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Chief Executive Officer - Eastern USA

, District of Columbia 34478
United States
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Date Posted: 08/29/2023 | Last Updated: 08/29/2023
Customer Service, Manager - Show Series, Sales/Marketing, Show/Event Staff
Positions Available:
Full Time
Annual Salary Range:
$100,000 up
Minimum Education Level:
Four Year Degree
Horse Breeds Associated With This Job:
Any Breed
Languages Required:
Any Language
Drivers license required?
Commercial drivers license required?
Own car required?
Pets allowed?
Non-smoker required?
Live on site?
Will pay to relocate?
Height/Weight Specifications
(For riding positions only)
Height:   ft   in
Weight:   lbs
About The Facility
**Application Deadline Sept 20, 2023** **Prospective hire December 2023**
**Pending finalization of formal job description which will be shared prior to initial interviews** **Location is approximate to maintain client confidentiality**

About the Facility
Located in the heart of horse country, this large and multi-dimensional equestrian show facility is in search of a new individual to lead them. This facility has a rich and storied history within the community and strives to foster passion, fairness, and longevity within the equestrian community for decades to come. With 750 stalls, 19 arenas, a full cross country course, and a 4,000 seat indoor coliseum, there is something for every discipline and caliber of equestrianism here. The facility hosts everything from mounted shooting and traveling circus acts to International equestrian competitions to BMX and cultural expos, making for a total of over 40 weeks of scheduled activity each year. The estimated overall economic impact of this facility each year is upwards of $100million, with about half of that value focused on the county in which this facility is located. In total, there are an estimated 900 jobs directly linked to this facility in the overall state, with over 60 jobs existing at the facility itself each year.
As a not-for-profit equestrian venue, the sponsors, donors, and local community are the lifeblood of this organization. As the CEO, one of the most vital components of this position will be growing and nurturing the current relationships that support this organization, as well as forming new connections that will ensure the continued growth of this incredible facility. With an annual operating budget over $4.5million, and 60 employees on staff during peak season, this person MUST have considerable experience managing facilities of this caliber and size. This person will be trusted to have their "finger on the pulse" of not only the community, but also their internal team to ensure quality, passion, and satisfaction. The primary responsibility of this individual will be to lead the growth and development of the organization overall, both financially and physically. The CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors, and must have exceptional communication and rapport building skills.
Job Description
Job Duties Include
- Ensure that this organization remains at the forefront of equestrian venues in the region in collaboration with the Board of Directors and key staff
- Source, maintain, and develop relationships with current and prospective sponsors, vendors, donors, and influential community members to ensure longevity of the facility
- Represent the organization and its goals to the equestrian community nationwide, as well as to local authorities, elected officials, supporters, partners, and the overall community to ensure exposure
- Collaborate with the Operations Manager to see growth and expansion ideas to come to fruition.
- Provide on-site, engaged presence at events, communicate with patrons and vendors, and contribute to the overall quality of experience for the visitors of the facility.
- Oversee the hiring, development, performance quality, and structure of all staff on site - including one-on-one performance reviews with ALL staff on an annual basis
- Ensure all fiscal needs are met in cooperation with the CFO and Controller, report financial details to the Board of Directors on a routine basis, and strategize with key team members on fundraising, programs, and overall operations of the facility to ensure financial health
- Assist in the sourcing and securing of additional events, shows, and activities for the venue for future years (the 2024 calendar is already well established)
Job Requirements
Minimum Requirements
- At least seven (7) years of prior Executive experience in a leadership role of a business or non-profit with similar size and scope to this organization, including a proven ability to develop strategic goals into actionable plans and ensure successful execution of those plans to achieve quality growth.
- A thorough working knowledge of equestrian sport in a variety of disciplines and a genuine passion for equestrianism at any level. Well-established, high-caliber industry connections both nationally and internationally will be looked on favorably.
- Thorough knowledge of Equestrian governing rules and regulations (USEF, FEI, AQHA, etc) and ability to ensure compliance at all times along with key staff
- Considerable experience organizing successful fundraising endeavors and leadership of teams to achieve fundraising goals
- A proven track record of organizational growth and development with a clear and defined leadership style for staff and community that will promote accountability, healthy work relationships and inclusivity among staff to maintain a positive and collaborative work environment and culture.
- Outstanding communication skills - an ability to work well with staff, show managers, the board of directors, elected officials of the city, county, and state, and the national Equestrian governing bodies.
- A positive, malleable personality which can identify and adapt to a wide array of clientele and VIPs and easily establish a rapport with those individuals.
Benefits & Compensation
-$100,000 salary (some flexibilty based on experience)
- Medical
- Dental
- Vision
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