any related agencies, boards, committees, and commissions involved in horticulture/nature center-related activities.

Provide executive standup presence to develop and deliver presentations to audiences in formal and informal settings, and to interview well on camera and through other media.

Education and Experience 

Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree in business, non-profit administration, or natural resources management a plus. CFRE desirable. Broad based knowledge/experience base to successfully lead and inspire a diverse organization with a 80+ person workforce required.

Application Instructions 

For more information or to submit your resume, email both:
Mabry Smith III, President & Managing Partner, Mabry@WhelessPartners.com
Lisa Hart, Senior Search Associate, LHart@WhelessPartners.com

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