0922 Manager I

Director of Botanical Garden & Conservatory of Flowers

Recruitment #PEX-0922-060546



 **Amended and reissued to extend the filing date to allow for additional recruitment.  Applicants who filed under the terms of the announcement issued October 25, 2013 need not reapply. **


Permanent Exempt Full Time – This position is exempt from Civil Service rules pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section 10.104-18 and serves at the discretion of Appointing Officer.


This leadership position is the Director for San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers.  The Director is responsible for managing the operations, facilities, and staffs at two renowned botanical institutions that are San Francisco Recreation & Park Department properties located within Golden Gate Park:

  • San Francisco Botanical Garden: a 55-acre living museum containing a documented collection of 8,000 kinds of plants displayed in a series of geographic and specialty gardens, with more than 300,000 visitors annually. San Francisco Botanical Garden is managed with the support and partnership of the nonprofit San Francisco Botanical Garden Society.
  • Conservatory of Flowers: a 12,000 square-foot historic glass conservatory with four support greenhouses, a widely marketed program of changing exhibits, with more than 200,000 visitors annually. The Conservatory of Flowers is managed with the support and partnership of the nonprofit San Francisco Parks Alliance.

 The Director manages a publicly-funded horticultural and facilities management staff of 18 full-time equivalents (FTE) and 7 non-profit-funded FTE at the Conservatory of Flowers, and oversees the activities of up to 20 interns, a flexible number of job-training participants, and extensive volunteer program efforts. The Director position will report to the 0923 Manager II (Golden Gate Park Superintendent).The position manages an operating budget of approximately $2.3M in public funds as well as a $1.2 M private non-profit budget at the Conservatory of Flowers.


At both institutions, the Director has direct management of operations staff in the stewardship and maintenance of landscape, grounds, and facilities including greenhouse and conservatory displays. This includes the management or oversight of the design, maintenance and management of specialized plant collections and landscapes, planning efforts and capital improvements, strategic and master planning, and curation and cultivation of internationally significant collections of plants.


The Director has key responsibilities in managing the operational relationships with San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and San Francisco Parks Alliance regarding their respective institutions.  These non-profit operational relationships are governed by a memorandum of understanding in the case of the Conservatory of Flowers and a lease and management agreement in the case of the Botanical Garden. Management duties vary at the two institutions based on their respective agreements. At the Conservatory of Flowers, in addition to the duties described above, the Director position has direct management of fundraising efforts, visitor services, admissions collection, earned income, special events and exhibits, educational programs, interpretation, marketing, community relations and volunteer coordination. At San Francisco Botanical Garden, the Director supports these efforts and provides general oversight of the non-profit partners activities on behalf of the Recreation and Park Department.


Duties for San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers:

·  Manage day-to-day operations of these facilities including supervision of staff, interns, and volunteers;

·  Administer and monitor expenditure of public and private funds as described above;

·  Support or manage non-profit partner fundraising programs;

·  Plan, direct or oversee public and private-funded capital improvement projects;

·  Manage ongoing landscape and facility maintenance and renovation of the institutions’ buildings and garden structures. 

·   Act as a spokesman and communicate with the public and news media;

· Manage or support earned-income opportunity development;

·  Manage the planning and development of new and renovated gardens or facilities;

· Develop and maintain positive working relationships with the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and San Francisco Parks Alliance Executive Directors per their respective management agreements;

·   Manage and implement strategic and master planning efforts

·  Support or manage youth and adult educational programming efforts focused on botanical, horticultural and environmental themes;

·   Support or manage program marketing and scheduling to maximize public participation;

·   Serve as an ex officio member of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Board of Trustees

·   Serve as the primary point of contact between the Recreation and Park Department and the non-profit partners;

·   Perform additional duties, as required.


COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  The normal annual salary range is $92,222 – $117,702. Appointment above the maximum of the normal range may be considered based on documented and substantiated recruitment and retention issues or exceptional skills.  A special approval process is necessary for appointment above the normal salary range.  In addition to a competitive salary, the City and County of San Francisco offers flexible benefit plans with pre-tax elections which include:  medical and dental insurance; retirement plan; deferred compensation plan; Social Security; long-term disability plan; life insurance; management training program; eleven (11) paid holidays annually; five (5) floating holidays; depending on years of service, ten (10), fifteen (15), or twenty (20) vacation days annually; and may earn up to 100 hours paid administrative leave annually.

Minimum Qualifications

       1.      Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in horticulture, botany, landscape architecture or a related field; AND


2.      Requires at least five years of progressively responsible professional management and supervisory experience in a public garden or similar institution.

Desirable Qualifications:

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

        ·        Master’s degree in horticulture or related field;

        ·        Proven track record of working with non-profits;

        ·        Demonstrated management and communication skills necessary to set goals, manage, lead and enroll employees and volunteers;

        ·        Comprehensive knowledge of best management practices in public garden administration, including management of public-private partnerships;

        ·        Comprehensive knowledge of temperate, Mediterranean, and subtropical horticulture and botany;

        ·        Knowledge of educational theory and interpretive-planning principles;

        ·        Knowledge of the principles and practices of capital-project management;

        ·        Knowledge of history, principles and practices of landscape architecture and environmental planning;

        ·        Highly developed ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to diverse audiences;

        ·        Ability to develop institutional-strategic and operations plans for public gardens; and

        ·        Knowledge of private and extramural public funding.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement (PEX-0922-060546)
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Lilli Ann Bobila, by telephone at 415.831.2731, or by email at lilliann.bobila@sfgov.org.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process. 

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Plan

Screening of Applications:  Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience and training.  Additional mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidate’s qualifications.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the process.

Oral/Performance Evaluation:  Candidates may be interviewed to determine their relative knowledge, ability, and skill levels in job related areas.  Written, assessment type, or other performance-based exercises may be utilized.

Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.


Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor

Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States. 

Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-0922-060546

Re-issued Date:  February 24, 2015

Issue Date:  October 25, 2013




All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, typically 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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