In early January, CEO Susan Stewart announced she is stepping down from this position effective March 31 and plans to lend her experience to onboard the new Chief Executive Officer upon approval by the Board of Directors. Stewart, a dedicated champion of our community, has led the $3.5-million girl leadership development organization for the past seven years and will be pursuing new projects and opportunities in the not for profit and health care sectors. This is a great opportunity to transition to a highly sought after CEO role and receive initial transitional guidance from an accomplished and innovative outgoing CEO.
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is the preeminent organization serving the interests of girls in the region, seeking to bring out the greatness in every girl, empowering her to pursue her dreams, and make the world a better place. The Council has current membership of nearly 6,500 girls, more than 2,700 valued adult volunteers, and a staff of 39 full and part-time employees. It has an annual operating budget of $3.4+ million, and operates council headquarters and the Gulfcoast Event and Conference Center in Sarasota, five Girl Scout houses and two camp properties to provide year-round engagement opportunities for girls, families, adult members, and community partners.
The CEO will act in partnership with the Board of Directors to enhance the outcomes of all council functions to be one of the nation’s leaders in membership services and innovation. The CEO will direct the corporate strategic plan through the formulation and implementation of short to long range objectives and actions needed to achieve the Council’s goals. In addition, the CEO will ensure that pluralism is a core value within the Council’s activities and functions, promoting opportunities for participation in every aspect of Girl Scouting.
Responsible for stewardship of the Council’s human, material and fiscal assets, the CEO provides oversight for policies and practices that enhance the participation of members and leverage the roles of staff and volunteers to effectively engage girls, families, and volunteers in the Council’s large service area. The CEO’s important outward-facing responsibilities are to expand the Council’s visibility and create opportunities for significant strategic partnerships and financial support by ensuring that investing in girls is a priority. The CEO will build relationships with corporate, nonprofit, government and funding communities by representing the Council at strategic functions and influential speaking opportunities.
The ideal candidate will possess outstanding dedication to the nonprofit sector, with emphasis on youth-serving programs. In addition, this individual’s strengths will include broad based business skills with a minimum of five years’ comparable executive-level experience including P&L, and eight or more years in leadership roles of progressive responsibility. The new CEO will have demonstrated ability in fundraising and/or direct sales skills and experience, fiscal management of budgets in excess of $2-million and the ability to provide leadership skills in the management and development of paid staff and volunteer leaders.
The CEO will be a person of strong ideals and integrity who has a combination of vision, strategic, and operational planning abilities and who can serve as a role model of best management practices and effective decision-making. The CEO will possess a style of leadership that embraces partnerships, is collaborative, and empowers stakeholders to achieve their highest potential, all the while satisfying accountability measures mutually agreed upon by the CEO and the Board. The CEO will be recognized as a community and business leader in this region of Florida, or have the personal and executive presence to achieve this quickly after appointment. It is essential that the CEO have a strong commitment to serving girls from all family, community and economic backgrounds.
Additional desired qualifications include nonprofit board relations, marketing, financial acumen, and volunteer relations leadership. It is expected that candidates will possess a minimum of an undergraduate degree, with advanced degree and training desired.
HOW TO APPLY
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
We urge interested candidates to apply as soon as possible to meet the Council’s timetable for the selection of a new CEO. Applications will continue to be reviewed until this important position is filled. For immediate consideration, please e-mail your cover letter and resume along with salary history to:
Bob Perodeau, Principal
Evergreen Executive Source, LLC
Voice (800) 286 4009 www.egreensource.com