Executive Director

Tyler Arboretum
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Dec 20, 2022

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Programs, Other Programs
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Full Time

Executive Director
Tyler Arboretum
Media, PA

The Opportunity

Tyler Arboretum seeks an inspiring, visionary nonprofit leader who will develop the team and work with all Tyler's many constituents and partners to establish and promote the Arboretum as a site of respite, recreation, education, community, and advocacy for our natural environment. The next Executive Director will implement the board-approved Strategic Plan, focused on strengthening the organization's foundation in a transformative moment as it approaches its centennial. Qualified candidates will be motivated by the vision, mission, and values elaborated in the Strategic Plan.

The new Executive Director will be an engaging and dynamic ambassador for Tyler, cultivating existing and new relationships with partners, supporters, and funders to ensure the organization's financial health, while establishing Tyler as a key resource for the communities of Delaware County and the region. The Executive Director will lead from a mindset of abundance, developing opportunities for collaboration that leverage the organization's position as "everybody's backyard." This individual will marshal the combined energy and resources of a deeply engaged Board of Trustees, an active and committed corps of volunteers, and a highly dedicated professional staff, to work together efficiently and effectively toward accomplishing the strategic goals of Tyler Arboretum.

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About Tyler Arboretum
Tyler Arboretum, a natural sanctuary in Greater Philadelphia which encompasses 650 acres of woodlands, streams, and hiking trails, seeks to conserve our historic landscapes and connect people with the natural world. Just a 30-minute drive west from Philadelphia in Delaware County, Tyler Arboretum offers seasonally changing gardens, stands of towering trees (several of which are state champions), 17 miles of hiking trails, and historic buildings dating back to the 18thand 19th centuries.

For more information on Tyler Arboretum, please visit https://tylerarboretum.org/.

Overview of Responsibilities
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to the operation of Tyler Arboretum. The Executive Director manages the development and oversight of all fiscal and programmatic matters, in addition to the oversight of 16 full-time staff and 10-15 part-time staff, including four director-level reports and a Chief of Staff.

The Executive Director serves as the lead representative and public-facing spokesperson for Tyler's efforts and, working closely with the Board of Trustees, establishes and implements Tyler's strategic plan (recently completed and approved) to advance the mission, protect and preserve the land, and grow all aspects of the organization's resources. The Executive Director must cultivate cooperative working partnerships with the Board, staff, volunteers, community members, corporations, educational institutions, government and private agencies, and conservation partners.

The Executive Director orchestrates the skills and talents of the staff and volunteers to engage wide-ranging constituents in efforts that support the mission and achieve the strategic goals of the organization. The Executive Director works closely with the Board and staff to identify and secure new financial and other resources to support the mission of Tyler Arboretum.

Candidate Profile

While it is understood that no one candidate will bring every desired skill, characteristic, and experience, the following offers a reflection of the ideal candidate profile.

Visionary, Strategic Leader
The Executive Director is a visionary, innovative, and strategic leader able to develop, articulate, and implement a vision in alignment with the mission of Tyler Arboretum. This executive brings proven success building a culture of collaboration, where the team is motivated and supported to achieve big-picture strategic goals. The Executive Director will be a data-driven decision maker who understands the importance of effective data gathering and analysis to determine the needs and opportunities available. This leader actively seeks out partnerships and builds coalitions to advance the mission of the institution and its priorities. The Executive Director must recognize the uniqueness of the Arboretum's position as a crucial resource for the community in environmental conservation and natural stewardship. Further, the Executive Director will embrace the opportunity to nurture Tyler's significant plant collection, so that the Arboretum survives and thrives as a place of natural beauty and inspiration for future generations.

Compelling Ambassador and Fundraiser
The Executive Director believes in and advocates for the power of our natural environment to improve the lives of individuals and communities. As the Arboretum's chief ambassador, the Executive Director is an influential leader, capable of understanding and communicating the value of the Arboretum across a wide range of audiences, such as community leaders, cultural groups, philanthropists, corporate collaborators, legislators, and academics. This leader possesses exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to build and sustain dedicated support across a wide range of constituents, including the Arboretum's staff and volunteers, Board of Trustees, and donors and members, as well as with community members and the broader public. The Executive Director brings to the role a natural inclination to the role for interpersonal engagement 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 Arboretum's brand and visibility in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region and beyond. They will bring experience to promote the importance of inclusion and diversity in all areas of the Arboretum's work and convey its importance with authenticity, sincerity, and passion.

Institutional Leader with Business Acumen
The Executive Director has operational and fiscal management experience and the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems. The ideal candidate has a proven record of successful planning and oversight of similarly structured and sized organizations and will ensure fiduciary responsibility, transparent fiscal management practices, and accountability. The Executive Director will inspire staff, the Board of Trustees, donors, partners, and volunteers to work together to achieve new heights for the Arboretum. The ideal candidate must have a willingness to learn and gain a deeper understanding of the needs of the Arboretum, and the courage to have difficult conversations when the need arises. 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 Executive Director possesses the ability to leverage the talents of an experienced staff and provide a productive work environment with professional growth opportunities that result in team cohesion and camaraderie.

Passionate Supporter of the Arboretum's Mission
Fully embracing Tyler's mission to conserve its historic landscapes and connect people with the natural world, the Executive Director will be knowledgeable about or affinitive toward horticulture and conservation. The ideal candidate will bring a sincere passion for arboreta and public gardens and a commitment to expanding the influence of the Arboretum within its Delaware Valley community, the Greater Philadelphia region, and beyond. The Executive Director seeks process improvement with the goal of helping the Arboretum deepen its impact. This individual leads with sincerity and empathy, honesty and credibility, and the highest levels of personal and professional integrity and ethics.

In addition, strong candidates will have the following qualifications:
• A bachelor's degree is required, as is at least five years of professional experience in nonprofit leadership with significant fiscal responsibility. Candidates should bring a working knowledge of critical environmental matters relevant to Tyler's mission.
• Candidates must have exceptional written and verbal communication and presentation skills across diverse audiences and settings.
• Candidates will bring emotional intelligence and approachability; they will develop trust through transparency and accountability with staff, volunteers, and Trustees.

Compensation & Benefits

The starting salary range for this position will be $140,000-$150,000, and is competitive and commensurate with experience. Tyler provides a flexible work schedule and generous employee benefits including medical benefits and personal time off.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Tenley Bank and Naree W.S. Viner of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Tenley directly at tbank@koyapartners.com. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Tyler Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Partners, visitwww.koyapartners.com.


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