Equestrian Director

The YMCA of Greater Dayton is in search of a diverse and experienced Equestrian Director. 
Job Description

Develops, organizes and implements high-quality YMCA Equestrian Programs at YMCA Camp Kern - Oregonia, Ohio location. Circle K Ranch is our dedicated Equestrian Center at YMCA Camp Kern and, more importantly, is home to our herd of 60 wonderful horses that bring joy to thousands of campers and guests every year.

The YMCA of Greater Dayton is a $59 million Association consisting of 14 branches, 8 Child Care Centers, and 3 Outdoor Aquatic Centers. The Association seeks an Equestrian Director for Camp Kern.  

Benefits:  The YMCA of Greater Dayton offers a comprehensive benefits package including Medical, Dental, and Group Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, 12% Y Employer Contribution to Y Retirement, Tuition Reimbursement, Large Childcare discounts, and more.

  • A 2-year degree or applicable experience is preferred.
  • CPR/AED, First Aid, and Oxygen required within first 60 days of employment and kept current.  
  • Minimum of six months experience in barn maintenance and horse care.
  • Skills in barn management, strong organization, comfortable around a large herd, teamwork, and enthusiasm are required.
  • Must have a working knowledge of horses and care needed.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license, insurable drivers record according to the YMCA’s insurance carriers, and be able to provide own transportation to travel for business meetings, training events, YMCA site visits, etc.
Essential Functions
  • Plan, evaluates, and implements as aspects of the Equestrian program in accordance with YMCA of the USA and YMCA of Greater Dayton guidelines.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors department budget to ensure fiscal responsibility throughout the year.
  • Generates revenue and maintains expenses in order to stay within budgetary restraints.
  • Creates, develops, and implements high quality programming.
  • Hires, trains, monitors, and evaluated appropriate full and part-time equestrian staff, weekend staff, camp counselors, barn staff, lesson instructors, and others within the Equestrian Department.
  • Assists Equestrian Staff with increasing program potential, personal growth within the YMCA, commitment to Camp Kern, and responsibility to high quality operations.
  • Serve as an effective member of the Camp Kern professional Staff team through relationship building and communication.
  • Holds effective staff meetings
  • Fills staff vacancies in accordance with association guidelines
  • Established procedures for scheduling and finding substitutes
  • Supervises, directs and coordinates all aspects of equestrian programming including lesson programs, ranch camp, winter ranch camp, parent/child programs, trail rides 
  • Maintains accurate records for the department, facility, and staff.
  • Develops effective relationships with current groups and solicits new guests on a year round basis
  • Gives general care to ensure the health of horses.
  • Maintains vet and farrier records as well as lesson records, waivers, and other documentation
  • Ensures the barn is clean and safe for guests and horses
  • Manages and participates with the cleanliness, efficiency, and safety of the barn and the overall care of the horses including daily cleaning, grooming, feeding and watering, as well as medical care and training.
  • Communicates and ensures strong relations with our vendors, boarders, and guests.
  • Develop and carry out marketing for all Circle K programs through information distribution, communicating with the community, etc.
  • Supports and participates in all equestrian programs including but not limited to: the lesson program, ranch camp, parent/child weekends, and horse shows.
  • Inspects, all equipment used for safety hazards, damage or wear and repairs or replaces as needed.
  • Prepares the Equestrian Department for 100% compliance during the ACA annual visit.
  • Relate to branch board by attending all meetings and works on assigned committees.
  • Communicates to direct supervisor any concerns or incidents that may need follow-up.
  • Communicates any suggestions to improve the programs within the equestrian area.
Required Certifications

CPR/AED, First Aid, and Oxygen required within first 60 days of employment and kept current.