Executive Director - Horizons at Carolina Day School (NC)

Organization Background

Horizons' goal is to reverse the trend of summer learning loss that adversely impacts the long-term success of students from underserved communities. Horizons at Carolina Day School, an affiliate of the nationally renowned Horizons program, is a public-private partnership that provides academic, cultural, and recreational summer programming designed to support economically disadvantaged students in realizing their full potential.

The heart of Horizons is a six week equity-centered summer academic program that supports students in reading, writing, math, and science, paired with swimming lessons, field trips, sports, and enrichment activities in the performing and visual arts. The program also includes a year-round component featuring online tutoring, Saturday events, regular visits to schools, and communication with students’ schools and teachers.

The student/teacher ratio at Horizons is approximately 5:1. Please read more about Horizons on our website if you are interested in joining our team: https://www.horizonsatcarolinaday.org

General Description

The Executive Director of Horizons at Carolina Day School is the chief operating officer and reports directly to the Board of Directors. This is a full-time professional opportunity with a growing program. The Executive Director provides professional guidance and leadership for Horizons. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all Horizons activities and operations, including hiring and training program staff. The Executive Director is responsible for developing and implementing sound fundraising strategies to meet annual fundraising goals and broaden the organization’s base of support. Finally, the Executive Director is responsible for the quality of summer and school year academic programs for all students.

Major Responsibilities

Program Management

  • Responsible for overseeing the development and growth of all program
  • Hires, supervises and evaluates staff and teachers
  • Maintains a climate that attracts, keeps and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people
  • Oversees the process for recruiting, scheduling and training volunteers
  • Maintains contact and communication with students and their families throughout the year.
  • Meets with and Communicates with host school personnel on a regular schedule
  • Ensures compliance with all state licensing requirements
  • Completes all required state reports and all reports due to Horizons National
  • Oversees the year round student tutoring program
  • Coordinates with teachers special/seasonal event for the students

Public/Community Relations

  • Promotes community awareness of Horizons at Carolina Day School by serving as spokesperson
  • Coordinates media relations with PR director at host school
  • Coordinates visitor days during the Summer Program
  • Works with host school PR Director and Board representative in preparation of brochures, reports, newsletters and other marketing materials to showcase the program
  • Develops a parent council for student parents
    Establishes sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations that can support Horizons program and participants


  • Develops yearly fundraising strategy and timeline
  • Responsible for proposals and grant writing and submission to appropriate sources
  • Identifies and approaches funding individuals and corporations with Board Members and advocates of the organization
  • Prepares and submits monthly reports and updates on fundraising results
  • Researches and identifies new sources of funding from all possible areas

Board Support

  • Attends all monthly meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Serves in ex-officio (non-voting) capacity on committees and responsible for full understanding of committee functions
  • Works with the Board of Directors in developing/expanding new programs
  • Serves as liaison between staff and Board of Directors
  • Supports Board of Directors fundraising events
  • Informs Board President regarding all significant Horizons activities
  • Works with and updates the Long Range Plan
  • Submits appropriate reports at monthly Board meetings


  • Works with Horizons Treasurer and members of the Budget/Finance Committee to develop annual budget and to manage monthly expenses
  • Manages resources within the budget and oversees that Horizons operates within budget guidelines


  • Bachelors’ degree in preferred areas of Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, or Education, or related field
  • Experience with fundraising in the nonprofit, corporate and/or governmental sectors, with proven results
  • Experience with program supervision, employee management, and team building
  • Budget Management, Staff Management and Team-Building skills
  • Excellent oral, written, and computer skills
  • Willing to engage in self-directed learning
  • Strong passion for working with youth and making a difference in the lives of students from under-served communities
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently while maintaining a high level of accountability
  • Experience working with elementary and middle grade students, including second language learners
  • Ability to maintain good communication between all parties, to ask for input when needed, work independently, build partnerships, and collaborate
  • Excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and time management skills



Commensurate with experience, within the range of $55,000 - $65,000


Application Procedure

Please submit resume and cover letter outlining your skill, experience, and interest in the position with the subject line “Horizons at CDS Executive Director” to: employment@cdshorizons.org 


Americans with Disabilities Specifications

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Horizons at Carolina Day is an equal opportunity employer.

Resume, background check, and drug screening required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.