SMG Equestrian Park Facility Director in Salt Lake City, Utah


SMG, the leader in privately managed public assembly facilities, has an excellent and immediate opening for the Equestrian Park Facility Director for SMG/Equestrian Park Event Park. Under indirect supervision of the General Manager, this position will manage the day to day operations of the Equestrian Park and Event Center to include arenas, event stalls, and a long term boarding facility, racetrack and all surrounding areas. This position normally oversees several department managers, semi-skilled/unskilled/seasonal staff members and volunteers. The Equestrian Park operates on a seven day per week schedule, including weekends and holidays.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Dedicated to providing knowledgeable and professional horsemanship in all aspects of business at the facility
  • Acts as the key facility operational liaison for event promoters, clients and tenants
  • Must be a visible and constant leader at the Park that is operationally minded
  • Oversees and works with the Event Manager to service clients throughout the entire event process/lifecycle
  • Responsible for identifying new and existing programming opportunities
  • Oversees and works with a Sales Manager to implement a marketing/promotional outreach strategy designed to promote equestrian services and the securing of equestrian events.
  • Willingness to entertain and book other types of events outside of the equestrian portfolio in order to meet annual budgetary requirements
  • Assist the Director of Finance in the preparation and tracking of budget for Equestrian Park and Event Center
  • Assist with and at times take the lead in negotiating vendor service agreements for the facility
  • Works with the Operations Manager to coordinate schedules for the care and maintenance of horses, stalls, indoor/outdoor arenas, surrounding buildings/grounds and equestrian programs
  • Adheres to all SMG policies and procedures
  • Develops annual Strategic Plan for review by the General Manager
  • Supports the Fair Manager and assists in the development of the County fair on an annual basis
  • Interacts with other SMG equestrian facilities to continue to enhance and support the national network
  • Attends appropriate planning, organizational, other events, and facility meetings in support of equestrian park and event center operations
  • Works flexible and extended hours, including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Other duties as directed by the General Manager


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Degree from an accredited four-year college or university and/or 6 or more years of progressive management experience, preferably in an equestrian setting.
  • Experience leading a staff of 5 or more full time employees
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects, meet deadlines, work effectively under pressure and/or stringent schedules
  • Must have a professional attitude and appearance
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of primary practices of event management related to an equestrian venue
  • Ability to provide feedback and input in the creation and maintenance of the annual budget for the facility
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of equestrian operations as it relates to the health and safety of competitors, spectators, attendees and animals visiting the facility
  • Be familiar with all local, state, and federal regulations regarding stall operations and equestrian events
  • Maintain an effective working relationship with clients, employees, exhibitors, patrons and others
  • Knowledge in facility and event management related services, including technical requirements of equestrian events, fairs, rodeos, sporting and other events
  • Keen knowledge of equestrian footing preparation and management
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, problem solving and interpersonal skills

Computer Skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications with ability to learn additional programs as utilized by management

Other Qualifications

  • Ability to work in both indoor and outdoor environments for extended periods of time based on events
  • Must be able to work in inclement weather conditions such as heat, cold, rain, snow, wet/muddy areas, etc.
  • Frequent exposure to adverse noise levels, from moderate to loud, along with animal hair and dander

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move around the facility; to stand for long hours during events; talk and hear. This position may require work inside or outside of the building, as needed by events.


The essential responsibilities of this position are described under the headings above. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. Also, this document in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.

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