Congressional School, an independent school for infants through eighth grade in Falls Church, Virginia, seeks an Equine Program Manager to start as soon as possible. The Equine Program Manager is responsible for planning, supervising and participating in the business operations and maintenance of the School’s equestrian program. Congressional School offers riding lessons to students in the fall and spring of each school year and Congressional Camp offers lessons to campers throughout the summer. This is a part-time position requiring on-site work for approximately 25 hours per week in the fall and spring and 40 hours per week for 12 weeks in the summer.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Barn Management: The Equine Program Manager’s responsibilities for barn management include:
Providing proper daily health, nutrition, and care of all horses.
Scheduling, tracking, and supervising veterinarian and farrier visits and feed deliveries
Addressing all maintenance issues involving the equine area
Managing seasonal installation and removal of equine tent
Cleaning and maintaining the riding area
Supervising winter boarding transition
Serving as the main point of contact for all equine emergencies
Ensuring proper maintenance and storage of equine supplies
Purchasing needed program and facility supplies, including buying and selling horses
Supervision and Instruction of Equine Programs: Equine programs include the full-time summer equine horse program at Congressional Camp, the part-time after-school lesson program for 8-10 weeks each in the spring and in the fall, and supervision of horse needs while off-site during the winter. This can include, but is not limited to:
Providing lessons to riders that are focused on safety, confidence, and improving riding ability
Working with Auxiliary staff and Camp Administration to set up lesson program logistics for the school-year program and camp logistics during the summer
Planning and supervising other special equine events as needed throughout the year
Determining the lessons schedule in the case of inclement weather
Communicating with parents including scheduling all make-up lessons
Tracking and maintaining attendance for all riding lessons
Work with Congressional School’s Communications team to market the Equestrian Program
Supervision of Staff:
Assisting in the hiring and training of qualified instructors
Ensuring the safety of students, instructors and horses
Organizing, scheduling, assigning and reviewing the work of program staff
Scheduling employees for lessons and feedings
Tracking and documenting employee hours for payroll
Tracking and documenting all health records: farrier, vaccinations, dental, etc.
Tracking and documenting all feed, hay and equipment purchases
Managing all vendors and overseeing accounts
Physical Demands: Participating in a variety of physical activities related to the job, including but not limited to handling horses, moving feed, carrying a saddle, and working on uneven terrain.
Policy Adherence: Ensuring adherence to all School and American Camp Association policies and standards
Other related duties as required and assigned the by Director of Auxiliary Programs
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Ideal candidates will have:
High School diploma or GED equivalent; degree, diploma, or certificate in related field preferred
Experience working with children
Minimum least five years’ experience as a riding instructor and/or barn manager
Strong initiative and organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
An ability to work in a joyful, collegial and collaborative environment
A sense of humor, warm personality, and growth mindset
Congressional School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age or disability. Congressional School's campus is a smoke-free work zone.
About Congressional School
Founded in 1939, Congressional School is an independent, co-ed, day school in Falls Church, Virginia, serving 350 students and 2,000 campers annually through our academic and summer programs. A diverse and caring community, Congressional draws families from all over Northern Virginia and prepares students through a rigorous, but developmentally appropriate, curriculum infused with numerous opportunities for exploration and growth. Our graduates find success in high school and matriculate to local public, private, magnet and faith-based schools, as well as, boarding schools.
We ignite the spark in young learners to become great thinkers and leaders who will positively impact our world.
We provide an inspirational and challenging student-centered educational experience within our diverse and supportive community where children question, collaborate, create, and lead.
We believe that strong character is essential to being a great thinker and leader. These core values reflect our aspirations as individuals and as a community: Integrity, Kindness, Perseverance, and Respect.