Serving Children from Norwalk and Stamford

Junior Program 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 70 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 kids 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.      

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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 Junior Program Director is responsible for supervising and supporting Junior Program summer staff and managing all aspects of summer programming in the Junior Program. The Junior Program Director collaborates with the Junior Program Dean of Students and Culture to develop and implement programming that embraces the whole child, supports the academic and social-emotional growth goals of the program, and develops a strong sense of community within the Junior Program, as well as within the entire summer program. As such, the Junior Program Director and Dean will partner with their counterparts in the Senior Program to ensure consistency in values, routines, behavior support, and approaches to teaching and learning. The Junior Program Director will report to the Academic Director (AD). While the bulk of responsibilities are carried out during the 6-week summer program, the Junior Program Director is expected to contribute to all aspects of planning and preparing for the summer.

School Year Responsibilities include:

  • Assist AD in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring Lead Teachers
  • Assist with outreach to identify and recruit students to fill openings
  • Assist with designing/enhancing the Junior Program schedule
  • Collaborate with AD and Director of Student and Family Support (DSFS) to design staff training that equips staff for success
  • Provide pre-program information to faculty that will facilitate their planning. Support new staff to make a smooth entry into the program
  • Plan Junior Program-specific meeting content and schedule for Junior Program staff during training days

Summer Responsibilities include:

  • Work with office staff to ensure faculty has access to necessary technology and supplies. Ensure all technology is returned at the end of the summer
  • Supervise implementation of curriculum, ensuring accountability and monitoring progress
  • Manage the collection and reporting of daily student attendance. Ensure that caregivers are contacted each morning to confirm absences
  • Report staff absences to the Office and Development Manager and work with AD to plan and secure coverage for absent staff
  • In partnership with the Dean of Students, support Teachers, Teaching Assistants, and Teaching Assistants-in-Training to address student concerns
  • Develop staff assignments and schedules for lunch duty, etc.
  • Provide regular and timely communication to Junior Program staff about schedule updates, special events and other topics
  • In collaboration with the Junior Program Dean, lead weekly staff meetings, address concerns, and support staff needs
  • In collaboration with the Junior Program Dean, lead Junior Program functions, daily announcements, routines, and traditions, etc.
  • Plan and implement Friday afternoon program assemblies
  • Manage logistics and schedules for field trips and special events
  • Collaborate with AD and DSFS to plan Family Night
  • Work with faculty and staff to recognize student accomplishments and celebrate birthdays
  • Facilitate the implementation of surveys and assessments across all grades in the Junior Program
  • Participate in Faculty picnic and other special events
  • Develop and implement strategies to recognize staff, support team building, and boost staff and student morale
  • Supervise and facilitate teacher completion of end of summer reports and surveys. Facilitate the distribution of reports of student progress to caregivers
  • Provide consistent and timely feedback to Lead Teachers and conduct end of summer reviews
  • Ensure that all Junior Program classrooms and common spaces are cleaned and in proper order at the end of the program. Document any issues with the building, equipment, furniture, etc.

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 outcomes
  • Minimum of 3-5 years working with multicultural marginalized families and students in related settings 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 and supervision
  • Strong assessment, database management, and technical skills
  • Ability to thrive in a busy work environment
  • Passion for mission

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.