Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

About the organization

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is the preeminent girl-focused leadership development organization serving 38 counties across Central Illinois. The Council offers every girl a chance to prepare for a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success, with a membership of nearly 7,200 girls, more than 1,600 valued adult volunteers, and a staff of 54. The Council has an annual operating budget of $6.1 million, and operates a service center/Council Headquarters in Springfield, three additional service centers, a program center, and three camps. While participating in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Girl Scouts gain important skills in four areas: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship. All Girl Scout programs and activities are designed to challenge and prepare girls for a future of leadership and achievement.


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The CEO will act in partnership with the Board of Directors to enhance the outcomes of all council functions. The CEO will direct the organization’s strategic plan through the formulation and implementation of short to long-range strategic objectives and actions needed to achieve the Council’s goals. The new CEO will inspire, align, and lead a high performing team, ensuring 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 to effectively engage girls, families, communities, 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. The CEO also interacts with council members by traveling throughout the entire geographic area and attending events and programs.


The ideal candidate will possess an outstanding dedication to the nonprofit sector, with an emphasis on youth-serving programs. In addition, this individual’s strengths will include broad-based business skills with a minimum of 10 years’ progressive experience in leadership and management. 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. The ability to model leadership skills in the management and development of paid staff and volunteer leaders is essential.

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

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 Central Illinois 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.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois 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
E-mail: [email protected]
Voice (800) 286 4009

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