Position: District Executive
Scouting: A Profession with a Purpose
Bring your life experiences, education, and perspective, and in return, you will have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has helped change lives and build future leaders of this country by combining educational and outdoor adventure activities with lifelong value and fun. While the BSA has a major focus on the development of young men, the BSA also has co-educational programs, such as Venturing, available to both young men and young women.
What District Executives/Professional Scouters Do
Several thousand professional Scouters lead, guide and facilitate the efforts of more than a million adult volunteers on whom Scouting depends to carry out its mission. It is the job of the professional Scouter to inspire, recruit, train, have fun, and support the BSA's volunteers, in addition to working with community leaders and rallying public support for Scouting's activities.
The professional Scouter is assigned to a district or service area within a local council. Your district or service area is sustained and successful through your ability to promote, supervise and work with local volunteers. If you have skills in human relations, public relations, marketing, fundraising, business management, or sales, then you should consider taking the opportunity to become a commissioned professional in a local council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Training and Development = Success
We know that in order for people to grow and be productive, they need opportunities to learn. The fact that more than 75% of BSA's professionals receive training each year is a testimony to the commitment by local councils and the National organization. Training courses, with set periods of time to acquire specific information, are part of our overall plan of development. Commissioned professional Scouters receive continuous instruction through formal as well as informal training. The BSA fosters an environment of continuous learning to nurture collective creativity; which benefits both professionals and the organization. We share knowledge, ideas and experience, creating a workforce that is involved in decision making and an inclusive work environment that ensures the succcess of Scouting in the local community. The BSA is committed to the training and development of individuals because we fully recognize the benefits of mutual growth and development that will unleash the creativity and productivity of its greatest asset: it's people!
Compensation and Benefits
We offer a number of practical benefits for professional staff. In fact, the BSA offers a benefits package considered to be among the best in the nonprofit sector. The package includes major medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage in addition to long-term disability, accident, life insurance, and a retirement plan. The starting salary is $38,000 annually.
The basic qualifications needed to become a Scouting professional are:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- People-oriented, having the ability to work well with adult volunteers, community and business leaders and representatives of other organizations
- Able to work varied hours when necessary to achieve positive objectives
- Believe in the BSA and subscribe to its principles and standards
To learn more about working with the Boy Scouts of America as an executive, visit the national employment page on the Boy Scouts of America website at www.scouting.org.
If you have education, experience, or skill in human relations, public relations, marketing, fundraising, finance, accounting, business management or sales, then you should consider becoming a Scouting professional. Submit your resume to Mike Fifhause at email@example.com.