Director of Visitor Services and Public Programs

Ganna Walska Lotusland

Title:  Director of Visitor Services and Public Programs

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Departments: Guest Services

Reports to: Executive Director

Created: September 2021

Ganna Walska Lotusland, a 37-acre horticulture display garden in Santa Barbara hiring a Director of Visitor Services and Public Programs to join our leadership team. We are looking for a lifelong learner to blend creativity with scientific knowledge to deliver and develop dynamic guest and member programs and experiences that appeal to a wide range of audiences.

This position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the visitor center, including adult and children educational programs, exhibitions, gift shop, and front-facing staff supervision. The successful candidate will demonstrate good judgment in managing projects, budgets, and people, all in a busy public garden. Lotusland is beginning a series of capital projects in our Master Plan, including major renovations to existing buildings and the design of several garden features and areas. The Director of Visitor Services and Public Programs will play a key role in envisioning the future of our gardens.

With 20,000 visitors per year, Lotusland is a local, regional, and national attraction for those seeking gardening inspiration and a beautiful escape from the everyday. We welcome applicants who reflect the diversity of our community and can help us become a more inclusive garden for staff, volunteers, and guests.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Director of Visitor Services and Public Programs plays a crucial role in managing the staff that defines and creates the Lotusland experience while generating loyalty, retention, and revenue.

They are responsible for ensuring all visitors have an exceptional visit to Lotusland and drive Lotusland’s mission of plant conservation while generating earned and contributed revenue through reservations and Garden Shop sales.

The Director of Visitor Services and Public Programs reports to the Executive Director and partners with department leaders from across Lotusland to further position the Garden as a warm, welcoming, and special place.  The Director manages one of Lotusland’s largest departments and includes all front-line staff and volunteers who welcome visitors from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds, including families with young children, adults, seniors, international travelers, members, donors, VIPs, and educational tours. This position also includes monitoring garden activity by radio to ensure emergencies are successfully managed.

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position is responsible for the overall planning, development, marketing, organization, staffing and supervision of the Guest Services Department.

Working in cooperation with other departments, the Director of Visitor Services and Public Programs oversees a variety of programs and projects including print, social media and digital campaigns including Public Access through museums for All, the Fourth Grade Outreach Program, collaborations with schools and universities, on-site membership sales, plus digital correspondence and website presence as it relates to guest services or education.

This position provides vision and execution of public programming. Public Programs include education (Pre-K through college), public tours (self-guide and docent-led), Open Pathways (free tours for the low income or underserved friends in our community), and Community and Family Engagement. This person oversees the training and mentoring of the Garden’s public programs volunteers and staff to enhance our capacity to offer mission-driven educational and interpretive experiences using appropriate approaches and technologies, as well as to ensure Lotusland provides a consistently safe, welcoming, and enjoyable atmosphere for visitors, staff, and volunteers. As part of this role, the successful candidate will systematically evaluate the visitor experience, develop and execute plans for public program improvement, and establishes and manages relationships with local and national partners to enhance the Garden’sprograms.

This person is also responsible for tracking all visitation numbers for all guests in order to be compliant withLotusland’s use permit. The successful applicant will demonstrate deep knowledge of CRM management and analytical skills tools to assess financial performance and identify means for growing revenue.

CANDIDATE PROFILE:

The ideal candidate has experience working as an energetic non-profit manager with strong customer services skills, with a minimum of 5 years in a supervisory role, preferably in a museum or garden setting. This decisive and personable leader has extensive experience identifying, soliciting, and developing relationships with a proven track record of meeting their goals. Superb written, verbal, management and organizational skills are required, as is working with volunteers and the public.

The successful candidate will have strong social and interpersonal skills and will excel in a collaborative team environment. S/he will be a person of high energy, integrity, and ethical standards. Experience working for an organization in the cultural community is a plus.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Develop, implement, and oversee Guest Services and Education related activities and programs to meet identified outcomes and financial
  2. Support a fulfilling and informative self-guide guest experience using new
  3. Refine Lotusland’s traditional docent training and tour program with available personnel and staff as
  4. Recruit, hire, onboard, supervise, and discipline department staff, as well as conduct annual performance reviews, check-in meetings, and ensure all department staff is completing review deliverables.
  5. Hold regular department meetings and team building to support a highly communicative and collaborative
  6. Develop program budgets and reports, and approve all expenditures for
  7. Ensure website content and all department marketing and promotional material are relevant and up to date.
  8. Develop and implement evaluations that measure the quality of the guest experience, understanding and
  9. Generate assessments and regular communications and serve as the primary spokesperson to 100 docents and 250 volunteers, with enthusiasm for the dissemination of accurate and timely
  10. Train and refine customer service tactics to guest and member service to all employees, volunteers, and staff (at least 1x a year for each audience).
  11. Adopt and implements organization-wide technologies and create systems to guide and execute the strategic goals of the institution to support Lotusland’s
  12. Ensure cross-departmental communication is occurring between the Guest Services Team and other departments as to program offerings, events,
  13. Generate a monthly report for the Board utilizing data from Department managers in a way that shows impact, progress, and generates excitement and understanding among board
  14. Serve as a member of the Senior Leadership
  15. Act as a primary staff person for Lotusland’s neighbor communications and related activities, including but not limited to the annual neighbor events, neighbor list management, and ongoing communication. Represent Lotuslandat community events when
  16. Oversee the development, coordination, and execution of educational activities related to Lotusland’s County-wide Fourth Grade Outreach Program (when reinstated post- COVID), college group visits, and other educational programs for students Pre-K through
  17. Ensure Lotusland is engaged in the community through our Open Pathways program, participation in community events when organizational bandwidth allows, developing materials and offerings for families, ensuring programming is inclusive, and ensuring staff and volunteers are prepared to meet the needs of diverse
  18. Perform other tasks as assigned by Executive Director

The responsibilities and deliverables listed above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and/or skills. Other duties and tasks may be assigned as needed.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree Experience in nonprofit management, program and curriculum development and design and execution, business, hospitality or related field of study required.
  • Strong human relations and communication skills
  • Deep knowledge of CRM management and analytical skills to assess performance and identify means for growing program and revenue
  • Experience in developing and setting institutional policies helpful
  • Proven experience in fundraising, including securing sponsorships and corporate support is
  • Experience in technology hardware and software systems including proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Tasks and Teams is
  • Must be able to multi-task, be highly organized, maintain poise under pressure, be a highly motivated self-starter, and display strong time management and planning
  • Must be available on occasional nights and weekends.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Cheerful, positive attitude and superior ability to represent Lotusland in a friendly and professional
  • Proficiency with numerous computer and software applications and flexibility to learn new
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to successfully interface with staff, volunteers, docents,trustees, guests, members and
  • Ability to perform at a high level in a fast-paced team environment, and manage multiple projects to meet Proven success increasing financial results and building strong relationships.
  • Highly effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to analyze and assess problems and solve them quickly and efficiently

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • General office environment, with frequent occasions spent at our other office locations throughout the
  • Significant computer and telephone work (repetitive movement – typing).
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, and climbing stairs with occasional lifting of light loads (20 lbs.)

The successful candidate must be able to perform each requirement of the position as outlined in the job description. Essential Requirements are representative and are essential for satisfactory job performance. The Work Environment characteristics are representative of those that may be encountered while on the job.  Lotusland will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

TO APPLY:

To apply, send (3) items:  Your resume, a cover letter and three references to:
HR@lotusland.org.  Please note that we ask you to put your desired salary range in your cover letter.

No phone calls until we respond to your application package please.   Lotusland is an equal opportunity employer.

Please check out our website @ www.lotusland.org.  We look forward to welcoming you for a visit!