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Job ID: 113790

Director, Equine Unit
Auburn University

Date Posted Oct. 11, 2018
Title Director, Equine Unit
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Department of Animal Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Dec. 1, 2018
  • Director/Manager
  • Animal Science

The College of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Sciences and the Athletics Department at Auburn University are seeking candidates for the position of Director of the Equine Unit. The expected start date is December 1, 2018.

Responsibilities: The individual in this position will be responsible for enhancing the equine and equestrian programs, by overseeing all operations to include horse care, herd management, and facilities maintenance and plans horse use for academic, research and athletic purposes. This is a
shared position between the College of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Sciences and the Athletics Department, so collaboration between Agriculture and Athletics is expected.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following: manages day-to-day operations, oversees herd management, ensures proper horse care, plans and coordinates horse use for academic research and athletics purposes, develops and implements operational and business procedures, prepares and manages unit’s budget, and hires, trains, coaches, supervises and evaluates staff. The successful individual will also ensure that all AAALAC accreditation requirements are met, as well as teach courses in Animal Sciences if necessary.

Qualifications: We are seeking outstanding candidates with a Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Animal Sciences or related field and at least eight (8) years of experience in equine facility operations and/or maintenance, including five (5) years of experience managing an equine facility, preferably at an academic institution. The successful candidate must demonstrate knowledge of equine herd and facility management.

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively interact with diverse audiences are also required. Applicant must also demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with faculty, coaches, students and industry to maintain effective equine and equestrian programs. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to teach courses in animal sciences is essential. In addition, successful candidates must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.

Application: Applicants must apply for the position electronically through and submit the following: 1) cover letter addressing experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, 2) current resume and 3) copies of academic transcripts. When prompted during the on-line application process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete application materials will be considered. Active review of application will begin November 1, 2018, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

The University: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2019, it was ranked 52nd among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2018 enrollment of 30,440 students includes 24,628 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic
colleges and schools, Auburn’s1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus.

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the "best small towns in America," with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public school systems and regional medical centers.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

  • Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

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Contact Information

  • Amanda Smitherman
    Department of Animal Sciences
    Auburn University
    Auburn, AL 36849


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