It might come as a surprise that Scouting is a solid, paid profession. Today's professional Scouters are a diverse group of men and women sharing a dynamic career offering independence, achievement, and stability. This is work that makes a difference . . . work that calls one to continual learning and challenge . . . work that offers solid compensation, benefits, and advancement. We invite you to look at our surprising profession through the stories of real professional Scouters, one of whom might be a lot like you.
A Day in the Life
What do professionals in Scouting do every day? The responsibilities are as broad as the tasks are varied, and no two days are the same for a typical Scouting district executive. No matter where they work, in the city, the suburbs, or the countryside, one thing is for certain—this is anything but a "cubicle" job.
Our field staff are typically found in the community, not behind a desk.The job of the professional Scouter is to inspire, recruit, train, and support the BSA's adult volunteers. In addition, they work with community leaders to rally public support for Scouting.
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National Capital Area Council, BSA
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
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District Executive (entry level)
Be the ‘CEO’ of your own service area!
A District Executive supports the volunteer leadership of an assigned geographical ‘service’ area within the Council’s territory. In coordination with these volunteers and backed by proven methods of success, a District Executive develops strategic goals for - and then creates and executes - grass-roots campaigns to recruit more youth, adult volunteers, community individuals and organizations to participate in the programs of Scouting as well as fundraising campaigns to support the programs. Qualified candidates should be highly organized; have exceptional attention to detail; have a proven ability to meet deadlines; have a positive, customer-focused, high-energy attitude; be a self-starter; be able to manage multiple tasks; be able to proactively and independently solve problems; have outstanding interpersonal skills as well as written and verbal communication skills; and possess the ability and tact to handle confidential information. The position is an excellent career development opportunity for a sharp, ambitious person eager to build skills in volunteer development, fundraising, program development and nonprofit management. Reports to the CEO through the Field Director.
Essential Duties and Responsibility
- Work closely with the senior management and volunteer leadership to review and improve all facets of the organization’s outreach into the community.
- Serve as an essential resource and point of contact for the organization and all internal/external stakeholders, developing and maintaining relationships to support the organization’s agenda and priorities while using a high degree of judgment and independent decision-making in responding to requests or in making recommendations to leadership.
- Understand fundamentals of budget management and sales.
- Research the needs of youth in the community by connecting with local faith-based, civic, education and business leaders.
- Provide leadership to a cadre of recruited volunteers within the district while continuing to identify and recruit additional talented leadership.
- Respond quickly and appropriately to all phone calls, emails, written correspondence, and conversations.
- Manage an accurate and up-to-date meetings/appointments/events calendar. Maintain records of expenditures, mileage, and meals; produce expense reports in a timely manner. Prepare/process/track/reconcile invoices check requests, credit card purchases, purchase orders, contributions, and/or solicitation requests.
Key Attributes, Skills, and Competencies
- Trustworthy: Candidate must possess high integrity, value honesty and be the type of person on whom others can depend.
- Loyal: He/she must think of the organization’s needs – the needs of its members, volunteers and supporters – first and foremost.
- Helpful/Friendly: Candidate must possess a team spirit, approach all interactions with a win-win perspective and be customer-service oriented at all times
- Courteous/Kind: Candidate must feel comfortable representing the organization and its leadership as he/she will regularly interact with high-level executives from local and national organizations, volunteers and community stakeholders.
- Obedient: Candidate must have the discipline to fulfill commitments to fellow staff, members, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders… and be accountable for their interactions in a collaborative work environment.
- Cheerful: Candidate must possess a positive, high-energy, can-do attitude.
- Thrifty: Candidate must understand the nature of development and feel the weight of the trust that a donor/stakeholder places in the organization to safeguard his/her investment.
- Brave: Candidate must be comfortable with a variety of research techniques necessary to complete assignments, seeking out and piecing together fragments of information, recognizing patterns and drawing conclusions based on sometimes incomplete information to enable appropriate action to be taken to meet the organization’s objectives/needs.
- Clean: Individual will prepare a wide variety of materials for internal and external audiences, and such communications must be clear, concise, compelling…and error free!
- Reverent: Candidate must feel comfortable listening and reaching out to others before making recommendations for action, strategies or priorities.
- Bachelor's degree required
- Ability to work independently, as a group/team, and under specific direction
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (specifically Outlook, Word, Excel, and PPT) preferred
- Experience working with senior leadership and high level executives preferred
- Experience with volunteering/volunteer organizations preferred
- Well organized, detail oriented and highly professional
- Thrives in a fast-paced environment with passionate and committed people
- Excellent analytic skills with a proven commitment to accuracy and timeliness
- Must be able to handle confidential and sensitive information appropriately
- Must possess a focus on continuous improvement and growth, both within the organization and with self
- Flexible schedule occasionally required for evening/weekend events
- US citizen or stated intent/plan to become a US citizen
- Valid driver's license and ability to be insured
- Must be able to drive to appointments and to the office during both daylight and evening hours
- Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds
- Must be able to participate in camping activities such as tenting, walking/hiking short distances, etc.
- Must be able to sit for prolonged periods
- Must be able to work on a PC for prolonged periods
- Must be able to communicate with members, volunteers, staff and others in person, via telephone, letter, and e-mail
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
- The District Executive will work primarily from his/her service area, coming to the main office only when scheduled
- The main office is a climate-controlled environment with moderate noise (e.g., computers, printers/copiers, and light traffic).
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Resumes will be accepted ONLY when there are vacancies.
District Executive - entry-level, eastern Prince William County, VA (Lorton area)
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INTERN OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE - Marketing, Photography, and Videography
Throughout the year we seek qualified individuals to learn about the opportunities and rewards of serving a non-profit agency. The potential for three areas are normally available: Marketing/public relations, photography, and videography. Short-term projects are challenging but can be finished during the summer to help promote Scouting and Goshen Scout Reservation. NCAC strives to make any intern position a rewarding and learning experience.
Website Interns - Currently there is a need for students looking for real-world experience in website development . Website interns may be able to work from home or other location with internet access. Interns will have the opportunity to work on this and other NCAC websites.
Contact: Curtis Pruett, Marketing Director, at 301-214-9114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Camp Staff - 2013 CAMPING SEASON
We will hire over 250 young people to work with our youth in camps at Goshen Scout Reservation in Goshen, Virginia and Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket, Virginia. Successful applicants will enjoy a weekly salary, room and board, training, and a great outdoor experience with youth. The minimum age to work at day camp is 14, resident camp 15.