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Chief Executive Officer Boston, MA

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA) seeks an innovative, dynamic and collaborative leader as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has given girls the necessary tools to lead, break barriers, and create positive change. Today, Girl Scouts’ powerful all-girl space fosters collaboration over competition, and inspires girls to go beyond dreaming to actual doing. During this pivotal time in our history as a country, and globally, there has never been a better time to be a Girl Scout. As the tenth largest council in the United States, the next CEO of GSEMA has the exciting opportunity to increase the visibility of the Council’s programs and services, diversify and expand its girl and adult volunteer membership, and continue to educate, inspire, empower, and unite more and more girls across eastern Massachusetts.  

Established in 1912, in the midst of the Progressive Era—and at a time when women in the United States could not yet vote, Girl Scouts' founder Juliette Gordon Low wanted to create an organization that would prepare girls to meet their world with courage, confidence, and character.  Today, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is 2.6 million strong with 1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. With 112 councils in the United States and programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. From taking a night-time hike under the stars to accepting a mission on the International Space Station; from lobbying the city council with her troop to holding a seat in Congress; from running her own cookie business today to tackling cybersecurity tomorrow—the opportunities are unparalleled.

As a chartered entity of Girl Scouts of the USA, GSEMA has 45,000 members—30,000 girls and 15,000 volunteers—in 178 communities in eastern Massachusetts. The Council welcomes all girls in grades K-12. 100 full time staff and a Fiscal Year 2019 operating budget of $14.2 million support the work of the Council. Headquartered in Boston, the Council operates an extensive number of camp properties to provide year-round engagement opportunities for girls, families, adult members and community partners.

Key priorities for the next leader include strategic growth and diversification in both membership and revenue; increased visibility within the community around the unmatched program offerings for girls; a deeper embrace of diversity as a core value and strength of the organization; a continued investment in the cadre of volunteer leaders and alumni; growth in individual giving and corporate sponsorships; stability and improved culture amongst the staff; and a continued productive and positive relationship with GSUSA. To achieve this level of success, the next CEO must be a seasoned leader and manager, a tireless advocate for girls, a passionate spokesperson, collaborative leader and experienced fundraiser.

Rebecca Swartz is leading this search with Leslie McCarthy.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply for employment.


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