Cary, NC

Director of Operations, CORRAL Riding Academy

The Organization – CORRAL Riding Academy

CORRAL is a faith-motivated nonprofit that equips adolescent girls in high-risk situations through a long-term, holistic program of equine therapy and education to prepare each girl and her community with skills, resources, and opportunities so that she can gain access to a bright future.

  • Faith & Choice
  • Relationships-First & Community
  • High Expectations & Accountability
  • Safety & Risk-taking
  • Innovation & Grit
  • Grace & Learning

Position Overview

The Ideal Candidate Profile

CORRAL Riding Academy is seeking an experienced leader to oversee all business operations and the people and processes that support them. The Director of Operations will play a key role in delivering the operational capacity and administrative support to maximize organizational effectiveness, ensure sustainability, and prepare for planned growth.

This role will be focused on leadership development, financial management, systems, and process improvements to advance the efficiency and quality of the support functions for each CORRAL farm. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Operations supervises an office assistant, intern, volunteer teams, and multiple contractors. The successful candidate is a dynamic and driven professional who doesn’t mind wearing a lot of hats and thrives working in a fast-paced environment with a high level of autonomy.

The Ideal Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

Deliberate and Disciplined Operations Professional

The Director of Operations is responsible for the implementation, communication, and monitoring of all CORRAL policies and legal guidelines with a drive to continuously improve processes by identifying and implementing best practices to achieve efficiency and accuracy. As CORRAL strategically grows, the Director of Operations will create and oversee a facility plan that maximizes the farms in partnership with program directors and equine managers. They will evaluate organizational space needs, configuration, and associated costs. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing process innovation through the work of the IT team.
  • Maintaining data integrity of CORRAL’s CRM, Salesforce.

Financial Management Expertise
The Director of Operations partners with the Board Treasurer and contracted financial professionals to control the finances of the organization, managing finance activities and processes. In partnership with the Executive Director and staff leadership, this role drives the annual budget process with necessary approvals obtained from the board. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing payroll, income and expense reconciliation, bookkeeping, and cash flow, reporting monthly to the board President & Treasurer.
  • Preparing compliance reports for external partners to ensure regulatory compliance.

A People-First Leader

The Director of Operation creates and maintains an effective and inclusive workplace that truly appreciates one of CORRAL’s most valuable assets – its people. With support from contracted human resources professionals, the Director of Operations leads the recruitment, hiring, on-boarding, development, and evaluation of staff and interns and oversees CORRAL’s long-term effort to diversify the staff, board, and volunteer pool. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Developing staff for professional and organizational growth.
  • Utilizing training resources (internal and external) to create an atmosphere of growth-oriented training, learning, and professional development.

About the Organization

CORRAL is a faith-motivated, non-profit that acts as an intervention program for adolescent girls in high-risk situations in the Triangle Area. Participants may be “high-risk” due to socioeconomic status, trauma such as neglect, abuse, or, more frequently, a combination of these situations. CORRAL pairs high-risk girls between the ages of 11 and 18 with rescued horses to promote healing, transformational growth, and ultimately, lasting life change. Programming is intended as a long-term intervention and includes only the uppermost standards of literacy and academic tutoring, vocational training, and equine assisted therapy programs, as well as individual and group mental health sessions.

CORRAL aims to serve the highest risk girls in our community. Among those risk factors is the influence of systemic racism. As members of a marginalized population, young people of color are statistically more likely to have negative health, academic and economic outcomes. Understanding this context, CORRAL bears the same responsibility to heal the trauma our girls have experienced due to systemic racism just as much as more commonly understood forms of trauma.

Led by a twelve-member Board of Directors and a staff of twenty, CORRAL’s annual operating budget is approximately $1.7 million. Programming is provided at no cost to participants and is fully funded by individual donations and grants.

Want to know more? Visit CORRAL’s website at

Additional Preferred Attributes

  • Leadership level experience in business administration and/or nonprofit management (including financial leadership)
  • Successful track record of supervising employees and volunteers
  • Successful track record of setting priorities, meeting deadlines, developing business processes, managing assets and people
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience with financial reporting and audit coordination, QuickBooks and Salesforce preferred
  • Experience managing human resources functions preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred

Salary is commensurate with the requirements of the position and begins in the $80K range.

Benefits include employer contribution to health, vision, and dental plan benefits and a flexible paid time off policy which includes eleven paid holidays, vacation, personal, and sick leave. Paid time off will accrue annually (on January 1st of each calendar year) at the rate of twenty paid days off per year.

CORRAL is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Diversity is more than a commitment at CORRAL—it is the foundation of what we do. We are committed to walking with ALL stakeholders on a journey of anti-racism. We are fully focused on equity and justice. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

To apply, click on the link to the position profile at You will see instructions for uploading your compelling cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references. Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or directly from third-party posting sites. Review of candidates will begin in December and continue until the position is filled.

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