A racetrack manager is a position that doesn’t usually work directly with the animals. Although the animals are their primary concern, this position is generally more administrative in nature. Similar to any stable manager. This position is more of an HR tool and often used to ensure that those who work with the animals are of quality.
This is generally a salaried position and can be found at most racing establishments. Those interested in this position should have a history in management and administration.
A Good Communicator
This is a position which benefits from good communication skills, a knowledge of horseflesh and the ability to manage a large staff of people.
The ability to work with a wide variety of people under large amounts of stress, leadership qualities and the ability to effectively to maintain a gaming license are all strong points of a good racetrack manager.
Essentially this is a management position so basic management duties such as hiring and firing and leading staff meetings will apply.
- Oversees operation to ensure laws and regulations are met
- Keeps establishment up to date with state and federal employment regulations
- Maintain human resource department and compiles necessary reports
- Evaluation of employees and setting of department goals
- Recommending approaches, policies and procedures to increase efficiency
- Planning and running staff meetings
- Attending meetings and seminars
- Interviewing and hiring
- Exit interviewing and firing
- Development of employee recognition programs
The size of the establishment will play a large factor into how much education and training is required. Most big courses will require either a bachelors or a masters in human resources or.
Almost anyone hiring for this position will require some experience, especially if it is a large facility.
Often applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a gaming license. Which usually means a background check and bonding.
The Right Job For You?
If this isn’t your dream job, there is a long list of different careers that involve horses. Each one requiring a different skill set, schooling requirement and amount of contact with the animals.