Posting: Program Operations Manager - Detroit Horse Power

September 11, 2022

Organization Background

Detroit Horse Power is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates equine-assisted learning opportunities for students (6th-12th grade) in order to develop our five core character skills: Perseverance, Empathy, Responsible risk-taking, Confidence and Self-control (PERCS). The organization is moving closer to the long-term goal of constructing a new Detroit equestrian center on a large vacant land within Detroit’s city limits, which will make this programming scalable and accessible while supporting stronger Detroit communities. The PERCS after-school program will operate from October-May at the Marygrove Conservancy campus in Detroit. Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings we facilitate programming for three different cohorts focused on social-emotional learning. Once to three times a month, youth come together for weekend barn trips to partner horse farms throughout southeast Michigan. DHP’s summer horse camp recruits students between 6th-12th grades from various community partners for a weeklong program introducing students to riding and working with horses as well as the life lessons they teach us.Running during July and August, our 2022 summer camp season expects to serve approximately 100 youth.

Description & Expectations

Detroit Horse Power is currently seeking applications for a Program Operations Manager to lead all after-school and summer camp operations. This full-time role (40 hrs/week) will report to the Senior Program Manager.

Work hours are based around the program calendar:

  •  After School Program: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 12-8pm and flexibility to structure hours outside of those defined times.
  • Barn Trips: Held during the school year on weekends (Saturday or Sunday) typically three trips a month from 11am-3:30pm. 
  • Summer Camp: Takes place during July and August, Monday through Thursday from 8am-4pm.

Basic functional knowledge of Microsoft and Google Suite and the ability to operate a printer/scanner is required. It is highly recommended, but not required, for the applicant to have a laptop computer. Regular travel within the city of Detroit and partner barns is required. In addition, the Program Operations Manager must have the ability to work independently, be a self-starter.

Key Responsibilities

  • Distribute, collect, scan, and upload all student paperwork
  • Maintain organized student paperwork (hard copy and digital) filing system
  • Coordinate logistics for student transportation for after school and weekend sessions, which includes communicating with the transportation company, students, and families 
  • Actively participate in virtual and in-person afterschool programming on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, currently 5-7pm at Marygrove in Detroit
    • Be able to support facilitators during activities in after school programming and summer camp 
    • Take attendance
    • Support youth and Program Manager in activities
    • Organizing food ordering and distribution
    • Provide First Aid and CPR when needed (training will be provided)
    • Set up and break down of program spaces and materials
  • Support with COVID protocol and lead on all cleaning practices
  • Actively participate in team meetings and brainstorm sessions
  • Participate in DHP partner org workshops, evaluation, and meetings such as Youth Development Resource Center (YDRC) and Youth Driven Spaces (YDS) for programmatic and professional growth
  • Lead outreach, communication, and planning of logistics with facility partners for weekend and summer camp horse barn trips
  • Leading logistics and support facilitators for all weekend barn trips
  • Participate in strategic planning for future barn, specific to horse and lesson program management
  • Provide support to the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) program (summer youth employment program)
  • Lead on moving supplies to and from partner barn and DHP office or storage unit
  • Social Media content creation and monitoring

Skills & Qualifications

  • High school degree or higher (college degree preferred)
  • Relevant experience in a similar role highly preferred
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic Microsoft Office skills
  • Google Drive experience
  • Experience working with and leading youth
  • Horse experience preferred but not required
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Must have reliable transportation available daily


  • Full-time position compensation at $40k annually with an average of 40 hours per week expected.
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Unlimited PTO 12
  • Paid holidays
  • Home internet reimbursement
  • Ability to work remotely for a portion of the work week

Diversity and Inclusion

DHP is committed to recruiting staff, board members, and volunteers who represent different races, ages, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities and socio-economic backgrounds. We are dedicated to fostering diversity of all forms throughout all levels of our organization. Those who grew up and/or currently reside in Detroit are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Please send resume and letter of interest to by September 16th , 2022.


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