Executive Director (Nonprofit – Equine Psychotherapy)

Executive Director (Nonprofit – Equine Psychotherapy)

Executive Director (Nonprofit – Equine Psychotherapy) 150 150 nancy.hoopes@medicinehorse.org
Medicine Horse Program
August 5, 2022
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Nancy Hoopes


Medicine Horse (www.medicinehorse.org) is a small, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of adolescents, families, and adults through unique equine-assisted experiences. We provide group and individual psychotherapy sessions that focus on mental health and healing, using our program horses and mini-donkeys.  We’ve been serving the community for 22 years.

Medicine Horse is committed to establishing itself as an organization that seeks out diverse representation, and being a model for other non-profits for equity and inclusivity. In all our actions, we strive for operationalizing our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategic imperatives. 

Medicine Horse does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender/sex, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information in its services and programming or employment.

Annual Compensation:  $50,000  with opportunity to increase based on performance and experience.  This is a  full-time, exempt position.

Schedule & Benefits:

  • Self-determined schedule that will include some evenings, weekends. Hybrid work location.
  • 2 weeks paid vacation per year


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Nonprofit management:  5 years (Preferred)
  • Change management: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Work in the mental health or healthcare field (Preferred)


The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of Medicine Horse. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. Reporting to the Board of Directors, this position will  manage and direct the day-to-day operations of Medicine Horse, that specifically include collaborating with therapists, managing staff, monitoring and ensuring the level of care for Medicine Horse animals, and interfacing with the community.

The Executive Director must possess organizational leadership skills including being persuasive, collaborative, fair, and accountable. Leadership must be focused on the core ethics of collaboration, enhancing mental health  and the drive for excellence to ensure that the best practices and services as well as the Medicine Horse culture are being delivered to those we serve.  The Executive Director must be very comfortable around horses and able to participate in basic care training if not experienced.

Honesty, integrity, and the ability to maintain confidentiality are a must, along with a high commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion on all fronts.


  • Responsible for communicating effectively and collaborating with the Board, committee members, and contracted professionals (therapists, grants writers, marketing, etc)
  • Leading Medicine Horse in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission, purpose and values as defined by the Board of Directors
  • Attend committee and board meetings
  • Other duties assigned by the Board of Directors


  • Work with the Board to support the financial sustainability of the organization
  • Maintain the annual operating budget
  • Ensure the board receives timely and accurate information about finances
  • Set goals and metrics to align with the strategic plan 
  • Collaborate with the fundraising staff  to develop new ways to drive more donations and attract new donors (corp/individual)
  • Oversee grant activities of the grants team  including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements
  • Review contracts for services 


  • Oversee marketing and other communication efforts  
  • Promote diversity, equity and inclusion with various diverse groups
  • Work with staff to drive more donations and attract new donors and event revenue
  • Enhance the  Medicine Horse image by being active and visible in the community and working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations
  • Monitor and ensure that Medicine Horse is active on social media and website
  • Be the spokesperson and face of Medicine Horse
  • Attend fundraising and donor meetings as required
  • Develop contacts within the community and maintain relationships


  • Develop and maintain priority ‘core’ group programs 
  • Perform HR duties within the organization (staff hiring, retention, evaluations)
  • Hold staff meetings to engage in team building; process services and programming
  • Ensure all objectives and expectations are clear to all team members, making certain performance as measured against objectives is understood and pursued
  • Recruit and develop a diverse team of both paid and volunteer staff
  • Ensure that there are appropriate systems in place to successfully facilitate the day-to-day operations of the organization
  • Work with staff to build a financially stable and sustainable scheduling program
  • Work with the therapy team to ensure quality services through our programs that are also safe for horses and clients
  • Work with therapists to find best intern and practicum candidates
  • Serve as liaison with the therapists, ensuring that therapists have a voice in program and resource changes


What we require:

  • A proven track record of building and/or maintaining a successful organization (preferably nonprofit) in an environment that utilizes strong communication, fiduciary, collaboration and business management skills.
  • Experience with managing a profit and loss in a non-profit setting; ability to read and react to profit and loss statements/balance sheets
  • General knowledge of grant writing and reporting
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent networking, oral and written communication skills
  • Intermediate experience with Gmail, Slack, social media, Microsoft Office, Google Drive
  • Demonstrated supervisory and leadership experience
  • Highly organized: able to manage multiple assignments to meet project deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal communication and collaboration skills
  • Physical qualifications include the ability to climb and descend stairs, and to lift boxes weighing 40 lbs. without assistance. Ability to work in a farm environment that may include dust, fluctuating temperatures, animals
  • Must pass criminal background check

What we would like for you to have:

  • Proven success as a collaborator and relationship builder, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to build coalitions and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups to achieve results.
  • A passion for, and experience in working in the mental health field/
  • Strong track record in managing change with an understanding of the contexts, cultures and politics that impact the implementation of effective diversity change efforts.
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness, agility, ability to build trust, establish credibility, and navigate a complex landscape.
  • Proven success in identifying and implementing promising practices for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and an excellent command of modern DEI concepts and issues.
  • Experience working successfully with a Board of Directors 
  • Change management and conflict resolution experience

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2022.


To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume  by September 15, 2022, via email to nancy.hoopes@medicinehorse.org


Resume should include all professional education and experience, dates of employment (month and year) and position/title and organization names.


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