Executive Director: New Horizons Senior Center


Founded in 1976 as Options in Aging, the New Horizons Senior Center is a non-residential wellness, learning, and activity center for active and independent adults.  New Horizons serves two generations of active adults, from ages 55 to 95, many of whom are directly involved as program volunteers.  The Center’s programs foster leadership, volunteering, and engagement.

The mission of New Horizons Senior Center is to provide programs and services that enable older adults to live independently in their own homes, form meaningful connections with others, and engage in lifelong learning.  We now serve over 1,000 seniors from Narberth, Wynnewood, Merion, Bala Cynwyd and surrounding communities.  New Horizons is recognized as an entrepreneurial and innovative senior center, thanks to its unique program model; its problem-solving, solution-oriented, creative staff; its committed volunteer cadre; and its inclusive organizational culture.

Please visit us at our website (newhorizonsseniorcenter.org).

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership and daily operations of New Horizons Senior Center. The ED will advance the organization’s mission and values, provide strategic leadership, ensure quality management of the overall operations, expand and implement successful fundraising strategies, and ensure that the senior center has the financial and human resources necessary to achieve its mission.

Salary range:  $55,000 – $70,000

To be considered, candidates should respond with a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (please see below).

Why you’ll love leading this organization:

  • You’ll lead a dedicated, passionate, creative, caring staff team.
  • You’ll be entering at a pivotal moment in the growth of the organization.
  • You’ll appreciate working with a supportive board and a devoted group of faithful supporters.
  • You’ll enjoy extraordinary partnership and support in onboarding.
  • You’ll value the impact of our innovative model, where two generations of active seniors find purpose in retirement by sharing their skills, wisdom, and knowledge as volunteers and participants in our organization.
  • Many seniors we serve consider us a lifeline.
  • The joy and gratitude received from members and their families will warm your heart.

Responsibilities include:

Overall Operations

  • Oversee daily operations of the organization, leading and engaging four support staff – including Operations Manager and Program Director positions
  • Provide executive direction for program strategies, compliance, and quality assurance
  • Give strategic guidance for any business model adjustments


  • Direct a comprehensive development program that sustains and generates new support from foundations, corporations, state and local government, churches/synagogues, civic associations, and individuals; Cultivate and engage major gift donors
  • Cultivate local government relationships key to the organization’s home facility
  • Sustain and encourage major in-kind donations

Community Relations

  • Collaborate with other community organizations and local associations to best serve area seniors
  • As the key spokesperson for the senior center, nurture relationships with the media and public officials

  • Oversee consistent, positive promotion of the center’s mission, programs, and services through the media and center publications
  • Provide strategic leadership in community outreach to expand center membership and volunteer support

Staff Development

  • Retain, lead, and mentor an effective team that is dedicated to fulfilling the organization’s mission

Program Development and Administration

  • Provide leadership and oversight in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs consistent with the organization’s mission
  • Work closely with the Program Director to assess client satisfaction and determine effectiveness of programs in meeting seniors’ interests and needs

Financial Management and Compliance

  • Prepare, present to the Board for approval, and monitor the annual budget, ensuring that the organization operates within budget guidelines
  • Oversee the reports of a contract Bookkeeper and review them with the Board Treasurer
  • Ensure development of appropriate financial records and procedures, and that Board and organization are covered by appropriate and adequate insurance
  • Monitor and confirm legal and contractual compliance for the organization

Board Relations

  • Provide leadership in developing organizational, financial, and programmatic policies, planning, and evaluation with the Board of Directors, and carry out policies and plans authorized by the Board
  • Develop and maintain solid, collaborative working relations with the Board, keeping Board members fully informed on the condition of the organization and providing Board members with the information and guidance necessary to make informed decisions
  • Attend all Board meetings (6 times per year), and committee meetings as deemed necessary


  • 3-5 years of organizational leadership experience, preferably with a small business or nonprofit
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and visual communication skills
  • Familiarity with leadership and management principles for nonprofit organizations
  • Proven success working with a Board of Directors
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, with innovative approach to business planning
  • Comfort with public communication and appearances as organizational spokesperson
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Familiarity with Microsoft 365 for business, Zoom, social media, and common database and CRM applications
  • Licensed driver, able to lift 25 pounds, access to reliable transportation

Candidates with unrelated and yet equivalent leadership experience are encouraged to apply.

Full-time position

Benefits include:  holidays; 3 weeks vacation time; sick days.

Please email your resume, a cover letter detailing your interest in this opportunity, and one writing sample to:  hrcomm.nhsc@gmail.com

New Horizons Senior Center anticipates hiring for this position December 1, 2023.

New Horizons is an Equal Opportunity Employer