Chatham Hall is excited to announce the opening of the search for the Director of the Riding Program. Chatham Hall—an all-girls, grades 9-12, boarding and day school in southern Virginia—has been a leader in educating girls and preparing them for college since 1894. The School’s Riding Program is a distinguishing feature of its strong, expanding Athletic Program. The successful candidate for Director of the Riding Program will demonstrate, in addition to expertise in the field and leadership in horsemanship, a sensibility both for boarding school life and for the dynamic balance of excellence in academics and athletics characteristic of Chatham Hall.
The Chatham Hall Riding Program is a unique experience among equestrian boarding schools. Our riding program offers the American Forward System of Riding fundamentals in accordance with modern hunter and equitation styles. Students learn the theory behind the instruction and how to handle a variety of horses. Taking a holistic approach to lessons, students benefit from mounted and unmounted instruction, a fitness plan, best dietary habits, and sports psychology. This approach to training the equestrian athlete ensures achievement while competing as well as with any challenge at hand.
The Director of Riding oversees the philosophy and logistical management of the Riding Program. This includes facilities upkeep and renovation, faculty/staff management and development, programmatic budget, student and faculty education and the oversight of our equine partners. This is a 12-month faculty position.
Responsibilities: Acts as a liaison and consistent representative of the Riding Department in communication with varying departments on campus including (but not limited to): Athletics, Academics, Advancement, Business Office, Enrollment, and Student Life. Oversees internal and external communication regarding the mission and philosophy of the riding program.
Works with Students: Teaching – works with the whole student as an athlete. Teaches the theory as to why we do what we do at Chatham Hall Riding. Advising - acts as an academic advisor yearly to assigned students. Coaching - Head IEA Coach for interscholastic competition team. Coach and train students at on-campus horse shows and away shows and supervises student-athletes while traveling, scheduling and registering athletes.
Facility Management:Budget - adherence to and oversight of yearly budget, participates in regular meetings with Business Office for expense overview. Attention to meeting yearly financial goals set by Business Office and School Leadership in terms of revenue. Physical Plant - oversight of regular maintenance to multiple buildings, stables, arenas, and approximately 80 acres of fenced in turnout. Regular communication with Grounds and Maintenance about short and long-term projects. Participation in master planning for physical spaces on campus that may affect the riding program.
Auxiliary Programming & Revenue: Oversees all programs, rentals, and revenue generating events under the Riding Department’s purview. This includes: facility rentals, horse shows, summer programs, and clinics. Horse Show Manager - regular association meeting attendance and representation of Riding Program at annual meeting. All responsibilities of a typical show manager for 3-4 on campus horse shows a year. Facility Rentals & Clinics - recruitment of facility rentals and clinics during non-academic months for mission appropriate groups. Oversees contracts, coordination with group representatives, facility prep, and group management. Summer Programs - teaches advanced sections of summer program.
External Representation: Represents Chatham Hall and the Riding Program at various events throughout the year: horse shows with students, recruiting events, trade shows, vendor fairs, etc. Utilizes professional contacts for the recruitment of equine donations and prospective students.
Personnel Management: Manages 3 teaching faculty, 3 stable staff, and multiple part time staff and/or volunteers. Oversees the yearly calendar for travel, on campus events, time/off, and regular professional development. Mentors riding faculty in the development of their teaching, personal riding, and their overall professional resume. Oversees long-term strategic support of the horses in the riding program - both privately and school owned. This includes veterinary care, farrier care, training schedules, show schedules, feeding and supplements.
Other Pertinent Duties: Personal professional development: regularly attends clinics, seminars, and actively seeking seats on relevant national or regional committees relevant to the Equestrian Profession.
Chatham Hall is a boarding school where adults are fully engaged in the life of the school beyond their immediate scope of work. The Director of Riding serves as an advisor to a small group of students, has weekend duty as assigned, as well as study hall and other duties expected of full-time employees that live on campus.
Chatham Hall seeks candidates who will contribute to and are committed to diversity and multicultural educational practices. Chatham Hall seeks candidates who demonstrate a dedication to working in a diverse community. The school seeks candidates who: communicate effectively with diverse populations, create an inclusive work environment, and will engage in professional development opportunities to further develop inclusive management practices.
Benefits: Salary and benefits are competitive; housing and meals are provided.
The qualified candidate will hold a minimum of a B.S. or B.A. degree and have five years of equine program management experience.
About Chatham Hall
Chatham Hall, an all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, seeks a dynamic, collaborative advancement professional to grow its fundraising programs and manage relationships with key constituents and groups, all in support of the school’s strategic priorities.
ABOUT CHATHAM HALL:
A leader in all girls education, Chatham Hall inspires integrity, academic excellence, and global perspectives in tomorrow's leaders. Its signature academic, community, and athletic programs provide comprehensive preparation for college and for productive lives. Now in its 125th year, Chatham Hall is grounded in Episcopal heritage and includes a vibrant extended community of more than 3,000 alumnae plus dedicated families and friends. The school is located on a 360-acre campus in Chatham, Virginia, within driving distance of Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill, Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Charlottesville.