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Chief Executive Officer

Company: Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians
Date Posted: November 16, 2015

Evergreen Executive Source 


Chief Executive Officer 

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, Inc.  

Knoxville Headquarters  

Position to be Filled Late Winter 2016

Apply Now for Consideration


Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians 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 all regions of the country.  All information provided to Evergreen will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.




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.




Girl Scouting is the preeminent leadership development program for girls ages 5-17.  All Girl Scout programs and activities – from camping to computing, arts to engineering, service projects to field trips – are designed to challenge and prepare girls for a future of leadership and achievement.


Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians serves 46 counties across eastern Tennessee, southern Virginia, and northwest Georgia, with membership of more than 10,000 girls and 4,800 adults.  The council’s gross budget is $5.2 million.  There are 76 staff.  Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Johnson City, and Knoxville, and the Knoxville service center is home to the Girl Scout Museum at Daisy’s place.  The council also operates three outdoor properties in their service area.


The council states:


“Here at GSCSA, we envision and strive towards a world that values girls.  We each consistently follow the Girl Scout Law and Girl Scout Promise in our daily lives.  We actively promote our chosen culture of staying girl-centric, respecting diversity, having contagious fun, being intentional in our decision-making, and demonstrating integrity.  We thrive in a fast-paced and changing environment.”




Successful measures of accomplishment will be determined in the following areas.


  • Demonstrates ability to raise money and build relationships, with a focus on the implementation and operationalization of the council’s new donor development programs and goal of $4M of new money in FY2016-FY2019.
  • Lead council’s alignment with the evolving broader Girl Scout movement and GSUSA/local council partnerships.
  • Strives to develop partnerships throughout the service region to deliver cost-effective program options to girls.
  • Builds membership growth through the Customer Service Initiative, with the aim of maintaining strong programming for older girls.




The CEO’s ideal qualifications include solid and broad based business skills with a minimum of 5 or more years of comparable executive-level experience including profit and loss accountability, and 10 or more years in leadership roles of progressive responsibility.  The successful CEO will show competency in communications, financial management, fund development, board relations, marketing, property management and program delivery. 


Personal attributes of the CEO will include commitment to the Girl Scout mission, and the passion and ability to be the voice for that mission across the council's large service area.  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.  Adaptability and self-awareness are critical attributes being sought, with a style of leadership that embraces partnerships, is collaborative, and empowers stakeholders to achieve their highest potential.  The CEO will be recognized as a community leader in the council’s jurisdiction, or have the 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.  The ability to communicate effectively across a broad range of constituents is also essential.  It is expected that candidates will possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with advanced education and training desired.


Skilled executives from the world of Girl Scouting, corporate, nonprofit, or other backgrounds who are dedicated to providing world-class development opportunities are encouraged to apply.  If this is your background, and you share a passion for advancing the lives of girls in this service area, we want to speak with you.




The council offers a competitive compensation plan commensurate with experience as well as a comprehensive benefits package including attractive time off, medical, vision, dental, life and supplemental short-term disability, accident, and critical illness coverage, a Section 125 plan, a 403(b) Thrift Plan, and an Employee Assistance Program.  Benefits are subject to eligibility requirements and may change at the discretion of the council.  Relocation support will be considered.




Situated in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians serves 4 counties in northwest Georgia, 7 counties in southwest Virginia, and 35 counties in eastern Tennessee.  The council’s territory includes three primary metropolitan areas (Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities) with suburbs, rural populations, smaller communities, and one of the fastest-growing Hispanic populations in the country. 





Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians is a TN Drug Free Workplace with drug testing required, and employs E-Verify.  The council is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


We urge interested candidates to apply no later than December 21, 2015 to meet the council’s accelerated timetable for the selection of a new CEO.  After this date, please contact Bob Perodeau at (800) 286 4009 to inquire if applications are still being accepted.  For immediate consideration, please e-mail your cover letter and resume along with salary history to:


Bob Perodeau, Principal

Evergreen Executive Source, LLC


Direct Line (800) 286 4009


Providing executive recruiting services to Girl Scouts of the USA since 2001