Chief Development Officer

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization founded in 1827, advances the wellbeing of the Philadelphia region by creating healthier living environments, building deeper connections between people, and increasing access to fresh food and economic opportunity.  Fueled by a diverse community of supporters, PHS delivers impact through initiatives in more than 250 neighborhoods; an expansive network of public gardens and landscapes; and the nation’s signature gardening event, the Philadelphia Flower Show. PHS invites everyone to garden for the greater good as a participant, member, donor, or volunteer.

In anticipation of its 200th anniversary in 2027, PHS launched a community outreach and strategic visioning effort, engaging thousands of supporters in extensive, research, and listening sessions. The effort inspired the PHSVision2027, the Society’s focused commitment to creating impact in the years ahead by “gardening for the greater good.” Under Vision 2027, PHS will use all of its activities to use horticulture to advance four impact priorities: increasing access to fresh food; creating healthier living environments; building deeper social connections, and growing economic opportunity.

PHS seeks an innovative fundraising leader to serve as the Chief Development Officer (CDO) during this exciting and transformational time. The CDO will be a strategic leader possessing the skills to create, diversify, expand, and increase revenue in the areas of Membership, Annual Fund, Major Gifts, Foundation Grants, and Planned Giving.

Reporting to the President, the successful candidate will be a key member of the leadership team, have three direct reports and oversee a team of twelve. The successful candidate will support PHS stakeholders including the Board of Directors, the Development Committee, leadership team, staff, and community partners  to achieve strategic and program initiative goals. The CDO will possess the stature and poise to work with philanthropic, business, community leaders and a cadre of high caliber volunteers.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to facilitate this executive recruitment. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail at [email protected].