Executive Director

Atlanta, GA
Nov 01, 2017
Nov 29, 2017
Camp Horizon of Georgia Executive Director
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Organization Description

Founded in 1982, Camp Horizon of Georgia provides year-round programming to restore dignity and hope to metro-Atlanta’s youth in foster care. Our programming currently focuses on a summer camp for children aged 8-11, Leadership Development Program (LDP) retreat weekends for campers aged 12-18, and Adult Mentoring Program (CHAMPS) for graduate campers aged 18-23. Camp Horizon quarterly outings provide additional touch points to our campers, who are victims of abuse and/or neglect.

Over the past 35 years, we have grown hundreds of wounded children into healthier, more productive adults. Equipped with the knowledge and skills they  learned from Camp Horizon, our former campers will be the people making a positive impact to their communities. Not only do the skills and coping mechanisms they learn from camp help break the cycle of abuse in their own lives, but it helps prepare them to help prevent abuse in the lives of those around them.Our campers take what they have learned and received from Camp Horizon and grow it into a powerful agent for social change.

Camp Horizon has experienced leadership changes in recent years and has formed an active board of current volunteers. We are creating new fundraising, marketing, data analytics, and programming initiatives in order to ensure that we develop a sustainable organization that continues to serve the metro-Atlanta area victims of abuse and neglect. Aided by the executive board and programming director, the Executive director will play the lead role in implementing these worthwhile initiatives.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Camp Horizon’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The executive director will develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans. They will have both internal and external facing duties in order to direct future growth, motivate and support volunteers, and for strategic partnerships with metro-Atlanta DFCS office and other related organizations, philanthropic supporters, and other stakeholders. A successful candidate for this position will be community-spirited, entrepreneurially minded, and proficient in handling a variety of tasks by managing teams or working alone. They will have experience in program management and a demonstrated ability to work independently to advance a non-profit’s mission.

Key Responsibilities

Organization Management

  • Provide strategic and proactive leadership to further the organizational mission and vision, including initiating strategic projects and creating new opportunities to expand fundraising and programming
  • Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  • Actively coach and develop all staff to their full potential
  • Actively engage and energize Camp Horizon volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
  • Management of all private and corporate donors on Salesforce
  • Serve as primary point of contact for all Camp Horizon Stakeholders
  • Support program director in planning and executing outings and events
  • Recruit, interview, and train all staff
  • Write and review all contracts and policies for volunteers and staff with assistance of an attorney
  • Ensure proper completion of all legal, insurance, and liability paperwork for staff members, volunteers, and campers
  • Review general liability, board liability, and workers compensation insurance on an annual basis; when necessary, research and purchase new policies to get the best value and maintain proper coverage
  • Ensure the completion of annual insurance and financial audits as required by law and report results to the board of directors
  • Assist program director in maintaining partnership with Camp Twin Lakes
  • Conduct individual staff performance reviews bi-annually in June and December of each year in partnership with chairman of the board of directors
  • Attend and participate in Camp Horizon events if possible. This will require some weekends and one week for Summer Camp.


  • Responsible for meeting organizational fundraising needs on an annual basis
  • Executive director is solely responsible for meeting 50% of organizational fundraising needs through individual and business donations, fundraising events, and grants
  • Executive director is responsible for partnering with the board of directors to meet 50% of organizational fundraising needs
  • Tie every dollar raised to an individual camper served
  • Plan and oversee annual campaign to inform donors of the story of the individual camper they funded
  • Prepare and share monthly fundraising summary with board of directors
  • Schedule and execute on fundraising pitches to Atlanta-based businesses
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
  • Brainstorm, plan, manage, and attend all fundraising events in conjunction with the board of directors fundraising events committee and volunteers
  • Plan and execute on end of year fundraising campaign
  • Manage database of potential individual and organizational donors, ensuring data accuracy
  • Assist grant writer in grant research
  • Review all grants prior to submission

    Marketing and PR

  • Attend networking events to develop strategic relationships with individuals, businesses, and organizations who might help further Camp Horizon’s mission
  • Build and maintain relationships and partnerships with metro-Atlanta and surrounding area DFCS offices
  • Create and make presentations to community organizations to promote the Camp Horizon mission, solicit donations, and recruit volunteers
  • Partner with the board of directors marketing committee to effectively promote our mission and attract potential donors and volunteers
  • Write, proof-read and/or edit all newsletters, PR, fundraising and website materials
  • Manage all social media accounts, including creating and curating content relevant to CH programming, volunteer engagement, child abuse and neglect, and the foster care system
  • Manage Camp Horizon’s website
  • Ensure all photos used in marketing and PR efforts are approved for use


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to Camp horizon’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Business or Public Administration, MBA or MPA preferred.
  • >1-year experience with non-profit organizations as a committed volunteer, intern, or paid employee
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop cross functional teams of board members and volunteers, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Demonstration of self-directed work and ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

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