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Executive Director Position

HOURS: Full-time, exempt at 40 hours per week with flexible scheduling 

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports directly to the Board of Directors 

About the Position
Spirit Reins seeks an Executive Director who has strong business acumen, is highly skilled at building trusting working relationships, and the skillset to take the organization to its next phase of growth.

Spirit Reins is approaching this executive transition as an opportunity to revisit its strategic positioning as an organization, and is thus seeking a long-term Interim Executive Director who would likely become a permanent Executive after a year of strategic exploration to determine possible alternative operating structures, mergers or strategic partnerships, and solidify its programmatic model to ensure sustainable mission impact.


This Interim Executive Director needs to be values-driven, fearless in fundraising, have a track record of strategic leadership, and ability to thrive in the role of the key champion and relationship-builder for the organization.​

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.
They do not set out to be a leader, but become one by the equality of their actions and the integrity of their intent."
-Douglas MacArthur


The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the execution of the mission of Spirit Reins. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the success and strengthening of the administration, programs, finances and strategic direction of the organization. And in the role of serving as a strategic Interim, or Fractional Executive, they will have responsibility for the exploration and development of a sustainable, high-impact programmatic model and organizational structure that aligns with that model, including the exploration of possible formal partnerships with other organizations. Other key duties include fundraising, community engagement, and key stakeholder relations. She or he will initially develop deep knowledge of the field, core programs, operations, fundraising strategy and strategic goals to help lead the organization to this next phase in its development.


Ideally, the Interim Executive Director would understand the local mental health service delivery system and key players, have demonstrated track record of success in leading a large team or organization, and possess a high level of sensitivity and skill in relationship building.

About the Organization 

Spirit Reins is a pioneering and compassionate nonprofit provider boasting a powerful mission of equine assisted, trauma informed psychotherapy transforming the lives of children and adults. Our typical clients have experienced significant trauma in their lives and our program helps them develop the tools and resources they need to reach their full potential. The organization is in a sounds financial position and is well-poised for this next phase in its development and growth.


Leadership and Management:

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, evaluation of program strategy and overall efficacy, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals. 

  • Actively engage and energize Spirit Rein’s board members, staff, local policy-makers, partner organizations, and funders. 

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing operations, as well as strategic initiatives. 

  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain the staff of Spirit Reins by building a culture of trust and engagement, and through ongoing support and professional development.

  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program strategy so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents. 

Financial Performance and Viability:

  • Expand local, state and national revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and program expansion, continuing to increase and solidify the organization’s earned revenue from programming. 

  • Develop resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization, including grants, government contracts, private donations, and sponsorships.

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of Spirit Reins, to include submission to the Board a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization. 

  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position. 

  • Oversee the deepening and refinement of all aspects of communications —from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand. 

  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities. 

Planning and Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Refine and implement the strategic plan for the organization, meeting pre-identified metrics as well as adapting and adjusting strategy over time appropriately and with input from the  Board of Directors. 

  • Represent Spirit Reins in various relevant partnerships and advisory bodies, collaborations and community planning efforts. 

  • Build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders for program growth and expansion in to new areas. 


  • Bachelor’s degree, or ideally an advanced degree, in counseling, business, social work or a related field, with at least 5 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth 

  • Ability to cultivate strong, trusting relationships with staff and stakeholders.

  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation 

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget 

  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships 

  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures 

  • Past success in securing and administering government funding contracts. 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills 

  • Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning 

  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people 

  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, determination, mission-driven, self-directed and a great sense of humor

Some Key Attributes of an ideal Executive Director for Spirit Reins include: 

  1. Ability to foster connected engagement of a team of multi-disciplinary staff members

  2. Deep orientation to relationships and engaging people in the mission in strategic and transformative ways

  3. Strong business acumen

  4. Integrity-driven

  5. Demonstrated history of achieving results


Competitive commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including major medical and dental insurance, retirement and generous paid time off. 


Spirit Reins is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic. Final candidates will be required to pass a background check in compliance with federal regulations.

To be considered for this position, please send a resume and cover letter describing your qualifications for the position to Jeff Horn, Chairman of the Board of Directors, at Submissions with no cover letter will not be considered. 

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