Executive Director

Delaware Center for Horticulture Published: January 24, 2024
Wilmington, DE
Skill Level
Senior Level
Job Type
CEO/ Senior Mgmt/ Exec Director
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The Delaware Center for Horticulture inspires individuals and communities through the power of plants. DCH imagines a healthier and greener Delaware for all residents.

Founded in 1977, the Delaware Center for Horticulture provides opportunities for community constituents of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds to learn from the functional beauty and power of plants. The organization’s collaborative efforts strengthen the social fabric of the greater Wilmington region and build vibrant, livable cities across Delaware by enhancing the environmental, economic, and aesthetic qualities of our communities.

The core programs driving the mission are achieved through community gardens, urban farms, and horticultural job training and by beautifying public landscapes, planting trees, and hosting educational programs and community events. DCH mobilizes and inspires community greening regionally, in urban and suburban environments alike, by working with individuals of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and racial identities. The historic headquarters building includes an art gallery, Infinity Roof and Founders Room, while the surrounding grounds include a Demonstration Garden, Rain Garden, and newly redesigned entry garden.

Position Overview

We seek an inspiring and visionary leader who has the ability to create and drive organizational growth. Our next Executive Director will provide progressive and transformational leadership at a pivotal time in the organization’s distinguished history. Specific career experience with horticulture is not a requirement, but an affinity and passion for how plants can improve the lives of individuals and communities must be demonstrated. Candidates with experience leading a nonprofit cultural organization with similar aspirations are also desirable.

The ideal candidate will have a background in increasing the visibility of an organization and carrying forward major new projects and programs. This person will have a track record of success in conceptualizing, developing, and executing new programs and events that have garnered greater awareness and financial success as well as reputational growth. This person must be highly organized and skilled at strategic, programmatic, and fiscal planning.  Growing revenue through annual giving, government contracts, foundation grants, major gifts, and earned revenue is a high priority.

A proven ability to manage and lead a staff team, including experience in hiring, coaching, delegating, and creating a group of high-quality, tightly coordinated professionals, is essential. Experience in motivating and retaining staff through progressive performance management approaches is also required. Business-principled decision-making that demonstrates skills in finances, budgeting, operations, and facilities management is expected.  A commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as prior experience that demonstrates those principles, is also required.

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree preferred.


  • Salary and benefits are generous and commensurate with experience.
  • DCH offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package; paid personal, sick, vacation and holiday time off; life insurance; short and long-term disability; and Defined Contribution Retirement Plan after completion of one year of service at DCH.

To Apply

For best consideration, please click "Apply on Company Website" below to submit a current resume and letter of introduction, by March 7, 2024 to Kittleman & Associates, LLC. 

Note: Kittleman & Associates, LLC is facilitating this search for the Delaware Center for Horticulture's next Executive Director. Kittleman is the nation’s first executive search firm dedicated exclusively to recruiting leaders for nonprofit organizations across the country. We believe in the power of nonprofit organizations to change the world by helping them find visionary leaders who can impact the lives of those they serve.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Delaware Center for Horticulture stands together with those raising their voices against implicit and explicit acts of intolerance, hatred, and racism throughout our city, state, and country. We reaffirm our commitment to being a part of the solution as an inclusive agent of necessary change.

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