Greensboro Beautiful (GBI) is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director.  This would be a full-time, compensated position.  This would be an exciting opportunity to work with one of the most ecologically conscious and engaged organizations in the area with a great set of volunteers and our staff partners in the City of Greensboro.  The job description providing details and how to apply is below.

Greensboro Beautiful Executive Director Position

Core Job Responsibilities:

The Executive Director of GBI is expected to be a full-time position reporting to the GBI Board of Directors, including the Executive Committee of the Board (collectively “the Board”).  The Executive Director will be responsible to (i) lead the organization and develop long-term strategic and sustainability goals for GBI under the direction and guidance of the Board, (ii) serve as the primary interface with the City of Greensboro, specifically including its Office of Development and Engagement, to foster the partnership between the City and GBI; (iii) engage volunteer support for GBI, (iv) provide leadership in developing programs and assist and support the GBI Committees in their various activities including GBI events, (v) provide administrative support for GBI in collaboration with City staff, (vi) promote the GBI brand and image within the community; and (vii) promote and coordinate fundraising.

Greensboro Beautiful is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization governed by its Board of Directors.  It raises private funds to support enhancements on City of Greensboro property, to develop Greensboro’s public gardens, to conduct community clean-ups, to engage in tree plantings, to hold garden events and to engage in other related activities for the benefit of Greensboro residents.

Responsibilities and Duties for leadership and strategic goals:

The Executive Director will in collaboration with the Board develop long-term plans for sustaining the organization in areas such as governance, fundraising, budgeting and finance, organization, soliciting Board membership and volunteer involvement, compliance and other areas necessary to the functioning and long-term viability of the organization.   In this area, the Executive Director will be expected:

  • To propose specific plans and proposals in the above areas as appropriate for review and approval by the Board and execute on policies and programs authorized by the Board.
  • To oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization and ensure its overall successful long-term operation.
  • To oversee and report on the organization’s activities to the Board and assist with Board development.
  • Create a mode of operation for the organization that is simple and streamlined.

Responsibilities and Duties for interface and partnership with the City of Greensboro:

GBI has long been a model for a public-private partnership with the City of Greensboro and its several departments focused most intensively with the City Parks & Recreation Office of Development and Engagement (formerly City Beautiful).  This relationship is summarized in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into by GBI and the City in 2019.  It is expected that the Executive Director will take the lead, with the collaboration and support of the Board, to revise the MOU as appropriate and to reinstate clear working relationships with the City that are consistent with the partnership spirit.

Responsibilities and Duties to engage volunteer support:

GBI is a non-profit organization that relies heavily on volunteers to carry most of its non-administrative activities.  The ability to recruit and maintain volunteer engagement is the lifeblood of GBI.  The City staff currently supports volunteer efforts for GBI, and we anticipate that will continue – working with City staff assigned to that responsibility, the Executive Director will be responsible to focus on the recruitment of new Board members, Committee members and volunteers and to develop, promote, and maintain a wide range of volunteer opportunities within the organization as follows:

  • Discern and anticipate a broad list of needs at GBI and engage and recruit volunteers and groups to meet those needs.
  • Survey Committee heads regularly to assess opportunities for volunteer assistance.
  • Recommend the most efficient use of volunteers and maintain a climate which attracts, keeps and motivates a diverse base of volunteers.
  • Develop and manage volunteer policies, procedures, and standards of volunteer service.
  • Organize and participate in volunteer recognition programs and special events.
  • Develop a follow-up communication plan for all volunteers to ensure continued engagement.
  • Evaluate all aspects of volunteer programs to ensure effectiveness and to recommend/implement changes as appropriate.

Responsibilities and Duties to assist and support the GBI Committees and event planning:

GBI activities are currently led and coordinated by the Chair, Treasurer & Secretary, and Committees in the area of Public Gardens, Urban Forestry, Clean Community, Marketing, Holiday Greenery and garden events (the latter not a formal committee).  The Executive Director will be expected to work with the Committees to ensure and facilitate the success of their activities, assist in the conduct of their programs and events, and work with City staff in connection therewith.  The Executive Director will be expected to attend Committee meetings whenever possible and to make proposals to the Committee and the Board for improvements in both operation and structure of the Committees.

It is expected that the Executive Director will lead a review of garden events and recommend proposals for the continuation, management and funding of such events.

The Executive Director will be expected to:

  • Work well with Board members, officers and Committee members.
  • Work with the Treasurer and Committee chairs to develop the budget and monitor and control budget expenditures.
  • Provide appropriate, adequate and timely information to the Board.
  • Provide support to Board committees.
  • See that the Board is kept informed on the condition of the organization and all factors influencing it.

Responsibilities and Duties for administrative support:

The Executive Director will be charged with ensuring the smooth running of the organization in cooperation with City staff – such duties shall include:

  • Manage day to day GBI operations and inquiries (ensuring the phone is answered, monitoring emails, responding to website inquiries, etc.).
  • Ensure meetings are scheduled and attended.
  • Facilitate decisions and coordination of basics such as letterhead, marketing collateral, solicitations.
  • Ensure donors are promptly thanked and acknowledged.
  • Respond to press and media.

Responsibilities and Duties to promote GBI brand and image and community engagement:

GBI has a Marketing Committee to foster and communicate information about GBI to the community and public and is supported in those efforts by the marketing personnel within the City staff.  The Executive Director will work with the GBI Marketing Committee and City marketing staff in support of the following areas:

  • Become proficient in website technology and assist in monitoring website and newsletter content.
  • Represent and coordinate GBI in outreach to local media.
  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  • Re-establish GBI Speaker’s bureau and garden docents.
  • Serve as an effective spokesperson for GBI, represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies and the public, foster clear communications and consistent image to all GBI constituents – donors, members, volunteers, the public.
  • Develop and manage the overall strategic plan for community engagement, including raising awareness of the organization and creating/developing/maintaining engagement pathways for donors and volunteers.
  • Schedule and coordinate coverage at community events and meetings on behalf of GBI to promote engagement with the community to better understand community interests and activities.
  • Ensure timely response to inquiries from community members, organizations, companies, and other special groups.
  • Assist with regular social media posts on Facebook and Instagram as needed.

Responsibilities and Duties to promote and coordinate fundraising:

  • Assist in formation of fundraising committee.
  • Assist in developing realistic, ambitious fundraising plans.
  • Successfully involve others in fundraising.
  • Establish positive relationships with funders, sponsors and individual donors.
  • Coordination of fundraising efforts across multiple platforms – individual donations, sponsorships, sales, and events.
  • Accomplish fundraising goals through Fundraising Committee’s campaign and activities.


1. Demonstrates behaviors that incorporate GBI values:
A. Work practices exhibit ethics and integrity.

  • Keeps promises and commitments and takes responsibility for the results of their decisions.
  • Recognizes the contributions of others and give credit where credit is due.
  • Always seeks to follow policies and procedures.

B. Provides outstanding care and services.

  • Provides leadership to ensure the achievement of GBI goals.
  • Takes ownership of problems and asks for help when needed.
  • Responds effectively to Board members, volunteers and donors and assists them in a helpful, positive way.

C. Demonstrates individual initiative and creativity.

  • Takes on assignments that provide an opportunity to learn.
  • Encourages, develops, and accepts new or innovative ways of doing things.

D. Shows respect and compassion for all individuals and demonstrates a positive attitude.

2. Manages resources efficiently and works with team members to reduce costs and improve quality.

3. Demonstrates personal accountability.

4. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Ability to work well with others.
  • Knowledge of basic math.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing through all means and digital platforms.
  • Ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to work with multiple interruptions.
  • Proficient in using technology and willing to learn new applications as needed.
  • Able to work some nights and weekends as needed.
  • Competent and proficient in different types of social media platforms.
  • Willingness to conduct cold calls and/or outreach to community members.


  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience or involvement with volunteer organization.
  • Good written, oral and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to articulate the GBI mission and programs to a diverse group of constituents.
  • Must be an organized, creative, innovative individual with excellent promotional skills, a strong work ethic and the ability to manage the logistics of activities and events.
  • Energetic self-starter with strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects simultaneously, with attention to detail and quality.
  • Team-player who works with minimal supervision and exercises sound independent judgment.
  • Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience.
  • Person of integrity with demonstrated good judgment.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the core values and principles of GBI.

Work Conditions and Compensation:

 The Executive Director will be expected to work from a home office with appropriate computer, software and communications support provided or reimbursed by GBI.  The Executive Director will need to drive his/her own vehicle and travel/commute in the greater Greensboro area on a regular basis to meet with City staff, Board members and volunteers and donors and community organizations and supporters.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience and will entail some support on benefits.  The Executive Director may be a GBI employee or retained on a contract basis.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and references to

Application deadline is November 3, 2021.

Click here to download a pdf of the position description.




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