Employment with Powell Gardens
Powell Gardens welcomes those seeking careers or internships. Powell Gardens employs 30 people year-round and up to 70 during peak season. Powell Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Powell Gardens is seeking a collaborative visionary and growth-focused Chief Operations Officer to join the team. Reporting to the CEO/President, the COO will work with leadership to develop a culture of engagement and continuous improvement, be passionate about operating efficiency and deploying at scale, and focus on being strategic and accelerating changes to business processes and system integration. In addition, s/he will also have direct oversight of finance, IT, legal, human resources, visitor services, marketing, and sales including special events, retail and liquor. S/he will understand how operations efficiency and execution affects all other aspects of the organization and will work with the senior leadership team to prioritize and execute.
- Run Powell Gardens’ business with an operational mindset, focused on improving the quality and efficiency of services that the Gardens provides – while increasing their ability to develop and deliver scalable programs.
- Oversee financial integrity of operations through budgeting and other mechanisms, while anticipating business opportunities and threats
- Oversee risk management in the areas of business insurance, policy and procedure development, employee relations and documentation, personnel, financial management/cash handling, workplace safety and compliance issues.
- Lead the evolution of Powell Gardens’ technology to support the growth of the business and the network
- Create and execute the internal and external technology strategy and roadmap
- Drive integration of technology to support a more aligned network
- Utilize technology to grow the network and audience; develop and employ data points that drive decision-making
- Leverage the visitor experience and build a team that works collaboratively
- Integrate marketing, sales, admissions, and visitor services/amenities into a high functioning, responsive division focused on the guest experience.
- Support and mentor a culture of integration and collaboration
Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate will be a visionary leader with a proven track record inside of high growth organizations. Thriving in turnaround environments, s/he will understand how to successfully build and address internal and external constituents’ needs to achieve success. Internally, this individual will serve as an enabling force to constantly raise the bar and keep the team focused on growing the business. S/he will have an eye toward innovation and creativity, with an ability to position the business of Powell Gardens for significant growth in the coming years.
The ideal candidate will have:
- 5+ years of operating experience – managing through significant growth and scaling
- Demonstrated experience using management accounting data to facilitate operational goals.
- Significant experience with modern cloud-based operational, finance and accounting software solutions.
- Demonstrated experience developing, with staff, an organizational budget in excess of $3 million.
- Demonstrated experience in working with earned income streams
- Proven expertise and ability to bridge long-term strategy with short-term goals, ensuring that the team has the necessary direction, information, resources and support
- Deep knowledge and understanding of foundational operations support (IT, finance, legal, human resources) and how to leverage technology to find solutions
- Familiarity with all facets of the Guest Experience (marketing, sales, admissions, visitor services, amenities) and how to build and retain new audiences within a digital environment
- Strong experience building, motivating and retaining high performing teams; experience working with a Board of Directors
- A ‘lead by example’ mentality, setting the tone for the culture of the organization and building relationships based on trust, honesty and integrity
Please submit a cover letter addressing how your experience would benefit Powell Gardens specifically addressing the skill sets listed in the full job description; a current resume; and three references to email@example.com.
ABOUT POWELL GARDENS
Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s Botanical Garden©, was incorporated in 1988 as a 501(c3) tax exempt organization. The Garden consists of 970 acres of land originally owned by George E. Powell, Sr., former Chairman of the Board of Yellow Freight System, now YRC Worldwide. It features 6,000 varieties of plants, 225,000 plants on seasonal display and numerous structures, many of which were designed by the renowned American architect, E. Fay Jones, one of the best-known protégés of Frank Lloyd Wright, and his partner, Maurice Jennings. Opened in 1996, The Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel is an exquisite example, a 4,700 foot, nondenominational chapel accommodating up to 120 guests. The Visitor Education Center (1997) is another significant structure that includes a terraced garden, evergreen and hummingbird garden and a conservatory as well as a gift shop and café. The Wildflower & Meadow Pavilion (1995), also a Fay Jones design, features a large venue for outdoor concerts and special events.
Opened in 2001, The Marlese Lowe Gourley Island Garden is located on a lake at the epicenter of Powell Gardens. This centerpiece water garden also contains the longest “living” limestone retaining wall in North America. The Heartland Harvest Garden, which opened in 2009, consists of America’s largest edible landscape with over 2,000 varieties of edible plants. Providing a seed-to-plate experience, every tree, shrub, flower, vegetable, fruit and ground cover represents part of the history of where food comes from. The Missouri Barn & Kitchen offers a place to enjoy these food products and also serves as a venue for many special events that feature well-known Kansas City chefs. A series of annual festivals draw thousands of visitors to such events like Booms & Blooms, Festival of Butterflies, GLOW Jack-O-Lantern Festival and the Festival of Lights. The annual overall number of visitors to the Gardens is approximately 100,000. Membership households are 3500_.
Powell Gardens is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors that represent the business, civic and philanthropic leadership of the region. Permanent staffing at the Gardens consists of 40+ employees and expands to 75+ in the summer. The annual operating budget is approximately $3 million.
Working in a well-known, cultural non-profit, this position will aid marketing efforts focused on the promotion of the Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA), as well as elevating general awareness of Powell Gardens’ premier 12-acre edible landscape (and associated programming), The Heartland Harvest Garden. This position will center on the planning, budgeting, and implementation of comprehensive a marketing campaign of the CSA program, weekly member communications and will require cross-departmental collaboration with the Education Department to relay applicable educational content to CSA members and the general public. The goal of this internship is to raise awareness of the program as a whole and heighten the member experience by sharing thoughtful, informative content and exploring strategic ways to enhance communications while also aiding in the execution of edible/culinary programming.
Please complete the online application and upload a resume and cover letter via the link below:
Working in a well-known, cultural non-profit, this position will aid marketing efforts focused on the promotion of Powell Gardens events, initiatives, and membership program, as well as general awareness of Powell Gardens as Kansas City’s botanical garden. This position will center on the planning and implementation of advertising and marketing, research and development of the membership program, management and content generation for member communications, assist with planning, promotion and execution of the annual fundraising event and perform additional administrative duties as assigned. The goal of this internship is to raise awareness of the Gardens, heighten the member experience by sharing thoughtful, informative content and explore strategic ways to enhance communications and public relations.
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Working outdoors with the Heartland Harvest Garden’s horticultural staff, the intern will get the opportunity to learn and maintain the nationally-recognized 12 acre edible landscape. This is an UCM Grant and UCM student in Horticulture or Higher Education Institution can apply. Extensive hands-on learning will include edible landscape maintenance and design, pest management, greenhouse production and the Community Supported Agriculture Program.
Please complete an online application and attach a resume and cover letter, via the link below.
The education department at Powell Gardens is currently seeking garden enthusiasts to join our existing volunteer docent group. Garden Guides are a committed group of tour guides who engage with Powell Gardens K-12 student and adult tour groups and help them discover the many aspects of the Garden, while discussing unique plant collections and landscapes. Garden Guides lead scheduled group and drop-in tours for varied public audiences during the year.
Call for Artists
Powell Gardens is accepting exhibition proposals from professional artists for the gallery spaces in the gardens’ Visitor Center building. We are seeking a large body of an artists’ work that can be either displayed building-wide as a solo artist exhibition or curated into and displayed as a small group thematic exhibition. Submissions are welcome from any artist working in two-dimensions and in any media for works that can be installed on a wall and that are framed under glass (all works must be professionally displayed). Powell Gardens has several interior hallway gallery spaces and a cafe dining area wall space with approximately 153 linear feet with some walls exposed to natural light from windows (light is not UV fil-tered). The available exhibition space is indoors, but is not in an HVAC climate controlled space. The works will be on view in a public hallway with doors that open to the outside. Please note that additional security for the works on display is limited to gallery hooks or Plexi cases provided by the artists. The exhibition spaces are open to the public during regular garden hours daily.