We are Hiring a Program Director


Program Director

We are recruiting a driven self-starter to fill the role of Program Director. The Program Director will report to the Executive Director and will be responsible for implementing and managing Rainbow Riders’ therapeutic riding programs. This will entail overseeing barn staff and volunteers and taking responsibility for the care of Rainbow Riders’ horses. Specific areas of responsibility are:

• Program Planning and Implementation – Through collaboration with the Board and the Executive Director and in consultation with Rainbow Riders’ Strategic Plan, develop and implement an expanded therapeutic riding program; develop lessons plans and programming to meet the needs of specific riders; teach therapeutic riding lessons to riders with a wide range of needs and abilities; monitor staff and volunteers during therapeutic riding programs to ensure safety and adherence to program standards and guidelines.

• Horse Care - Manage the care of Rainbow Riders’ horses, including overseeing barn staff and the completion of all barn chores; work with veterinarians and staff to implement best practices in disease control and medication protocols; work with farrier to oversee scheduling and care; oversee the training and schooling of all program horses, which may include training rides and offering lessons to senior volunteers.

• Volunteer Coordination - Supervise volunteers, including scheduling, training, and processing volunteer applications; train and mentor new instructor candidates; develop and implement a volunteer training program in accordance with Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association guidelines and Rainbow Riders policies and guidelines; develop and implement a volunteer retention strategy and volunteer rewards program.

• Facilities Management - Ensure proper maintenance of the physical facility and grounds, and relevant operational equipment; manage supplies of hay, sawdust, grain, etc. to ensure timely ordering, adequate supply levels and adherence to budget.


This role requires a highly motivated individual with a passion for working with children with disabilities and with horses. The successful candidate will have:

• Minimum Equine Canada Instructor of Beginners (English preferred) or CanTRA Basic Instructor (or equivalent) certification;

• Post-secondary education in a related field or the equivalent in related experience;

• Experience in program development in an equine setting and/or experience working with persons with special needs are assets for this position;

• Valid first aid certification is required.

Other information

• Evenings and weekends may be required, must be willing to work a flexible schedule;

• Driver’s license is required;

• Working conditions include working alone, working outside in varying weather conditions, frequent interruptions, and possible heavy lifting;

• Work responsibilities require a standard 40 hours per week plus additional overtime as required to fulfill the duties associated with the position.

Rainbow Riders is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality or disability. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover

letter indicating salary expectations to info@raiseitup.ca. Please quote “Program Director” in the subject heading of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.