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Mt Cuba Center

Director of Human Resources

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 Human Resources is responsible for leading the organization’s personnel programs including, but not limited to employee relations, benefits administration, workforce training and development, human resources policy and procedure development, and talent acquisition. They develop and implement strategic human resource plans designed to provide the organization with the best talent available and to position the organization as an employer of choice. This position supervises staff of the Human Resource (HR) department and liaises with staff at all levels to ensure legal compliance and implementation of the organizations mission and talent strategy.

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborate with the Director of Finance to select, purchase, and administer employee compensation and benefit programs, inclusive of worker’s compensation, health insurance, leaves of absence, disability, and payroll processing; Monitors compensation trends to ensure that Mt. Cuba Center remains a competitive employer; Evaluates new and existing positions as needed to ensure alignment with industry standards and best practices; Implements and maintains the organization’s Performance Management and Reward & Recognition systems
  • Maintain responsibility for organizational compliance with federal, state and local laws pertaining to all employment matters and develop policies and procedures to support compliance and development efforts; Communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to management. Serve as the organization’s EEO Officer and perform preventive labor relations work.
  • Collaborates with safety to develop and implement safety programs for regulatory compliance and to foster the health and well-being of employees
  • Consult with legal counsel as appropriate on personnel matters and represent the organization on legal issues pertaining to employment
  • Direct and oversee talent acquisition and development programs to support candidate sourcing, recruiting, and workforce retention activities; Supervise the onboarding process, fostering clarity and connection for all employees and their role in relation to the overall vision of the organization
  • Lead Mt. Cuba’s DEIA initiatives and training to foster and support a diverse, inclusive workplace that is welcoming to all
  • Provide skills training, help management identify employees’ competencies, knowledge and skills gaps, and develop and continually monitor programs to address identified gaps; provide management development and change management interventions upon request and as needed; Serve as a resource and sounding board for restructuring efforts
  • Develop and support a highly motivated and engaged workplace culture; lead cultural initiatives that reinforce Mt. Cuba’s core values and foster a sense of inclusion and belonging among all staff; Establish credibility throughout the organization with management and employees through effective listening and problem solving of people issues; work with managers and supervisors to ensure team members understand and are held accountable for performance expectations
  • 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 development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies for advancing 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
  • 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 as needed and liaising with the Compensation Committee

SKILLS & ABILITIES

Education/Experience: Bachelors degree in Business Administration and/or Human Resource Management or similar area and 10 years’ experience in Human Resources Management

Certifications, Licenses, Credentials: SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP preferred

Abilities:

  • Exceptional attention to detail and critical thinking abilities
  • 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, prioritize tasks, and effectively function without close supervision;
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties

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, 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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