The High Mountain Institute is seeking a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Fellow, a full-time, FLSA-exempt position that reports to the Dean of Students. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Fellow is a one-year fellowship position focused on HMI Semester student and program support. In partnership with the Dean of Students, Director of the Semester, and Director of Wilderness and Risk Management, the DEI Fellow works to make HMI a more inclusive and equitable institution.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience engaging with DEI initiatives, preferably in an educational or non-profit setting. The candidate will embody the school’s mission and core values, uphold HMI’s intentional community culture, and collaborate with school leadership to reach our DEI goals. The candidate will have experience supporting students with historically-marginalized identities and be passionate about increasing diversity and access in the outdoor recreation industry.

Primary Job Responsibilities:
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow helps implements key DEI initiatives at HMI including:

HMI Program and Student Support:
-Work with Dean of Students, Director of the Semester to formally and informally support students from historically-marginalized HMI backgrounds in the HMI Semester
-Work with the Dean of Students to support the Student Diversity Council, student affinity spaces, and Identity Series curricula
-Work with the Director of Wilderness and Risk Management to continue evolving HMI Wilderness Program Guide content
-Oversee the “Inclusive Outdoors” visiting speaker series
-Teach one section of Practices & Principles: Ethics of the Natural World
-Collaborate on P&P curriculum development
-Advise 4-6 students per semester
-Serve as Faculty on Duty and fulfill other roles in accordance with semester faculty expectations
-Co-lead wilderness expeditions in the Rocky Mountains and canyons of southern Utah (7 weeks per year)

Community & Constituent Relations
-Lead outreach and exploration of collaborative work and partnerships with nonprofits and organizations that represent and uplift historically marginalized identities in the outdoors

Hiring and Human Resources
-Assist hiring committees with finalist interviews. Attend hiring and recruitment fairs
-Collaborate with Director of Semester and Dean of Apprentices to develop systems for recruiting apprentices and employees from increasingly diverse backgrounds

-Assist Director of Admissions and Financial Aid with developing new avenues to meet priorities for student-body diversity
-10% of every position is doing whatever needs to be done at HMI

Term of Fellowship: August 1, 2023–May 31, 2024

Position Pay & Benefits:
-$25,000 salary
-Housing: 1-bedroom apartment on campus
-Board: available campus dining when semester is in session
-Health, dental, and vision benefits
-Professional development opportunities

Tagged as: Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
-Wilderness and/or residential leadership experience with students from historically marginalized communities
-Teamwork, communication, commitment to feedback
-Capacity to balance student support with support for administrative processes and decision-making

Required Skills:

Minimum Qualifications:
-Bachelor's degree
-Proficiency in Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite
-Current driver's license
-Ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen
-Legal work authorization for the United States

Preferred Skills:

Preferred Qualifications:
-Prior professional experience related to DEI in an educational, non-profit, or outdoor education setting
-Experience supporting students and/or employees with historically marginalized identities
-Demonstrated enthusiasm for working in outdoor programming
-Current Wilderness First Responder certification or ability to obtain such

About High Mountain Institute

Founded in 1995, HMI is a nonprofit independent school with a focus on outdoor, experiential, and place-based education. HMI serves approximately 175 students per year across its high school, summer, and gap programming. About 30% of students receive financial aid and a similar percentage identify as people of color. All HMI students participate in extended wilderness expeditions lasting from 10-21 days. HMI is not a rehabilitative or wilderness therapy program. HMI students are high-achieving, healthy students seeking challenge, a strong community, and a deeper connection to nature. HMI has nearly 30 year-round staff, about half of whom live on campus. Learn more at: www.hminet.org.

Application Instructions

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Molly Lovett, Administrative Coordinator & Registrar, at [email protected] and fill out the HMI Prospective Employment Form online. We begin our initial review of applications immediately and will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled. Correspondence via e-mail is preferred.