Position Announcement

Job Title: Field Instructor Development Department Lead

Reports to:  Field Education and Faculty Director

Job Objective Field Instructor Development lead will coordinate recruitment, training and professional development, and career mentorship programs to build a NOLS field instructor corps with high career satisfaction and longevity, aligned with expedition course mix goals. In addition to supervising three program coordinators in the department, the field development lead will directly implement some programs, such as the CL Development Annual Field positions.


  • Excellent communication skills and a fascination with creative problem-solving and innovation.
  • Commitment to NOLS' mission and values, and to NOLS as a learning organization.
  • Experience building positive leadership environments that embody equity and inclusion for diverse teams.
  • Experience leading teams in dynamic environments and through change.
  • Ability to build systems and roles within a department to support efficiency and collaboration. 
  • Budget management experience. 
  • Interest in working in a collaborative fashion with a broad range of NOLS staff.
  • Ability to communicate with external audiences in a way that inspires people to serve the NOLS mission as field instructors. 

Leadership or Supervisory Duties

  • The field instructor development lead will supervise a department of nine, directly supervising five staff: three program coordinators (Field Recruitment and Development Coordinator, Field Career Pathways and Mentorship Coordinator, Field Training Coordinator) and two CL development mentors.
  • Design and implements instructor corps recruitment, development, and retention programs to support over 600 field instructors. 

Funds and/or Property
Responsible for designing and overseeing a budget of approximately 1.2 million dollars. Instructor corps aligned with course mix supports 20 million in field tuition revenue annually.


  • Directly implement Course Leader Development Annual Faculty Program.
  • Coordinate placement of development training positions with field staffing director and field staffing coordinators.
  • Innovate and develop new training systems to align with course mix goals.
  • Collaborate with field staffing director and human resources director on bonus structures/payscale for instructors and training roles.
  • Collaborate with field operations, staffing and education directors to design and implement recruitment, development and retention programs that support course mix. 
  • Coordinate in-town leadership seminars and Course Leader Trainings with expedition and leadership education director. 
  • Supervise recruitment and development, training, and career mentorship program coordinators to:
  • Recruit field staff to NOLS
  • Run effective instructor-in-training programs for individuals from communities underrepresented at NOLS
  • Plan and enroll field instructor seminars
  • Manage instructor course application and selection process
  • Provide career planning mentorship 
  • Administer systems to recognize previous work experience in NOLS field faculty pay system
  • Implement re-entry orientation and training for instructors whose current status has lapsed

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.
NOLS participates in E-verify 

Work Location: This position could be done remotely, with two annual extended visits to NOLS World Headquarters in Lander, WY for planning and evaluations cycles with director teams. To be eligible you must live in one of the following U.S. states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado , Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New York, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. We can also support an employee in any other country where NOLS has a campus.

To apply: Email your cover letter and resume to Operations Office Manager Debbie Derbish at debbie_derbish@nols.edu.

Contact: Operations Director Rachael Price at rachael_price@nols.edu with questions.

Closing Date For Applications: June 11, 2021
Starting Date:  As soon as possible and no later than August 1, 2021.

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