Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest - Southern New Mexico & West Texas - El Paso

Job Type: Administration
Closing date: 01/05/2019

Chief Executive Officer

Preferred office location El Paso with option of Odessa or Midland

Position to be filled by January 2019

Apply immediately for consideration!

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest 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.


Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is the preeminent organization serving the interests of girls in southern New Mexico and west Texas, 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 current membership of 9,046 girls, 2,400 valued adult volunteers, and a staff of 40 full- and part-time employees throughout the 94,000 square miles of the council’s service jurisdiction.  It has an annual operating budget of $3-million, and operates over a dozen facilities including program and service centers in El Paso, Las Cruces, Midland, Odessa, and Roswell, and the majestic Camp Mitre Peak.  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 Scouting programs and activities are designed to challenge and prepare girls for a future of leadership and achievement.


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 strategic objectives and actions needed to achieve the Council’s goals.  In addition, the CEO will ensure that diversity 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 toeffectively 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.


Key objectives for the incoming CEO in the coming year include:

  1. Increase membership growth against all dimensions: geographic, racial, age, etc.
  2. Apply a strategic approach to all aspects of operations and governance including: succession planning, processes, frameworks, alignment with GSUSA, and change management initiatives.
  3. Increase organizational visibility throughout the Council’s jurisdiction to promote fundraising and friendraising to diverse revenue streams and sources.


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 of $3-million.  The ability to model leadership skills in the management and development of paid staff and volunteer leaders is essential.   

The CEO will be a person of strong ideals and integrity who has a combination of vision, 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 that the CEO have a strong commitment to serving girls from all family, community, and economic backgrounds.  

Additional desired qualifications include nonprofit board relations, marketing, financial acumen, and volunteer relations leadership.  Spanish language ability is a plus.  The CEO is expected to possess a minimum of an earned bachelor’s degree.

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 southern New Mexico and west Texas 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 and benefits plan with annual pay commensurate with experience.  It provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D insurance, as well as attractive personal time off.  Other features include a health savings account. Benefits are subject to change at the discretion of the Council.  Relocation support will be considered.




 Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest 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 e-mail your cover letter and resume to: 

Bob Perodeau, Principal

Evergreen Executive Source, LLC


Voice (800) 286 4009

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