Regional Executive Director Horizons Greater Philadelphia



Horizons Greater Philadelphia Overview

The mission of Horizons Greater Philadelphia (HGP) is to change the life trajectory of students from under-resourced communities by providing opportunities for them to find joy in learning, gain academic and social skills, and realize their full potential.


In Greater Philadelphia, there are currently two Horizons programs: Horizons at The Episcopal Academy and Horizons at Greene Street Friends School. The purpose of HGP will be to support the success of Philadelphia area students by 1) raising funds to support a portion of the annual operating budget at the two existing Philadelphia area Horizons programs, 2) raising funds to support a portion of the launch and ongoing operations of new Philadelphia area Horizons programs, 3) supporting all Philadelphia area Horizons programs through opportunities for collaboration, professional development, and continuous program improvement, and 4) collaborating with other Philadelphia community stakeholders to advocate for educational opportunities for underserved students.


HGP is an affiliate of Horizons National,


Position Summary

HGP is seeking a motivated, seasoned, and dynamic nonprofit professional to operationalize Horizons as a regional entity in Philadelphia, as has been done in other cities across the country, and to ensure its growth and success in the region. The Regional Executive Director will principally be responsible for fundraising and marketing, financial oversight, supervision of Site Directors in partnership with existing affiliates, growing and supporting a regional Board of Directors and working with prospective host sites. The Regional Director will report to the HGP Board of Directors.


Development and Marketing

●                    Work with the regional Board of Directors to develop and implement a sustainable fundraising strategy

●                    Identify and solicit new sources of funding; build and maintain strong relationships with funders; prepare grant requests and all required program and financial reporting; and plan and oversee special fundraising and partner cultivation events in cooperation with the Board, including summer site visits

●                    Coordinate all public relations and communications activities including media relations, the preparation of collateral, and extensive community outreach using branded Horizons resources

●                    Work in close collaboration with existing Philadelphia affiliates to coordinate fundraising efforts

●                    Coordinate with Horizons National on branding and larger funder development 


Organizational Leadership

●                    Provide leadership and tactical implementation for organizational strategy, fundraising, financial management, programmatic growth and quality, infrastructure, and board development

●                    Manage overall budgeting, financial planning and financial reporting, including the preparation of the annual audit and Form 990

●                    Provide staff support to regional Board, including development of meeting materials and presentations to the regional Board

●                    Execute formal agreements and serve as a liaison between HGP, its program host institutions, and Horizons National

●                    Represent HGP at relevant field events, including annual Horizons National conference


Program Leadership

●                    Work with the regional Board and Horizons National to identify and cultivate institutional partners and launch new programs. Partners can include independent schools, colleges and universities.

●                    Work with Site Directors at Philadelphia program sites to ensure:

o          Common outcome measurement aligned with Horizons National standards, measurement and data systems

o          Cross-site programmatic collaboration as appropriate

o          Successful student and staff recruitment and retention

o          National Horizons standards attainment and state licensing compliance

●                    Work with host schools and site boards to provide annual feedback on site directors


2019-2020 Milestones

□    Introduction of HGP as a brand in concert with existing local affiliates

□    Support development of a Board of Directors (with at least 5-7 members and strong involvement in revenue generation)

□    Attain tax exempt incorporation of new regional entity

□    Execute Affiliate Agreements with at least one new program launching in Summer 2020

□    Refine 3-5 year regional funding model and raise regional funding required



●                    A strong commitment to Horizons' mission and a passionate belief in the value of education as an essential tool to help students reach their full potential

●                    At least 5 years of leadership experience with responsibility for fundraising, programs, finance, and operations

●                    A knowledge of Philadelphia, its educational and political climate and philanthropic landscape

●                    Demonstrated success with all aspects of fundraising

●                    Experience leading strategic planning, organizational development, and performance management processes

●                    Experience with financial management, including budget development and management and nonprofit financial reporting, including preparing a Form 990

●                    Excellent relationship-building skills and a customer-service and collaborative orientation that leads to sustainable and mutually beneficial external partnerships

●                    Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

●                    Technological proficiency – familiarity with Salesforce a plus

●                    Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required; Master's degree preferred


To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Malia Neal at with subject line "Philadelphia Regional Executive Director." Horizons Greater Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer.


Horizons Overview

Horizons National is a network of high-quality academic enrichment programs serving under-represented students continuously from Kindergarten through 8th grade, and when

possible, high school. A signature summer learning program with year-round support, Horizons is recognized for excellence by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the National Summer Learning Association. Our unique model creates partnerships with independent schools, charter schools, colleges, and universities to establish Horizons programs that serve students from underserved communities over a broad range of learning levels. Most students attend Title 1 public schools during the school year, begin in Kindergarten and remain with their Horizons program at least six consecutive years, building a close learning community among Horizons students, their families, and the program staff. The project-based educational model blends academics with SEL, STEAM, sports and cultural enrichment. Horizons' proven model is helping our students achieve academically, including consistent summer gains in reading and math of approximately 3 months, as compared to the typical 2-3-month loss experienced by most children from low-income households over the summer.


A growing network of 58 programs in 20 states and the District of Columbia, Horizons has served as a pivotal link between public and private education communities for over half a century, representing an education strategy to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for

students in lower income families using resources outside the typical K-12 systems.