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Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Seeks Chief Executive Officer


Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington announces a search partnership with Evergreen Executive Source, LLC to identify candidates and advise on selection of a new CEO. Evergreen is a retained search firm with depth of experience in nonprofit executive sourcing and selection, and has conducted searches nationwide for over a decade serving the interests of Girl Scout councils across the entire country. All information provided to Evergreen will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Chief Executive Officer
Portland Headquarters
Position To Be Filled 4th Quarter 2021
Learn More and Apply Today for Consideration

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington serves the interests of girls in the state of Oregon and three counties in Washington, 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 a current membership of 8,421 girls, 5,941 valued adult volunteers, and a staff of 88 full- and part-time employees. The annual $8.5 million operating budget sustains four service centers, three resident camps, and five outdoor program centers. At Girl Scouts, girls unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ through a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities like earning badges, going on awesome trips, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects. All Girl Scout programs and activities are designed to challenge and prepare girls for a future of leadership and achievement. 

The CEO, in partnership with the board of directors, will 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 will provide 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 CEO provides visionary leadership to accomplish the following:

  • Growing membership, with a focus on diversity at all levels in terms of background and geography within the council’s jurisdiction; with innovative solutions to address delivery, programming and recruitment during and post-pandemic.
  • Retaining and attracting diverse staff to deliver dynamic programs and services to volunteers and girl members. Supporting, promoting, and participating in all efforts to increase cooperation, communication, and collaboration between and among staff members, volunteers, and the board of directors.
  • Providing fiscal oversight of council finances. Working toward the diversification of funding sources and maintaining financial accountability.
  • Focusing on outreach to community leaders and volunteers and serving as an advocate for Girl Scouting throughout our jurisdiction, building community awareness and excitement for the Girl Scout program.
  • Shaping and carrying out the council’s mission and strategies in collaboration with the board of directors and effectively managing the council’s resources.

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 ten 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, and fiscal management of significant budgets demonstrating the ability to manage the council’s budget. The ability to model leadership skills in the managing and developing of staff and volunteer leaders is essential. Exceptional communications skills are required.

The CEO will be a person of strong ideals and integrity who has a combination of visionary, strategic, and operational planning abilities to lead the council. The CEO will possess a style of leadership that is transparent, 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 the region, or have the personal and executive presence to achieve this quickly after appointment. It is essential the CEO has a strong commitment to serving girls from all family, community, and economic backgrounds representing the diversity of the Oregon and Washington population. 

Additional desired qualifications include nonprofit board relations, marketing, financial acumen, and volunteer relations leadership. The CEO is expected to possess a minimum of an earned bachelor's degree, with advanced degree and relevant training desired.

Skilled executives from the world of Girl Scouting, corporate, nonprofit, or other professional backgrounds who are dedicated to providing world-class development opportunities for the girls and young women in this region are encouraged to apply. If this is your background, and you share our passion for the mission and goals of Girl Scouts, we want to speak with you.

The council offers a competitive compensation and benefits plan with annual pay commensurate with experience. It provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, short and long term disability insurance, health savings and flexible spending accounts, as well as attractive personal time off. Other features include a retirement savings plan with an employer contribution. Benefits are subject to change at the discretion of the council. Relocation support will be considered.

The council’s jurisdiction covers three Washington counties, Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat, and all Oregon counties except Malheur.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage expressions of interest as early as possible to accommodate the council's need to fill this important position.
For consideration, please email your cover letter and resume to: 

Bob Perodeau, Principal
Evergreen Executive Source, LLC
Voice: 800-286-4009