President & CEO

New Horizons | North Hills, California


New Horizons empowers individuals with special needs to fulfill their dreams. Through partnerships, community education, and advocacy, we create a brighter future in which our clients are accepted by, participate in, and add value to the community.

We envision a brighter world in which individuals with special needs and other developmental disabilities are valued for their strengths and their challenges, their courage and their joy; where each person is afforded compassion and dignity, rights and opportunities as equal members of the community; and where our partnerships, community education, and advocacy have eliminated the difference between the culture of caring we provide at New Horizons and the quality of acceptance and caring provided by the community. 

Job Summary

The President/Chief Executive Officer of New Horizons has strong experience in both fundraising and managing contracts, and a familiarity in the changing field of serving individuals with special needs.  The ideal candidate is a strong communicator, strategist, and achiever with previous success in the areas of organizational growth, change management, community outreach and strategic planning.  

Reports To

Board of Directors


Organizational Leadership

Helps the Board determine New Horizons’ values, mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals:

  • Manage all day-to-day operations of New Horizons, including administration, programming, development, human resources, finances and strategic planning.
  • Oversee contract implementation and compliance with various government contracts
  • Identify, assess and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization, including agency relevance to the community and its overall effectiveness
  • Manage due diligence process to assure timely attention to core issues and assure the filing of all legal, accredidation and regulatory documents that monitor compliance with relevant laws and regulations
  • Create a work environment that recruits, retains and supports quality staff and volunteers, while maintaining a solid level of quality and effectively delegating responsibility
  • Supervise financial planning, forecasting, and analytical activities, ensuring alignment of financial plan with overall vision, strategy and short and long-term goals
  • Foster effective teamwork with the Board of Directors and between the Board and staff, ensuring accountability of committees and individual Board members

Strategic Planning/Programming

  • Develop and drive the strategic vision of New Horizons taking a leadership role that results in an 18-month development calendar
  • Solidify service delivery within current service agency vision and facilitate discussion and deliberation on new opportunities and policy-making
  • Plan strategies for program service revenue and fee-for-service income
  • Develop, quantify and measure key programming metrics and participate in the analysis of actual result comparatives that are produced in a cost-effective manner
  • Foster effective teamwork with the Board of Directors focusing attention on long-range strategic issues
  • Inform Board on industry developments and working as a team, update management, governance, and fund development to adapt to new programming

Fund Development

  • In collaboration with Board of Directors and VP of Advancement, lead all fundraising efforts
  • Update existing fundraising plan to attract new donors, increase major gifts, and prospect for new business and foundation support
  • Create and cultivate relationships with new donors and prospective Board members
  • Work with Board of Directors and Development Committee to monitor fundraising policies and process
  • Ensure financial stability and sustainability by maintaining healthy cash flow and adequate reserves

Community Relations

  • Serve as chief spokesperson for New Horizons
  • Facilitate the integration of New Horizons into the fabric of the community by using effective marketing and communications activities
  • Act as an advocate, within both public and private sectors, for services and constituencies relevant to New Horizons
  • Meet with clients and their families, volunteers, donors and the greater community to improve services and generate community involvement
  • Initiate, develop and maintain cooperative relationships with key constituencies
  • Work with legislators, regulatory agencies, and volunteers to promote legislative and regulatory policies that encourage a healthy community


The ability to manage continuity, change and transition and has the experience to influence and empower stakeholders:

  • Prior experience as an Executive Director of a nonprofit organization with an annual budget greater than $5M (preferred not but essential)
  • A minimum of 10 years experience in progressively responsible roles within senior management positions
  • Significant management experience working with developmentally disabled adults and a key understanding of the changing landscape of services and funding
  • Demonstrated fundraising success with individual donors, foundations and corporate partnerships resulting in overall organizational growth
  • A transformational leader with a proven track record managing a strategic planning process, resulting in improved efficiency, program effectiveness, and sustainability of organizational budget
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people and wide range of faiths, beliefs and experiences
  • Maintain a flexible schedule to meet the demands of executive management
  • Demonstrated commitment to continued professional growth and the development of employees and Board of Directors 



  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree is preferred in a related field


Salary and Benefits 

This leadership position, based in North Hills, offers a collaborative working environment among devoted staff and Board members and a competitive salary and benefits package.