Employment Opportunities

Executive Director

We are looking for a dynamic leader passionate about working with people with special needs and exploring the benefits of horse-human connections. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the successful leadership of the organization: staff and volunteer recruitment and retention, program excellence, stakeholder relationships, operations performance, fundraising and outreach, financial viability, and continuous improvement toward consistent achievement of SE’s mission.

The position is full-time flexible to accommodate the opening hours of Special Equestrians, interacting with part-time staff, attending Board meetings, and representing the organization at events.

This position requires strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as staff management experience (18 on staff). The successful candidate must be an energetic, self-motivated, and adaptable person with a strong service orientation toward all facets of the organization, and someone who enjoys working in an atmosphere that encourages innovation and collaboration.

Knowledge and Experience Required

  • 4-year college degree; master’s degree or certification in nonprofit management, equine business, or disability services/studies, or related disciplines is desirable.
  • 7 or more years of progressive management experience in a nonprofit organization; ideally with people with disabilities and/or in the equine-assisted therapeutic field; at least moderate knowledge of equine business operations and management, horse welfare.
  • A successful track record of fundraising from multiple revenue sources that include the philanthropic, public, and private sectors.
  • Understanding of federal and local laws applicable to nonprofit organizations including employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, health coverage, etc.
  • Experience in budget preparation and financial management.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Adept at electronic word processing, financialmanagement, social media, database management.
Email résumé and cover letter, including your interest in Special Equestrians to community@specialequestrians.org. No phone calls, please.

Part-time Therapeutic Riding Instructors

Therapeutic Riding Instructors provide therapeutic riding lessons that are safe, effective, enjoyable, progressive, and challenging. Instructors also work with barn staff and volunteers to maintain excellent standards of horse welfare and participant satisfaction.


  • Teach individual lessons, school groups, summer camp, and/or able-bodied lessons as scheduled with Program Director
  • Conduct safety checks of horses and participants before and during lessons
  • Keep lesson notes for each participant
  • Assist with preparation of horses for lessons
  • Contribute to ongoing mentoring of volunteers
  • Assist with horse care and special events as needed
  • Represent Special Equestrians in a positive and professional manner at the barn and in the community


  • PATH Intl. certified or eligible
  • Thorough knowledge of good horsemanship principles and practices (mounted and unmounted)
  • Knowledge of disabilities and therapeutic riding techniques (or willingness to learn)
  • Good organizational, communication, and people skills

If you are interested, please contact the Program Director, Claire Oestreich:

Email ceoestreich@specialequestrians.org

Part-time Barn Help

Seeking experienced barn staff to work in our therapeutic riding center. Requirements:

  • Weeknight and weekend availability
  • Good people skills; comfort overseeing and directing volunteers
  • Ability to assess horses for lameness/injury/general health
  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds, muck, feed, turn out
  • Reliable transportation
  • Provide/obtain PA criminal check and child-abuse clearances; FBI background check

If you are interested, please contact the Barn Manager, Hannah Fitch:

Email hfitch@specialequestrians.org