About Us

NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) is a nonprofit global wilderness school that supports thousands of students each year all over the world.  Our school began in a small cabin in Sinks Canyon, Wyoming in 1965 as the National Outdoor Leadership School. At that time, we were primarily an outdoors skills school, doing our work in local mountain ranges and exploring what it meant to teach leadership in the backcountry. Today, we are NOLS, a multifaceted wilderness school located in Lander, Wyoming, that supports thousands of students each year all over the world in both field & classroom courses.


NOLS’ first Equity & Inclusion Director will lead school-wide programming and priorities with the objective of creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace among all NOLS staff and locations and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for students. The ideal candidate is a strategic, operations-oriented thinker that can successfully develop strategies that scale, as well as recommend, advocate for, and implement new solutions that support the school’s stated diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Reporting directly to the Chief People Officer, this role will partner closely with teams throughout the organization, as well as liaise with the Executive Team, Community Leadership Group, and employee-led groups to achieve a broad scope of objectives.


  • Minimum of 5 years of professional work
  • Minimum of 2-4 years of demonstrated experience working on DE&I initiatives, projects, and/or strategies 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience managing leadership, organizational, and change management initiatives (or similar initiatives), and ability to successfully engage in and manage community relationships required
  • Experience with the development, implementation and evaluation of DE&I training programs

Preferred skills

  • Demonstrated success in carrying out strategic goals and initiatives
  • Program development experience from conception to delivery
  • Ability to build consensus and trust at all levels of the organization, and across diverse locations and cultures and challenge the status quo 
  • Demonstrated understanding of cultural values and norms of various communities, particularly of communities of color, LGBTQIA+ and underserved communities
  • Proven ability to communicate and synthesize complex issues in a concise, clear and effective fashion
  • A deep passion for fostering an inclusive and diverse work environment that enables all individuals to thrive in an industry that has historically excluded underrepresented groups of people
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator and relationship builder, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to build coalitions and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups and communities


  • Leading the execution and implementation of DE&I frameworks, goals, metrics and assessments that support a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • In partnership with the Chief People Officer, set up and monitor progress on global DE&I multi-year objectives and metrics to ensure steady progress against established goals.
  • Identify and design action plans to address inequities in our workforce, culture, policies, practices, systems and structure; including but not limited, to recruiting, performance evaluations, compensation, benefits, and promotions, ensuring equity in career advancement and total rewards.
  • Help design and deliver strong and effective professional development opportunities for all staff, faculty, and leaders.
  • Liaise with teams outside the US to understand the diversity challenges facing programs and to help put processes in place to ensure locations are diverse and inclusive and in accordance with appropriate country-specific goals.
  • Lead DE&I-related education, communication and events to ensure that all staff understand DE&I concepts and the value they bring to the organization.
  • Influence and build sustainable relationships with people at every level of the organization to assist in the development and maintenance of the school’s global DE&I strategy.
  • Coach people leaders on DE&I policies and best practices.
  • Conduct ongoing research on best practices and recommend strategies for continuous improvement of DE&I initiatives.
  • Partner with Talent Development Director and Staffing Directors to develop strategies and programs for diverse outreach and hiring to strengthen the pipeline of diverse talent. 
  • Integrate DE&I into all people strategies and processes, partner with people leaders across the organization to consistently provide an expertise, perspective, and insight to challenge biased thinking and behavior. 
  • Serve as the advisor who guides the organization with both internal and external insights as it relates to DE&I.
  • Partner with Employee Resource Groups to ensure their needs are met and their efforts and initiatives are championed and maximized. 

Work Location and Compensation

This role may be performed remotely. Occasional travel to Headquarters in Lander, WY and/or other operational sites may be required (up to 10% annually). 


NOLS can currently employ remote employees who are legal residents of: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. Current employees and residents in the state of Colorado please contact HR for salary information.

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their first day of work, unless they meet a medical, disability or religious exemption and a reasonable accommodation is approved. Any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) is an acceptable vaccine for the purpose of this policy. Full vaccination or an approved exemption is a condition of employment for all new employees.

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.

Pre-Employment Check

  • A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.
  • NOLS participates in E-verify.


How to Apply

Click here to apply. 


Closing Date for Applications

Open Until Filled

Starting Date

September 12, 2022

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