Organization: Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania

Location: Harrisburg, PA

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Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) seeks a talented and deeply committed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the organization and serve as spokesperson and advocate for the GSHPA mission: to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. GSHPA currently serves over 20,000 girls across a 30 county region in Pennsylvania.

The CEO will assure the Council’s relevance in the community and promote and strengthen the Girl Scout image to various constituencies. S/he will bring exceptional leadership and strategic abilities, strong organizational management and communications skills, and a deep sense of respect for the mission of the organization. S/he will be an enthusiastic and effective fundraiser for the organization, with the ability to conceive, build support for, and implement strategies for increased funding and membership.

This position is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the primary responsibilities of the CEO role are:

Strategy and Mission Delivery:

  • Provide leadership, support, and direction to ensure that the mission and core values of the Girl Scouts are put into practice within the Council jurisdiction
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and senior leadership team to execute the strategic plan that focuses on mission critical, long-term goals with measurable objectives
  • Inspire staff, Board members, and the general public to passionately embrace the Girl Scouts mission
  • Initiate the development, implementation, and communication of effective growth strategies and processes. Leverage the Council’s resources to support sustained membership growth. Act as a catalyst for and effective developer of strategies and solutions to key business challenges
  • Work in partnership with the national organization to promote the national policy agenda and implement a unified policy voice and advocacy strategy

Development and Funds Management:

  • Lead the Council in the development and execution of fund development strategies to enable the Council to meet growth and market share objectives. Provide support to the Board of Directors in the development and execution of appropriate strategies. Establish and maintain effective strategic relationships with community stakeholders to grow and deepen the donor base
  • Maintain and cultivate relationships with current and prospective donors
  • Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors in support of donor identification and cultivation
  • Ensure the financial health and integrity of the Council by employing sound fiscal controls and by effectively integrating, managing, and leveraging the Council’s resources and assets.
  • Provide leadership on critical financial issues affecting the Council

Board Relations and Organizational Development:

  • Advise Board of Directors of activities, issues, and events impacting GSHPA through verbal and written communication
  • Work collaboratively with Board committees, primarily Development, to engage and leverage the Board in donor identification and cultivation and encourage their involvement and contribution
  • Advise, recommend, and assist the Council Board of Directors in the formulation of policies governing the Council
  • Continue to support the development and cultivation of a strong Board of Directors representative of the diverse community
  • Ensure the corporate and/or legal responsibilities of the Council are fulfilled by keeping informed on legislation, current legal requirements, and pertinent trends that impact the work of the Council

Community and Public Relations:

  • Act as an advocate and chief spokesperson for Girl Scouts within all sectors of the jurisdiction by representing the Council to the general public as a visionary, influential leader, and fundraiser
  • Build community awareness and support for the Council’s contribution to the community’s needs and values by communicating our mission, vision, values, and strategy. Foster an environment that encourages management’s involvement in the local community and ensures Council’s presence at key community events
  • Develop a successful marketing/PR program that advances the awareness of the Girl Scouts brand in the community
  • Continuously assess community needs, evaluating partnership opportunities to promote programs uniquely suited to the mission
  • Evaluate and advise on the impact of new programs and strategies aimed at stimulating and sustaining membership growth; ensure the development and delivery of quality programs and services throughout the Council’s jurisdiction

Leadership and Management:

  • Lead, motivate, manage, and develop staff to invoke passion in the mission of GSHPA and to foster a commitment to continuous improvement
  • Provide leadership and guidance for the design and implementation of volunteer and human resource systems to ensure the Council is able to attract and retain a diverse and well-qualified talent pool of volunteers and employed staff
  • Build and develop a cohesive management team. Lead the team in the selection, management, and retention of a talented Council workforce committed to the Girl Scout mission. Foster ethical and responsible decision-making throughout the management team.


The incoming CEO must be a confident leader with a demonstrated record of success in securing and expanding funding and must demonstrate integrity, diplomacy, and sound judgment while maintaining a sense of humor.

Other desired skills, qualifications, and characteristics include the following:

  • Minimum of 10 years experience in a leadership role; at least five years experience in a nonprofit or public agency management, including supervising paid staff and volunteers
  • Professional experience in a large, complex organization; previous experience leading a nonprofit organization required
  • A minimum of five years in major gift fundraising with individuals/corporations in a professional capacity and/or as a volunteer fundraiser with demonstrated results
  • Track record of strong leadership, supervisory, organization, and analytical skills with a style that encourages creativity, growth, collaboration, problem solving, open communication, and accountability
  • A strong interpersonal and communication skillset and demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of varied and changing constituencies, including staff, Board members, potential donors, volunteers, and others
  • Solid grounding in core business practices of fiscal responsibility and data-driven decision-making
  • A demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, build public support, strengthen infrastructure, inspire staff and the Board of Directors, and develop effective programs
  • A team builder with a track record of effective staff management, including hiring, rewarding, and retaining talented managers and administrative staff members
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Familiarity with Pennsylvania is a plus (but not a requirement)
  • Unwavering commitment to the GSHPA mission and respect for its history; compassion and understanding of the needs of girls in today’s society
  • Impeccable integrity combined with the ability to provide calm, approachable leadership and direction under all circumstances
  • Willingness to travel to all of GSHPA’s 30 counties

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno at

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania:

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania consists of a team of trained staff and volunteers who are passionate about fostering girls’ creativity, encouraging curiosity, and adventuring into fun, new things for over 20,000 girls across 30 counties in Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania. GSHPA is committed to a high-quality girl program that includes an outdoor experience and participation in its very own signature program. Its recent implementation of a strategic plan ensures that girls are prepared and inspired to become leaders instilled with the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit: