Posting: Program 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 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

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 Manager to lead afterschool and summer camp programming.We are searching for an experienced youth development manager who believes in the power of learning with horses, is eager to make a difference in the lives of Detroit youth, has a passion for Detroit’s holistic revitalization, and has
the adaptability to meet challenges head on. This is a full-time role (40 hrs/week).

Work hours are based around the program calendar:

  • After School Program: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 3-7:30 pm and the flexibility to structure the additional work hours remotely.
  • 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 July thru August, Monday thru Thursday from 8am-4pm.

Key Responsibilities
After School Program Delivery: Facilitate weekly after school programming
Use deep understanding of socio-emotional services and youth development practices to plan,
implement, facilitate and evaluate after school programming for 6th -12th grade students.
Summer Program Delivery: Facilitate daily programming
Use deep understanding of socio-emotional services and youth development practice to plan,
implement, facilitate and evaluate a summer camp experience for 6th-12th grade students.

Maintaining and building partnerships 

Build and foster partnerships with nonprofits/schools within the Hope Village Neighborhood and within the Youth Development sector in Detroit.

Program Recruitment/Enrollment

Support the success and sustainability of the program by recruiting students to participate in the After School and Summer Program.

Volunteer Coordination

Recruit, train and place volunteers within areas of programming that are in need of additional support.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience in youth development, or a related field, with young people from diverse backgrounds preferred
  • Proven track record of driving high student achievement and growth
  • Experience working in an equine (horse) environment is preferred but not required
  • Organized, Collaborative, Compassionate, Flexible
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic Microsoft Office skills
  • Google Drive experience
  • Valid Driver's License required
  • Personal computer required
  • Personal, reliable, daily transportation required


  • Full-time position compensation range is 45k-48k 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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