Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: Field Staffing Director

REPORTS TO: Faculty and Studies Director

JOB OBJECTIVE: The field staffing director has primary responsibility for long-term planning of field staff recruitment, development and retention, and efficiently staffing field courses. The director oversees the field staffing, training, and development office, working closely with staffing coordinators, the training manager, the recruitment and development coordinator, school directors, and program teams.  The director plays a key leadership role in accomplishing NOLS’ 2020 strategic goals, including goals set out in NOLS’ 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

QUALIFICATIONS: A passion for the NOLS mission and desire to positively influence the student experience. Experience supervising others, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Must possess initiative, organization and flexibility. Must be able to process and prioritize voluminous details and work efficiently. Must have a thorough understanding of NOLS, including various NOLS locations, course types, and operations. NOLS management (e.g. program supervisor, coordinator, etc.) experience and senior faculty with field or Wilderness Medicine experience preferred. Familiarity with NOLS database and budget management desired.

LEADERSHIP/SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Oversees the hiring, training and supervision of 670+ field staff and their annual performance and promotion. Supervises the field staff coordinators, recruitment and development coordinator, and training manager.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Develops and maintains the field staff payroll budget of $4.5 million. Develops and maintains the field staff travel budget of $450,000. Manages sick days, emergency travel, and travel reimbursements for field staff.


35% - 

  • Develops long-term plans for faculty development in the areas of recruitment, development and retention, as well as efficient and effective staffing of field courses, including participation in course mix processes. Compiles, tracks, and analyzes faculty data as important inputs for decision-making and measurement of progress towards strategic goals.
  • Manages field staff performance systems and field staff performance concerns from identification to resolution including, as appropriate, termination.
  • Manages and is accountable for the field staff payroll and travel budgets.
  • Develops the field staff pay scale and oversees field staff benefit programs.

30% - Supervises the field staff coordinators, recruitment and development coordinator, and training manager. Sets a positive tone and builds an atmosphere conducive to teamwork and consistency.

15% - Oversees the salaried faculty, ROPE, and AFP programs. Oversees the instructor course selection process.

10% - Communicates with staff via informal open-door policy, phone, email, forums, and newsletter articles. Manages the staff newsletter.

5% - Collaborates with Wilderness Medicine, Custom Education, & Alumni departments to staff these programs as necessary and promote the cross-training of faculty capable of working in multiple programs.

5% - Other duties/special projects as assigned by Faculty and Studies Director.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: NOLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetics information, disability unrelated to job or admission requirements, or status as a protected veteran. The school’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.

E-VERIFY: NOLS participates in E-verify.

MOTOR VEHICLE RECORD: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date and possess a valid driver’s license.  Must have a clean driving history and be able to meet the criteria for NOLS vehicle insurance coverage.

WORK LOCATION: NOLS World Headquarters, Lander, Wyoming

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Debbie Derbish.
Email: debbie_derbish@nols.edu
Phone: 307-335-2229
Contact Debbie Derbish with questions.


STARTING DATE: January 1, 2020 or ASAP.

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