Mt Cuba Center
Mt Cuba Center

Director of Business Operations

Mt. Cuba Center’s mission is to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to support the habitats that sustain them. Our team is comprised of professionals that value the importance of ecological horticulture and utilize their knowledge and skills to create healthier landscapes. We seek an experienced and passionate Director of Business Operations that can work collaboratively with the senior leadership team to lead the organization in carrying out the strategic goals and founding intention of Mt. Cuba Center.

Position Summary: The Director of Business Operations provides leadership, oversight, and management of the core operative areas of finance, accounting, facilities, infrastructure, and technology services at Mt. Cuba Center.  The Director oversees all insurance, risk management, and legal issues, and maintains the non-profit status of the organization.


  • Supervise accounting functions and staff; Oversee budget development process and organizational budget performance; Evaluate and supervise the development and implementation of financial policies, procedures, workflows, and internal auditing in compliance with GAAP principles
  • Direct the preparation of financial statements and related reports for the Board of Managers and Executive Director; Liaise with the chairs of Audit and Investment Committees to keep them informed and facilitate regular committee meetings
  • Lead the annual budget development process, ensure effective budgetary control, and cash flow throughout the organization
  • Oversee the performance and maintenance of all buildings and associated infrastructure across Mt. Cuba’s 1,083-acre campus including utilities, driveways and improved parking areas, tenant houses and other outbuildings, and underground water, sewer, electric, and data lines
  • Lead and supervise facilities staff to provide timely and effective service and maintenance; Oversee maintenance programs for all buildings, roadways and parking lots, and water supply system; ensure legal compliance specific to OSHA and safety requirements for facilities
  • Lead and supervise technology services team to provide exceptional technology platforms and high-quality IT support services; Oversee system and data security and legal compliance in IT programs and policies
  • Collaborate with investment consultants and Board of Managers to monitor all institutional investments and grant distributions
  • 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
  • Lead and supervise capital projects, including budgets and timelines; Coordinate with external contractors including owners’ reps, architects, landscape architects, construction managers, general contractors, civil engineers, and others as projects require
  • 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
  • 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


  • Proficient knowledge in finance and accounting and GAAP principles
  • Knowledge of contemporary facilities management practices
  • Familiarity with information technology systems, platforms, and infrastructure
  • Knowledge of non-profit financial principles and endowment management
  • Understanding of accounting processes, financial reporting, and analysis
  • Proficiency with QuickBooks or other similar accounting software
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills


  • 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
  • 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 work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a finance, business, or business-related field and 10 years’ experience in finance, facilities management, and/or information technology, with substantial management experience and professional familiarity with each of these key areas

FLSA Designation: Exempt

The successful candidate must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An exception to the COVID vaccine requirement may be provided to individuals for religious or medical reasons.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, and outstanding professional development opportunities.

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to diversity and inclusivity, and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.

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