Re: Council mergers (was Rumor Control)
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Wed, 8 Apr 1992 23:58:00 EDT
Councils review their professional structure once every five years (and in
larger councils, they do it every three years due to larger staffs...its
You mentioned layers of management then as now being the same. In most Councils
that is NOT true. What HAS happened is that BSA now recognizes that SOME
professionals do more than one job in a Council and those should be rewarded
with more monies and more responsibility.
A scant ten years ago, if I was both the camping director and a district
executive, I would be labled as "district executive multiple man (DEm/m..later
it was DE m/p for person)" and given a little increase in pay. Today,
a District Executive who supervises other professionals or paraprofessionals
are titled "district director" (if they have completed their three year
tenure as a DE) or "senior district executive" (if they have not). Either
way, it is a LARGE increase in pay (about $400 more a month!) and more
responisibility......the title District Director says it all, huh....
Many Councils have cut their senior staff (those people with titles like
"director of camping", "director of......"..which in BSA parlance, means that
they supervise at least two lower level directors (for instance: the Director
of Camping would supervise two or more Camping Directors who in turn would
supervise several Camping Executives...) and adopted the use of mulitple persons
doing multiple jobs.....it works to a point. If you have a seven person staff
and one of them is the Council Executive and you have four Districts and
a Exploring Division, that only leaves you with a Field Director to supervise
three DEs and maybe a Senior District Executive to supervise the other one
and the Exploring Division, serving as the Exploring Executive as well.....
conflicts come up when that same person has to represent two distinct viewpoints
(for example, lets just say that the Exploring/Senior DE guy is ALSO the OA
Lodge Advisor....) who gets to use the facilities?? Who's going to get his
attention?? And most importantly, who's going to get his money???
He's not....he's too busy supervising and organizing and extending the program
at camp, with Exploring, and supervising several "newbies".
So we can cut some level of professional service, Brian, but when we do, we
volunteers will HAVE to get in there and help out!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City