President & CEO
Employment TypeJob (Full-time)
Leadership (Executive Director, President/CEO)
Over the past decade, Bloedel Reserve has dramatically increased its capacity and made a number of additions and improvements to gardens, buildings, and programs. Today, the organization finds itself at another exciting inflection point, as it searches for a new leader. The Board of Trustees seeks a dynamic President & CEO to lead all aspects of the Reserve, with a focus on long-term goals, sustainability, growth, and philanthropy.
The President and CEO will provide guidance and oversight to ensure the successful implementation of the current strategic plan, working closely with the Reserve’s various constituencies. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for the vision and mission of the Reserve, and an ability to translate that passion into organizational strategy, institutional and team leadership, and a dynamic approach to fundraising and ambassadorship.
About Bloedel Reserve
Initially a country retreat known as Collinswood, the estate that is now part of Bloedel Reserve was purchased by Prentice and Virgina Bloedel in 1951. In their retirement, the Bloedels doubled the acreage of the estate and utilized the help of noted landscape architects and designers to create the framework of the gardens present in the Reserve today. The Reserve was first opened to the public in 1988 with limited annual attendance. In 2009, the decision was made to open the Reserve more broadly to the public. Currently, Reserve encompasses 140 acres and 23 distinct landscapes and sees ~78,000 annual visitors. The Reserve’s mission is to enrich people’s lives through a premier public garden of natural land and designed Pacific Northwest landscapes. Bloedel is led by a dedicated staff of 45 full-time employees, 19 members of the Board of Trustees, and over 300 volunteers. The Reserve has an annual operating budget of $4.2 million and endowments totaling $25 million.
A Passion for The Bloedel Reserve’s Mission
Fully embracing the mission, the President and CEO will be a bold thinker, knowledgeable about or affinitive toward horticulture, science and conservation. The ideal candidate will bring a sincere passion for arboreta and public gardens and a commitment to expanding the influence of the Reserve in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The ability to embrace and operate in line with the Reserve’s guiding principles—horticulture & design, inspiration & creativity, stewardship & conservation, nature & wellbeing—is critical. The President and CEO continually innovates with the goal of helping the Reserve broaden its reach and deepen its impact. The President and CEO leads with sincerity and empathy, honesty and credibility and the highest levels of personal and professional integrity and ethics.
A Visionary & Strategic Leader
The President and CEO is a visionary, innovative and strategic leader able to develop and articulate a vision in alignment with the mission for the ongoing advancement of a complex institution. This executive brings proven success leveraging the talents of a high-performing staff and Board to lead strategic planning and guide implementation and evaluation efforts. This leader actively and strategically seeks out partnerships and builds coalitions to advance the mission of the institution and its strategic priorities. The President and CEO must recognize the uniqueness of the Reserve’s position as a pillar of leadership in the local community, the Pacific Northwest region and within its national and global sphere of influence.
A Dynamic Ambassador & Fundraiser
The President and CEO believes in the power of nature to improve the lives of individuals, communities and the environment. As the Reserve’s primary ambassador, the President and CEO is an influential leader, capable of understanding and communicating the value of plants, gardens and nature across a wide range of audiences, such as academia, corporate collaborators, legislators and philanthropists. This leader possesses exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build and sustain strong support across a wide range of constituents including staff, Board, donors, volunteers, community members, scientists, academia and the public. The President and CEO brings a natural inclination to the role for engagement with people to attract new audiences, identify new funding opportunities and sustain programs and operations. The ideal candidate will inspire trust and confidence and excel at developing strategies to amplify the Reserve’s brand and visibility both in the Pacific Northwest region and beyond. The President and CEO will bring experience promoting the importance of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in all areas of the Reserve’s work and convey its importance with authenticity, sincerity and passion.
Institutional Leadership & Business Acumen
The President and CEO is an executive with strong staff who has operational and financial management experience and the ability to set clear priorities, delegate and guide investment in people and systems. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of successful planning and oversight of large and complex organizations and will ensure fiduciary responsibility, transparent financial management practices and accountability. A natural leader, the President and CEO has the ability to inspire staff, Board, volunteers, partners and donors to work together to achieve new heights for the Reserve. The ideal candidate must have a willingness to learn and gain a deeper understanding of the needs of the Reserve. The candidate also brings demonstrated success building a culture of collaboration and support, motivating and inspiring others to achieve impact through creativity, fostering teamwork and leveraging individual strengths to meet organizational goals. The President and CEO possesses the proven track record and ability to leverage the talents of a dynamic staff and provide a productive work environment with professional growth opportunities that result in team cohesion and camaraderie.
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