Wednesday, May. 22, 2024


Sweet Briar College ~ Instructor of Riding


Sweet Briar College is a women’s liberal arts institution, located in Central Virginia approximately 12
miles north of Lynchburg and 60 miles south of Charlottesville. Founded in 1901, the College’s curriculum
encompasses a comprehensive baccalaureate program in the arts, sciences and humanities, as well as
graduate programs in education. It is one of two women’s colleges in the United States offering an ABETaccredited
engineering degree. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to
enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied
backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.

Job Title: Instructor of Riding

Classification: Exempt, Full time

Reports To: Director of the Riding Program

Job Summary/Objective: Instruct beginner through advanced level riders in the American
hunter and jumper system. Experience with coaching students in both Collegiate and open
competitions, as well as riding and training hunters and jumpers is highly desirable. Ride
and re-school horses as needed.

Position Type/Expected Work Hours: 12-month faculty position that will include some
weekend responsibilities, particularly for weekends during the September – October and
March – April months.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
• Responsible for supervising and coaching at home and away, including occasional
over nights for activities
• Duties include supervising student teacher assistants, all aspects of field riding
competitions and additional duties as assigned

Essential Responsibilities:
• Organizing and supervising field events on and off campus
• Preparing jump fields and trails for field events
• Teaching 4-6 classes per semester
• Riding and re-schooling horses as needed and riding privately owned horses over
holiday breaks
• Care for the horses, facilities, setting up teaching stations and setting courses
• On call and night turnout duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
• Ability to teach group lessons, ride and train hunters/jumpers and safely train
students and horses to utilize trails and fields
• Bachelor’s degree
• Strong teaching experience
• Valid driver’s license and insurability

Preferred Qualifications:
• Showing experience in collegiate and USEF rated competitions
• Prior experience coaching students in both Collegiate and open competitions as well
as riding and training hunters and jumpers is highly desirable
• ANRC background, USHJA Trainer Certification and USEF Judges cards are a plus
• Experience driving a gooseneck truck and 6 horse trailer

Work Environment: Working outside in all weather conditions
Physical Demands: Ability to ride 4-5 hours per day as well as ride and handle challenging
mounts. Ability to lift and carry at least 50 pounds. Extended periods of
sitting/standing/walking may be required

Travel: Travel to away competitions, including occasional overnight stays and hauling
horses as needed.

Other Duties: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive
listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other
duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without

How to Apply: Please submit a Sweet Briar College employment application, cover letter,
résumé and three professional references to

Deadline for Submission: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue
until position is filled.



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