Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: Expedition Education Manager

REPORTS TO: Education Director

JOB OBJECTIVE: Serve as leader and liaison for our global team of expedition faculty and program supervisors to provide exceptional educational experiences that serve people and the environment.

QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive experience teaching in wilderness education, with a strong preference for NOLS field instruction; supervisory skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; experience in curriculum development and management. Ability to create community, facilitate challenging conversations, listen, and help people grow. Ability to lead and facilitate decisions across a dispersed organizational structure. Advanced degree adds strength to the above qualifications.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: This position has both direct oversight of people, projects, and vision, and has shared influence in areas without direct supervision. The expedition education manager will facilitate program committees that cross locations (e.g., river); serve as liaison and trainer of program supervisors to aid in global faculty oversight; help faculty deliver exceptional student experiences; create curriculum resources; supervise the NOLS Expedition Faculty Summit coordinator; and serve as educational chair for the Summit. This person may supervise other education department members in the future. This person represents NOLS to the wilderness education community and other external audiences.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: This person manages a budget of roughly $120,000, the 10,000 volume Homer Luther Library, and assorted teaching aids.


1. Guide field instructors to provide exceptional student experiences. Orient expedition faculty to NOLS educational philosophy and expectations as they pertain to each stage of their career, from instructor course candidate through senior course leader. Contribute to a culture of career-long learning. Train faculty in areas of current need, such as inclusion, behavior management, feedback and coaching. Manage newsletter or other communications with faculty. Contribute to schoolwide briefing topics. Serve on expedition faculty training and instructor course groups. Supervise and coordinate educational agenda for the NOLS Expedition Faculty Summit.

2. Assess delivery of expedition curriculum. Curriculum is defined as content, resources, and activities that support learning goals and objectives. Employ mechanisms to assess the quality of our teaching, and assess evolving curricular needs. Assess and refine student evaluations.

3. Oversee curriculum consistency across locations and programs. Work with program supervisors and other curriculum leaders to share successful practices across locations and programs. Lead committees or discussions to enhance programs that cross locations (e.g., a course type like adventure or outdoor educator, or a skill type such as sea kayaking). Serve as liaison and trainer of program supervisors to aid in global faculty oversight, and facilitate challenging conversations to help us work well as a team (e.g., when there are differences between locations in expectations or assessments). Use the NOLS Learning Goals and Objectives as a three-way contract between faculty, students, and NOLS. Oversee classroom seminars as appropriate.

4. Develop expedition curriculum as needed. Lead a process to define curriculum for new courses. In priority areas, work with internal and external experts to develop curriculum materials (examples might include supporting students on the autism spectrum or conflict management tools.)

5. Manage and share expedition curriculum resources with students, faculty and others. Strive to provide all expedition faculty with access to useful and relevant educational resources and training materials. Review and refine resource sharing with students before, during, and after their course. Supervise the upkeep and development of educator notebooks and other expedition resources. Act as liaison between locations to provide local curriculum resources. Work with the IkoWapi manager to create useful and relevant resource sharing systems and share community-driven curriculum resources.

6. Contribute to NOLS and greater outdoor adventure education communities. Work with other departments at NOLS to collectively offer exceptional student experiences. Serve as a bridge in relevant topics between NOLS HQ and locations, between pillars, and between departments. Represent NOLS to external audiences through dialogue, conferences and/or publications, and bring new information back to NOLS.

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.


HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Liz Tuohy.
Email: liz_tuohy@nols.edu
Phone: 307-335-2326
Contact Liz Tuohy with questions.


START DATE: Late March, 2019. Potentially negotiable.

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