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Bartram’s Garden recognizes the value of promoting a diverse workforce. All individuals, including those from historically under-represented groups, are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, any form of personal or professional connections to Southwest Philadelphia will be considered a plus for all applicants. If desired, applicants are invited to reflect in their cover letter or other written statement on how their professional and lived experiences position them for their requested role.

See position details below for application information. No phone calls or visits, please.

 

About Bartram’s Garden

Bartram’s Garden is a 50-acre public garden in Southwest Philadelphia, situated on Lenape territory on the banks of the Tidal Schuylkill River. It is a venue for art, an access to the tidal river and wetlands, an outdoor classroom and a living laboratory. Bartram’s Garden attempts to hold the colonial legacy of the land with a commitment to learn and share the whole truth about of the plants of Southwest Philadelphia and the people who grow them.

The mission of the John Bartram Association is to create equitable relationships among people and nature through immersive, community-driven experiences that activate the Bartram legacy, Garden, and House, on land and on the Schuylkill River, in Southwest Philadelphia. The garden was founded in 1728 by John Bartram, whose passion for plants and the natural world inspired generations of horticulturists. Located in Southwest Philadelphia, the 50-acre public historic garden is preserved, enhanced, and maintained by the John Bartram Association as America’s oldest surviving botanic garden in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Philadelphia.

Today, Bartram’s Garden offers opportunities for visitors to connect with and learn about plants, nature, history, art, and science. It encompasses the 1731 Bartram house and farm buildings, historic garden, reclamation meadow, tidal wetlands, community farm, recreational trails, and the Schuylkill river front with a public boat dock.

Bartram’s Garden has been working to build its local Southwest focused programs and activities and strengthen its local community partnerships. Continuing to broaden and deepen these relationships and build sustaining relationships with families, local institutions, churches, schools and academic institutions utilizing the Bartram legacy as inspiration for learning and environmental stewardship is at the heart of our vision for a great civic common and river garden. The garden is in the midst of transformation, with unprecedented opportunities for growth and renewal. With the construction of the Bartram’s Mile Trail and first major house and garden restoration in nearly a century, the profile and visitation at Bartram’s Garden has increased immensely. Capitalizing on this momentum, we are about to embark on planning for a riverfront restoration, freshwater mussel hatchery, and a kayak dock expansion among numerous other projects. These opportunities are focused on building our capacity to serve as the outdoor classroom and living room of Southwest Philadelphia, expanding our role as an anchor community open space and cultural asset.

Bartram’s Garden recognizes the value of promoting a diverse workforce. All individuals, including those from historically under-represented groups, are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, any form of personal or professional connections to Southwest Philadelphia will be considered a plus for all applicants. If desired, applicants are invited to reflect in their cover letter or other written statement on how their professional and lived experiences position them for their requested role.

See position details below for application information. No phone calls or visits, please.

 


Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Bartram’s Garden seeks a full-time Marketing and Communications Coordinator to create and execute dynamic and inclusive storytelling in support of year-round promotions for free and low-cost public programs, fundraising solicitations and events, and merchandise sales. This is a full-time salaried position that will report to the Director of Development, with health benefits and paid vacation.

Responsibilities include the following:

Content Creation and Distribution
• Creating and implementing inclusive, vibrant communications reaching a range of audiences through a variety of channels
• Maintaining lively, diverse, and up-to-date communications through social media, website, text message, email, flyers, and occasional on-site signage
• Advertising upcoming programs to support participation goals for attendance and target audiences
• Promoting merchandise sales and fundraising events to support revenue goals

Vendor Management
• Coordinating street team to implement local promotions like flyer distribution and door-to-door canvassing in our Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood
• Contracting and managing photographers, videographers, printers, and other external vendors as necessary to document or promote programs and activities

Relationship & Brand Management
• Attending occasional evening or weekend events at Bartram’s Garden or in the nearby Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood to take photos, conduct outreach, or build relationships
• Ensuring that the Bartram’s Garden brand, graphic identity, and voice is consistent and intentional across all communications

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following:
• Passion for the mission of Bartram’s Garden and for working with diverse partners and audiences
• Enthusiasm and skill for communicating with people of diverse races, ages, and lived experiences through multiple channels
• Ability to balance multiple competing priorities and to communicate effectively about implementation plans
• Excellent and documented communications skills in writing and editing, brand management, or community outreach or 2+ years of communications, marketing, promotion, or outreach experience
• Familiarity with social media platforms, especially Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Candidates will especially stand out if they also demonstrate the following:
• Familiarity with website management or online publishing platforms like WordPress
• Skills and/or interest in graphic design or photography/videography skills
• Demonstrated experience communicating successfully with a range of audiences through a range of channels (one-on-one, email, social media, phone, flyers, etc.)
• Lived or professional experience communicating or conducting outreach in Southwest Philadelphia

The audience for Bartram’s Garden includes more than 100,000 visitors annually, along with roughly 65,000 online followers and subscribers. Through ongoing programming and partnerships, the Garden is invested in growing relationships with local residents living within walking distance, including neighbors at Bartram Village, in the Kingsessing neighborhood, and in the wider Southwest Philadelphia community.

Compensation, Benefits, and Schedule
This is a full-time, non-exempt, year-round position. Annual salary is between $40,000–$45,000, depending on experience. Benefits include employer-paid healthcare, dental coverage, short and long-term disability coverage, holidays, vacation, sick time, and professional development opportunities.

The anticipated start date for this position is in October 2021. Depending on evolving public health guidance regarding the COVID19 pandemic, this position may include both on-site work at Bartram’s Garden and regular remote access.

To Apply
Email cover letter with resume, two references, and two work samples to jobs@bartramsgarden.org, with subject line “Marketing & Communications.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning August 15. No phone calls or visits, please.

Bartram’s Garden recognizes the value of promoting a diverse workforce. All individuals, including those from historically under-represented groups, are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, any form of personal or professional connections to Southwest Philadelphia will be considered a plus for all applicants. If desired, applicants are invited to reflect in their cover letter or other written statement on how their professional and lived experiences position them for their requested role.

Development Coordinator

Bartram’s Garden seeks a well-organized and highly motivated Development Coordinator to support our growing organization and expanding audience through effective donor and sponsor cultivation, event management, and fundraising. This is a full-time position that will report to the Development Manager.

Core Responsibilities include:
• Event management: Facilitate the annual gala, Twilight in the Garden, and smaller year-round cultivation and fundraising events.
• Support: Schedule management for the Garden’s Executive Director, including Board and Board committees, campaign committee, institutional partnerships, all-staff gatherings, and internal coordination related to capital projects and capital campaign.
• Cultivation: Grow donor and sponsor pipeline for annual gala and seasonal fundraisers; schedule and facilitate retreats and volunteer experiences for corporate groups; support Development Manager to manage Board Annual Fund.
• Grants: Some grant writing and grants management, including database management and donor acknowledgments.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following:
• Passion for the mission of Bartram’s Garden and for working with diverse partners and audiences, including board members, donors, volunteers, and members
• Ability to approach work holistically and to communicate priorities as part of a close team
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills
• Experience in philanthropy, event planning, volunteer management
• Familiarity with donor database software like Raiser’s Edge and facility with the MS Office suite
• Experience with diverse communities including race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, orientation, place of origin
• Personal or professional familiarity with Southwest Philadelphia
• Must be flexible to work evenings or weekends when hosting scheduled special events

Schedule and Compensation
This is a full-time, non-exempt, year-round position. Annual salary is between $40,000-$45,000, depending on experience. Benefits include employer-paid healthcare, dental coverage, short and long-term disability coverage, holidays, vacation, and sick time.

To Apply
Email cover letter, resume, and one or two work samples to jobs@bartramsgarden.org with the subject line “Development Coordinator.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on July 7. No phone calls or visits, please.

Bartram’s Garden recognizes the value of promoting a diverse workforce. All individuals, including those from historically under-represented groups, are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, any form of personal or professional connections to Southwest Philadelphia will be considered a plus for all applicants. If desired, applicants are invited to reflect in their cover letter or other written statement on how their professional and lived experiences position them for their requested role.