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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 Human Resources that can participate and 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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • 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

 

Skills:

  •  Proficient knowledge of 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

 

Abilities:

  • 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 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

Reports to: Executive Director

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.

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to diversity and inclusivity, and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. We offer a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, and outstanding professional development opportunities.

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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 Seasonal Grounds Maintenance Assistant support the Grounds Team in the overall maintenance of Mt. Cuba Center’s landscape, including woody and herbaceous plantings, lawns, woods, garden features, paths and roadways.

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The Seasonal Grounds Maintenance Assistant support the Grounds Team in the overall maintenance of Mt. Cuba Center’s landscape, including woody and herbaceous plantings, lawns, woods, garden features, paths and roadways.

Essential Functions:

Landscape and Grounds Care & Maintenance
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Assist in maintaining the health and look of turf through mowing, fertilizing, watering, weed-eating, aerating, and applying compost and compost tea
– Assist in maintaining woody and herbaceous plantings through planting, weeding, pruning, mulching, and other horticultural activities
– Assist in maintaining roads, pathways, and parking areas through surface maintenance, renovations, and leaf, debris, and snow removal
– Support the Horticulture Department teams by assisting with the maintenance of trees, shrubs, and plants through pruning, planting, transplanting, fertilizing, watering, and weeding

Maintenance & Repair Support
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Assist the Grounds team in making regular repairs to maintain the fences, walls, garden furniture, drains, catch-basins, bridges, curbing, patios, terraces, courtyards, and other hardscape features
– Perform regular repair and servicing activites to maintain the good condition of tools and equipment
– 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:

– Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, vehicles and small and large engine equipment plus the ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
– 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 flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed.

This position requires strenuous physical work including frequent standing, bending, twisting, stooping, climbing, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects over 50 pounds.

Please note this is a seasonal, part time position working under 1,000 hours per year between the months of March through December. A typical schedule includes working Monday through Friday during the day.

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

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