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At Mt. Cuba Center, we cultivate people as well as plants. We are always looking for talented, enthusiastic professionals we can help develop into tomorrow’s leaders. With competitive compensation and benefits, Mt. Cuba Center is a great place to work. See our current openings below for information on how to apply.

Mt. Cuba Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Mt. Cuba Center is seeking highly qualified instructors to teach classes at our botanical garden in Hockessin, DE.

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Mt. Cuba Center is seeking highly qualified instructors to teach classes at our botanical garden in Hockessin, DE. Classes can fall under one or more of the following categories: gardening, horticulture, landscape design, plant conservation, art, or wellness. Instructors with expertise in one of these specific fields and who teach with an ecological perspective are invited to apply online. These are contract positions.

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The Plant Records Assistant will support the Plant Recorder & Assistant Curator in all Plant Records activities. This will include entering and maintaining computer-based plant records, production of accession tags and identification labels, conducting periodic inventories, and assisting staff with Mt. Cuba Center’s living collection information. The Plant Records Assistant operates under the daily supervision of the Plant Recorder & Assistant Curator.

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The Plant Records Assistant will support the Plant Recorder & Assistant Curator in all Plant Records activities. This will include entering and maintaining computer-based plant records, production of accession tags and identification labels, conducting periodic inventories, and assisting staff with Mt. Cuba Center’s living collection information. The Plant Records Assistant operates under the daily supervision of the Plant Recorder & Assistant Curator.

Essential Functions

Plant Records & Mapping

  • Assist the Plant Recorder in completing mapping activities and operate mapping equipment
  • Conduct periodic inventories of Mt Cuba Center’s living collection
  • Assist in the production of accession tags and identification labels

Database Maintenance

  • Enter and maintain computer-based plant records into database system

Support Guest and Organizational Programs related to Living Collections

  • Provide knowledge and guidance to support guest and organizational initiatives related to profession
  • Lead, guide, and train employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work
  • Carry out other such duties as may be assigned or requested. Contribute to MCC activities as required. Actively participate as a member of Mt. Cuba Center’s community.

Qualifications 

  • 1 year of experience in plant records, curatorial, or horticulture-related field
  • General knowledge of plant identification, plant growth and cultural characteristics
  • Familiarity with database maintenance and GIS software
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and current knowledge-sharing technologies
  • Must possess a strong interest in native plants, shrubs, and trees, and naturalistic landscaping
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with the staff and the public
  • Ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
  • Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and the ability to manage time and effectively function without close supervision
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
  • Requires moderate physical work; Frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 30 pounds

Please note this is a part time, non exempt position working under 1,000 hours per year.

 

Having trouble applying? Please email careers@mtcubacenter.org for help.

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The Director of Finance & Administration serves as the primary financial director, responsible for the management and investment of fiscal resources and all accounting practices for Mt. Cuba Center (MCC). This position also oversees the human resources, information technology, and facilities management functions and ensures their alignment and integration with the institution’s strategic direction.

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Position Summary:

The Director of Finance & Administration serves as the primary financial director, responsible for the management and investment of fiscal resources and all accounting practices for Mt. Cuba Center (MCC). This position also oversees the human resources, information technology, and facilities management functions and ensures their alignment and integration with the institution’s strategic direction.

The Director of Finance & Administration serves as a seasoned and trusted adviser to the Executive Director and the Board of Managers on all fiscal and operational matters within scope of responsibilities, performs in-depth financial analyses, evaluates revenue and expenditure data, identifies opportunities and threats, develops scenario plans, and develops the operating budget for MCC. This position serves as Assistant Treasurer to the Board of Managers and acts as a staff liaison to the Board Investment and Audit Committee.

The Director oversees all insurance, risk management, and legal issues as well as ensures the non-profit status of the organization remains in compliance with all regulations. This position oversees and manages all capital projects for Mt. Cuba Center, including coordinating with outside vendors, owners representative firms, and all other stakeholders involved in capital projects.

The Director exercises flexibility and adaptability to MCC priorities and ensures that finance and administration department performance objectives are aligned with strategic goals, develops and monitors indicators of success, serves as subject matter expert on organization-wide initiatives, and provides valuable coaching and mentoring that elevates people and performance. The Director of Finance & Administration brings a valued fiscal perspective to crucial conversations and influences decisions in the best interest of the organization. This role is a key member of the senior leadership team at MCC and supervises managerial and support staff.

Essential Duties:

Finance, Accounting, & Investment Management

Collaborate with investment consultants and Board of Managers to monitor and advise on all institutional investments, asset allocations, grant distributions, contributions programs, and process investment contracts; Serve as Assistant Treasurer to the Board of Managers and Staff Liaison to the Board Investment & Audit Committee

Prepare and oversee the organization’s annual budget; monitor budgetary control and cash flow throughout the organization; Perform accounting functions, inclusive of payroll processing; Process account reconciliation and deposits, oversee the accounts payable/accounts receivable functions; works with auditor to oversee preparation and processing of tax returns and excise tax payments; and executes internal auditing procedures, while maintaining compliance with GAAP principles

Capital Projects Management

Oversee and manage capital projects for the organization

Organizational Risk & Operations Management

Work with legal counsel on behalf of the organization to obtain advice on civil/criminal matters, contract/policy drafting, and other operational matters requiring counsel; Monitor liability throughout the organization and maintain all necessary contracts, inclusive of commercial liability; Maintain Mt. Cuba Center’s non-profit status by ensuring tax code and spending requirement compliance; Work with leadership team to advise on efficient and successful financial and general business administration throughout the organization; recommend best practices; Work with service vendors to oversee various organizational insurance programs including general liability, government-required, and employee benefit insurance policies

Oversight of Human Resources, Facilities, and Technology Services Functions

Oversee and monitor the human resources function; inclusive of benefits purchasing, compensation design, human capital projects, and organizational policy and procedure development; Ensure legal compliance in HR programs; Oversee and monitor the performance of preventive maintenance, inspections and records management on the condition of Mt. Cuba Center facilities (including tenant housing), subsystems, and infrastructure to maintain compliance with governed requirements and ensure safe, continuous operations; Oversee maintenance programs specific to water supply systems and vehicle fleet; Ensure legal compliance specific to OSHA and safety requirements for facilities; Oversee the security and integrity of all information technology systems and ensure the efficient delivery of technology support services and system maintenance. Ensure legal compliance in IT programs and policy development

Strategic Partnership

Assist the Executive Director in maintaining MCC’s relationships with multiple external parties by interpreting and explaining MCC and its programs. Represent MCC in professional organizations and at professional and community meetings and events as requested. Serve as a strategic business partner by collaborating with the Board of Managers and serve on Board Committees to carry out the organization’s founding intention.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a finance,business, or business-related field

· 10 years’ experience in a financial capacity

· Proficient knowledge in finance and accounting and GAAP principles

· Knowledge of non-profit and/or foundation financial principles and endowment management

· Comprehensive knowledge of accounting, financial reporting, and analysis

· Proficiency in using QuickBooks or other similar accounting software

· Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

· Demonstrated experience in delivering executive-level presentations

· Exceptional attention to detail and critical thinking abilities

· Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties

· Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong professional relationships and persuasively communicate with Mt. Cuba Center staff and the public

Please note this is a full time, exempt position. Please email careers@mtcubacenter.org with questions or for help applying.

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The Operational Services Assistant supports a remarkable guest experience at Mt. Cuba Center by performing custodial duties as well as room and event set up and breakdown in support of the Education and Guest Experience Division.

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The Operational Services Assistant supports a remarkable guest experience at Mt. Cuba Center by performing custodial duties as well as room and event set up and breakdown in support of the Education and Guest Experience Division.

What You’ll Do:

  • Perform custodial duties for Mt. Cuba Center, maintaining areas assigned; clean, dust, and wipe furniture; sweep, mop, or vacuum floors; empty/clean wastebaskets and trash containers; sanitize and maintain restrooms.
  • Monitor custodial supplies, requesting more through the Assistant Manager, Event Services
  • Set up and break down interior spaces, providing programs with the necessary number and configuration of tables and chairs
  • Set up and break down exterior spaces for outdoor programs, placing chairs, tables, trashcans, and tents in their proper places
  • Provide custodial support during and after programs and events
  • Support food and drink service when necessary
  • Launder and iron linens when necessary
  • Provide knowledge and guidance to support guest and organizational initiatives related to profession
  • Lead, guide, and train employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work

Qualifications:

  • Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and the ability to manage time and effectively function without close supervision
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
  • Ability and willingness to interact with guests on occasion, providing excellent customer service
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting
  • Working knowledge of custodial practices, supplies, and equipment preferred
  • Requires moderate physical work; Frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds

Please note this is a part time, non exempt position working under 1,000 hours per year. A typical schedule will include working weekday evenings and every other weekend; however, interested candidates must have the ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed.

Having trouble applying? Please email careers@mtcubacenter.org for help.

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The Director of Marketing, Communications & Membership directs the marketing, communications, public relations initiatives for Mt. Cuba Center. This role will serve as brand ambassador to drive interest and engagement in the mission of Mt. Cuba Center. This position leads membership and fundraising programs for the organization. This position works collaboratively with the senior leadership team to lead the organization in carrying out the strategic goals and founding intention of Mt. Cuba Center.

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The Director of Marketing, Communications & Membership directs the marketing, communications, public relations initiatives for Mt. Cuba Center (MCC). This role will serve as brand ambassador to drive interest and engagement in the mission of Mt. Cuba Center. This position leads membership and fundraising programs for the organization. This position works collaboratively with the senior leadership team to lead the organization in carrying out the strategic goals and founding intention of Mt. Cuba Center.

Essential Duties

Marketing & Communications

– Develop, execute, and measure marketing plans and communication strategies for the organization; This includes advertising, promotions, press management, published communications, social media efforts, and other public-facing communication programs through a variety of mediums

– Direct and design internal and external branding initiatives throughout the organization, including style and communication guides

– Oversee the design, content, and management of the Mt. Cuba Center website

Public Relations

– Establish and maintain relationships with industry influencers and key strategic partners and act as official spokesperson for Mt. Cuba Center

– Oversee all public relations programs for the organization; Craft messages to meet outreach needs

Membership & Fundraising

– Direct all aspects of the membership program and collaborates with multiple departments to execute and coordinate the program

– Lead fundraising efforts and revenue-generating programs when defined as a strategic priority for the organization

Staff Leadership

– Recruit, lead, motivate and develop employees who can successfully collaborate with all internal and external constituencies to help achieve the core objectives, inclusive of making all personnel action decisions

Program & Project Administration

– Oversee the envisioning, development, implementation and evaluation of strategies for furthering the achievement of MCC’s overall vision, mission and program goals, and direct all aspects of the execution of those strategies

– Work cooperatively with the management team on adopting and implementing organization-wide systems, and help guide and execute the strategic goals of the institution to support Mt. Cuba Center’s mission

Strategic Partnership

– Assist the Executive Director in maintaining MCC’s relationships with multiple external parties by interpreting and explaining MCC and its programs

– Represent MCC in professional organizations and at professional and community meetings and events as requested

– Serve as a strategic business partner by collaborating with the Board of Managers and serve on Board Committees to carry out the organization’s founding intention

– Carry out other such duties as may be assigned or requested. Contribute to MCC activities as required. Actively participate as a member of Mt. Cuba Center’s community

Qualifications 

– Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, business or related area and 7 years’ experience in marketing, communications, public garden management, or related field

– Exceptional written, verbal, and public speaking communication skills

– Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills

– Working knowledge of marketing and communication strategies

– Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Suite and ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties

– Sound reasoning and judgment in making practical business decisions

– Demonstrated ability in organizing, managing and motivating others

– Ability to effectively fulfill organizational leadership roles and build meaningful partnerships

– Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong professional relationships and persuasively communicate with Mt. Cuba Center staff and the public

– Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and the ability to manage time and effectively function without close supervision.

– Ability and willingness to flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed

Please note this is a full time, exempt position. Please email careers@mtcubacenter.org with questions or for help applying.

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