Development Coordinator & Assistant to the Executive Director

Horizons at Foote is seeking a Development Coordinator & Assistant to the Executive Director (ED) to manage and support internal and external events, development projects, data entry, and support aspects of the school year and summer educational programs. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Coordinator will ensure high-quality, effective event management, development efforts and program operations. The successful applicant will be responsible for building strong relationships with the Foote school staff and community, Horizons staff, teachers, students, families, interns, volunteers and with the New Haven Public Schools. As a member of a small team, the successful applicant will also carry out a variety of administrative tasks.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual with excellent people skills, organizational skills, and programmatic skills. The successful candidate must have a passion for helping underserved students recognize, enjoy, and achieve their potential.

Qualities and Experience:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong organization and attention to detail
  • Experience with databases and grant writing
  • Track record of collaboration and effective teamwork
  • Excellent verbal skills and community/external outreach experience
  • Experience supporting fundraising events and activities, managing social media and marketing, collaborating with a Board of Directors or similar entity
  • Passion for equity in education
  • Lead with humility, flexibility, and optimism
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • At least 3 years of professional or non-profit experience


The successful applicant will help the ED carry out responsibilities as needed. The responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:


  • Assist with development/fundraising initiatives, including data entry and database management (CRM experience a plus), preparation of weekly/monthly reports, planning and execution of special events, scheduling donor cultivation and solicitation calls/meetings, grant writing, and reporting.

  • Ensure messaging is consistent and compelling across mediums – stories, emails, appeals, grant proposals, event promotions, social media posts, and more.

  • Work in partnership with the Executive Director and Development Committee to create and execute a robust stewardship and communication plan to ensure board members and donors stay up-to-date and engaged in key organizational happenings.

  • Work in partnership with the Development Committee and lead planning efforts for 'Horizons' three main fundraising events--Spring Event and two Giving Days-- and any future events, including event coordination and management and event marketing and promotion.

Program Operations

    • Work with the Executive Director and manage the implementation of the high school program, case management system, and school year initiative as the high school program grows.

    • Assist the Executive Director in planning, coordinating and implementing year-round family events (e.g., Parent Info Sessions, holiday dinners, etc.). Represent Horizons with the Executive Director at various community events to raise awareness and recruit students and volunteers.

    • Support the overall operations for the summer and school-year programs (enrolling students, logistics, programmatic details, and teacher support etc.).

    • Work with the Executive Director to complete CT State level certifications and applications (e.g., Summer Food Service Program and Summer Youth Camp Licensing)

    • Assist with ongoing communication with Horizons families, the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the Board, Foote administration, and outreach and public relations efforts (social media and others).

Benefits for full-time employees only:

  • This may be a part-time or full-time position, depending on the candidate’s availability

  • Competitive Compensation

  • Benefits available for a full-time employee.

To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter in either PDF or Word format to Wick Chambers at that:

    1. Describes how your skills, experience and passion for the mission meet the qualifications for the position; and

    2. States how you heard about this opportunity.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Horizons at The Foote School offers a competitive compensation, commensurate with experience and skills. The Foote School complies with all applicable civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristics in any of its educational programs or activities, including employment. Protected characteristics (or protected classes) include race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, alienage, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law. The School is specifically required by Title IX and other applicable federal and state laws not to discriminate in such a manner.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.