Serving Children from Norwalk and Stamford

Academic Director


Horizons at New Canaan Country School (NCCS) was founded in 1964 and is the flagship program for what has become a national movement. There are now over 60 Horizons programs across the United States and counting. Each year we serve over 400 under-resourced students in kindergarten through post-secondary, the majority of whom live in Stamford and Norwalk. Our program includes a robust 6-week summer program for more than 270 students and a school year program with academic, enrichment and caregiver programming. We raise our entire budget annually from private sources to ensure that each child can attend tuition-free.

Horizons at NCCS offers competitive salary and benefits, including tuition remission, and the opportunity to join a dedicated and passionate team of professionals. The start date for this position is negotiable.   

Please CLICK HERE to complete the application and submit your resume. You may contact Nancy von Euler, Executive Director, at if you have questions about the position.

Our Vision:

To build a more just and equitable society.

Our Mission:

Transforming the lives of underserved children and youth through year-round academic and enrichment programs to inspire learning, encourage success, and close the opportunity gap.

Our Values:

  • Equity through Opportunity
  • Educating the Whole Child
  • Joyful and Nurturing Community

Job Summary:

The Academic Director (AD) is responsible for developing and managing the academic and curricular elements of our core six-week Summer Program, as well as our K-post-secondary school year program.  The AD will report to the Executive Director (ED) and work in partnership with the Director of Student and Family Support (DSFS), and the rest of the Horizons team.

Summer Responsibilities include:

  • Help identify academic goals to ensure a continuum of learning over the summer months, preventing the summer slide and setting students up for success as they begin their school year in the fall.
  • Develop curriculum and support teachers by providing resources, training and guidance.
  • Hire and manage 40+ summer lead teachers in partnership with the ED, DSFS, and summer Program Directors.
  • Develop pre-summer staff training in partnership with the DSFS.
  • Implement student assessments that capture both academic and social and emotional learning and development.
  • Coordinate teacher review and feedback process.
  • Work with Office and Development Manager to do payroll for summer lead teachers.

School Year Responsibilities include:

  • Manage K-12 School Year Academic Support Programs including mentoring, tutoring, and academic coaching programs.
  • Develop and oversee supplementary academic programming for high school students and their families, including SAT/ACT prep, college tours, financial aid counseling, and vocational counseling to ensure they are college eligible and have a solid post-secondary plan.
  • In partnership with DSFS, maintain ongoing communication and partnership with Stamford and Norwalk Public School Districts, individual schools and teachers to facilitate sharing of data, assessments, and student information to ensure continuum of support and to facilitate student recruitment.
  • At the request of families or school districts, participate in meetings that will contribute to student success, including conferences, PPTs, 504 meetings, etc.
  • Partner with community-based programs to provide complementary support services to students.
  • In partnership with the DSFS, facilitate family learning opportunities to help them advocate and communicate with their schools, district, and community support programs.
  • In partnership with the Development and Communications Manager analyze student data and prepare reports for internal and external use.
  • Maintain ongoing communication and partnerships with Horizons National and affiliates.
  • Work with the Office and Development Manager to manage staff onboarding and payroll processing for school year academic support staff and contractors.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years teaching and/or educational administrative experience.
  • Experience with creating curriculum, analyzing student data, and assessing student outcomes.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years working with multicultural marginalized families and students in related setting and sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of families/students from marginalized communities.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Suite and Google Workspace.
  • Knowledge of Norwalk and Stamford communities and resources preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, management and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated competence in team building, supervision and staff development.
  • Strong assessment, data base management, and technical skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a busy work environment and flexibility to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • Passion for mission

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.