Gladstone, NJ- August 14, 2013- The search is on to find the new United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d'Equipe and Technical Advisor. Applications will be accepted through September 5, 2013. Please click here to download the application. USEF Strongly recommends that applicants fulfill a majority of the guidelines listed below; however all qualified applications will be considered. Click here to view the application timeline.
The Para Dressage Chef d'Equipe / Technical Advisor responsibilities:
In coordination with the High Performance Para Dressage Committee (HPPDC), develop and implement the 2013-2016 High Performance Para Dressage Plan to achieve objectives defined by the HPPDC, with assistance as needed from USEF staff. These objectives include but are not limited to the following:
The primary goal is winning a team medal at the Paralympic Games and World Equestrian Games, as well as CPEDI competitions.
- Monitor, in conjunction with the athlete's personal trainer, the training and preparation of candidate athlete/horse combinations for international championships such as the Paralympic and World Equestrian Games, and other competitions mutually agreed upon with the USEF staff; in this capacity, the Chef d'Equipe / Technical Advisor will travel as appropriate, advising athletes, as appropriate, of areas for improvement.
- Monitor and gauge the talent of prospective international competition horses and riders; areas for improvement will be identified and communicated, as appropriate, to their riders and their personal trainers. Should not act as trainer (unless specifically requested by the athlete).
- Serve in the role of Chef d'Equipe:
- Act as the Chef d'Equipe at the Paralympic and World Equestrian Games, and at other CPEDI's as mutually agreed upon each year.
- Serve as a non-voting Advisor to the Para Dressage Selectors.
- Work with and under the direction of the HPPDC, and the Director of Para-Equestrian Dressage High Performance Programs, and perform the duties outlined above at times and locations mutually agreed upon by the Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe and USEF.
- Provide a progress report at every HPPDC meeting.
- Provide an annual written year-end performance report to the Director of PE Dressage High Performance Programs and the Chairman of the HPPDC, for their review and analysis.
- Attend Para Dressage continuing education as available.
- Strengthen the Athlete Pipeline: Monitor and collaborate with existing comprehensive programs for all USEF National Coaches for the Developing and Youth programs, as well as the Paralympic Disabled Veteran Program.
- Provide strategic guidance for athletes, as needed, to aid in achieving their international competition potential and success.
- Assist in coordinating, facilitating, and promoting education specific to Para Dressage for coaches, trainers, officials, and athletes.
- Coordinate and support athlete/horse combinations, in conjunction with their personal trainer and support staff, for international competitions.
- Assist in finding quality horses for the Para Dressage team.
- Assist in providing access for US riders into worldwide CPEDIs.
- Arrange for outside clinicians/judges to conduct observation sessions.
- Act as an advocate and to promote US athletes and horses to generate interest and enthusiasm in Para Dressage, especially with potential sponsors and owners.
- Additionally, there is agreement that during specific period(s) of time when the Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe is required to perform services for USEF, he/she will not be engaged by another individual or organization during the same time period without permission from USEF.
- Disclose personal conflicts of interest.
- Be domiciled in the US.The Dressage Technical Advisor/ Chef d'Equipe should have the following qualities:
- The strong desire to win.
- Strong leadership skills including the ability to inspire.
- Strong organization and clerical skills.
- Ability to exercise judgment and discretion, especially during stressful situations.
- Ability to think strategically on a national and international level, considering athletes throughout the country at top National level.
- Knowledgeable and influential internationally.
- Ability to have good relations with media.
- Ability to work well and effectively under pressure and in stressful situations.
- A supportive, encouraging and positive attitude towards athletes.
- Approachable and forthcoming with advice, guidance and knowledge.
- Open minded, flexible, and inventive, preferably including knowledge about adaptive Para Dressage Equipment.
- Ability to foster talent, i.e. guide the careers of horses and athletes.
- Able to travel in the US and to all areas of the world and be in contact with the riders.
- Agreeable to spend approx. 50% of his/her time with administrative duties and 50% on the road.
The Dressage Technical Advisor/ Chef d'Equipe should have the following experience:
- International Olympic/Championship experience in an Official capacity.
- Proven leadership ability to guide the High Performance Plan to Championship level.
- Demonstrated ability to work successfully with: athletes, trainers, coaches, judges, veterinarians, owners, and fellow USEF staff members.
USEF Retains the Right to Amend, Modify, or Change the Job Description at any Time