Iowa Equestrian Center Manager

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

Job Details


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.


The manager will be responsible for developing and supporting equine events and managing facility use by both internal and external users. This position is expected to create a center of excellence for equine events in the Midwest. The manager is responsible for contracting events for the facility. The successful candidate will work with and supervise IEC employees. In addition, the position requires an individual with experience in the principles and practices of managing horse events. The successful candidate must have experience in developing, implementing and administering policies and procedures for the operation of a center which is heavily involved in horse show and other public/private events. The manager will serve as liaison with all components of the horse industry. This individual must be willing to work flexible hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays. The Manager’s position is expected to work in other staff positions as needed. Manager is responsible for collecting fees from events.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.

  • Regular and consistent attendance at work.
  • Lead a team of 8-12 employees
  • Manage scheduling logistics of the IEC, including rentals, staffing and inventory
  • Develop and implement department key performance indicators, training materials and development plans
  • Create and market affordable community outreach programs
  • Speak on behalf of the college when recruiting and meeting with local, state and national organizations
  • Coordinate with internal and external clients to reach the college’s targeted goals
  • Increase center visibility and promote events through social media
  • Assume responsibility for care, cleanliness, and maintaining the Equestrian Center.
  • Actively solicit and book shows and public events.
  • Work closely with the college’s marketing department to promote events.
  • Prepare, review and administer contracts, rental and license agreements and proposals for services and equipment.
  • Prepare and administer budgets related to the operation of events and the Equestrian Center.
  • Collect fees from events.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote and environment that accepts differences.
  • Must maintain compliance with required trainings as designated by supervisor.
  • Establish and maintain continuing client relationships with business and industry and build client loyalty to the college.
  • Operate facility equipment including driving a tractor and water wagon to prepare show ring surface.
  • Set up stall and other equipment for events.
  • Represent the college at state and national forums.
  • Active involvement in sponsorships and fund raising.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

  • Be able and willing to represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve.
  • Possess strong human relations skills. Get along with diverse personalities.
  • Must be self-motivated, energetic, and creative individual with proven leadership, planning and administrative skills.
  • Possess excellent conceptual and planning skills and be able to relate well with other professionals within the college and in the industry community.
  • Read, understand and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form.
  • Knowledge of trends of the horse industry and must keep current in those trends.
  • Remain current with industry trends, employee safety and animal health standards
  • Possess a working knowledge of personal computers and educational media equipment.
  • The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


    Position involves working in a horse arena facility. Occasional (10-33%) lifting 50-60 lbs., shoveling, climbing, bending, standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) repetitive motion, reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work, moving equipment, directing, motioning and walking from barn to arena. Constant ((67-100%) sitting, walking, talking and hearing. Must provide own transportation on-and off-campus facilities, agencies and businesses.


  • Five years successful work experience in public facility management, facility administration, business administration or related field.
  • Experience and background in the horse industry and previous supervisory experience required.

    Two or four year college degree in Equestrian Science or related field preferred.


    Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: [email protected] or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax: 312-730-1576, Email: [email protected].


    Working at Kirkwood Community College 

    Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids is a globally recognized leader in higher education where learner success has always been a focal point. For more than 50 years, Kirkwood faculty and staff have cultivated a welcoming and motivating environment that meets students where they are, and helps them get exactly where they want to be. With one of the lowest tuition in the state, more than 130 programs to choose from, flexible class offerings, and convenient locations across seven counties in Eastern Iowa, Kirkwood makes higher education more accessible for people in all walks of life. Through affordable, innovative educational training and many impactful community partnerships, Kirkwood hopes to continue strengthening the regional workforce for years to come.

    As one of Cedar Rapids' top employers, Kirkwood strives to reward employees with a generous benefits package and perks, including:

    • Professional development opportunities
    • Free use of the Kirkwood Recreation Center
    • On campus retail discounts at places like our bookstore, Eagle Tech, cafeteria and hotel (yes, we have a hotel too!)
    • Free admission to performing arts and athletic events
    • Computer and software purchasing program through Eagle Tech, our Apple-authorized campus store
    • Employee tuition discounts and half-price tuition for family members
    • Generous leave policies that provide a work-life balance
    • Choice of retirement programs and unheard-of employer contribution
    • Competitive Total Rewards packages
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