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Employment Opportunities with GSMISTS

Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore is seeking a dynamic leader who shares Girl Scout values and brings the qualities, skills, and abilities to lead the council into the future. 

Leadership Qualities 

GSMISTS is seeking a candidate of the highest integrity committed to serving girls from all family, community, and economic backgrounds, and who seeks to engage, empower, and inspire others and to collaborate with diverse stakeholders to create a life-changing experience for girls.  A willingness to model the Girl Scout leadership ideals and assure transparency and accountability are essential.  

Core Competencies 

Candidates must demonstrate broad-based business skills particularly including development and management of comparable budgets, an understanding of financial reporting and compliance, and management of financial and tangible assets; demonstrated understanding, skill, and ability in fundraising or direct sales; demonstrated understanding, skills, and ability in relationship-based leadership resulting in the development of partnerships, organizational visibility, and the engagement of staff and volunteers; demonstrated understanding, skill, and ability in strategy development and planning including execution and accountability; excellent verbal and written communication skills along with an understanding, skills, and ability with internal and external communications and community relations, and an understanding of the nonprofit, governance-based business model including the skill and ability to work collaboratively and transparently with a board of directors. 

Key Objectives 

The following key objectives await the next CEO of GSMISTS: 

 Transformational Leadership:  Undertake energetic, engaged, and collaborative council leadership of both internal and external constituencies, demonstrating a lived vision for the Council.

 Organizational Growth:  Put the Council on a path to reach the next level of organizational and service excellence including development and growth of membership, program, staff, volunteers, and funding.

 Strategy Development and Execution:  Engage to complete, implement, and lead comprehensive, data-driven, stakeholder focused, and visionary strategic and operational plans.

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How to Apply

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 young women and girls in northern and western Michigan are invited to apply.  Early applications are encouraged.  Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore is an equal opportunity employer.  All applications are confidential. 

To apply, e-mail a detailed cover letter and resume to:  

Bob Perodeau, Principal 

Evergreen Executive Source, LLC 

E-mail:  evergreen.source@att.net

Voice (800) 286 4009    www.egreensource.com

Communications Specialist

Responsible for implementing the digital marketing plan and maintaining a constant and meaningful presence on targeted social media consistent with GSUSA guidelines and brand requirements. This includes implementing and tracking the annual social media plan, development of strategic marketing materials, management of membership communication, and support development of online recruitment and retention.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Execute day-to-day social media initiatives, including posting diversified content and developing strategies toimprove user engagement and drive action across all major channels: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn,Instagram, etc. Create and maintain a social media calendar for short-term initiatives and long-term brandcampaigns.

2. Create and monitor effective benchmarks for measuring the impact of social media program. Manage and maintainthe monitoring and analytics systems to track social media engagement and results (social media engagementmetrics such as new user growth, fan likes, comments and shares) and summarize in reports for the Manager ofMarketing & Communications.

3. Collect and pitch stories or articles highlighting accomplished Girl Scouts, alumnae, Troop efforts of significance, andother stories which highlight the Council programs and our mission.

4. Develop and update strategic print materials and digital graphics regarding membership recruitment.

5. Compile recurring newsletters to ensure up-to-date and relevant information reaches various audiences.

6. Facilitate video editing for recruitment and retention initiatives, in addition to researching current video marketingtrends and designing creative video-based story-boards for general branding.

7. Ensures that diversity and pluralism is embraced and incorporated into the work of the council.

8. May perform other related duties as assigned


1. Bachelor’s degree in a communications field (e.g. marketing, advertising, journalism, public relations…) preferred, orequivalent experience.

2. Internship or volunteer experience in public relations, advertising, marketing, journalism, communications or arelated field is preferred; strong writing, project coordination and creative problem-solving skills

3. Knowledge of social media platforms and analytics; including writing and editing social media posts and improvingcustomer engagement; Suggest strategies to promote and evaluate the council’s social media presence andperformance; Stay up to date on best practices and emerging trends

4. Knowledge of the Adobe Suite, specifically Pro, AfterEffects, InDesign and Photoshop, and ability to share examplesof pieces created.

5. Experience with email marketing campaign systems such as Salesforce Marketing Cloud, MyEmma, MailChimp etc.

6. Attentiveness to details in respect to writing, proofreading, managing deadlines and scheduling your workload.

7. Must be comfortable in camera or on-air representing the council as needed in the media in various communities.

8. Experience in video idea creation and editing using Adobe AfterEffect or Pro.

9. Employment is dependent upon the results of a criminal background investigation.

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First Year Troop Support and Program Coordinator

Ensures maximum retention of new troop leaders by supporting them in their role as leaders through education and superior customer support. Provide strategic support to first year troop leaders through mentoring, training, distribution of council policies and procedures, and leadership development. In partnership with the Girl Experience Partnerships & Program Coordinator develop and deliver council-run programming opportunities for girls.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Guides all first year troop leaders through the entire first year. Ensures correct on-boarding, assists withopening troop bank account, confirms completion of applicable trainings (i.e. troop management, grade-level, product program), and explains and discusses troop management.

2. Communicates applicable resources and instructions to access those resources (i.e. Volunteer Policies &Procedures, Safety Activity Checkpoints, etc.).

3. Conducts introductions between new troop leaders and the Community Membership Manager on staff,and the volunteer Service Unit director.

4. Becomes an expert in the Volunteer Toolkit to help new troops take the lead with pre-set meeting plans,finance tab, calendar planning and communication with families.

5. Develops networking and education opportunities for new leaders to build relationships in the Girl Scoutcommunity and learn new skills.

6. Collaborates with program department to design, plan, and ensure execution of council-run programing forgirls, including in-person and virtual program experiences with special emphasis on Daisies.

7. Keeps current on organizational knowledge and best practices by participating in GSUSA webinars,participating in Chatter groups, and utilizing gsConnect.

8. Adheres to internal documented processes for record keeping, member registration, volunteer onboarding,and troop support.

9. Performs other duties as assigned.


1. Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent education or work experience required.

2. Strong belief and support of the mission of Girl Scouts.

3. Demonstrated ability and sensitivity working with youth and persons of diverse backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles.

4. Experience in supervision and management of volunteers.

5. Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including public speaking and networking skillsrequired.

6. Ability to work independently with minimal oversight, take initiative, self-managed and thrive in fast-pacedenvironment is essential.

7. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects with conflicting priorities while meeting deadlines is essential.

8. Highly developed people and project management skills, with demonstrated ability to build relationships.

9. Experience using customer management systems, Salesforce experience desired.

10 .Experience leading/teaching in a virtual environment preferred.

11. Experience working with youth in STEM preferred.

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To apply for an available position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore Human Resources:

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore
Attn: Human Resources Department
3275 Walker Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

fax: 616.784.8187, Attn: Human Resources
e-mail: hr@gsmists.org

GSMISTS is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.