Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Pacific Northwest Director

REPORTS TO: NOLS Director of Operations

JOB OBJECTIVE: Directs all aspects of NOLS Pacific Northwest (PNW) operations in accord with NOLS vision and strategic goals. The NOLS Pacific Northwest Director will oversee operations for NOLS PNW and NOLS Yukon, and potentially also other programs such as NOLS India and NOLS Scandinavia. Acts as the NOLS representative in all aspects of operating supervised locations, from legal, financial, and human resources concerns to land management and community relationships, program supervision, and course operational support. Works with the local government agencies and organizations to advance the NOLS mission for locations under their supervision.

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; flexibility; public relations skills; and dedication are required. Must be able to work independently and lead, including under stressful conditions, in a remote location. The ability to work with others in a close living/working situation is also required. Must possess respect for other cultures. 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 all NOLS PNW operating locations. Oversee all aspects of NOLS PNW operations, risk management, curriculum, program development, budget, public policy, building projects, and career planning. Hire, train, and create structure to develop a career path in-town staff. 

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Responsible for the annual budget consisting of approximately $3 million in revenue (if NOLS locations in the Pacific Northwest, Yukon, India, and Scandinavia are included). Manages U.S., Canadian, Swedish, Norwegian, and Indian bank accounts. Responsible for asset planning and care in all NOLS PNW operating area properties including land, buildings, vehicles, and inventories.

RESPONSIBILITIES: This is an approximate division and is flexible depending on location demands.  Approximately 65 percent of this position is spent on Washington/Oregon/British Columbia, 20 percent on India, and 15 percent on Scandinavia.

70% - Location Leadership and Management

  • Plan operational activities including support staff structure, logistics, program scheduling, content and curriculum, course mix, long-term budgets, and other operational goals.
  • Update and implement NOLS vision and strategic 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 service, including thorough briefings and debriefings, providing accurate information in advance, exceptional field staff supervision, and review of staff feedback.
  • Risk management oversight, including field safety reports and evacuation supervision.
  • Work with student discipline and separations including intervention and family contact.
  • Oversee research of all route areas, including 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 enrollment trends, and show willingness to explore new programming.
  • Strive to make NOLS PNW locations fun, dynamic, and fulfilling places to work.
  • Assure compliance with national laws and business procedures at all NOLS PNW locations.

5% - Plant

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

5%  - Public Relations

  • Represent NOLS to the public, including the local community, government officials, and other business contacts. 
  • Supervise in community relations priorities and orient local staff to develop and maintain best possible relations with government agencies, partner organizations, and other important national and regional stakeholders.
  • Act to protect and advance our wilderness classroom access.

20% -  Schoolwide Leadership

  • Build and maintain relations with other NOLS departments, locations, and World Headquarters.
  • Participate as part of a school director and Operations team to exchange knowledge as well as support and enhance the school’s overall program and mission.
  • Advance and gather input for schoolwide leadership initiatives at the local level. Acts as a representative of Operations to audiences beyond the NOLS PNW locations.
  • Communicate NOLS' vision and state of the school to staff. 
  • Keep school directors abreast of changes in the business environment that affect all NOLS PNW locations.
  • Perform special projects and duties as assigned by the NOLS Operations leadership.

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: This position is based at the NOLS campus located in Mount Vernon, Washington. On-campus housing and food staples available for a small fee, if desired.

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Debbie Derbish, Operations Office Manager. 
Email: debbie_derbish@nols.edu
Phone: (307) 335-2229
Contact Associate Operations Director Rachael Price with questions at rachael_price@nols.edu.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: July 5, 2019.

STARTING DATE: August 1-15, 2019.

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