USEF Now Accepting Applications for Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d'Equipe and Technical Advisor - Deadline is September 5, 2013

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