Assistant Director of the Botanical Gardens

Position Information

General Information

Position Number 002727
Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Working Title Assistant Director of the Botanical Gardens
Position Designation EHRA Non-Faculty
Employment Type Permanent - Full-time
Months per Year 12
Work Schedule

The Assistant Director works a standard week, M-F 8AM-5PM with flexibility to fulfil evening/weekend duties as needed.

Hours per week 40
FLSA Status Exempt
Division Academic Affairs
Department Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)
Work Location
Salary Range
Primary Purpose of Department

The goal of the Botanical Gardens is to promote the knowledge and appreciation of plants for educational, environmental and aesthetic purposes within a university setting. The Botanical Gardens is composed of the McMillan Greenhouse, the Susie Harwood Garden, and the Van Landingham collections. The Gardens are funded through a combination of state monies, endowments, and donations.

Primary Purpose of Position

This is primarily an administrative position responsible for directing educational offerings and the content of botanical collections.

Summary of Position Responsibilities

The Assistant Director must have extensive botanical expertise in order to direct the educational offerings of the Botanical Gardens to meet the needs of the Charlotte Community. This includes both classroom offerings and interpretation of collections for visitors. The Assistant Director helps establish policy and implementation of public engagement endeavors with entities such as tour groups, volunteers, individual visitors, students, classes, etc. and supervises staff who carry out this public engagement. The Assistant Director is also responsible for helping to identify appropriate plant materials for the various gardens that make up the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. This position is a member of the Gardens’ Leadership Team, is a key public face of the Gardens and, along with all other staff members, is responsible for the guest experience at the Gardens. The Assistant Director must be an enthusiastic advocate for the Gardens. This position reports to the Director of the Botanical Gardens.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s degree in Botany, Horticulture, Plant Science or related discipline or Bachelor’s degree in similar field with Four years of experience coordinating educational programming.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Necessary Certifications/Licenses
Preferred Certifications/Licenses
Special Notes to Applicants

Please electronically attach a resume or CV, cover letter and the names of three professional references. All applicants must apply through the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s online application process. Finalist will be subject to a criminal background check.

Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference on appropriate letterhead stationery forwarded (in PDF format, if submitted electronically) on their behalf to Dr. Jeffrey Gillman, Director of Botanical Gardens, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223, or via email to (

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Posting Open Date 02/01/2018
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Hire Date 07/02/2018
If time-limited please indicate appointment end date
Contact Information

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents