Director, Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

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Job no: 498797
Work type: Staff
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 9 – CSUEU – Technical Support Services, Administrative, Temporary, Full Time

Job Summary

This position provides primary oversight for Garden operations and works collaboratively with 2.0 FTE gardeners, CHHS, and PPFM to support garden maintenance, preservation, and curation. In addition, the Director supervises garden and administrative staff, student workers, and volunteers and volunteer boards/committees and is responsible for (a) cultivating and stewarding donors, members, and friends of the Garden, (b) fiscal administration, (c) grant-writing, and (d) representing the Garden and its interests on campus and in the greater community. The Director establishes facilitates, coordinates and oversees programs consistent with the Japanese Garden strategic plan. Finally, in consultation with the Dean, the Director of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic vision and long-range plans to support the role and mission of the Garden on the university campus and academic context.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manages all administrative and personnel functions of the Japanese Garden; establishes, facilitates, coordinates, and oversees Garden programs, curation, and preservation.
  • Develops and provides oversight for fundraising activities.
  • Develops and executes strategic plans for the EBMJG’s preservation, conservation, and cultural and educational programs.
  • Provides Garden communications and leads the development of marketing and promotional materials and enhances and improves cross-cultural exchanges.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction. Knowledge and experience developing and implementing strategic plans. Demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of curatorial work including exhibition research, development and installation.  Knowledge of the care of living collections of plants, trees, shrubs, and/or fish in a public setting such as museum, garden, park or zoo.  Knowledge of and ability to create cultural programs for academic and general audiences, and all student age groups (K-12, undergraduate, graduate, general public). Demonstrated success in managing operations, including personnel matters.  Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies. Knowledge of Asian/Japanese culture, history and/or art. Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking. Evidence of commitment to educational functions of a Japanese Garden. Proven ability to work effectively with Boards, volunteers, and in community relations and outreach capacities. Knowledge of standards and best practices of Gardens and non-profits. Strong record of success in fundraising and membership development.

Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.  Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures.  Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university’s commitment to a “vision of excellence.”

Education and Experience

Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in a related field and four years of related experience required. Preferred degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies, Asian Art, Asian Culture, Landscape Architecture or related field.  Masters degree preferred, such as Landscape Architecture, Curatorial Studies or similar background.  At least two years of managerial/supervisory experience preferred.


Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden


Salary may be set as high as $82,000/year based on knowledge and experience. The salary range for this classification is $4,693 to $8,489 per month.


Excellent benefits through CalPERS (health, vision, dental), tuition fee waiver, generous vacation and sick leave, and 14 paid holidays each year.

Time Base

Full-time temporary position for 1 years with no permanent status granted. Temporary assignments may expire prior to the ending date.

Application Procedures

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Additional Information

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.

Equal Employment Statement

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran’s status.   CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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