Assistant Manager of Event Operations - Rodeo & Equestrian Events
Denver, CO Event Operations
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The Western Stock Show Association d/b/a National Western Stock Show (WSSA/NWSS) is in search of a qualified candidate to join our Event Operations team and lead our crews to success in all rodeo & equestrian events!  


The Assistant Manager of Event Operations – Rodeo and Equestrian Events is primarily responsible for the oversight of all operations pertaining to scheduled rodeo & equestrian events in the National Western Events Center, Stadium Arena, and Denver Coliseum (during Stock Show only). This position will work closely with the Assistant Manager of Event Operations – Exposition Space and the Assistant Manager of Event Operations – Events Center to oversee the entire Event Operations team and ensure staff and resources are being properly allocated to all spaces based on the shows scheduled and the resources necessary to provide a quality experience to our vendors and patrons. 

The ideal candidate has a background in rodeo & equestrian events (arena design & set-up, production, flow, etc.), heavy equipment operation (including utilizing tractors to drag arenas), and welding (light fabrication & repairs). This individual will have strong written and verbal communication skills, time management & multitasking abilities, and is comfortable leading diverse teams.  

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Supervises Show Lead staff and their teams throughout show activity to ensure proper layout and timely completion of all tasks. Provides hands-on assistance as necessary. 
  • Supervises and coordinates activities and aids in the development of workers engaged in rodeo and horse shows, to include small planning meetings with Show Leads assigned to specific shows.
  • Operates/oversees the operation of tractors in arena spaces to ensure proper footing and maintenance for upcoming events. 
  • Assists in planning and coordination of rodeo and horse shows from start to finish – developing arena layouts, preparing event checklists, planning set up and tear down schedules, etc.
  • Operates various equipment (scissor lift, forklift, floor scrubber, tractor, etc.) in a manner that is compliant with OSHA regulations and NWSS Safety Policies.
  • Oversees and completes repairs of arena panels. Fabricates panel racks. Repairs arena drags and other equipment as needed. 
  • When no rodeo or equestrian events are scheduled, partners with Assistant Managers of Events Center/Expo Hall to oversee and complete tasks pertaining to upcoming complex shows.
  • Works with the Event Operations management team to study production schedules and estimate worker hour requirements for completion of job assignment, including labor distribution and working within the labor budget. Coordinates with Manager of Event Operations to post weekly work schedules.
  • Demonstrates a continuous effort and initiative to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide excellent internal and external customer service.
  • Works with the Event Operations team to aid in creating a work environment in which people are enabled to perform to the best of their abilities, including Performance Plans and disciplinary documentation as necessary.
  • Works with the management team, plays a critical role in the hiring process, and is responsible for identifying the staffing requirements for replacement or new open positions in the Event Operations department. Works with the team to define roles and responsibilities as well as sets expectations for the interview process.
  • Interprets company policies to workers and enforces policy and safety regulations.
  • Assists with facilitation and recordkeeping for training and certification of all Event Operations staff in order to remain in compliance with all safety and driver regulations. 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Skills & Abilities 

  • Proven knowledge of rodeo and equestrian events, including performance arena set up and design as well as event production and flow.
  • Proven knowledge of tractor operation with arena footing preparation and maintenance. Prior experience operating other heavy equipment (forklift, scissor lift, floor scrubber, etc.) is strongly preferred. 
  • Advanced skills in welding, metal cutting, and fabrication.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects & teams with a high degree of detail against short deadlines.
  • Achievement-oriented and confident.
  • Creative, flexible, and innovative.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older to apply. 
  • High school diploma or equivalency required.
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and have a clean motor vehicle record. 

Physical Demands

National Western Complex is a multi-purpose indoor and outdoor commercial and agricultural complex where dusty conditions and animals may exist. While performing the duties of this job, work is performed both indoors and outside in all weather conditions, including extreme cold, snow, wind, rain, and on varied surfaces. Our employees must be able to work indoors and outdoors with regular and prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures, must be comfortable working at heights, and be able to work around moving machinery and equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift or move items over 50 pounds.

Scheduling Requirements

While this position will have some set hours, schedules are likely to change on a regular basis based on the needs of upcoming shows. Early mornings, late nights, and weekends are all to be expected. Candidates must have open availability and be willing to work at various hours to complete the primary functions of this role. 

Like almost all NWSS team members, this position will need to be on-site every day during Stock Show, typically for 12-16 hours at a time. 

Pay Range & Benefits

  • This is a full-time salaried/exempt position.
  • Compensation for this position will range from $50,000.00 to $55,000.00 annually depending on experience.
  • Full-time employees qualify for partial paid medical, dental, vision, and life for employee; family coverage is available at group rates.
  • 100% paid long term disability.
  • Paid sick leave and vacation time.
  • Upon meeting plan qualifications, a competitive 401(k) retirement plan is available.

WSSA/NWSS is a drug & alcohol-free employer with a zero-tolerance drug policy. 

WSSA/NWSS is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.

All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen.

Salary Description
$50,000.00-$55,000.00 annually