Executive Director for Horizons Greater Washington

Horizons Greater Washington (HGW)

Position Announcement: Executive Director


Horizons Greater Washington (HGW) is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop public-private partnerships between public and independent school communities and to provide academic, cultural, and recreational programs designed to empower economically disadvantaged students to realize their full potential. HGW operates a summer and year-round program at three independent school sites serving roughly 300 students from the Greater Washington region.

The goals of our holistic programs are to develop the whole child by providing experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for oneself and others, and encourage a life-long interest in learning. For more information about Horizons Greater Washington, please visit: http://www.horizonsgreaterwashington.org/index.aspx.


We are hiring an Executive Director to build on our 14 years of success by leading our talented staff in achieving our vision, sustaining and enhancing our programs, increasing funding, and ensuring our work continues to meet critical community needs. The ideal candidate is an experienced leader with knowledge of and relationships in the Washington, D.C. nonprofit and funding communities.

Reporting to the Board Chair, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Horizons Greater Washington (HGW) programs, staff, budget, and facilities. The ED will ensure HGW’s values, vision, strategies, projects, and activities are aligned to meet the overall mission and values.


  • Work with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide and expand the organization
  • Provide inspirational leadership and direction to all staff and volunteers to ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to address relevant internal and external risks that may affect the organization
  • Evaluate and monitor program components and scaling progress
  • Manage relationships with both public and private schools and their constituencies
    • Foster and manage effective teamwork among the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and staff
    • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization
    • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s profile

Fundraising and Resource Development:

  • Work in close collaboration with the Board of Directors to design and execute a comprehensive development strategy
  • Oversee and execute capital campaigns and ongoing fundraising efforts
  • Supervise, manage, and coordinate development activities and departmental staff and volunteers
    • Work with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors to establish and achieve short- and long-range fundraising goals
    • Promote awareness of the organization and elevate its profile in the community
    • Research and secure public and private grant sources (agencies, participating private schools, corporations and foundations); write proposals for funds
    • Organize individual donor campaigns (e.g., major donors, direct mail and Board of Directors)
    • Produce major donor, Board of Directors, and special category solicitations/support collateral for fundraising purposes
    • Generate queries, reports, exports, and any other collection data as needed using Raiser’s Edge

Operational Planning and Human Resources Management:

  • Develop an operational plan with goals and objectives reflecting the strategic direction of the organization
  • Ensure that the operations of the organization meet the expectations of the Board of Directors, the Horizons National Affiliate Guidelines, and funders
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the organization
  • Ensure that staff, client, donor and volunteer files are maintained appropriately
  • Provide support to the Board of Directors by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials
  • Create and maintain vendor relationships
  • Manage the risk to the organization, its employees, youth, reputation, assets, and stakeholder interests, including but not limited to nonprofit governance, operational, business continuity, and information and technology risk.
  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures, and practices including the development of position descriptions for all staff
  • Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
  • Recruit, interview, hire and train needed staff
  • Implement an annual performance management process for all staff
  • Coach, mentor, and establish performance standards as appropriate to ensure effectiveness and high performance

Financial Planning and Management:

  • Work with the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, and staff to prepare a comprehensive budget
  • Work with the Board of Directors to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization
  • Monitor and maintain appropriate expenditures
  • Ensure compliance with sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow
  • Provide the Board of Directors with regular, comprehensive, reports on revenues and expenditures
  • Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments

Community Relations/Advocacy:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with potential and existing stakeholders, partners, and community members
  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization
  • Increase the regional footprint of HGW
  • Serve as a brand ambassador by promoting HGW and articulating the mission and key message points in the community
  • Ensure partner, donor, and stakeholder satisfaction
  • Develop and determine appropriateness of potential new business opportunities


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to the mission of Horizons Greater Washington (HGW). All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, nonprofit, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:


  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred, in public administration, business management, nonprofit management, or equivalent

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum five years of experience in a senior management position in a community-based nonprofit agency
  • Budget development and financial management skills
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors and the ability to support, cultivate and maintain existing Board member relationships
  • Solid, hands-on financial management skills (including budget preparation and executing an annual budget of at least $500k), analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Experience working collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, and sexual orientations
  • Record of successful fundraising/resource development from public and private sources in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to support revenue growth of a nonprofit organization
  • Ability to recruit, work effectively with, and manage administrative staff and program volunteers
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and project skills
  • Strong marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Proficient in the use of the Raiser’s Edge software, as well as Microsoft Office applications
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial and adaptable with an innovative approach to business planning

Personal Attributes

  • Demonstrated passion for HGW’s core youth development mission: to build the academic skills of young people and to give them skills for improving the quality of life in their community
  • A deep understanding and empathy for the challenges faced by economically disadvantaged and/or urban communities
  • An eagerness and talent for bringing together diverse people and ideas to achieve success in collaborative projects
  • A visionary entrepreneur who has taken nonprofit agencies into new arenas
  • A charismatic person of energy and vitality who can motivate staff to achieve their personal best

Work Structure

  • Candidates must be able to work a standard work week and be flexible to accommodate some weekday evening and/or weekend hours as needed for Board, fundraising, and community events.

How to apply

It is Horizons Greater Washington’s policy to employ, compensate and advance personnel without regard to sex, race, gender identification, color, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, physical disability, sexual orientation or marital status.

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), salary history and where you learned of the position should be sent to: search@fairchancedc.org. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) and “Horizons ED” as the only content in the subject line of your e-mail.

Washington, District of Columbia
Horizons Greater Washington (HGW)

3000 Cathedral Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20008, US