Executive Director Position

Pay: $80,000.00 - $100,000.00 per year

Job type: Full-time

Schedule: 8 hour shift, Monday to Friday

Weekend availability: On call

Benefits: Paid time off

Number of hires for this role: 1


Shinzen Friendship Garden and the Clark Bonsai Collection


Benefits: Leading the transition of Shinzen Friendship Garden and the GSBF Clark Bonsai Collection to transform our mission and goals, ensuring the future of these Fresno and Central Valley cultural, artistic and historic treasures.


Job Title: Executive Director. A full-time, exempt position.


Compensation: Full-time Salary, Starting at $80,000, with benefits TBD.


Description: Shinzen Friendship Garden and the GSBF Clark Bonsai Collection, both community benefit organizations, are in partnership to promote, develop and maintain a five acre North American Japanese Garden and a world class bonsai collection for the benefit of the public. The garden is on City property and operates in collaboration with the City of Fresno.


What it’s Like to Work Here: Dedicated and talented volunteers and staff represent the core of the Shinzen and CBC team, a team that recognizes the critical need for energized and focused entrepreneurial leadership. Open five days a week, we welcome members, local visitors, and tour groups, along with national and international travelers. Weddings, graduation celebrations, photo shoots and cultural events enhance the opportunities for guests to be inspired by the beauty and tranquility of the setting. Limited organizational and City resources impact the care of the setting and investment in the future. Community members have spoken of the importance of outdoor spaces and supported enhancing and maintaining parks and arts and we want to be part of fulfilling that commitment. Our Executive Director will take the lead in our being part of the future.


Position Summary: Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors of Shinzen and the Chairman of the CBC Collection Committee, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Shinzen Friendship Garden and Clark Bonsai Collection’s staff, members, volunteers, programs, business ventures and plans, services, financial integrity and fundraising in the execution of the mission of the partnership and other partnerships to secure sustainability for the future.


Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Leadership and Partnerships to:


  • Lead the re-visioning of Shinzen Friendship Garden and the Clark Bonsai Collection as a Living Museum, identifying actionable strategies for growth.
  • Identify entrepreneurial opportunities to re-build our business and public space utilization.
  • Deploy personal skills to communicate the opportunity Shinzen and CBC present to our members, donors, friends and community as a worthy cause.
  • Identify opportunities for new partnerships to enhance and expand our services and programs to Review and renew current partnerships to ensure collaborative goals and outcomes.
  • Communicate with diverse groups of people. Review demographics of guests, partners, clients, members and donors to ensure congruence with business plans and practices.
  • Expand local revenue generating activities for support and potential expansion of programs, services and facilities


Fundraising and Communications


  • Lead expansion of fundraising approaches and opportunities, tapping into creative programs that build friends and funds.
  • Develop a team to lead fundraising initiatives in all areas of potential financial development.
  • Explore membership growth, corporate sponsorships and other creative ways to develop funding support.
  • Engage with donors, identify worthy projects and engage others to build the capacity for long term sustainability.
  • Employ personal skills to deepen and refine all aspects of communications including web, social media, personal interactions, all to create a stronger, visible brand.
  • Explore grant opportunities and program enhancements for grant funding
  • Organization and Management


  • Ensure ongoing program evaluation and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communication, and services; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals of staff members.
  • Actively build connections with partners to build workable and viable outcomes: connect and support volunteers, members, and donors. Expand community outreach and visibility.
  • Develop, maintain and support a strong board of directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction; engage board’s support and participation in fund development; and provide necessary training in the role of non-profit board roles.
  • Lead, coach, develop and retain staff and leadership.
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress and regularly evaluate program components so as to measure success that can be directly communicated to the board, members, donors and community.
  • Create curriculum and training specific to the goals and core values of Shinzen and CBC; ability to teach and engage diverse audiences is essential.
  • Review current partnerships and recommend adjustments for improved outcomes in each partnership. Build relationships with partner managers to connect with and understand Shinzen and CBC’s needs as well as partners’ needs. Manage partnerships to meet shared goals and outcomes.

Position Qualifications


All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relational management experience. Other qualifications include:


  • Track record of effectively leading an outcomes-based and community-based organization and staff. Evidence of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Experience with business plan development and program evaluation.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable and innovative approach.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-directed.
  • An understanding of and experience with cross-cultural engagement.
  • Excellence in organizational management, staff coaching, and high performance teams.
  • Past success in working with boards of directors.
  • Evidence of significant financial understanding and skills in planning and future-directed decision-making for financial security. Budgetary planning skills.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with proven engagement of a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Evidence of strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Higher Education degree

Optional but desired:


  • Advanced degree in related field.
  • Experience in grant writing, grant administration and funding agencies.
  • Cover letter addressing the position and your reasons for applying as well as what qualifies you for the position.
  • A resume with current time-line of professional work positions titles, duties and responsibilities, education/degrees and any additional training.
  • Community volunteer and service involvements

References: 3 professional references, including a supervisor, with their address, email and phone numbers.

Applicant’s current address, email and phone number

Search Process:

  • Eligible and qualified applications and materials will be reviewed in a timely manner with initial interviews conducted by the Hiring Committee of the Strategic Task Force. Additional individuals from each organization will be included in other interviews.
  • On-site visits and interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible.
  • Follow-up interviews may occur
  • Hiring offer will be extended in person.
  • Position available: September 1, 2021.


Position Opening: Bookkeeper

Bookkeeper, Part-time: 15 – 20 hrs./week

Interim Position: 3 months, possible renewal

Shinzen Friendship Garden, Inc.

Start Date: As soon as possible

Number of hires for this role: 1


Compensation:  $16.50 - $17.00 per hour, experience related


Location:  Work from home for most functions. Twice monthly trips to Garden to collect donations, membership forms, and other payments.   Monthly office meetings with supervisor will be scheduled. Transportation necessary for financial support of Garden Events on weekends, typically four times a year.


Benefits: Working with a group of highly dedicated volunteers and staff to support a valued community based organization, non-profit Garden, with 300+ members and over 20,000 annual visitors. Involvement in the support of a beautiful, serene Garden space, cultural treasure and historically significant Central Valley Treasure.


General Description: The Bookkeeper for Shinzen Friendship Garden, Inc., will provide timely and accurate handling of receivables and payables for the business functions, memberships and donations of the Garden.


Essential Functions:

  • Perform bookkeeping duties and maintaining financial records consistent with professional standards
  • Perform all activities related to the accounts payable function, including reviewing, processing and data entry of payments. Compile supporting documentation for monthly invoices
  • Process Corporation bank deposits at local bank, maintain copies of deposit records.  Reconcile bank statements with Quickbook records
  • Process Pay Pal records for each function:  business services, memberships and donations
  • Oversee and maintain Corporation Debit Card use and records
  • Perform accounts receivable functions, including invoicing, collections and revenue recognition
  • Perform data entry of revenue and expenses in Quickbooks
  • Perform data entry and management of Private Events scheduling in Acuity with income and deposits
  • Perform data entry of all donations, membership records and income in Little Green Light
  • Prepare sales packets for any sales at Garden Events.  Process revenue/expenses for Garden Events working with Event Committees/Chair, enter revenue/expenses into QuickBooks, and prepare reports of event income
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor related to bookkeeping functions



  • Associates or Higher Education degree in accounting, finance or economics
  • 3 years relevant experience in bookkeeping or accounting
  • Proficient skills in database management skills in Quickbooks, Excel, Microsoft Office, and scheduling databases
  • Ability to work with a diverse community, service oriented
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • High level of ability in data management and financial record keeping
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


Application Process:

  • Resume of education, work experience, community involvement
  • Submit a letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position
  • Provide the contact information for 2 professional references: name, phone number and email