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 headquartered in Lander, Wyoming with locations in seven U.S. states and six countries, that supports thousands of students each year all over the world in both field & classroom courses.


The Talent Development Director is responsible for overseeing talent acquisition and for providing training, career and professional skills development, performance management and employee programs for all full-time NOLS employees. Your primary goal is to design a positive employee experience beginning with recruitment. 

Your primary goal is to enhance the skills and abilities of all employees at various stages of their careers. You will develop career maps within the organization, generate internal and vet external professional development programs, formulate strategic plans, perform an annual talent review and more. You will be challenged with designing and implementing a global recruitment and talent acquisition strategy to ensure NOLS attracts the top talent in the industry. You will research best sourcing areas in alignment with organizational needs, ensuring a diverse and qualified candidate pipeline. The person in this first-time role will be an integral part of the Human Resources team, reporting to the Chief People Officer and working closely with the Human Resources & Talent Development Directors and other key stakeholders to ensure we meet the needs of all our employees, and they will also be a part of the Community Leadership Group.


  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate, create, and improve processes, build trusting relationships quickly, and lead positive cultural change
  • Desire to drive innovation of all talent acquisition systems and processes 
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills utilized across diverse stakeholder groups
  • Established record of prioritizing, defining, developing, and rolling out scalable talent acquisition solutions and professional development programs that address the needs of an evolving organization
  • Experience creating and managing the deployment of various employee programs from scratch.
  • Propensity for working in ambiguous and fluid environments, with the ability to produce results and reach organizational goals with minimal direction
  • Ability to work collectively as part of a team, while simultaneously performing well independently and executing excellent decision making
  • Knowledge of current hiring and development best practices and passion for recruiting and developing a diverse community of employees
  • Familiarity with Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), and Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Preferred skills

  • Experience in ground up program development within established systems 
  • Change management experience is a plus
  • Formal experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives is a plus

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience
  • Minimum of 3 years hands on experience creating and facilitating professional training and employee development programs
  • Minimum of 2 years managing lifecycle recruiting
  • Minimum of 2 years managing a high performing team


  • Oversee all professional development, performance management, training and employee engagement activities across all US-based and non-US locations  
  • Design, create, develop, and deliver informal and formal learning solutions to meet organizational needs
  • Analyze and select the most appropriate strategy, methodologies, and technologies to maximize NOLS employees’ professional development and performance management experience
  • Manage and establish a series of employee development plans that recognize achievement, foster communication, encourage learning and build communications
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment when comparing plans of action
  • Partner with external resources to design specialized training for the organization
  • Identify top organizational needs, and establish employee programs strategy to address them accordingly
  • Routinely review and adapt professional development, training, and performance management processes to be efficient, in alignment with current best practices, and reflective of NOLS culture and values
  • Oversee all talent acquisition activities across globally with a focus on creating an exceptional candidate and hiring partner experience
  • Delivery of a comprehensive Talent Strategy and Professional Development Strategy by January 2023
  • Implement and execute a talent acquisition strategy that will successfully source diverse candidates to support organizational goals. Early on, this will require you to jump in as a full-cycle recruiter.
  • Generate talent data and reporting system, and associated action plans for key metrics
  • Creation of employment branding strategy, developed in coordination with marketing
  • Partner closely with senior leadership and key stakeholders to align recruitment strategy with business strategy to support our current and future growth.
  • The above duties should not be considered an exhaustive list; other responsibilities may be required.

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.

Reasonable Accommodation

NOLS values community and fosters a sense of belonging for our employees and applicants. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace because they embody these values, as well as our operating principle of promoting a positive, safe, and learning environment. Reasonable accommodations may be requested for disability; limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition; religion; and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or harassment. Reasonable accommodations may be requested at any point of the employment process, including during recruitment. Please email [email protected] with your request.

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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