Job Type: Temporary
Salary Details: $45000-$50000
Deadline: Jul 25, 2023

The NOLS Teton Valley Campus Director provides leadership to Teton Valley program and operations in support of NOLS’ mission and goals. This role supervises an in-town team of 4-10 people. They communicate directly with program supervisors, operations staff, and field instructors, to build skill sets and reach both individual and location goals. This role is responsible for expedition program quality, risk management, and student and staff satisfaction. 

The Campus Director represents NOLS and promotes positive community relations in Teton Valley and throughout Idaho and Wyoming, working with local government and non-governmental agencies to advance the NOLS mission in all Teton Valley operating areas. 

There is potential for the Teton Valley Campus Director to work in the NOLS classroom and/ or field in the shoulder seasons. 

Key Logistical Information:

  • Contract type: ¾ Full Time. Operating seasons for 2024 are early January to late February and early May through the end of September. There are some administrative duties as well as time out of the office or teaching in March-April and October-December. There is the possibility that these operating seasons will expand in length and number of students served in 2025 and beyond. 
  • Start date: September, 2023.
  • Benefits: This position is eligible for Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Flexible Spending account, Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Long Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Time off, 403(b), 403(b) contribution, and more.
  • Questions: Please contact

What does a Campus Director do?
A Campus Director leads an in town staff team in support of field faculty to facilitate positive, life changing experiences for NOLS students. They must be able to problem solve, think creatively, and make decisions that directly impact the work opportunities provided to Teton Valley staff and instructors and the student experience. They work to create a highly collaborative environment and balance the perspectives and priorities of multiple stakeholders in support of Teton Valley courses. They supervise the NOLS Teton Valley team, and work closely with the Rocky Mountain leadership team, the NOLS River Base leadership team, the field staffing department, the risk management department, the education department, the admissions department, and the finance department to  promote exceptional student experiences and staff satisfaction. 

You will be involved in the following activities:

  • Lead a high-performing team in service to exceptional student experiences. Provide accurate information and outstanding student service, create a welcoming atmosphere and quality program that incorporates student feedback.
  • Coach and mentor staff within the winter program and river program. Maintain relationships with outside industry professionals to aid in program development as well as instructors’ continuing education.
  • Hire, train, supervise, develop, and evaluate up to 10 campus support staff in accordance with NOLS practices. Create an inclusive and welcoming environment at a location that also houses staff. Ensure excellent staff service, including effective supervision and incorporation of staff feedback.
  • Provide risk management oversight for field programs, including emergency response, management of evacuations and student behavior challenges (including family contact), and incident reporting.
  • Build budgets and manage spending for NOLS Teton Valley.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with other NOLS departments and campuses.
  • Understand the importance of cultural consciousness in building a welcoming educational environment for all staff and students.
  • Participate as a member of the schoolwide leadership team and expedition operations director team to exchange knowledge, support, and enhance the school’s overall program and mission.
  • Communicate NOLS vision and state of the school to staff. 
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with relevant land managers and other user groups. Attend land use planning and permit holder meetings as necessary.
  • Drive courses and support course logistics and operations staff as needed.
  • Maintain safe, clean, comfortable and efficient facilities that provide a welcoming and calm atmosphere.
  • Foster and maintain a strong local presence in the Teton Valley region of the US.

What makes a great Teton Valley Campus Director at NOLS? 
We are looking for people who share our values and are keen to learn and develop their expertise. We are looking for candidates with the skills listed below. We expect to provide training and development support in some of the areas.

  • Commitment to and understanding of NOLS’ mission, educational philosophy, and values as a learning organization. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English.
  • Creative problem-solving. 
  • Facilitation among multiple HQ NOLS departments to achieve campus goals.
  • Experience supervising a team and building positive leadership environments that embody equity and inclusion for diverse teams. 
  • Able to work independently and lead under stress, while remotely accessing schoolwide resources.
  • Experience supervising expeditionary field programs.
  • Dedication to community relations and vision for expanding the reach of the NOLS mission in the Teton Valley. 
  • This position requires related post-secondary education and some experience in the program area, or extensive technical and supervisory experience.
  • Able to maintain a flexible schedule, working some long days, weekends and holidays. 
  • Ideal candidate has commercial, whitewater guide and management experience and/ or extensive backcountry ski experience and avalanche training.

In your first 6 months, you will: 

  • Gain a deep understanding of NOLS Teton Valley course offerings and classrooms, our current operations needs, and the skills that are required to meet both school and local government expectations. 
  • Connect with government agencies regarding our operating permits.
  • Train with NOLS HQ to understand how the branch finances work. 
  • Build relationships with all staff members, instructors, and community partners. 
  • Oversee NOLS Teton Valley winter operating season. 
  • Gain proficiency in using software like Quicken, Airtables, Microsoft Excel, and our internal database, Nexus.

Who are we and what can we offer you?
NOLS is a nonprofit global wilderness school that seeks to help people step forward boldly as a leader. We believe that anyone can be a leader; it is our role to provide the environment and training to help people discover their full potential. We do that in classrooms close to home and in remote wilderness areas around the world. We are an organization with heart, expertise, and wildness, and these qualities help us support powerful, authentic experiences. We are looking for a creative and resilient individual who understands and shares our passion to join our dynamic team.

Additional Information
This position may be eligible for remote work outside the NOLS Teton Valley operating season. NOLS can currently employ remote employees who have legal working rights in the United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, and India. In the U.S. and Canada, we can support remote employees in the following states/provinces: Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ontario, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming.

Pre-Employment Check

  • A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.
  • NOLS participates in E-verify for U.S. employees, Certificado de Antecedentes for Chilean employees, and other relevant employment verification systems based on location.
  • Current NOLS employees please note it is NOLS policy to conduct an internal reference check with human resources and/or your current supervisor as part of the reference check process. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact

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