scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Hiring Practices for professional
Daniel E. Smith (dansher@SPRYNET.COM
Wed Aug 09 2000 - 20:57:32 CDT
> --- Wayne Mery <vseerror@LEHIGH.EDU> wrote:
> > What are your council's practice in the
> > hiring/assignment of District Executives,
> > SPECIFICALLY as it relates to the level
> > of volunteer (i.e. council/district commissioner,
> > council/district chairman) involvement in
> > the selection process. Also, your experience in
> > failure/success with this process.
Like Pam, I am also a District Commissioner and have served in that position
for about 4 years. Our district is on it's third D.E. during that period.
Although we have had turn over during that period, our experience has been
better than the other posts I have seen on this thread. Two of the three
have been excellent D.E.'s and the third was not bad but got caught up in
the numbers game and had resorted to a ghost unit or two.
As to the specific question, volunteers are not involved in the selection
process to my knowledge in our council. Of the three mentioned above, all
have been young professional types and have tried hard to meet the
expectations heaped upon them. Our latest is about 25 years old and highly
motivated. I give him a good chance of survival because he is the first
D.E. that I have been involved with who understands that personally running
ever little detail is not his job and that the volunteers are perfectly
capable of the running of the district with a little help and guidance from
time to time. Even with this attitude, he manages to stay busy with the
million or so missions that the S.E. puts on him.
My observations on D.E.'s is that they are getting younger due to the pay
scale and the huge time commitment involved. The pay while not awful is not
really comparable to that of a mid level management person and the biggest
killer is the number of night and weekends on the job rather than with the
family. Most wives get tired of this in a hurry. I'm not sure that
volunteer involvment in the selection process would serve to improve the
situation. These people work for the S.E. and he is the person best suited
to judge whether an individual is capable to fill the position. It would be
nice to be asked though.
Scoutmaster, Troop 221, Oakwood GA
Chattahoochee District Commissioner, NEGA Council