Horizons at Foote is a transformational summer enrichment program for low-income, New Haven public school students hosted by The Foote School in New Haven. A nationally-recognized, multi-year summer program model, Horizons serves economically disadvantaged students over the course of their K-8 academic careers in 17 states and 50 sites. Horizons develops a strong community of teachers, students and families working together to ensure students' success. The program is characterized by project-based pedagogy that promotes a culture of joyful learning and growing. In contrast to the summer learning loss typically experienced by children from low-income households, Horizons students nationally achieve consistent gains of 2-3 months in reading and math each summer, have a high school graduation rate of 99%, and have increased school attendance and improved self-esteem. In 2018, Horizons at Foote will be in its fourth summer, serving 96 students grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. It will grow for three more summers, ultimately serving 144 students in grades K-8. Horizons at Foote students’ academic gains have exceeded national averages to date and the program boasts a remarkable retention rate of more than 92 percent.
The Executive Director of Horizons at Foote manages all aspects of this dynamic academic summer enrichment program designed to help low-income students from the New Haven Public Schools reach their full potential. At the heart of Horizons is a six-week summer program that emphasizes academics (reading, writing, and math), regular swimming instruction and a diverse array of enrichment activities. Horizons maintains contact with students and families throughout the school year to support students’ optimal development. The Executive Director reports to The Foote School’s Head of School and the Board of Directors of Horizons at Foote to implement the strategic vision for the program.
Responsibilities of the Executive Director include but are not limited to:
Plan and execute all aspects of the summer program. Provide overall leadership and tactical implementation for all aspects of the program, including the recruitment of children and families, recruitment, hiring and supervision of staff, development of enrichment programming including swimming and coordination of volunteers. Plan off campus trips, and contract and coordinate daily food service and bus transportation. Ensure compliance with all legal and licensing requirements. Oversee preparation and submission of all evaluation data necessary for internal and national reports.
Coordinate all fundraising activities. Work closely with the Board to develop and implement a sustainable fundraising strategy. Build and maintain strong relationships with donors. Research and solicit new sources of funding. Prepare grant requests and all required reporting. Oversee recording and acknowledgement of all gifts. Plan and oversee fundraising events.
Recruit, train and supervise teaching staff to deliver high quality academic program. Coordinate with teaching staff to set curriculum and academic goals for each grade level and prepare daily schedule of activities. Work with the staff to maintain appropriate records and files on the academic, social and emotional learning progress of each child.
Prepare annual budget and oversee all financial transactions. Manage overall budgeting, financial planning and reporting for the program. Collaborate with the Foote Business Office to ensure accurate record-keeping and monitor and approve all expenses. Report expenses against budget at regularly scheduled board meetings.
Manage ongoing communications and constituent relationships. Maintain regular contact with Horizons parents concerning student progress and ongoing commitment to Horizons throughout the year. Coordinate all marketing, public relations and communications activities for all audiences. Maintain a strong relationship with Foote School’s business, technology, and development offices.
Serve as a liaison between Horizons and Foote School, the National Horizons Program, and New Haven partner schools and organizations. Develop and deepen relationships with New Haven schools and other community organizations, especially our partners at Hamden Hall Country Day School and Albertus Magnus College. Connect with other Horizon's affiliates to determine and replicate best practices.
The ideal candidate will have:
A strong commitment to the Horizons’ mission and a passionate belief in the value of high quality education to help students reach their full potential
5+ years of demonstrated people and program management experience, preferably in a nonprofit with a similar focus on education, children, youth or families
Track record of working with diverse constituencies (parents, students, donors, board, staff, and school and community leaders) and acting as spokesperson for a broad audience. Spanish language skills a plus
Energy and high motivation to work independently while maintaining a high level of accountability
Excellent verbal, written and computer skills
Past experience of successful fundraising, grant writing and other aspects of resource development
Experience with strategic planning, organizational development, and performance management with a growing and highly effective team
Experience with financial management, including budgeting and managing to a budget
Excellent relationship-building skills to create and sustain mutually-beneficial partnerships
This position is full time, will begin on September 1, 2018 and is eligible for most Foote School benefits. During the summer months (approximately 8 weeks) the Executive Director is required to be on site full time; during other months there may be some flexibility to work from home. Some evening and weekend work is required and there is some limited travel.
A coeducational school for students in Kindergarten - Grade 9 that reflects its motto, "Gladly will I learn and gladly teach" throughout its strong and varied curriculum. Seventeen-acre campus near downtown New Haven and Yale University.