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New position – Horizons Development Associate

Job Description: Development Associate, Horizons at Harley

The Horizons Student Enrichment Program at The Harley School employs an experiential model of teaching focused on reading, writing, and math. The program has been in existence for 22 years. Our hands-on project-based curriculum successfully counteracts the negative effects of summer learning loss and the associated achievement gap. In particular, we provide low-income students high-quality academics and enrichment with key program characteristics grounded in research on learning and child development during the summer. Horizons at Harley rethinks how summers could be used to support student success given that low-income students suffer disproportionately from summer learning loss and the associated achievement gap.

Position Status: Staff, full-time.


The Development Associate will develop and implement both existing and new fundraising programs, cultivating constituent relationships for the Horizons Program, including, but not limited to:

Management of Raiser’s Edge database, preparing mailing lists and preparing reports as requested.

Managing a minimum of two special events per year.

Managing Year-End campaign responsibilities including recording acknowledgement of all donations received, drafting solicitation letters and working directly with volunteers.

Leading Horizons National Giving Day effort through social media.

Lead Development Committee, scheduling and chairing meetings and creating work-back plans to ensure the success of upcoming projects.

Cultivation and Stewardship of donor base.

Assisting with administrative projects and program support as needed.


A Bachelor’s degree is required and at least two years of experience in a development setting,. Candidates must have significant experience with data entry and database management (knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is preferred), as well as the ability to maintain and promote relationships between Horizons and the donor base.  Qualified candidates will have excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to manage multiple projects. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate excellent writing skills and working knowledge of fundraising through Social Media.

Reports to:

Executive Director

Please submit resume and cover letter to

Robin Mitchell is New Executive Director

rsz_2robin_mitchell_headshotHorizons at Harley is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin Mitchell as new Executive Director. He replaces Luis Perez, who is moving on to the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association.

Mitchell joins Horizons after eight years of leadership and management experience with the Special Olympics of New York, which includes program and curriculum development, fundraising, grant writing, budget management and staff management. He has a strong background in building inclusive programs in elementary school settings, including the Rochester City School District.

He says, “I am looking forward to building upon the high levels of excellence that are synonymous with the Horizons at Harley program. As a passionate advocate of active and engaging learning environments, the opportunity to work here, and to make a difference in these students’ lives is tremendously exciting.”


Summer 2015: Our 21st Year

 This summer’s program overall theme “Growing as Readers …Growing as Leaders” placed strong emphasis on leadership development at all grade levels. We expanded our Social Emotional Literacy program, the RULER Approach, adding our Lower School (K-4) students in 2015. A total of 23 middle school expeditions were offered during summer 2015, including Intro to Engineering, Guitar for Beginners, STEP Rhythm in Motion, Sports Management, Computer Science, and 3D Sculpting. Each grade also completed a community service project which spanned from caring for needs within the Horizons at Harley community to projects designed to raise awareness, create connection, and aid with needs in the greater Rochester community.

Graduate Chyna Stephens Receives Princeton Prize for Race Relations

 chyna  Horizons at Harley graduate, Chyna Stephens, received the Princeton Prize  for Race Relations for her efforts to improve race relations in the Rochester  area. Stevens, currently a junior at Pittsford Sutherland High School, is  founder and president of the school Diversity Club, which strives to bridge the  gap between students of color and non-minority students. She was one of 27  high school students in the nation honored during the annual Princeton Prize  Symposium on Race held at Princeton University the end of April.
(Photo by Lauren Petracca)
Middle Schoolers Choose Exciting Expeditions!

  This summer we are excited to offer many expeditions to our Middle School to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Students will have the option to choose between great opportunities including, but not limited to, carpentry, choir, sports management, the RULER Approach, community service, EquiCenter experience, and tennis. Middle School students are able to choose the expeditions that most interest them and explore new areas of learning this summer

The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Literacy

 Through Project “RULE Yourself” we intend to give students practical skills and tools of conflict resolution with a complimentary social and emotional literacy component that teaches them to more readily identify, articulate, and form strategies to address the emotional states in which they find themselves. The RULER approach helps students find language to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and Regulate their feelings. This approach to social and emotional literacy has been found to have extremely positive outcomes in teachers’ well-being and commitment, more positive and supportive teacher-student relationships, and a warmer, more learning-conducive classroom environment. Horizons at Harley will implement the RULER approach in our teaching for a proposed two consecutive summers.
In the words of Publilius Syrus, “Rule your feelings, lest your feelings rule you”
(1st Century BCE)
Exploring College and Career

unnamed This summer at Horizons at Harley, 8th and 9th grade students will work with a new High School Counselor (HSC), Harry Roldan! Mr. Roldan is a school counselor at the Rochester City School District, and he will spearhead, lead, and manage a comprehensive high school transition and planning counseling program for the rising 8th and 9th graders. He will provide proactive leadership that allows students to explore a variety of interests that connect their learning to practical applications. He will help students and their families transition into high school as it relates to their aspirations regarding college and career. In addition, the HSC will follow the students into their next academic year, connecting with their parents, schools, and other points of influence in the students’ lives. Mr. Roldan will develop an individual, dynamic educational and career plan for every student, and he will facilitate activities with students and parents to enhance their understanding of the college access process. Horizons is excited to welcome him to Horizons at Harley, where he will help students and families make informed decisions about their future.