The Southwest Florida Council, B.S.A. serves thousands of youth and over 2,275 adult volunteers in a seven-county region which includes Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Hendry, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota counties. Headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida, the Southwest Florida Council employees a professional and office operations staff to support and oversee coordination of volunteers in the areas of program, finance, membership development, volunteer recruitment, camp property operations and organization governance across the region. Major cities in the service region include Fort Myers-Cape Coral, Naples, Port Charlotte, Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida.
The SWFL Council is a separate 501(c)(3) from the National, B.S.A. incorporated in the State of Florida. Local BSA councils operate and are governed as a separate entity under the direction of a local board and receive vital program, membership, IT, camp development, employee, and other support services from the National BSA organization. The Southwest Florida Council, B.S.A. has annually for the last ten years been recognized on a national level for achieving and exceeding finance, governance, program, and membership standards.
The SWFL Council is currently implementing a 5-year strategic initiative which includes expanding staff, volunteer organization and achieving financial benchmarks to meet anticipated organization growth in the fast-growing Southwest Florida region.
Description of Position:
District Executive-Director position is responsible for administration and management related to organization governance and volunteer operations in a specific geographical region which typically is a one or two county service area. Positions reports to the Southwest Florida Council Scout Executive and C.E.O.
Specific Responsibilities :
- Identifies, recruits, trains, guides, inspires and works with individual volunteers, volunteer committees, community and business leaders in their respective roles to help succeed in achieving organization objectives.
- Oversee coordination of special program oriented county-wide events, annual membership recruitment campaign, regular volunteer communications, marketing and meetings of volunteer committees.
- Achieve progress towards specific goals and objectives which include program development through establishing community relationships, volunteer recruitment, training, fundraising, and membership recruitment.
- Be responsible for marketing programs and developing partnerships through civic, fraternal, educational, religious, and other community-based organizations.
- Secure adequate financial support and business sponsorships in assigned area through multiple approaches and coordination of volunteers. Achieve income and participation objectives for assigned special events and activities. These may include activities such as annual campaign, golf tournament, sporting clays, and special social gatherings to generate community support for Scouting. Training program in place to give oversight and support to new executive in learning established finance development plans to achieve success.
- Ensure that all program sites are served through adequate volunteers, regular meetings, volunteer training, and membership recruitment to ensure community charter partner relationships.
- Be a positive role model and recognize the importance of working relationships with other professionals and volunteers. The executive must have communication skills and be able to explain the program's goals and objectives to the public
- Seeking individual with strong interpersonal, sales, organizational and goal orientation skills.
- Successful candidate must be a self-starter and have strong time management skills.
- Individual must present a highly professional image and be committed to personal and professional productivity while maintaining a high ethical and professional working standard.
- Have a willingness and ability to manage a flexible work schedule that cyclically can involve long and irregular hours to achieve objectives - regular evening meetings and occasional weekend work.
- Seeking individual with background or potential for skill development in marketing, fund-raising and program development.
- Individual must be comfortable with public speaking and interacting with diverse audiences. *
- Individual must possess strong people skills, enthusiastic, punctual, responsible and creative.
- Must be willing to accept and meet the Boy Scout of America's leadership and membership standards.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (transcript with the date degree conferred stated is required for employment).
- Attained 21 years of age or older unless prohibited by any applicable law.
- Ability to travel for training at least once a year for one to two weeks - B.S.A. Executive Training program.
- A Scouting background may be helpful, but not required for employment.
- Ideal candidate will possess skills to progress rapidly into increased leadership and management roles.
- Offers for employment are subject to criminal, reference and motor vehicle background checks.
- Relocation required to the Fort Myers-Sarasota, Florida region.
Formal executive training program in place to become a certified professional through the National BSA Executive Training program. Extensive local training with key organization management to support new professional employee learning and ensure success in their role as District Executive. The Southwest Florida Council, B.S.A. has a strong record of employees being promoted to greater positions of responsibility in the organization at local, regional and National BSA levels.
Compensation and Benefits:
All local BSA councils are equal opportunity employers. In addition to offering a competitive starting salary of $47,500, the Southwest Florida Council also offers excellent benefits to include major medical, prescription coverage, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long-term disability, accidental death, retirement plan, plus compensation for authorized and approved business-related expenses to include phone and mileage reimbursement. We also offer a generous vacation policy and BSA holiday observances. Career path advancement opportunities in management, finance or program support at local, regional and national levels.
The professional work environment is extremely positive in working with employees, volunteers and community leaders that have a passion for the organization to achieve success. The employees of the local organization have a team approach all of whom strive to carry out their respective responsibilities in the organization to achieve common goals.
Working Hours and Vacation
The position entails a daily flexible work schedule. A typical work week is 40+ hours and involves 1-2 hours in the office and the remainder of the time in the community meeting with individual volunteers, volunteer committees, business and community leaders. A typical week frequently includes breakfast and lunch meetings as well as one to two after five business meetings per week. Occasional weekend work would include attending a special event in a direct support or customer service role. Each day brings different tasks to accomplish. It takes a full year for a new professional to experience all aspects of the job as many tasks are on a cyclical basis. Management of multiple tasks and objectives is a key aspect of the District Executive role. We also offer a generous vacation policy of 24 vacations days your first year increasing thereafter up to 36 days as well as holiday observances and flex time.
Headquarters for the Southwest Florida Council, B.S.A. is Fort Myers, Florida. The Southwest Florida Council, B.S.A. serves a seven-county region which includes Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Hendry, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota counties. Major cities in the service region include Fort Myers-Cape Coral, Naples, Port Charlotte, Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. There are 251 local B.S.A. Councils in the country.
Social and Community Interaction
The role of District Executive offers unique opportunities for social activities both professionally and personally as relationships are developed in your respective service region. Professional employees also have the opportunity for social activities both locally and statewide on a regular basis.