Taking the Reins seeks a visionary and inspirational leader. Founded in 1998, Taking the Reins (www.takingthereins.org) is the only organization of its kind in Los Angeles, California and is located on a unique 2.5-acre barn site. Taking the Reins inspires underserved girls facing the challenges of adolescence in high-risk environments. Our teens develop self-esteem, teamwork, responsibility and leadership skills principally through learning to ride and care for horses.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall performance of Taking the Reins. He/She will implement the mission of Taking the Reins by working closely with the board and staff. He/She acts as the chief of the organization and is the spokesperson to community organizations, funders and the public.
Summary of Essential Responsibilities:
• Fundraising – direct and implement the fundraising function.
• Program Development and Delivery – oversee the Program Director who has responsibility for effective programs and services to all participants.
• Financial Management – lead the Finance committee and Board of Directors in preparing an annual budget, financial reports and audit.
• Human Resources Management – effectively leads and manages staff and volunteers according to policies and procedures.
• Organizational and Board Development – advise and inform board members about operations and interface between board and staff.
• Community Relations and Public Relations – represent and build visibility of our mission and programs to relevant audiences.
• Demonstrated management, planning and decision making skills.
• Experience in a non-profit organization, such as development, program director and committee leadership and participation.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in fund development, fundraising, and donor development and grant procurement.
• Outstanding public speaking, written and interpersonal communications skills.
• Excellent organization skills, including prioritization, time management, planning and implementation, and team leadership.
Knowledge and skills:
The ideal candidate will have sensitivity to and experience with non - profit organizations’ business planning activities, be an astute and effective team player and relationship builder, and have a high comfort level working in a rustic, charming equine environment.
How to apply:
Qualified applicants may submit a cover letter, including salary requirements, and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit our website at www.takingthereins.org.