Founded in 1964 as a summer enrichment program for low-income students, Horizons has grown into a national movement with 51 sites across the United States. At the center of the Horizons model is a local focus. Every Horizons program is located on the campus of an independent school, college, or university and serves children from the local community. This approach enables each program to develop long-standing relationships with the children they serve, as well as utilize campuses typically empty during the summer months or after school/on weekends during the year. Horizons' educational model has been wildly successful in helping to eliminate "summer slide", while greatly reducing the "achievement gap" between low-income children and their more affluent peers.
Horizons at Norwalk Community College is a relatively new affiliate (began in 2012) within the distinctive setting of a Community College. Horizons at NCC is in growth mode with plans to expand one grade a year to PK-8thand including school year programming, parenting workshops, and career counseling. Supported by an active and engaged Board of Directors, Horizons at NCC has the opportunity to leverage the broad and diverse capabilities of NCC to provide enrichment and exposure to the children in the program. We are also proud to be housed in an institution of higher education located where our students live and go to school.
Horizons at NCC serves currently serves about 100 students annually, with the expectation of eventually serving over 150 children, all of whom attend public schools in Norwalk. The program is dedicated to serving the children who need it most. The majority of Horizons' children live below the poverty line and are at or below grade level when they join. The Horizons program supports children throughout the course of their childhood (K-12, twelve months a year), enabling a life-changing impact. Over the past 10 years, 95% of Horizons' students have graduated from high school, compared to 60% of their peer group. And while nationally only 30% of low-income children go on to college, 97% of Horizons' children attend college or a post-secondary education, and most are the first in their families to do so.
ABOUT THE POSITION
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and visionary individual to lead the Horizons program at Norwalk Community College. The Executive Director will work with the board to expand the program to full capacity. The Board anticipates entering a strategic planning process over the next several years and the Executive Director will be a critical process of that visioning work. The ED must also build and lead a high-performing team, and engage with a wide array of stakeholders (e.g., national and local partners, donors, board members, teachers, students, families, etc.). This critical role reports directly to the Horizons at NCC Board.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Strategic Thinking & Vision Setting
• Provide vision, direction, and oversight for Horizons at NCC,
• Establish annual goals that are aligned with the strategic vision and establish metrics to assess performance relative to these goals
• Serve as a thought leader within the broader Horizons community; share best practices and key insights with other sites
Relationship Building & Stakeholder Engagement
• Serve as key external voice and representative for Horizons at NCC, acting as ambassador, thought partner, and advocate with all critical stakeholders
• In concert with the Board’s Development Committee, grow a sustainable, diversified funding base (e.g., individuals, corporations, foundations, etc.) to support the planned program growth
• Build strategic relationships with external partners (e.g., schools, enrichment programs, affiliates), enabling Horizons at NCC to effectively and efficiently serve its students and families
• Nurture relationships with internal partners (e.g., NCC leadership and faculty, Horizons National, Horizons affiliate sites) in order to maximize the opportunities that exist at the intersection of the programs
• Oversee all student recruitment and retention activities related to both summer and academic year programming, interacting with school principals, teachers, guidance counselors, and parents as necessary
• Lead all aspects of the summer program, including:
• Recruiting and supervising teachers, teaching interns, and enrichment instructors, working across this team to oversee curriculum, goals, and daily schedules
• Coordinating volunteers
• Planning off-campus trips and on-campus enrichment programming
• Coordinating for use of pool and other facilities
• Managing contracts and coordination with food and transportation service providers
• Ensuring compliance with all state licensing requirements
• Recruit, train, and manage staff leading up to the summer program
Candidates should possess the following:
• Significant experience in the education and/or nonprofit sector with proven high-level management and strategic planning capability
• Commitment to Horizons' mission, purpose, and values, and to its history, culture, programs, people, and constituencies
• Fundraising experience across major gifts, events, corporate partnerships, and/or institutional grants
• Experience setting strategic vision and bringing vision to fruition through clear and actionable planning and execution
• Ability to handle multiple works streams at one time, while maintaining attention to detail
• Strong people management skills, with the ability to build high-performing teams, create strong and positive team culture, and coach and develop skills in others
• Exceptional communication skills and the ability to inspire a diverse range of audiences across a variety of mediums (e.g., written, verbal, one-on-one, group presentation, etc.)
• Experience designing operational processes and systems
• Financial acumen and the ability to develop and manage budgets
• Entrepreneurialism and resourcefulness, with the ability to deliver results while operating collaboratively
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Competitive compensation commensurate with experience
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluent English both written and spoken. Spanish fluency a plus.
Minimum Education Required