Position Announcement

ORGANIZATION: NOLS is a nonprofit, global wilderness school that educates students in leadership and wilderness skills. Our students learn to step forward on expedition and classroom-based courses. Graduates have a lifelong drive for leadership, outdoor pursuits, continued skills development, and conservation. Since 1965, NOLS has embraced and explored the unknown through outdoor and classroom-based courses. We currently educate over 27,000 students annually and have more than 300,000 alumni. The annual budget is $40 million and we manage a $40 million endowment. For more information, visit www.nols.edu.

JOB TITLE: Human Resources and Diversity Director (HRDD)

REPORTS TO: Director of Faculty and Studies

JOB OBJECTIVE: The HRDD plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the Human Resources & Diversity Department, including policy development, compensation, benefits, performance management, regulatory compliance, and organizational and professional development. The HRDD advises and provides recommendations to the executive team, schoolwide directors, supervisors, and employees in a comprehensive range of related matters while ensuring compliance with local, state, federal, and national laws. The HRDD provides leadership and vision for fostering an inclusive work environment where employees feel valued, respected, and have access to opportunities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree plus three to five years of practical management skills in human resources development. International human resource experience preferred. Skills necessary include relationship management; global and cultural awareness/competence; human resource expertise; excellent communication; leadership; objectivity; solution-oriented thinking; good organizational skills and the ability to set and prioritize tasks; and the ability to work independently.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: The human resources director indirectly oversees NOLS employees by setting policy and training supervisors in recruiting, orientation, training, and management of personnel. They are the responsible officer for the NOLS J-1 Visa program and support other visa programs. They oversee two administrative support personnel and the diversity & inclusion manager.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Responsible for a department budget of $820,000. Is responsible as a check signer and employee agreement signer to obligate NOLS funds. 


  • 25% - Oversees supervisor training, onboarding, and staff development. Advises supervisors by handling inquiries, communicating and interpreting policies, and handling employee issues as they arise. Responsible for personnel policies including the employee handbook, benefit handbook, and supervisor’s notebook. Manages evaluation system of in-town staff.
  • 20% - Conducts research into human resources programs and activities, and recommends changes or innovations. Researches and works with legal counsel to understand current domestic and international personnel laws. Makes recommendations to the executive team to ensure compliance with labor laws. Manages the J-1 visa program.
  • 20% - Researches and advises the executive team in developing strategy, policies, and direction in the design of pay and benefit systems. Conducts periodic compensation/benefits comparable studies to ensure that NOLS remains competitive among comparable nonprofit organizations. Facilitates the fall compensation process with the executive team. Facilitates periodic staff satisfaction survey and assesses outcomes.
  • 20% - Responsible for designing and overseeing tactics and strategies that enable us to meet our strategic goals as outlined in the Diversity & Inclusion Plan 2020.
  • 5% - Represents NOLS to external audiences such as at conferences and with peer directors at other organizations.
  • 5% - Available to support NOLS crisis response team.
  • 5% - Participants on committees and special projects as assigned and needed.

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 Debbie Derbish.*
*Applications without accompanying cover letter articulating specific interest in this position will be rejected.

Email: debbie_derbish@nols.edu
Phone: (307) 335-2229
Contact Debbie Derbish with questions.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Initial closing date June 7th. Thereafter, the position will be open until filled.

STARTING DATE: Preferably July 2019 or earlier.

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