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Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (Chief Executive Officer (Search closed))

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Snug Harbor seeks a seasoned nonprofit executive with demonstrated experience in helping organizations grow to scale. Knowledge and expertise in
organization planning, all methods of fundraising, communications, operations, and management as well as a strong entrepreneurial vision are important to the success of this position.

The Chief Executive Officer reports to and is accountable to the organization’s Board of Directors for providing leadership and strategic direction toward achievement of Snug Harbor’s goals and vision.

This highly visible and hands-on executive will be responsible for the leadership, management, and growth of Snug Harbor including planning, annual budget development, and implementation and evaluation of all operations in conjunction with senior staff and the Board of Directors.

Professional leadership is an integral component of the position. The CEO is expected to be a leader and resource to the Board and staff in addressing Snug Harbor’s opportunities and challenges. The CEO must be a strong communicator in groups and with individuals, able to interpret issues clearly, and effectively persuade others in a manner that leads to agreement and action.

Snug Harbor serves an important role as caretaker to a historic 83 acre facility replete with botanical gardens and landmarked buildings and structures. It also provides programmatic and operational space to other nonprofits. The chief executive must ensure sound management of the physical site and build positive and collaborative relationships with its tenant nonprofit organizations.

It is expected that the CEO will spend the majority of his/her time working externally to increase awareness and recognition of Snug Harbor’s work that will result in growth in private and public support. It is expected that the CEO will be deeply involved in working with the Board to fundraise in order to build programs.

The CEO will work actively with members of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and other government agencies and elected officials to ensure that Snug Harbor’s public funding continues at current levels and, as appropriate, increases to meet growing needs. The CEO is tasked with increasing public awareness about Snug Harbor’s programs to further develop the brand throughout the New York metropolitan area that will result in greater attendance, recognition, and private funding through corporate, foundation, and individual donors.

The Board will seek a chief executive skilled at diversifying and maximizing the organization’s revenue stream. The ability to think creatively about program development and to be entrepreneurial will be integral to the executive’s success.