scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: District Executive ?
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blackeagle@SCOUTER.NET
Mon Nov 29 1999 - 20:42:20 CST
Ken Farris asked:
>I am taking an un-official poll as part of some research I am working on.
>In our District we are short two DE's at present time. One district has
>been without almost 18 months. Is there a shortage around the country of
>DE's? Let me know.
There's a shortage right now of ENTRY-LEVEL professional members, but not a
shortage of District Executives.
Some Councils will see new employees after the first of the year, when their
budgets are approved and Councils are permitted to hire new employees.
Other Councils will continue to see shortages, particularily with regard to
"urban targeted executives" and with the Learning for Life executives.
In some Councils, the "shortage" of District Executives are being "made up"
by promoting performers to District Executive-multiple person (DE/mp),
Senior District Executive or in some exceptional cases, as District
Directors. As you can figure out by the titles, each position incurs some
degree of supervision over other professionals or in managing more than one
District. This is how some Councils can report that "all Districts are
being managed" while in reality 65 to 80 percent of their field staff is
holding the entire Council down.
When it becomes critical, Ken, is when a Council hasn't hired anyone come
Feburary 1 or later. By then, as most professionals are aware of, the
Friends of Scouting campaign starts in high gear and those Districts that
don't have professional advisement usually get "covered" by a "supervising
professional" until either it is determined that the Council can do without
the District (it happens a lot more often now than before), a volunteer
comes forward (or is "pressed" into service), or somehow the "hiring
professional" (the Director of Field Services, senior-most Field Director or
in some cases, the Council Scout Executive) makes a pleading case to their
Regional Director of Membership (who serves as the Region's professional
personnel director as an additional duty) to PPPPPPLLLLLLEEEEESSSSEEEEE!!
send us some candidates their way.
Most "supervising professionals" do not like doing "grunt work" once they
have earned their way to "middle management" in a Council; some actually
resent having to "cover" for a District that cannot "hold their own
professional long enough." Others see it as it should be seen: as an
opportunity to maintain that "link" with the volunteer and their youth while
being moved one level away from them. It is those Field, District and
program Directors that find the most enjoyment in managing new professionals
as well as in enjoying their new status as a program manager. And you know,
those are the same Directors that have successful District or program
Executives...because when the Executive starts complaining, not only the
Director say "Aw, come on...I did it and it can be done!", but they can also
say "I just did it in XYZ District....here, let me give you some pointers on
how to approach it in THAT DISTRICT...."
Hope this helps!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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