Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS New Zealand Director

REPORTS TO: NOLS Associate Director of Operations

JOB OBJECTIVE: Directs all aspects of NOLS New Zealand operations in accord with the NOLS vision and strategic goals to ensure program quality and promote student and staff satisfaction. Acts as NOLS’ representative in all aspects of operating in New Zealand from legal, financial, and human resources concerns to land management and community relationships, program supervision, and course operational support.

QUALIFICATIONS: A thorough understanding of NOLS’ philosophy, mission and values is essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills, self-motivation, problem-solving and team-building skills, and dedication are required. Must be able to work independently and lead under stress in a remote location. The ability to work with others in a close living/working situation, while managing positive public relations across broad audiences, is also required. Experience in staff management and budgets is essential. Interest in working in a collaborative fashion with other NOLS directors is important. 

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Develop and execute vision and strategic goals for NOLS New Zealand. Oversee all aspects of New Zealand operations: risk management, curriculum, program development, budget, public policy, building projects, and career planning. Hires, trains, and creates structure to develop a career path for support and administrative staff.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Responsible for the annual NOLS New Zealand budget consisting of just over one million dollars in revenue and up to eight hundred thousand in expenses. Manages bank account in New Zealand. Director is responsible for NOLS New Zealand properties including land, buildings, vehicles, and inventories.


70% - Location Leadership and Management

  • Update and implement NOLS vision and strategic goals.
  • Plan operational activities including support staff structure, logistics, program scheduling, content and curriculum, course mix, long-term budgets, and other operational goals. 
  • Hire, train, supervise, develop, and evaluate support staff. Create an inclusive and welcoming environment.
  • Ensure a rewarding experience for students by providing accurate information in advance, outstanding student service, welcoming atmosphere, quality program, and incorporation of student feedback.
  • Assure high-quality staff supervision through effective training; accurate briefings and debriefings; honest, growth-oriented evaluations; and responsiveness of staff feedback.
  • Risk management oversight, including field safety reports and evacuation supervision (and prevention thereof). 
  • Work with student discipline and separations including intervention and family contact.
  • Public policy oversight, including research of all route areas and obtaining and maintaining necessary permits.
  • Plan and supervise acquisition, maintenance, and safety of campus, vehicles, equipment, and supplies.
  • Foster a creative and flexible approach to addressing unpredictable market and enrollment trends, and show willingness to explore new programming.
  • Strive to make NOLS New Zealand a dynamic and fulfilling place to work. 
  • Assure compliance with New Zealand laws and business procedures.
  • Work with lawyers and accountants in New Zealand to implement optimal approaches to NOLS’ operations in New Zealand regarding NOLS' compliance with New Zealand legal, human resources, and finance requirements.

5% - Plant

  • Physical plant planning and construction and maintenance oversight.
  • Assure adequate supervision of on-site construction projects.

10% - Public Relations

  • Act as the NOLS representative to the public, including the local community, government officials, and other business contacts.
  • Develop and maintain best possible relations with government agencies, partnering organizations, and other important national and regional stakeholders.
  • Develop NOLS’ position as a valued and respected member of local communities through providing access to NOLS’ education, and participating in national conversations on education, leadership, and conservation.
  • Act to protect and advance our wilderness classroom access.

15% - Schoolwide Leadership

  • Build and maintain relations with other NOLS departments, locations, and world headquarters.
  • Participate as part of a school director and operations director team to exchange knowledge, support, and enhance the school’s program and mission.
  • Advance and gather input for schoolwide leadership initiatives at the location level. Act as a representative of operations to internal audiences beyond NOLS New Zealand.
  • Communicate NOLS' vision and state of the school to staff. Keep school directors abreast of changes in the business environment that affect NOLS New Zealand.
  • Perform special projects and duties as assigned by NOLS Operations leadership.

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

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.

E-VERIFY:  NOLS participates in E-verify.

WORK LOCATION: Nelson, New Zealand.

Send cover letter and resume to NOLS Operations Office Manager, Debbie Derbish.
Email: debbie_derbish@nols.edu
Phone: 307-335-2229
Contact NOLS Associate Operations Director Rachael Price with questions via email at rprice@nols.edu.


STARTING DATE: August 22, 2018 in Nelson, New Zealand. Also must attend one week of training at NOLS World Headquarters in Lander, Wyoming before beginning work in New Zealand (dates flexible).

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