JOB POSTING: Equine and Program Manager, Free Rein, Spokane, WA


Free Rein is looking for a part-time (30 hours/week) Equine and Program Manager to oversee the herd and to direct operations and expansion of our program. Must be a proven leader with strong interpersonal skills and is expected to function under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for independent judgement.

Job Description (PDF):  Equine and Program Manager Job Description

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The Equine and Program Manager (EPM) will report to and will work closely with the Board of Directors (BOD) to oversee the expansion, growth, and maintenance of various programs associated with Free Rein. The EPM manages the equine herd and any program staff (Program Assistant and part-time instructors) and is expected to operate under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for independent judgement and actions in assigned responsibilities. Must be an energetic, self-motivated, and adaptable person with a strong service orientation toward all facets of the organization. The EPM must have strong interpersonal skills and an ability to develop relationships with riders, families, caregivers, volunteers, and staff.

The  EPM will oversee all program aspects including, but not limited to:

Equine Management

  • Select, acquire, and evaluate potential horses for the program.
  • Maintain herd health and training, including coordination of staff and volunteers to execute herd preventative health, evaluation, schooling program and record keeping.
  • Coordinate maintenance and organization of tack, program equipment and supplies.
  • Act as the main point of contact for horse owners.

Program Management

  • Develop new program curriculum, program improvements, and mentor other instructors as necessary.
  • Develop the rider schedule in conjunction with the Program Assistant and support student registration as necessary.
  • Work directly with the Program Assistant to ensure all class volunteer requirements are met.
  • Develop written objectives and lesson plans for each participant and review periodically with other staff. Record weekly observations of each student’s progress.
  • Instruct classes to the appropriate level of the participants, keeping classes running on time.
  • Maintain rider profiles, attendance records, and ongoing rider notes, and regularly communicate rider progress with riders, caregivers and volunteers.
  • Maintain PATH International CTRI or Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification.
  • Oversee development and implementation of PATH standards and appropriate safety guidelines for horses, volunteers, participants, and staff.
  • Develop and maintain contact with other therapeutic riding programs and related professional organizations.
  • Assist with training of all class volunteers when needed.
  • May be asked to perform other duties to support the program as needed.


General Administration

  • Participate in the recruitment, hiring, and onboarding of new program staff.
  • Work with BOD to regularly evaluate employee performance, education opportunities, future staffing needs, and position descriptions and qualifications.
  • Manage instructor schedule and ensure all classes are adequately staffed.
  • Lead regularly scheduled program staff meetings.
  • Miscellaneous administrative duties including approving bills for payment, drafting community communications, etc.


  • PATH International CTRI or Registered Riding Instructor Certification (may be substituted for five years of experience if certification is obtained within six months of employment)
  • At least five years of experience instructing various aspects of riding and horsemanship, two years of working with disabled persons, and two years of training horses under professional supervision
  • Recent experience at a PATH-certified program preferred
  • CPR / First Aid certification required
  • Strong leadership abilities and managerial skills
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours
  • Creative, self-starter with a proven ability to work collaboratively to accomplish joint goals
  • Professionalism and discretion are a must
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, experience with Salesforce a plus

Physical Requirements

Ability to stand for long periods of time in extreme cold or heat, perform job responsibilities in the arena for short periods of time, lift 35 lbs and assist riders up to 200 lbs on and off the horse.


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