Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer
Full time
Denver, CO
Organization Name: 
Girl Scouts of Colorado
Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 10, 2020
Job Description: 

Apply immediately for consideration!

Girl Scouts of Colorado 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 is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls. A World Value Index Top 10 Brand, Girl Scouts has been inspiring girls to reach their full potential for more than 107 years and continues to stay relevant to the needs of society by empowering girls and young women.

Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is one of the most dynamic, operationally profitable growth councils within the national movement. GSCO’s unique mission is “…to prepare girls and adults to create unique leadership paths, ignite change, and share a worldwide sisterhood through girl-led traditions and new experiences.”  Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, GSCO is the fifth largest council territory in the nation and is recognized for its outdoor program, top cookie sales and membership growth potential.

GSCO’s 125 full time staff and 75+ seasonal statewide staff work with over 22,000 girls and more than 10,000 adult volunteers to recruit and retain membership, deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, execute product program, organize retail sales, and assure the business of Girl Scouts supports the programming available to today’s girls. As the second largest cookie program in the nation, GSCO has leveraged this success to fuel innovative new outdoor programming particularly for older girls. GSCO is also in growth mode with increasing membership.


In partnership with the Board of Directors, the CEO will serve girls and adult volunteers to reach GSCO’s full potential across Colorado. The CEO is expected to work closely with the Board to leverage local and national resources to further the Mission of Girl Scouts of Colorado.  The CEO will support the diversity of membership and enhance opportunities across all communities in Colorado.

Vision & Strategic Leadership - The CEO is the leader of the organization, implementing a vision for GSCO that is achieved by a diverse team of high performing leaders, staff and volunteers. The CEO has ultimate accountability for the successful performance of this volunteer-led organization by providing leadership, strategic direction and vision for the development of the organization’s mission in partnership with the council’s Board of Directors. S/he provides direction and guidance to the Council in the development of goals and objectives to execute and implement the strategy within the framework of the organization’s policies and standards.

The CEO is responsible for driving the long-term strategic plan and for insuring the organization’s effectiveness, financial stability and growth. The CEO will collaborate, partner, advise, recommend, and assist the council’s Board of Directors in the formulation of policies governing the council and implement the policies and directives of the Board.

The CEO acts as the identifiable leader of GSCO to promote Colorado market visibility and passionately advocates throughout the community on behalf of the brand. S/he works in collaboration with the national organization (GSUSA) to promote the Girl Scouts’ public policy agenda and position GSCO as the premier voice for girls throughout Colorado.

Organizational Operations - The CEO is responsible for the GSCO’s human, material and fiscal assets. S/he directs the overall day-to-day operations of the council and provides guidance and direction to the management team. The CEO works collaboratively to build an organizational culture and infrastructure to ensure a high-quality experience for all girl and adult members across the state. The CEO is responsible for all aspects of internal and external operations; including Mission Delivery, Community Relations, Finance and Administration, and Board Relations. The CEO will have responsibility for a $14 million budget, $12 million of which comes from the Girl Scout cookie/product programs.

The CEO partners with the Board of Directors and management team to develop the council’s operating budget and overall long-term financial plan. S/he is responsible for providing executive oversight of the council’s financial operations and ensuring the timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports, and financial trends to assist the Board in exercising their fiduciary responsibilities.  

Relationship Building - In partnership with the Chair of the GSCO Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for supporting and enhancing the Board’s governance activities; including meetings, retreats, committee and ad hoc work plans, communications, Board recruitment, orientation, assessment and development.

The CEO ensures that council affairs are conducted in a manner consistent with corporate and charter requirements, as well as federal, state, and local laws and regulations. S/he works in partnership with the Board Chair to manage the due diligence process to ensure timely attention to critical issues.

The CEO also partners with the national organization (GSUSA) to carry out the Girl Scout Mission, to address Charter obligations, and to obtain advice and/or consulting services, information, and resources.


Setting Organization Vision, Strategy, Direction and Structure

  • Provide visible, charismatic leadership and representation throughout Colorado
  • Lead a geographically dispersed staff to inspire a large pool of dedicated volunteers while ensuring a high-quality Girl Scout experience for a growing, socioeconomically diverse membership
  • Open new doors for membership, funding and governance capacity
  • Foster a team environment where staff and subject matter experts partner to develop innovative, girl focused programming with measurable metrics and outcomes
  • Develop and implement capacity building strategies to accomplish the growth objectives
  • Evaluate and advise new programs and strategies
  • Nurture a continuous improvement culture to develop standards, controls and evaluation methodologies to ensure high quality programming is available to all girls

Financial/Operational/Organizational Management

  • Partner with GSCO’s Board and key staff to develop the council’s operating budget and overall financial operations while providing solid oversight to
    • Assure financial performance and council growth
    • Protect the long-term financial stability of the organization
    • Assist the Board in its fiduciary responsibilities
    • Meet financial targets, reserves, investments, cash flows, internal controls
    • Ensure overall financial integrity of the organization
  • Ensure overall integration of all internal and external operations of GSCO including metrics for
    • Mission Delivery - membership, data analytics, volunteer support services, program, product program and retail
    • Community Relations - fund development, marketing and communications, community partnerships and legislative advocacy
    • Finance and Administration - properties, human resources, information technology, finance and risk management
  • Implement effective talent management strategies including
    • Performance planning and management
    • Assessment and coaching systems for staff
    • Staff training and development
    • Ensure operational policies and procedures are consistent with legal requirements, code of ethics, commitment to diversity and community practice standards
    • Guide the design, development and implementation of volunteer and human resource systems
    • Recruit, retain and motivate a diverse and well-qualified talent pool of volunteers and employed staff

External Relations

  • Promote the Girl Scout Brand as the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in Colorado including developing innovative community partnerships
  • Establish and maintain a positive working relationship with the Board and community members
  • Partner with the Board Chair to leverage the involvement and contribution of each Board member
  • Lead and support all GSCO external and internal fundraising efforts:
    • Development and execution of fund development strategies
    • Meet growth and market share objectives
    • Cultivate and steward relationships with corporations, foundations, major donors, Girl Scout alums, individuals, Board and staff
    • Expand GSCO’s visibility and create opportunities for strategic partnerships
    • Increase financial support by ensuring that investing in girls is a priority
    • Provide visibility at GSCO signature fundraising events
  • Act as an advocate and chief spokesperson for girls and Girl Scouting statewide
  • Build community awareness and support for GSCO’s contributions to the community’s needs and values
  • Oversee and drive the growth of GSCO’s membership to engage girls, parents, volunteers, and the community
  • Increase the recruitment and retention of qualified volunteers
  • Support the council’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion


  • A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree or relevant professional experience preferred
  • Passion for the Girl Scout mission and leadership development of girls
  • Authentic, transparent and inspirational leader to serve as a role model to girls, volunteers and staff; comfortable with diverse socio-economic populations
  • Mission driven visionary thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Business savvy with demonstrated decision making to drive innovation and lead change
  • Team builder who fosters commitment, trust and teamwork among diverse stakeholders
  • Inspirational motivator with an executive leadership presence
  • Recognized thought leader and sincere brand communicator
  • Values the power of networking, leveraging community presence, relationships and strategy
  • Inclusive, inspiring empowering leadership style that endorses transparent and open communication
  • 10+ years in senior strategic leadership experience in complex environments
  • Direct experience in building revenue and/or increasing philanthropic support
  • Aptitude for emerging technologies and ability to leverage them to connect with the community
  • Continuous improvement viewpoint with high level of intellectual curiosity
  • Strong desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems
  • Adaptable to an ever-changing setting with a willingness to embrace a fast-paced environment
  • Unquestionable integrity, strong sense of accountability, and a long-term perspective
  • Ideal candidate has a robust Colorado network and solid understanding of its geographically diverse environments, or demonstrated ability to achieve this in a short time frame
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a non-profit Board of Directors
  • Enthusiasm and desire for travel across Colorado; experience with statewide responsibility desirable

To view the complete vacancy announcement, please visit our website at:


GSCO offers a competitive compensation and benefits plan with an annual compensation plan commensurate with experience. Relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable. An attractive benefits package is available and includes medical, dental, vision, long- and short-term disability and life insurance as well as a desirable paid time off program. Employees are also eligible for a 403(b) savings plan with up to a 2% match. Benefit details are available online.


Girl Scouts of Colorado 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 in a timely manner.  For consideration, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to: 

Bob Perodeau, Principal

Evergreen Executive Source, LLC


Voice (800) 286 4009

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