Director of Programs

Website High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program

Do you love working with people and horses? Are you a born change-maker, passionate about integrating nontraditional systems to make the world (or our part of the world) a more equitable and strong society? Then we are looking for you!

The Director of Programs position at High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program provides overall strategic and operational responsibility for all program areas. The position requires a proven, forward-thinking, and dynamic individual to provide proactive leadership and vision in all current and future programming activities. This includes having excellent analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills; strong relationships across the equine, public health, healthcare, and nonprofit fields; strong public speaking and presentation skills; as well as discretion, sound judgment, and political and social acumen. The ideal candidate will possess extensive experience leading regional and/or statewide programming efforts, well-versed in the nonprofit and grant implementation experience. The position requires a clear understanding of Equine Assisted Therapies (PATH certification preferred); empathy for the challenges faced throughout the Upper Valley region; a firm grasp of community capacity building; and knowledge/understanding of health equity and economic and social determinants of health.

This Full-Time position includes generous PTO and a flexible team-oriented work environment.

  • Leadership & Management
  • Oversee all aspects of program operations including staff supervision, scheduling, curriculum development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Develop relationships with regional programs, organizations, and entities to facilitate and enhance program operations.
  • Develop and implement strategies that will enhance programs and maximize the synergies among program areas including database/CRM management, evaluations, and best practices.
  • Recruit, hire, coach, and oversee training and orientation of all staff members.
  • Develop and implement a system to evaluate the skill, experience and professional development needs of all staff.
  • Implement a professional development program to address employee experience and skills gaps.
  • Work alongside staff to develop and implement objective performance measures and accountability across all programs and ensure consistent, high quality evaluation and goal setting for all employees.
  • Facilitate small and large group meetings, internally and externally.
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence. Responsible for the implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of all activities of the programs in accordance with organization vision, grant outcomes, National
  • Standards, and compliance regulations. Ensure that High Horses delivers safe and effective equine assisted services, meeting the needs of participants.
  • Work alongside PATH, American Hippotherapy Association, and other Equine Assisted Therapeutic organizations to ensure all programs are implemented according to best practices across the industry.
  • Develop and implement a balanced scorecard and program dashboard; establish consistent, objective program performance standards of accountability.
  • Develop and implement new programs from start to finish, including identifying the funding streams, deadlines, policies and procedures, program deliverables, operations, and evaluation.
  • Ensure organizational compliance with all accrediting and organizational bodies; HIPAA, Hippotherapy, and PATH Int’l Center Premier Accreditation. Lead and participate in all accreditation processes.
  • Programmatic Advancement
  • Develop and oversee management of programmatic budgets to ensure effective compliant use of funds.
  • Monitor National and state-wide trends (programmatic, funding, Equine Assisted) to ensure the organization continues to innovate and provide cutting-edge, high quality services throughout the region.
  • Write grant proposals to secure new resources that expand High Horses’ programmatic goals as well as its capacity to engage in and enhance service deliverables.
    Ensure and direct the deliverables of regular timely programmatic updates across the organization to ensure cross-pollination of ideas and resources.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Administrative Responsibilities:
  • Oversee/implement/modify all personnel policies according to Personnel Manual, including annual reviews and updated job descriptions.
  • Promote an effective team environment throughout the program; including direct, ethical and effective communication with staff and appropriate conflict management.
  • Ensure that program staff maintains current program records, including client files, volunteer files and horse documentation.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings.
  • Ensure PATH Int’l Center Premier Accreditation and compliance with PATH standards.
  • Establish HHTRP in a visible role within PATH Int’l and promote HHTRP as a leader in the field of therapeutic horsemanship.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director and Program Staff, establish an annual calendar, including all program related activities with targets for program/earned income revenues and expenditures. Monitor quarterly to ensure that established targets are being met.

Selected candidate will possess:
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services / Behavioral or Equine Sciences or equivalent with five years of related experience. Masters preferred.
Strong team leadership, program administration and mentoring skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to foster positive, productive relationships among staff, volunteers, instructors, riders and their families.
Skilled at using the computer for internal and external communication/record keeping; good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and Salesforce.
Ability to present and share information in a large and small group environment.
Understanding of available training/educational resources in the therapeutic riding industry.
Ability to work varied hours to meet the needs of the program.
Ability to work independently but also a team player with a “do whatever it takes” attitude.
Selected candidate must complete a background check for employment.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this Job, the individual is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The individual must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: While working the individual will be subject to outdoor elements, some loud noises, natural dust from the environment, and odors.

The job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties of the position. Staff will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by personnel of High Horses.

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to be eligible for consideration.

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