scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Hiring Practices for professional
Clay Converse (ClayConver@AOL.COM
Thu Aug 10 2000 - 01:12:58 CDT
In a message dated 9/8/00 13:51:07, vseerror@LEHIGH.EDU writes:
<< 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
I have served as a District Commissioner in two Councils, as well as a
District Executive in two Councils. I have therefore been on both sides of
the hiring of professionals experience.
The process varies greatly from Council to Council. In both previous cases
where I was hired as District Executive there was an opportunity for the Key
District Leaders to meet with me and give feedback to the Council Scout
Executive or Director of Field Services. One occasion was a lunch including
the District Commissioner, District Chairman, Council President, and a BOD
member as well as the Council Scout Executive. The other was a breakfast at a
deli with only the District Commissioner and Chairman. I assume that on
both occasions opinions were solicited following the meeting. This is a
useful way to get an idea whether a prospective professional will be able to
establish a report with the current District volunteer leadership. It also
helps the volunteers feel they have a voice in decision making affecting
On the three occasions where I received a new DE while serving as a District
Commissioner, I was simply introduced to the new professional. On one of
these occasions the DE was being reassigned from within Council.
The process of hiring a new professional is a complicated one. Before you
can hire someone he or she must go through an interview and testing process,
and be cleared by the BSA as a candidate. Usually several candidates will be
interviewed for an entry level position and one selected. Usually this will
be done by the Council Scout Executive, or in larger Councils by a Director
of Field Services or Asst. Scout Executive. For later hiring of experienced
professionals there is a screening of records prior to interviews. This
process is run out of the regional offices, where they try to match
candidates with openings. Unfortunately in recent years there has often been
a shortage of qualified candidates for positions.
I like several other participants in this discussion have seen a rapid
turnover of DE's in recent years. My current District has had three DE's in
the last three 1/2 years, two in the last year and a half, and all Districts
in the Council have turned over at least once in the last year and a half.
For young family men and women pay may sometimes be a factor, however in most
cases the reasons given by those I have talked to are, work schedule
(including long hours, nights and weekends) and management practices.
ADC, Taughannock District &
Council Cub Scout Camping Chairman
Baden Powell Council, Vestal NY