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Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 12:03 AM


Job Description

GallopNYC’s Mission: GallopNYC uses therapeutic horsemanship to help riders in NYC with disabilities walking, talking and learning: inspiring them to live their lives as fully, independently and productively as possible.

GallopNYC’s Vision: That every child with a disability in New York City has access to therapeutic horseback riding.

GallopNYC began lessons in 2007 with 2 riders and a dozen volunteers, and has followed a strategic plan for growth since then. We now serve 450 riders each week and have approximately 700 active volunteers. We doubled our ridership between 2014 and 2017 and plan to double it again over the next three years. We project having nearly 1000 riders per week by 2020, and new growth is made possible by new riding sites. Over 80% of our riders are subsidized, so achieving our goal will require increased funding, instructional staff training, and volunteer recruitment.


The Executive Director serves as chief executive and spokesperson of GallopNYC. In partnership with the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for the accomplishing the mission, vision, and short/long-term strategic goals of GallopNYC. The Executive Director is responsible for the management of all aspects of the organization, including, but not limited to, strategic planning, budgets and financial management, HR, relationship building, fundraising, and media relations.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, who authorizes the executive to carry out the list of responsibilities below, and other duties as may be assigned. The Board is responsible for establishing the direction and policies for the overall leadership and stewardship of this position.



Exhibits sound judgment in managing the organization’s financial, physical and human resources, ensuring policies are in place and executed to protect GallopNYC’s resources, riders, staff, and equines.

Carries out GallopNYC’s strategic mission, vision, and drive for growth and sustainability.

Leads by example and policy in establishing a culture embracing GallopNYC’s values throughout.

Communication and Advocacy

Serves as chief spokesperson for GallopNYC, increasing awareness and public education.

Communicates and expands the reach of GallopNYC’s mission.

Oversees marketing and public relations activities to responsibly maintain GallopNYC’s visibility.

Serves as the lead contact in any advocacy activities undertaken by GallopNYC relating to equine-assisted therapies and activities for children and adults experiencing disabilities and special needs.


Partners with the Board to achieve our mission by engaging a wide range of donors and partners.

Raises funds to ensure the financial sustainability of GallopNYC.

Recognizes and capitalizes on opportunities to create new revenue sources.

Board Relations

Establishes and maintains a close and productive relationship with the Board of Directors.

Participates in the development, training, recruitment, and orientation of Board members.

Assists the Board in setting strategic direction, identifying long-range needs, and charting a path of growth to achieve GallopNYC’s mission and vision.

Financial Management

Develops policies and procedures to ensure sound financial practices, reporting, and controls.

Works with the staff and the Board’s special committees in preparing a budget and ensures that operations stay within budget guidelines.

Program and Organizational Management

Develops, communicates, and implements an annual operating plan.

Ensures day-to-day operations are of high quality, relevant and efficient, working in partnership with staff to maintain continuing program excellence.

Ensures that GallopNYC maintains the highest standards of safety and quality with respect to program and service, including standards for accreditation through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International, and other credentialing organizations.

Maintains official records and documents, and ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

Staff Development and Supervision

Maintains a culture which attracts, sustains, and motivates diversity among staff and volunteers.

Ensures that job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are conducted, and sound human resource practices are in place.

Provides leadership in offering development and growth opportunities to staff and volunteers.


Core Requirements

Imaginative vision for growth and expansion of GallopNYC services

Ability to cultivate a positive community presence and public support

Commitment to helping people and horses through therapeutic horsemanship

Zeal to exceed goals

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Proven strong nonprofit leadership, business acumen, and experience with $2 to $5 million budgets

Forward-thinking, with strong ethics, integrity, and commitment to transparency

Ability to communicate GallopNYC’s mission, objectives, and accomplishments to stakeholders


Strategic planning experience with analytical ability and operational focus

Defining and achieving operational goals and financial outcomes

Managing and developing staff to realize their professional potential and maximize contributions

Recruiting, developing and engaging volunteers

Organizational and project management skills

Ability to fundraise, knowledge of best practices for fund and business development

Experience and commitment to working with electronic database systems


Verbal and written communications skills with the ability to relate to a variety of audiences

Interpersonal communication, negotiation, and presentation skills

Relationship building to identify, develop, and foster opportunities that create strong partnerships and alliances

Technological proficiency

Understanding of people with disabilities and special needs and their families

Requirements and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university required, preferably in education or special education, health, business administration or another related field

Minimum 5 years of management experience with at least 3 executive-level nonprofit leadership experience (fundraising, finance, development, program, human resources, and volunteerism), preferably with an equine-related mission

Professional or personal horsemanship experience strongly preferred

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship PATH International certification will be required if not already held


To apply, e-mail your resume, a cover letter that explains how your skills align with the requirements above, and salary requirements to: (e-mail applications are required, and only complete applications will be accepted). If you have a general inquiry with regards to this position, indicate “Question” in the subject line and include your phone number in the email text. Resume reviews begin immediately.

GallopNYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate in hiring on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Metro Area New York NY

Job Location City Brooklyn

Job Location State New York

Job Location Country United States

Compensation Salary From: $0.00 To: $0.00

Job Category Management, Youth Programs

Prefered Experience 5 year(s)

Job Type Full time

Language 1 English ( Speak Read Write )

Organization Details

Organization Name GallopNYC

Organizational Focus Animal Welfare, Children and Youth

Contact Person Alicia Kershaw

Contact Phone none posted

Contact Fax none posted

Contact Email

• Location: Brooklyn

• Post ID: 138658727 newyork is an interactive computer service that enables access by multiple users and should not be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. © 2017