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Employment & Internship Opportunities

At StableStrides, we are committed to a supportive, collaborative, and fun work environment where all employees have the opportunity to be themselves and contribute in a positive way.

Current CAREER Opportunities:

Executive Director

StableStrides is seeking an Executive Director that will lead our thriving non-profit organization through its next phase of growth and development. As the organization’s leader you will have the opportunity to make an impact on not only a community, but on the Equine Assisted Service industry as a whole. With a $1M+ budget, you will lead the staff in strategic visioning and implementation, support and build community relationships, and lead fundraising efforts needed to support the vision and mission.

About the Position:

  • Type: Full-time, Exempt position
  • Benefits: Company Paid Medical, as well as Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance options,  IRA (company match available), 20 days of PTO, and Holiday Pay
  • Compensation: Starting at $65,000 in annual salary
  • Reports to: StableStrides Board of Directors

Education, Qualifications, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • 5+ years in a Director or above leadership role
  • Capital campaign and/or 5+ years of fundraising experience
  • 2+ years overseeing/managing a $1M+ budget

Preferred:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong local network or proven track record of quickly establishing solid networks in a community
  • Demonstrated strategic planning and implementation skills
  • Healthcare industry experience
  • Horse/equestrian experience

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to apply@stablestrides.org.

StableStrides is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Development and Marketing Assistant

The Development and Marketing Assistant reports directly to the Development Director and is responsible for overseeing the production of a full range of material to effectively support the advancement goals of the organization and to convey the organizations mission to diverse constituencies. In this position, you will play a key role in promoting our organization by creating informative content, press releases, and media opportunities to share our organization’s message and products. Additionally, this role is responsible for supporting the Development Director with day-to-day tasks and supporting the development department’s database and daily operations.

About the Position:

  • Hours: Non-exempt, Full-Time Position, Monday through Friday, weekends and events as needed
  • Benefits: Company Paid Medical, as well as Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance options,  IRA (company match available), 20 days of PTO, and Holiday Pay
  • Compensation: $16-$20 per hour
  • Reports to: Development Director

Qualifications:

  • Must embrace the mission of StableStrides
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills
  • Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in the design and execution of marketing, communications and donor relations activities.
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability
  • Knowledge of the basic components of successful fundraising strategies and programs
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Competency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint programs; QuickBooks; familiarity with SalesForce donor database; graphic design skills a plus.
  • Ability to relate effectively with diverse audiences, including StableStrides board members, major donors, foundation staff, media outlets, and community audiences
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks, problem solve, and work as part of a cohesive and collaborative team

Fundraising & Development Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and increase individual giving by researching, analyzing, cultivating, maintaining and strengthening donor relationships
  • Provide administrative support to the development department through data entry, analysis, and project management
  • Coordinate donor stewardship (calls, receipts, thank you letters, etc…)
  • Mailing lists: build, maintain, and generate for various projects
  • Track all organizational restricted funds
  • Update and maintain donor database
  • Manage event registration
  • Help with the planning of special events
  • Other duties as assigned

Marketing Responsibilities:

  • Manage all Social Media accounts
  • Responsible for maintaining and growing the organization’s social media presence.
  • Responsible for maintaining the organization’s website.
  • Responsible for the creation, implementation, and goal measurement of the organization’s e-newsletters and marketing efforts.
  • Ensure all messaging aligns with key business strategies
  • Create presentations, articles, reports, and information for program marketing use
  • Develop or commission market research as needed
  • Work with Development Director to coordinate budgets, deadlines, objectives, and schedules
  • Plan, create, and oversee the design, content, and production of marketing materials
  • Develop strategies for current and existing services, launches, and promotions
  • Identify media and press opportunities
  • Develop, refine, and implement StableStrides communication plan to encourage greater buy in, support, and participation in StableStrides work
  • Generate communications content, including for monthly e-newsletter, annual report, website, and social media updates
  • Generate articles for local and non-local newspapers and other media
  • Initiate strategic communications in alignment with and support of fundraising goals
  • Generate fundraising and interpretive materials for specific audiences, including helping create content for appeal and thank-you letters and other donor communications

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to hr@stablestrides.org.

StableStrides is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Current Internship Opportunities

Mental Health Internship

StableStrides partners with Universities both locally and nationally, to provide practicum and internship experiences for students in degree programs such as social work, professional counseling and marriage and family therapy. A few of our valued University partners are University of Denver, Naropa University, Colorado Christian University, Regis University, CSU Pueblo, Newman University, and UCCS. Practicum or internship placements here at StableStrides include facilitation experience in both group and individual equine assisted therapy services, at both of our locations near Colorado Springs. We accept both undergrad and graduate students, with multiple licensed therapists who supervise interns weekly. If you are interested in learning more about our unique learning opportunities, please contact Chester DeAngelis, Clinical Services Director, at c.deangelis@stablestrides.org.

Equine Management Internship

  • To establish a solid foundation in equine health and nutrition, to understand the therapeutic riding industry standards and how it pertains to horse care, and how to maintain a therapeutic riding stables.
  • Click here for application and general information.

Equine Training Internship

  • To establish a solid foundation in horsemanship skills, to understand therapeutic riding industry standards and how it pertains to horse training, and how to maintain a horse for a therapeutic riding stables.
  • Click here for application and general information.

Instructor In-Training

The StableStrides Instructor in Training Program provides mentored instructing hours to any qualified individual seeking their PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification. Instructors in Training are given the opportunity to facilitate group therapeutic riding lessons in exchange for a donation of their time outside of teaching.

Benefits of Participating in Instructor in Training Program at StableStrides:

  • All StableStrides instructors are PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors.
  • StableStrides holds classes six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays.
  • All adaptive (therapeutic) riding classes are group classes.
  • StableStrides equines are trained and physically maintained higher than PATH Intl. Standards.
  • StableStrides offers a heated indoor arena and an outdoor arena.
  • Lead volunteer support available alongside excellently trained volunteers.
  • StableStrides clients range in age, ability and levels of experience.
  • Riding lessons offered at a reduced cost to Instructors in Training.
  • Free PATH CEU’s offered during StableStrides break weeks.
  • Three onsite PATH Intl. Mentors available to mentor Instructor in Training.

Instructor in Training Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must be familiar with and be able to pass the PATH Intl. CTRI Riding.
  • Instruction Video Warm Up and Riding Pattern on a StableStrides therapy horse (*accommodation available*).
  • Must demonstrate all knowledge outlined in the PATH Intl. CTRI Equine Management (CTRE) and Horsemanship Criteria Checklists (CTRH) – see CTRI Certification Criteria.
  • Obtain a current IT letter from PATH Intl.
  • Abide by PATH Intl. Code of Ethics.
  • Maintain all PATH Intl. requirements during training process including but not limited to Adult & Child CPR/First Aid Certification.

For more information, contact Avery White, Adaptive Service Director, at 719-495-3908 or a.white@stablestrides.org.

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