Director of Outdoor Landscapes

Longwood Gardens is seeking a Director of Outdoor Landscapes with proven leadership to lead a talented team of globally recognized horticulture professionals in the Outdoor Landscapes Division. The Director of Outdoor Landscapes will ensure that Longwood's outdoor display gardens continue to meet extraordinary horticultural design and display standards of excellence while helping to drive innovative thinking in these areas. The Outdoor Landscapes Division is one of four divisions in the Horticulture Department and consists of 18 full-time staff and 12 part-time staff, as well as numerous volunteers and students.

Internationally recognized for innovative, dynamic horticultural displays, our outdoor gardens consist of both formal and informal gardens and landscapes designed by Longwood's Founder Pierre S. du Pont and some of the greatest landscape and garden designers of the 20th and 21st centuries. We seek an individual who has demonstrated the ability to work in a fast-paced, highly creative and collaborative environment as a dynamic leader across a multidisciplinary organization. The Director of Outdoor Landscapes will provide guidance to an empowered team of gardeners with an aim to create and maintain Longwood's outdoor gardens and landscapes to the highest aesthetic standards. The ability to think critically about aesthetic issues
and experience in managing budgets and projects is required.

The ideal candidate will possess formal training in Horticulture, Landscape Design or related field and have a minimum of ten years of experience in Horticulture with a minimum of five years in a leadership capacity. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated a strong aesthetic sense in previous horticultural work and have knowledge of a wide palette of plants, including plants hardy in Zone 6b. Baseline knowledge and skills for the position include but are not limited to excellent verbal communication including public speaking, strong interpersonal skills, professional writing skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

We offer a competitive starting salary and an outstanding benefits package.

For full consideration, please submit a letter addressing pertinent qualifications and interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references by April 15, 2017 to jobs@longwoodgardens.org or mail to Longwood Gardens, Inc., Human Resources, P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square, PA 19348, USA. Fax (+1) 610 388-5495. To find out more about job opportunities at Longwood Gardens please refer to our website, www.longwoodgardens.org.

Tags: 
landscaping
garden design
landscape design
management
director
Location: 
Kennett Square, PA (USA)