Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Missouri Botanical Garden, 2345 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America Req #250
Friday, July 10, 2020


The Missouri Botanical Garden, believes that valuing diversity and embodying inclusive behaviors is the responsibility of all individuals both at the Garden and our operations around the globe. The Missouri Botanical Garden Director of Diversity and Inclusion is a key leadership position, reporting to the Garden’s President, and is responsible for ensuring all staff have the necessary capabilities and environment to contribute, be valued and belong.  This position will play a leadership role in developing, strengthening and maintaining new and existing collaborative relationships with all defined stakeholders in relation to diversity and inclusion; establish and implement strategic diversity and inclusion (D & I) initiatives for the Garden with measurable results. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion will identify diversity and inclusion challenges, develop effective strategies and implement intentional action plans that will aid Garden leadership and staff in the resolution of identified challenges, ensuring initiatives function proactively in support of the Garden’s mission. The individual will be proactive in providing expert guidance to senior leadership on diversity and inclusion topics related to local and global outreach programs, staff and volunteer programs, visitor relations and relevant legislation.


  • Leads the vision, strategic development, delivery and assessment of the Garden’s D&I program and initiatives related to, Staff and Volunteers, Local and Global Outreach programs and Visitors.
  • Collaborates with Senior Leadership, Board and other stakeholders to create programs, which demonstrate the Garden’s commitment to D&I for staff, volunteers, visitors, the local community and broader outreach. 
  • Provides guidance to senior leadership on diversity and inclusion topics.
  • Analyzes organizational metrics and current practices and policies to highlight opportunities for strengthening D&I across the Garden. Develops effective strategies and programs in those areas of opportunity in support of the Garden’s mission. 
  • Provides effective leadership in the development and implementation of D&I policies, programs and action plans in support of the Garden’s mission.
  • Evaluates success of D&I initiatives, actions, strategies; provides regular updates on progress to the President and other Senior Leadership of the Garden.
  • Possess a strong understanding of benchmarks, leading practices and innovations in D&I, as well as the strengths and challenges of each.
  • Initiates, cultivates and sustains partnerships with professionals, community networks, professional organizations and other institutions with interests similar to those of the Garden in an effort to promote strengthened collaboration.
  • Participates in community meetings and delivers lectures to professional organizations and to the general public as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with Senior Leadership to ensure that D&I is integrated into all aspects of recruitment, selection, onboarding, retention and professional development strategies and to support regular communication of diversity initiatives, events and progress.
  • Represents the Garden professionally and positively at all times, during internal and external interactions. 
  • Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within the department, as well as the division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, staff, volunteers and visitors.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITES:  Serves in an executive capacity and provides strategic leadership to the organization.  No direct reports or supervisory duties.




Senior Leadership:  Develops and implements strategies to fulfill the Garden’s mission; demonstrates innovative and strategic thinking, adaptability and flexibility in problem solving and decision making; applies understanding of business and financials into decision making, building capacity and process improvements which align with the Garden’s mission; inspires peers and staff; develops, coaches engages and mobilizes others to fulfill the Garden’s mission; develops and mentors staff for future roles to advance and secure the Garden’s mission.

Communication: Listens to others and asks questions for clarification; writes clearly and presents information accurately; speaks professionally and responds well to questions; supports positive visitor relations.

Collaboration:  Demonstrates teamwork and promotes respect in the workplace; engages in problem solving and group initiatives; cooperates in implementing procedures and process improvements; strives for positive visitor experiences.
Accountability: Demonstrates commitment to responsibilities and adaptable to changes; effectively prioritizes, troubleshoots and takes appropriate actions; follows policies and procedures, meets deadlines and safety or quality standards; strives to proactively address visitor and internal colleagues’ concerns.

Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems; recommends solutions and demonstrates creativity and resourcefulness; exhibits sound and accurate judgement in decision making process; includes appropriate people in making decisions.
Stewardship:  Promotes and adheres to sustainability, safety and security protocols; fosters a culture of respect, diversity and inclusion; demonstrates effective and prudent use of Garden resources; maximizes contributions during work hours.


Minimum Degree Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources/Business Administration, Organizational Development or other relevant degree program

Experience: 7+ years of related professional experience


  •  Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication (written and oral) skills
  • Demonstrated success in problem resolution, leadership communication, implementation of strategic initiatives. Experience in successful project management is preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to translate metrics, research and trends into strategy.  Ability to work in a fluid, fast paced environment.
  • Excellent collaboration skills; ability to work effectively across teams.
  • Ability to manage and influence change throughout the organization.
  • Proficient experience using Microsoft Office suite, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and TEAMS.



  • Prior experience creating and successfully developing Diversity and Inclusion programs.
  • Prior experience working within an executive leadership team.
  • Professional presence and excellent communication skills.  Ability to communicate effectively in English is necessary.

Physical Demands


  • Ability to utilize computer/laptop and keyboard, walk about facility throughout work day, and sit for extended periods of the work day (may sit up to 75% of work day).
  • Must be able to occasionally lift and carry up to 10-20 pounds.
  • May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., climb stairs, etc.)
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Work Environment: 

  • Indoor office setting, shared work space, office environment with multiple staff within the department.
  • Comfortable working in immediate proximity to staff and outside contacts, in a safe and friendly manner.

Other details

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