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Employment Opportunities

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JOB TITLE:  Manager of Youth Development, AQHYA and Recreational Riding
Responsible for managing programs and activities for all youth members of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association including the activities of the AQHYA Officers and Directors. Responsible for managing programs and activities for the Recreational Riding program.

  • Assist in developing and implementing marketing, promotions, communications and programs designed to increase membership and awareness in the American Quarter Horse Youth Association
  • Coordinate efforts of the youth department to implement the American Quarter Horse Youth Association’s healthy lifestyle and educational efforts with families.
  • Serve as the staff liaison for members of the AQHA Youth Activities Committee, Recreational Riding Committee and the AQHYA Executive Committee.
  • Investigate and develop outreach programs with youth organizations and Recreational Riding that use the American Quarter Horse in their activities.
  • Manage AQHYA award scholarships, such as Justin Rookie and Markel All Around.
  • Manage the coordination of the AQHYA Youth Excellence Seminar and Annual Convention.
  • Assist with the planning, management and execution of the International Youth World Cup and development of international youth affiliates.
  • Work in conjunction with the Race Department in the planning of regional and national youth race events as well as coordinate the youth participating in Youth Racing Experience.
  • Manage the coordination of the AQHYA Youth World contests and participant activities.

Leading and Managing:

  • Confer with organization officials, or staff members to discuss issues, coordinate activities, or resolve problems.
  • Analyze and evaluate the performance of programs or events to ensure they are meeting objectives or to determine areas of potential cost reduction, program improvement, or policy change.
  • Review reports submitted by staff members to recommend approval or to suggest changes.
  • Appoint and delegate responsibilities to employees reporting to them.
  • Prepare or present reports concerning activities, expenses, budgets, or other items affecting business or program services.
  • Establish departmental responsibilities and coordinate functions among subordinate staff.
  • Implement corrective action plans to solve program or departmental problems.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

  • Confer with organizational members to accomplish work activities.
  • Coordinate with external parties to exchange information.
  • Liaise between departments or other groups to improve function or communication.
  • Represent the organization in external relations.

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

  • Coordinate special events or programs.
  • Direct administrative or support services.
  • Direct organizational operations, projects, or services.
  • Communicate organizational policies and procedures.

Executive Director Marketing Business Operations

  • Requires public speaking
  • Requires telephone conversations
  • Requires use of electronic mail
  • Requires writing letters and memos
  • Requires face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams


  • Requires dealing with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous people
  • Includes conflict situations

Impact of Decisions

  • Requires making decisions that impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company
  • Mistakes are not easily correctable and have serious consequences

Level of Challenge

  • Requires being exact or highly accurate

Pace and Scheduling

  • Requires meeting strict deadlines

Personal Interaction

  • Requires coordinating or leading others in accomplishing work activities
  • Requires work with external customers or the public
  • Requires work with others in a group or team

Responsibility for Others

  • Includes responsibility for work outcomes and results


  • Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


  • Candidate should have experience working with teens, a great positive energy, be willing to take enthusiastic charge and have a knack to be a self-starter to build a platform that allows great reach for innovation in youth development program development.
  • At least five plus years in a managerial/development/youth involvement position is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, education, or development preferred.

As this position works directly with children, passing a criminal background check will be required.
Send cover letter and resume to jobs@aqha.org.