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Human Resources
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Current Openings

Science Education Coordinator – Informal Learning

Full-time. posted 11/12/14

The Education Department is seeking a children’s program coordinator to provide exciting, student-centered education programming for children (ages 0-18) and families that promotes environmental literacy. The successful applicant will guide the overall operations of all informal science education programs (early childhood, homeschool, families, summer camp, and teens) in a manner that ensures excellence at all levels while achieving budgeted revenues and expenses. The position works collaboratively with the Children’s Education Team and other members of the department to achieve annual and long range goals within the mission of the Garden.

Responsibilities include accepting primary responsibility for the success of onsite informal children’s programs by coordinating curriculum development, materials preparation, records maintenance, monitoring the registration process, and budget development; supplying course catalog content, website updates, social media posts, and other pertinent data to the Education Publication Coordinator, and managing grassroots program marketing; working with the Children’s Education Manager and Formal Science Education Coordinator to recruit, train, hire and evaluate Garden Educator staff; recruiting, coordinating, supporting and training volunteers for all related program areas; teaching some programs and/or substitute teaching for programs, when needed; developing and coordinating additional children’s activities for families during special events and exhibits; participating in department and Garden staff meetings, planning teams, and events; and assisting with reports and proposals.

Requirements include a Bachelor level degree in education, life sciences or related field; Master’s degree preferred; 3 years of supervisory experience with both staff and volunteers; strong organizational and curriculum development skills; background in desert ecology, biology or environmental science; flexibility to work well in a team environment; excellent interpersonal skills and an enthusiastic approach; ability to work occasional weekends and evenings; excellent written and oral communication skills; and experience in writing, developing, or teaching science and environmental curriculum in an informal educational environment. 
Application deadline: November 25, 2014

Senior Accountant

Full-time. posted 11/7/14

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration, the Senior Accountant is responsible for the management and coordination of daily accounting and monthly reporting activities. The successful candidate will coordinate all day-to-day accounting, including management of accounts receivable; develop and maintain accounting practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements; address tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, financial reporting, year-end audit preparation and the support of budget and forecast activities.

Responsibilities include overseeing and managing all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems to ensure effective and timely month-end closing; ensuring the timely reporting of all monthly financial information; gaining and sustaining a thorough understanding of the financial reporting, general ledger system and other interfacing systems; supervising the Accounts Receivable Clerk, as required; maintaining internal control and business processes for receipt of revenue (earned and contributed) and accounting for restricted revenues correctly; managing all accounts receivable and donor pledges; reconciling all required accounts between systems or departments; consistently analyzing financial data and presenting financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; advising other departments regarding the handling of non-routine accounting transactions; working with the Director of Finance to ensure a clean and timely year-end audit; coordinating the monthly general ledger closing; initiating and managing the development and implementation of new procedures and features to enhance department workflow; providing training to new and existing staff, as needed; coordinating and managing the budgeting process operationally to assist the Director of Finance during annual budgeting; providing re-forecasting reports as requested; and supporting special projects.

Requirements include a B.S/B.A. in Business, with an emphasis in Accounting/Audit; five to seven years of supervisory experience in the financial reporting/general ledger area, experience working in a non-profit organization is preferred; hands-on expertise in monthly closing process and account reconciliations; technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software development and implementation, and managing relationships with software vendors; advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software; PC proficiency and ability to thrive in a fast-paced setting; strong experience with Microsoft Excel (at least intermediate level), PowerPoint and Word; extremely strong attention to detail; strong oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal, supervisory and customer service skills; and ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Development Operations Assistant

Part -time, 32 hours per week. posted 11/12/14

This position works with the Development Operations staff to provide exceptional customer service on the Membership Helpline while answering general Garden questions and assisting with ticket and membership purchases.
Major responsibilities include:   

Customer service: provide exceptional customer service to members, donors, and guests; promptly respond to requests for information and assistance

Database support: enter, maintain, and update constituent records in Raiser’s Edge; ensure data integrity and accuracy; update database to reflect address changes; perform database cleanup; work on special projects as needed

Gift Processing and Acknowledgement: process credit card, cash, and check payments for all lower level memberships and annual appeal gifts; prepare contribution record forms and provide accounting details to the business office; enter gifts and memberships into Raiser’s Edge, with 48-hour gift acknowledgement goal; assist with fulfillment of membership donation requests

Department support: assist in administrative support for the Development department; assist with maintenance of donor hard copy files; inventory donor wall plates and Development Department materials; perform Membership mailing list data entry; support major fundraising and special events; work at the annual Dinner on the Desert fundraising gala in April

Requirements include: Proficiency in Microsoft Office; 3 years of experience in an office and/or customer service environment; exceptional customer service and oral communication skills; flexible schedule to include occasional weekends, holidays and evenings; ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently in a fast-paced environment with a courteous, enthusiastic approach. 

Must be a self-starter and team player with the ability to work with minimal supervision.  Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge preferred, including but not limited to: batch gift entry, queries, exports, and the membership module; experience with Galaxy Ticketing Systems also preferred.

Herbarium Collections Manager  

Part-time; grant-funded for 21 months with the possibility of continuing post-grant, pending additional funding. posted 10/24/14

The Herbarium Collections Manager will work as part of a team to curate the Garden’s collection of herbarium specimens, will serve as a member of the Research, Conservation and Collections Department and will work closely with and report to the Curator of the Herbarium.

The successful candidate will assist herbarium staff with achieving the goals of a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to expand the storage capacity of the herbarium. Responsibilities will include identifying and annotating specimens, updating and redistributing specimens in cases, mounting specimens, replacing folders and labels as needed, supervising volunteers, maintaining the database and image library, and leading tours of the herbarium.

Requirements include a Bachelor level degree in a plant-related field (M.S. preferred); knowledge of vascular plant taxonomy and systematics (experience with Southwest flora preferred); experience using Symbiota software or similar programs; ability to use dichotomous identification keys; and strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Previous curatorial experience in a research collection or museum is a plus.


The benefits of regular employment at the Desert Botanical Garden include a competitive benefits package*, complimentary family membership, employee admissions exchange, wellness initiatives and discounts. 

Reasonable accommodation may be made, where necessary, to allow a qualified individual to perform essential job functions. Honored as one of the 2012 Best Places to Work by the Phoenix Business Journal, the Desert Botanical Garden is an equal-opportunity employer.   

*subject to eligibility requirements

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