POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America East Carolina Council
LOCATED IN: Kinston, North Carolina
The East Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America, has been building character and instilling values in young people since 1915. Always in strong partnership with the religious, civic, and business communities, scouting teaches traditional values, respect for God and Country, life skills, and responsible citizenship to generations of young people.
The vision of the East Carolina Council is to be the beacon for Scouting in Eastern North Carolina covering 20 counties. Leaning on its strength of youth development and pipeline of future leaders, the Council wants to ensure the diverse communities it represents is reflected in its membership and leadership.
The East Carolina Council is comprised of three geographic districts with over 2,500 youth scouts, 1,500 adult volunteers, 10 staff, and a committed Board of 45 adults, The Council owns three camp facilities for programming, camping, and water sport activities. It has an annual budget around $2 M with goals to increase in coming years. The Council Service Center is located in Kinston, NC.
To learn more, visit https://www.eccbsa.org/.
THE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Reporting to the Executive Board of the East Carolina Council, the Scout Executive gives leadership and direction to the operations and administration of the council. They serve as the secretary for the council, the executive board, and its executive committee and is an ex officio member of all committees. The Executive is responsible for strategic planning, revenue generation, membership development, resource (financial, personnel and facility) management, staff and volunteer team management, and community relationships. The Scout Executive drives the development of challenging objectives and goals that will propel the organization to realize its vision. The Scout Executive will act in such a way as is consistent with the values and mission of the Boy Scouts of America East Carolina Council.
The Scout Executive will be called upon to fulfill the following key responsibilities:
Leadership and Strategic Impact
- Serve as the primary leader, community builder, spokesperson, and administrator.
- Effectively manage a council with revenue of $2 million plus.
- Work with the board, staff, and stakeholders to define the strategic vision for the organization’s future.
- Lead the council to establish a membership plan that results in growth so all qualified youth may participate.
- Articulate the vision in an inspiring way to internal and external constituencies.
- Oversee risk management for the Council and ensure youth safety.
Fund Development & Membership Growth
- Oversees all fund development plans and activities, including acquisition, cultivation and stewardship of donors, annual appeals, events, grant writing, and identifying new resources.
- Serves as the chief development officer for the organization.
- Engages the council in fundraising efforts and membership growth stragies to developing sustainable funding engaging and retaining support.
- Responsible for the consistent flow of revenue to the organization, membership, philanthropic giving, and activities through diverse and multi-faceted income streams.
- Builds long-term relationships with key donor segments based on mission, cultivation, and stewardship, program outcomes, and sound fiscal management.
- Plans and executes capital campaign for facility needs as East Carolina Council expands.
- Oversees grant writing for the Council.
Operational & Financial Oversight
- Develops, in cooperation with the finance committee, a budget based on the council’s resources. Provides information and justifications for the council in its budgetary review and approval process.
- Ensures strong internal controls, fiscal responsibility, accountability, regular financial statements, and efficient, accurate, and consistent financial operations and practices.
- Ensures that East Carolina Council has the appropriate systems, physical space, and technology to operate efficiently and effectively.
- Responsible for the stewardship of facilities and equipment. Works closely with the council to finalize strategic and capital projects, as well as operating goals that stem from these priorities.
- Ensures high-quality program delivery, evaluation, and reporting that promotes the effective utilization of personnel and financial resources. Provides direction for expanding or modifying programs and services as it relates to the strategic plan.
- Devises remedial actions for any identified issues and conducts crisis management when necessary.
- Recruits and trains a full complement of volunteers and staff to fulfill the council’s objectives.
- Creates a work environment where people can realize their full potential.
- Leads, motivates, and develops staff to ensure they are passionate about scouting and are committed to working effectively toward continued improvement and growth.
- Ensures the organization has a diverse staff and volunteers with skills appropriate to the needs of their position through people management activities including hiring, separation of employment, ongoing staff development, performance management, compensation, and benefits.
- Ensures that employment policies and legal guidelines are adhered to in all employment practices and partners with the council and committees to implement any personnel policy changes.
Communications & Outreach
- Build the Council’s brand to expand the reach, engage volunteers, and leverage financial, programmatic, and fundraising opportunities available to the organization.
- Promotes East Carolina Council’s visibility and welfare through participation and membership in community forums, civic organizations, and activities that are aligned with mission and vision.
- Oversees the development of a strategic communication and marketing plan that provides a clear and concise conveyance of Boy Scouts of America East Carolina Council’s story.
- Guides all communications including newsletters, impact reports, the website, database platform, social media, and other general communications to ensure alignment of the brand, vision, and mission.
- Builds and manages positive relationships with partner organizations, the local community, and media outlets.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The new leader must demonstrate a passion for youth development and scouting and align with the mission, vision, and oath of Boy Scouts of America East Carolina Council. In addition the ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- Five or more years of experience in a non-profit executive role where organizational sustainability and growth were key parts of the position
- History of demonstrating the sound judgment, administrative skill, and financial acumen necessary to oversee day-to-day operations, direct staff, and manage a budget of at least $1 million
- Detail-oriented, logical, and methodological approach to problem-solving
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Experience building organizational talent and management of staff and volunteers
- Strong interpersonal and deep relational skills, with the ability to build trust, respect, and camaraderie among a diverse group and interact equally well with council, staff, volunteers, parents, scouts, and community leaders
- Demonstrated fundraising experience with success in building dynamic relationships with key stakeholders, business and foundation leaders who can influence individual, corporate, and foundation giving; capital campaign and grant experience preferred
- Ability to sell the vision of an organization that creates clarity and engagement
- Skilled and experienced in serving multi-cultural markets
- Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university preferred
- Experience with a membership organization demonstrating consistent growth preferred
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary range is $85,000 to $95,000 with a performance bonus based on targeted growth. The Boy Scouts of America East Carolina Council offers a benefits package for full-time employees that includes personal time off (24 days in the first year), health insurance (medical, dental, and vision benefits), retirement plan after 12 months, 403(b) plan, life insurance, and Council owned car. A relocation allowance is available. The Scout Executive can live centrally in Eastern North Carolina with accessibility to the Kinston office.
Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC, is conducting this search in partnership with Boy Scouts of America East Carolina Council. To apply, click on the link to the Scout Executive – Boy Scouts of America East Carolina Council position profile at ArmstrongMcGuire.com/apply. You will see instructions for uploading a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references. In case of any technical problems, contact email@example.com. No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or through third-party sites. The deadline to submit your application is September 27, 2021.