Graduate Assistant, Equine Studies (two positions)

Notice of Vacancy

Graduate Assistant, Equine Studies (two positions)


Lake Erie College, a small, co-educational, four-year, independent liberal arts college located in Painesville, Ohio, 30 miles east of Cleveland, is seeking a graduate assistant to work in the School of Equine Studies. The graduate assistant works with the dean, undergraduate students, faculty, staff, vendors and amateur and professional horsemen in their duties in event and office management. The graduate assistant is expected to be present during a variety of riding and College event activities, including a large number of weekends. This is a 12-month appointment, each year, for two consecutive years.

The following positions are available:

Graduate Assistant, Equine Studies

Graduate Assistant, Equine Studies and IHSA Hunt Seat Assistant Coach


  • Works with show manager or as assistant to the show manager for all non-intercollegiate horse shows and events:
    • Oversees horse show and event planning, operations and management from beginning to end.
    • On-site management of events and horse shows. Weekends and long horse show days are required.
    • Prepares and publishes prize lists and programs and purchases ribbons and prizes for shows.
    • Assists in coordinating donations, sponsorships and advertising for Prix de Villes and other shows.
    • Prepares facility and equipment needs lists for jumps, flowers, dressage ring, drag times, concessions, etc.
    • Maintains inventory of show equipment, jumps, cups, flowers, flags, bridle numbers and back numbers
    • Assists in hiring and issuing contracts for show manager, secretary, judges, other officials and EMTs.
    • Documents and reviews cash flows and prepares deposits of all funds received.
    • Prepares and updates profit and loss statements for all horse shows.
  • Oversees Saturday morning rec riding.
  • Attends meetings pertaining to planning and event implementation, including faculty and operations meetings.
  • Maintains LEC mailing list for dressage and hunter/jumper horse shows.
  • Provides weekend support during equine events, such as horse shows, open campus days, student orientations, clinics and symposiums and recreational riding for students enrolled in credit riding lessons.
  • Files appropriate paperwork as required, including check requests and contracts for event officials.
  • Obtains and maintains approval to drive College-owned vans; valid driver’s license required at all times.
  • Teaching assistant duties for one class each semester, as assigned by the dean.
  • Other duties as assigned by the dean of the School of Equine Studies.
  • Additional for IHSA hunt seat assistant coach position (50% of GA/assistant coach position):
  • Supervises at least two sessions of practice per week.
  • Monitors closing of barn one night per week.
  • Assists with coaching at home and away shows
    • Assists with driving, if necessary, to away shows.
    • Assists with completion of entries for shows.
    • Helps head coach with show and ringside duties, including attending coach’s meeting, organizing students for entries, preparing students in ring, providing feedback to students after they show, supervising attire of students prior to showing and other necessary tasks as assigned by the IHSA head coach.
    • Home shows: Assist with the schooling of horses and all organizational duties of the show including program development, draw and other show operations.
  • Assists with all van, equipment or facility requests.
  • Ensures timely preparation of all student and team billings.
  • Prepares or supervises timely preparation of profit and loss statements for all IHSA home horse shows.


  • Acceptance into a Lake Erie College graduate program.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to work with undergraduate students and other stakeholders in a confidential, professional and courteous manner in a busy work environment.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office, with very strong skills with Excel and Word.
  • Highly detail-oriented and capable of completing tasks without supervision.
  • Entry-level knowledge of horse show management (hunter/jumper, dressage or both).
  • Experience with and a high level of knowledge of horses is expected.


Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and three professional references to: (preferred method for applications) or Graduate Assistant, Equine Studies Search, Lake Erie College, 391 W. Washington St., LEC Box 358, Painesville, OH 44077. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Subject to a criminal background check prior to employment. Learn more at EOE