National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

Chief Financial Officer

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NOLS seeks an extraordinary Chief Financial Officer to lead all aspects of the organization’s financial operations and investments.      

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) is an international nonprofit organization that teaches wilderness-based skills in all 50 states and over 40 countries. Founded as an outdoor skills school in a small cabin in Sinks Canyon, Wyoming, NOLS now encompasses a wide range of programming, currently split across five organizational components: Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness Expeditions, Custom Education, Alumni Expeditions, and Risk Management training and conferences. NOLS currently enrolls more than 28,000 students and employs over 1,000 full-time and part-time staff, with a current annual budget of approximately $40 million.

Reporting directly to the NOLS President and working in close partnership with NOLS leadership, the Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the school’s overall fiscal management, the schoolwide annual budget process, and support of strategic decision-making utilizing modeling and analysis skills. The CFO is part of the executive team, supervising finance, information technology, HQ facilities, and schoolwide purchasing staff. This position is an exceptional opportunity for an analytical and tactical person with a passion for and experience in financial rigor and strategic business planning. NOLS is in a strong financial position, with a solid balance sheet and a history of financial discipline. In FY 2022, NOLS expects 87% of revenue from tuition and other program income, 8% from philanthropy, and 5% from its endowment. The current endowment is over $60 million.


This role will require 50-75% on-the-ground onboarding time at NOLS Headquarters in Lander, Wyoming for the first six months. At that point, the position will be eligible for long-term hybrid office and remote work options and opportunities for an alternative, non-traditional work schedule. We anticipate that periodic travel (~10-25%) will be needed on an ongoing basis to NOLS Headquarters and field locations. Location within a day’s drive of Lander will make work coordination much easier but is not required.


A competitive compensation package, including a comprehensive benefits package, will be offered based on experience. The expected annual salary range for this position is $167,000–$180,000.

Start Date                                                                  

Late fall 2022 


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