Head Instructor Position

Purpose of the Position:

The Head Instructor is responsible for overseeing the instructional team and teaching student lessons (under saddle, unmounted, and in conjunction with a licensed therapist) while ensuring a safe educational atmosphere for students and all members of the therapeutic riding team.


The Head Instructor reports to the Program or Executive Director and is responsible for student services assigned by the Program or Executive Director.


  1. Teach Stoneybrook Foundation Therapeutic Riding Center students
  • Create an initial evaluation for each student
  • Develop long term and short term goals for each student
  • Create Task Analysis for student activities
  • Develop written lesson plans for each lesson
  • Write reflections on each lesson
  • Reevaluate student yearly or after extended time off
  1. Lead lesson staff and volunteers
  • Communicate needs to lesson volunteers
  • Communicate with Operations Manager to determine volunteer needs
  • Train for emergency situations
  1. Maintain all lesson records
  • Maintain, review, and file all lesson plans in a timely manner
  • Maintain all student files according to barn policies and PATH standards
  • Ensure protection and security of files and records
  • Ensure effective transfer of files and records
  • Transfer and dispose of records according to retention schedules and policies
  1. Maintain professional presentation
  • Maintain open communication with the operations manager, volunteers, students, parents, teachers, and caregivers
  • Develop communication systems to encourage efficient lesson coordination
  1. Assist in the supervision and assessment of the Riding Instructors
  2. Maintain all program schedules including student lessons, and staff hours
  3. Ensure compliance with all PATH, Intl. accreditation rules, regulations and requirements
  4. Assist in the development and implementation of new programs
  • Attend training as necessary to acquire certifications needed to offer new programs
  1. Assist the Operations Manager in the Performance of her duties
  2. Perform other related duties as required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and attitudes required for satisfactory job performance)


The incumbent must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:

  • Horses
  • Tack and Equipment
  • Riding Skill to intermediate level
  • Teaching Methods
  • Disabilities
  • PATH Intl. Standards
  • Safety
  • Current PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification
  • Current PATH Intl. Certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning


The incumbent must demonstrate the following skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team building skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Effective verbal, written, and listening communication skills
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • Very effective organizational skills
  • Computer skills including Excel, Word, and email at a highly proficient level
  • Stress management skills
  • Time management skills

Personal Attributes

The incumbent must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of a Head Instructor.  The incumbent must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:

  • Be honest and trustworthy
  • Be respectful
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Be flexible
  • Demonstrate sound work ethics
  • Caring and compassionate toward animals
  • Subscribe to the PATH Intl. Code of Ethics

Requesting Resumes by February 15, 2019

Resumes and Any Questions, please direct to apply@stoneybrookfoundation.org  Please, no calls.