About Awbury

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Employment at Awbury

Awbury Arboretum is a 56-acre historic public greenspace located in Northwest Philadelphia, with a mission to preserve and interpret Awbury’s historic house and landscape, thereby connecting an urban community with nature and history.

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Executive Director


The Executive Director (ED), with oversight from the Board of Directors (the Board) and  input from staff, determines and ensures execution of the overall organizational vision,  strategic direction, tactical goals, operating policies/procedures, staffing requirements,  fiscal policies, and operating budget. The ED will have overall responsibility for  leadership, membership development, community programs direction, fundraising,  operations, staffing, and the financial solvency of the organization. The ED reports to the  Board through the Board Chair.




  • Develop, in conjunction with the Board and staff, short and long-range plans for the  arboretum and strategies to achieve them. 
  • Plan for future revenue needs and resources to: maintain the historic buildings and  landscape; grow adult and youth educational programs; and fund general  operations.  
  • Maintain collaborative working relations with the Board; provide information and  guidance needed for the Board to make informed and necessary decisions. Work to increase earned income from programming and rentals and identify new  grant possibilities and other funding opportunities. 
  • Negotiate and administer contracts with wedding caterers and other partners as  well as leases for tenants at The Farm.  
  • Ensure that staff and Board regularly review and update the Landscape and  Program Stewardship Plans. 
  • Hire and provide guidance and supervision for the professional staff in accordance  with Board approved programs and activities. Ensure staff provides necessary  support for all Board and Board Committee activities. 

Fiscal/Fiduciary Management 

  • Prepare annual operating budget, with appropriate input from the Finance  Committee, for Board approval, and bimonthly financial statements for Board  review. Manage and monitor cash flow so that expenditures are within the budget. 
  • Oversee accounting procedures, supervise annual financial audit, and ensure  responsible management of funds. 
  • Coordinate and oversee activities with professional advisors such as legal counsel,  auditors, and accountants. 
  • Work with the Treasurer and Executive Committee in overseeing the management  of reserve and endowment funds. 
  • Oversee compliance with all governmental requirements, including tax filings and maintenance of the arboretum’s non-profit 501(c)(3) status. 

Fundraising, Development and Membership 

  • In conjunction with staff and the Development Committee, create and implement clear fundraising strategies with annual goals and a revenue development plan,  including seeking and preparing grant applications. 
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit financial contributions from individual donors,  foundations, and corporations.
  • Engage Board members on ongoing fundraising and development activities,  including cultivating strong relationships with major individuals, foundations, and  corporations. 
  • Oversee an overall membership strategy that ensures the retention of current  members and the recruitment of new members.  
  • Understand and promote various charitable giving tools such as planned giving and  memorial giving options. 
  • Oversee all special events, the Harvest Fest, the spring gala, the Annual Appeal and  other fundraising activities as defined by the Board. 

Human Resources 

  • Hire for optimal staff capacity. 
  • Ensure diverse and inclusive hiring practices and management of staff. Provide staff training and enrichment programs, as needed. 
  • Ensure staff is motivated, understands the arboretum’s goals, and has clear  responsibilities. 
  • Conduct staff performance evaluations. 
  • Provide guidance and supervision of staff in accordance with Board approved  programs and activities. 

External Relations 

  • Act as primary spokesperson for the arboretum by representing and advancing its  mission both to arboretum members and tenants, as well as the broader community,  including related organization, current and potential donors, and the public. 
  • Work to see that the arboretum is both a physical and programmatic asset to the  community. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • Minimum 3 years managerial experience required, ideally in nonprofit organizations. 
  • Strong marketing skills, with proven fundraising experience strongly preferred.  Excellent written and oral communication skills; able to inspire staff and volunteers  and be sensitive to the needs of the community. 
  • Strong organizational and financial management skills; able to manage multiple  priorities and projects concurrently. 
  • Visionary; able to develop and implement new initiatives and work with staff and  the board to create a road map for Awbury’s future.  
  • Strong leader; able to accept and manage conflict. 
  • Technologically proficient.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Good judgment and strong problem-solving skills. 
  • Team-oriented and collegial. 
  • Willingness and ability to work outside normal business hours, as needed on  occasion. 


  • $80 -85,000 depending on experience. 
  • 3 weeks annual leave. 
  • 6 days sick leave. 
  • 3 personal days. 
  • 100% health and dental insurance paid. 
  • Comp time available. 
  • 11 paid holidays. 

For further information or to apply, please call Kris Young at 610-804-5354 or email at  kyoung@vaco.com