Assistant Riding Coach
Hollins University, one of the nation’s strongest equestrian schools and a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Riding Coach. This is a full-time, 12-month administrator position reporting to the Director of the Equestrian Program and Head Riding Coach.
The assistant coach teaches riding classes to university students throughout the academic year, helps prepare team riders for shows, and assists with the care of the horses and facility as needed. Additionally, this position works with the Admission and Marketing offices on program recruiting including attending events, facilitating social media outreach, coordinating campus visits for prospective student riders, and helping them through the application, admission, and enrollment processes. The assistant coach also helps in the direction and planning of the Hollinsummer riding camp.
Successful applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in education, equine science, or related field; minimum of three years of successful experience with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and collegiate competitive equestrian teaching/coaching at all levels; understanding and working knowledge of ODAC, IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association), SWVHJA (Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association), and other equestrian organizations and their rules and policies; understanding and working knowledge of horse health; Microsoft Office proficiency; and a valid United States driver’s license with minimal violations.
Candidates must have effective teaching methods; demonstrated horse and rider safety skills; ability to articulate the benefits and unique experience of a liberal arts institution for women; excellent leadership, role-modeling, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; and demonstrated success working with diverse populations. Applicants must also have abilities to work well with student, campus, alumnae, and equestrian organization constituencies; work independently and as part of a team; and drive university horse vehicles. Must also be able and willing to travel by air and ground and to work evenings and weekends. Applicants with experience in collegiate admission or marketing and those with knowledge of the Hollins riding program are preferred. Final candidates will be subject to criminal history and motor vehicle background checks.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and contact information for three references to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.
Hollins is an independent, liberal arts university in Roanoke, Virginia offering undergraduate education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. Founded in 1842 as Virginia's oldest chartered women's college, Hollins provides abundant opportunities to every undergraduate student for research, study abroad, and leadership training, and guarantees access to real-world experience through internships around the globe supported by an extensive alumnae network.
Hollins University is an equal opportunity employer. Hollins values diversity in its community, and strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented populations.