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Marketing and Communications Manager
Bartram House Gardener
Director of Finance
Nursery Manager

Marketing and Communications Manager

Job Class: Full Time, Salaried
Bartram’s Garden seeks a well-organized and highly motivated Marketing and Communications Manager to support our growing organization and expanding programs through effective marketing and compelling communications. This is a full-time salaried position that will report to the Executive Director, with health benefits and paid vacation.

Responsibilities will include the following:
• Working with the Executive Director, staff, and board to develop and implement annual marketing plan with key messages that align target audiences with strategic goals. This includes developing and tracking tactics, timeline, and budget for marketing plan.
• Developing dynamic content, with templates and schedules, to support program and revenue goals.
• Managing vendors and partners for public relations, photography, graphic design, and printing.
• Maintaining up-to-date website calendar, social media accounts, and online event registration.
• Ensuring that graphic identity and brand is consistent in print and electronic media.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following:
• Passion for the mission of Bartram’s Garden and for working with diverse partners and audiences.
• Ability to approach work holistically and to communicate priorities as part of a close team
• 2+ years of marketing experience.
• Excellent writing and editing skills. Graphic design skills are a plus.
• Expertise with social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
• Familiarity with online publishing platforms like WordPress.
• Must be flexible to work evenings or weekends when activities occur at the Garden.

About Bartram’s Garden
The John Bartram Association’s mission is to enhance and protect the landmark Bartram’s Garden and House; advance the Bartram legacy of discovery, gardening, and art; and inspire audiences of all ages to care for the natural world. The garden was founded in 1728 by John Bartram, whose passion for plants and the natural world inspired generations of horticulturists. Located in Southwest Philadelphia, the 45-acre public river garden is preserved, enhanced, and maintained by the John Bartram Association as America’s first botanic garden in cooperation with the Department of Parks and Recreation of the City of Philadelphia. Today, Bartram’s Garden offers opportunities for 95,000 visitors annually to connect with and learn about plants, nature, history, art, and science. It encompasses the 1731 Bartram house and farm buildings, historic garden, reclamed meadow, tidal wetlands, community farm, recreational trails, and the Schuylkill riverfront with a public boat dock.

The Garden is in the midst of transformation, with unprecedented opportunities for growth and renewal. With the construction of the Bartram’s Mile Trail and first major house and garden restoration in nearly a century, the profile and visitation at Bartram’s Garden has increased immensely. Capitalizing on this momentum, we are about to embark on planning for a riverfront restoration, freshwater mussel hatchery, and a kayak dock expansion among numerous other projects. These opportunities are focused on building our capacity to serve as the outdoor classroom and living room of Southwest Philadelphia, expanding our role as an anchor community open space and cultural asset.

Application Information
To apply please submit your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and one or two work samples to jobs@bartramsgarden.org. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The John Bartram Association is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Candidates of color and LGBTQ+ candidates are encouraged to apply.

Bartram House Gardener

Job Class: Full Time, Hourly

Organizational Overview

The John Bartram Association’s mission is to enhance and protect the landmark Bartram’s Garden and House, advance the Bartram legacy of discovery, gardening and art, and inspire audiences of all ages to care for the natural world. The garden was founded in 1728 by John Bartram, whose passion for plants and the natural world inspired generations of horticulturists. Located in Southwest Philadelphia, the 45 acre public historic garden is preserved, enhanced, and maintained by the John Bartram Association as America’s oldest botanic garden in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Philadelphia. Today, Bartram’s Garden offers opportunities for visitors to connect with and learn about plants, nature, history, art, and science. It encompasses the 1731 Bartram house and farm buildings, historic garden, reclamation meadow, tidal wetlands, community farm, recreational trails, and the Schuylkill river front with a public boat dock.

The garden is in the midst of transformation, with unprecedented opportunities for growth and renewal. The Garden recently launched its first major house and garden restoration in nearly a century. The scope of the restoration projects include roof replacement, stone masonry and stucco restoration, and restoration of the west entrance portico of the John Bartram House. The restoration of the Ann Carr Garden includes pathways, entrance yard for the historic garden, as well as planting beds filled with Bartram collection plants. In addition, the Garden will see the arrival of the Schuylkill River Trail in 2016, a regional trail that attracts 1.4 million people each year.

The Garden blends great scenic beauty, rich ecological habitat, nationally renowned buildings and gardens. The plants range from rare historic, native species, to one-of-a-kind cultivars. With growing visitorship, we seek to engage the experienced connoisseur to the inquisitive child through programs that will bring the horticultural collections to life. We envision improved stewardship revitalizing the unique characteristics of the Garden and its horticultural treasures, and building a long-term maintenance program.

Job Description

The Bartram House gardener is responsible for all aspects of care and maintenance of the gardens attached to the Bartram House and allied areas including (but not limited to) the Ann Bartram Carr garden, common flower garden and kitchen garden, Welcome Center, and Admin Building nursery beds. This position requires an understanding of and sensitivity for historic plants and gardens while integrating modern horticultural best practices and techniques in order to achieve a high standard befitting the nation’s oldest existing botanical garden.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • All garden maintenance and upkeep for assigned section including design, planting, pruning, weeding, IPM, deadheading, staking, edging, etc.
  • Planning, sourcing and propagation of plant material for assigned section
  • Manage and expand the seed collection program for preservation, research and dissemination of Bartram plants.
  • Maintaining and updating plant records
  • Snow and leaf removal
  • Operation of large and small power equipment
  • Assist in the upkeep and maintenance of tools, equipment and machinery
  • Managing interns and volunteers
  • Supporting programs, education and outreach
  • Participation and support of events, plant sales, etc.
  • All other duties as required

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree or certification in horticulture or allied field, or combination of education and experience
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in the field of horticulture required, at least 2 years in a public garden setting preferred
  • Propagation experience
  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Strong organizational and time management skills required
  • Attention to detail and dedication to safe, efficient work practices
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Basic computer skills required (Microsoft Office tools)
  • Valid PA driver’s license
  • PA pesticide applicator’s license with category 06 preferred
  • Carpentry or other trade skills are a plus

To apply please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@bartramsgarden.org.  Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please. The John Bartram Association is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Director of Finance

Bartram’s Garden seeks to hire a Director of Finance to join a team of change-makers working to position this 45-acre Southwest Philadelphia asset as a dynamic civic common and river garden for the community. This position will serve as a strategic thought-partner and report to the executive director (ED). The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will lead and develop an internal team to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, administration, and IT.

The Director of Finance will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team and the Board committees in strategic decision-making and operations as Bartram’s Garden continues to enhance its quality programming, restore its facilities and landscapes, and build organizational capacity. This is a tremendous professional development opportunity for a finance and operations leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a high-impact organization on a significant growth trajectory. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Essential Functions

Financial Management

  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep senior leadership team apprised of the organization’s financial status. Work closely with the ED, senior staff, and the Board to develop short-, medium-, and long-term financial plans, budgets, and projections; ensure the timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of reporting for Board members and funders; and prepare/communicate monthly and annual financial statements to the ED, senior staff, and the Board.
  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly, communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments; and oversee all financial, project/program, and grants accounting.
  • Supervise and manage staff and external vendors and contractors including the office administrator; auditors; and Bookminders, the outsourced controllers; and perform fiduciary duties regarding JBA’s investments.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process. Liaise with external auditors and the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors. Coordinate and manage the annual audit; ensure complete and proper filing of all tax returns, and handle accurate and timely filing of all necessary reports.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting and ensure the availability of funds as needed, maintaining healthy and strategic banking relationships and processes and work with project teams on tracking their expense and revenue goals.
  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/ reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
  • Manage all external vendors, including those related to accountants, banks, investment firms, audit and legal firms, and other consultants. Provide oversight to the selection, implementation, and ongoing use of all project management and accounting systems related to quality production and financial soundness. Work closely with development staff to integrate development and financial management systems, and thoughtfully amend forecasts as necessary.
  • Manage all aspects of government grants and contracts, including oversight of the contract management process, development of specific standards for bidding and submission, contract negotiations, and document management. Coordinate bid processes, contractor selection and oversight, and reports to government funding agencies.
  • Represent JBA to partners, financial institutions, foundations and foundation executives, non-profit clients, auditors, public officials, and others. Remain current on non-profit audit best practices and state and federal laws pertaining to non-profits.
  • Create and maintain appropriate internal controls and financial procedures to ensure that the organization maintains financial record systems in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, policies and procedures.
  • Partner with the ED on new partnerships and project opportunities, providing strategic recommendations based on predictive, forward-looking financial analysis and projections.
  • Human Resources, Technology, and Administration
  • Oversee human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training, and recruiting. Play an instrumental role in the talent management function of JBA, managing all aspects of hiring and retaining staff. Make strategic recommendations for and administer the ongoing application of organizational benefits and retirement frameworks, systems, and plans/programs.
  • Establish and manage a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding staff tools, policies, and procedures.
  • Manage HR including payroll, security, and information technology related vendors, contracts, procedures, processes, including implementation/administration recommending improvements to current systems for proper internal controls and assure the smooth and productive use of these systems on a daily basis.
  • Participate in policy development as a member of the senior leadership team. This includes due diligence activities and primary oversight for compliance and human resources (HR) related issues, initiatives, and programs (e.g., staffing); ensuring the legal and regulatory compliance of all financial functions, and bringing internal issues and solutions to the senior leadership team for discussion and resolution.
  • Respond to project-based legal and compliance issues, working with project team members to evaluate the situation and generate the best possible solutions on a case-by-case basis.

Education, Experience, and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in an accounting/financial/business field.
  • 5 years of experience in financial management leadership role, preferably in a non-profit organization.
  • Experience in partnering with executive staff and developing/implementing creative financial management strategies.
  • Accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting experience with non-profit organizations with multiple funding sources (including government contracts), including oversight of grant accounting, compliance, and reporting responsibilities.
  • Serve at the executive level in strategic, project, and organizational areas regarding finance segments of the work and propose insights that contribute to overall strategic investment and priorities.
  • Use analytical and abstract reasoning skills to move beyond financial tasks to their impact on the organization at large, thoughtfully creating and tracking metrics.
  • Demonstrate excellent organization and time management skills, with the ability to triage and respond to a variety of competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Utilize high-level written and oral communication skills to translate highly complex financial data, reports, and information to non-finance personnel.
  • Exhibit strong leadership, team management, communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to work with staff across the organization.
  • Previous audit experience a plus.

About Bartram’s Garden
The John Bartram Association’s mission is to enhance and protect the landmark Bartram’s Garden and House, advance the Bartram legacy of discovery, gardening and art, and inspire audiences of all ages to care for the natural world. The garden was founded in 1728 by John Bartram, whose passion for plants and the natural world inspired generations of horticulturists. Located in Southwest Philadelphia, the 45-acre public historic garden is preserved, enhanced, and maintained by the John Bartram Association as America’s oldest botanic garden in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Philadelphia. Today, Bartram’s Garden offers opportunities for visitors to connect with and learn about plants, nature, history, art, and science. It encompasses the 1731 Bartram house and farm buildings, historic garden, reclamation meadow, tidal wetlands, community farm, recreational trails, and the Schuylkill riverfront with a public boat dock.

The Garden is in the midst of transformation, with unprecedented opportunities for growth and renewal. With the construction of the Bartram’s Mile Trail and first major house and garden restoration in nearly a century, the profile and visitation at Bartram’s Garden has increased immensely. Capitalizing on this momentum, we are about to embark on planning for a riverfront restoration, freshwater mussel hatchery, and a kayak dock expansion among numerous other projects. These opportunities are focused on building our capacity to serve as the outdoor classroom and living room of Southwest Philadelphia, expanding our role as an anchor community open space and cultural asset.

Application Information
To apply please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@bartramsgarden.org. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls, please. The John Bartram Association is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

 

Nursery Manager

The John Bartram Association’s mission is to enhance and protect the landmark Bartram’s Garden and House, advance the Bartram legacy of discovery, gardening and art, and inspire audiences of all ages to care for the natural world. The garden was founded in 1728 by John Bartram, whose passion for plants and the natural world inspired generations of horticulturists. Located in Southwest Philadelphia, the 45 acre public historic garden is preserved, enhanced, and maintained by the John Bartram Association as America’s oldest botanic garden in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Philadelphia. Today, Bartram’s Garden offers opportunities for visitors to connect with and learn about plants, nature, history, art, and science. It encompasses the 1731 Bartram house and farm buildings, historic garden, reclamation meadow, tidal wetlands, community farm, recreational trails, and the Schuylkill river front with a public boat dock.

The garden is in the midst of transformation, with unprecedented opportunities for growth and renewal. With the construction of the Bartram’s Mile Trail and first major house and garden restoration in nearly a century, the profile and visitation at Bartram’s Garden has increased immensely. Capitalizing on this momentum, we are about to embark on planning for a riverfront restoration, freshwater mussel hatchery, and a kayak dock expansion among numerous other projects.

The Garden blends great scenic beauty, rich ecological habitat, nationally renowned buildings and gardens. The plants range from rare historic, native species, to one-of-a-kind cultivars. With growing visitorship, we seek to engage everyone from our neighbors to the experienced connoisseur to the inquisitive child through programs that will bring the horticultural collections to life. We envision improved stewardship revitalizing the unique characteristics of the Garden and its horticultural treasures, and building a long-term maintenance program.

Job Description

The Nursery Manager is responsible for all aspects of operation of the nursery, greenhouses/greenhouse complex, plant sales and propagation program. The qualified candidate will forecast, schedule and produce crops befitting the historic landscape as well as looking toward revitalizing the garden’s offerings and status in the industry. The Nursery Manager will stage, organize and maintain retail plant displays throughout the growing season. This is a great opportunity for a highly organized individual with a passion for plants and connecting people with horticulture. Sunday-Thursday schedule, reports to Director of Landscapes and Facilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the greenhouse complex and all growing operations
  • Collaborate with Sankofa Farm and PHS on GH complex operations
  • Build and manage nursery and greenhouse budget including plants, seeds, supplies, etc.
  • Crop scheduling and production, inventory management and audits, POS system
  • Develop and manage an integrated and extensive plant healthcare program with a focus on biological and organic practices
  • Organize collective supply purchasing efforts
  • Develop propagation program for garden/historic collections, as well as in conjunction with partner organizations
  • Work with program, membership and development staff to support other organizational and departmental needs
  • Maintain and implement current knowledge of best management practices for greenhouse and nursery production
  • Ensure labeling and nomenclature is up-to-date and integrated with POS software as well as Living Collections Management System
  • Plant sales
  • Manage all aspects of retail plant sales April through October
  • Organize and run all aspects of the spring plant sale
  • Work with Welcome Center Manager to plan and run Handmade Holiday event
  • Forecast and produce crops to reflect character of the garden
  • Support Honey Festival and boost plant sales for that event
  • Work closely with marketing coordinator for communications, marketing and education to support plant offerings
  • Stage and maintain retail plant displays and keep them clean, organized and attractive
  • Weekend and holiday duty as required
  • Volunteers, staff and organizational partners
  • Work with Section Gardeners on seed keeping and saving program
  • Assist in recruitment, training and supervision of interns and volunteers
  • All other duties as required
  • Assist Sankofa Farm and garden horticulture staff with compost operations
  • Snow and leaf removal
  • Operation of large and small power equipment
  • Assist in the upkeep and maintenance of tools, equipment and machinery
  • Managing interns and volunteers
  • Supporting programs, education and outreach
  • Participation and support of events
  • Manage the garden beekeeping program and relationships with beekeepers

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree or certification in horticulture or allied field, or combination of education and experience
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in the field of horticulture required, at least 2 years in a public garden and/or nursery/greenhouse setting preferred
  • Collaborative approach with staff and organizational partners
  • Demonstrated understanding of nursery logistics and greenhouse systems/controls
  • Propagation experience
  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Strong organizational and time management skills required
  • Attention to detail and dedication to safe, efficient work practices
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Computer skills required (Microsoft Office tools, database management, label software, point of sale software)
  • Valid PA driver’s license
  • PA pesticide applicator’s license with category 06 preferred (alternatively procure license within 6 months of hiring)
  • Carpentry or other trade skills are a plus
  • Experience working in communities of color: Lived commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; respect for people of all cultures and backgrounds; openness to personal growth and new experiences; demonstrate a passion for working community members, advocate for developing strong local food systems, self-reliant communities and a healthy environment.

To apply please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@bartramsgarden.org.  Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please. The John Bartram Association is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.