Scouting … a Profession with a Purpose
Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has helped build future leaders of this country by combining educational and outdoor adventure activities with lifelong values and fun. Bring your varied life experiences, education, and perspective, and in return you will have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others.
What Professional Scouters Do
Several thousand commissioned professional Scouters lead, guide, and facilitate the efforts of more than a million adult volunteers on whom Scouting depends on to carry out its mission. It is the job of the commissioned professional Scouter to inspire, recruit, train, and support the BSA's volunteers, in addition to working with community leaders and rallying public support for Scouting's activities.
The commissioned professional Scouter in a beginning management position is assigned to a district or service area within a local council. Your district or service area is sustained and successful through your ability to promote, supervise, and work with local volunteers. If you have skills in human relations, public relations, marketing, fundraising, finance, accounting, business management, or sales, then you should consider taking the opportunity to become a commissioned professional in a local council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Training and Development = Success
The Boy Scouts of America realizes that in order for people to grow and be productive, they need opportunities to learn. The fact that more than 75 percent of the BSA's professionals receive training each year is a testimony to the commitment by local councils and the national organization. Training courses, with set periods of time to acquire specific information, are part of our overall plan of development.
Commissioned professional Scouters receive continuous instruction through formal as well as informal training. The BSA fosters an environment of continuous learning to nurture collective creativity, which benefits both professionals and the organization. We share knowledge, ideas, and experience, creating both a workforce that is involved in decision making and an inclusive work environment that ensures the success of Scouting in the local community.
The BSA is committed to the training and development of individuals because we fully recognize the benefits of mutual growth and development that will unleash the creativity and productivity of its greatest asset: its people!
Compensation and Benefits
We offer a number of practical benefits for professional staffers. In fact, the BSA offers a benefits package considered to be among the best in the nonprofit sector. The package includes major medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage in addition to long-term disability, accident, and life insurance, and a retirement plan. The starting salary in this beginning management position is more than $42,000 annually.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- Adult-must have attained age 21 unless that requirement is prohibited by any applicable law
- People-oriented, having the ability to work well with adult volunteers, community and business leaders, and representatives of other organizations
- Able to work varied hours when necessary to achieve positive objectives
- Believe in the BSA and subscribe to its principles and standards
Each District within the Heart of America Council is assigned a District Executive from the Council staff. This individual will work out of the local Council Service Center in Kansas City, MO and supports Scouting units that make up his or her district. The District Executive is an entry-level position that has responsibilities that are broad and varied. Duties include promoting, supervising, and working through adult volunteers including parents and community leaders.
District Executive - Shawnee Trails
The council has openings for Program Aides. The Program Aide position is designed to provide the Scouting program to low-income youth in the Urban Area within the Kansas City Missouri and Kansas School Districts. The primary job responsibility will be acting as the school’s Cubmaster or Scoutmaster in the extended day programs. You must be 21 years of age, be responsible, have good communication skills, be punctual, and serve as a consistent role model for the boys. This job is perfect for those that are retired or in college, as late afternoon and early evening times are available. For more information, please contact Niel Campbell at 816-569-4949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Internship Program
The Heart of America Council’s internship program offers full-time college students the opportunity to work in a nonprofit corporate setting. Our interns receive a variety of unique experiences with real work assignments as they interact within a team environment. In return, our interns provide the council with new perspective and ideas. It is a trial period that could potentially lead to full time employment. Internship opportunities are now available in the areas of field service, finance, and marketing. An intern works 20-hours per week, with a $200 per-week stipend. The hours are flexible to adjust for class schedules. There is no required field of study. Previous Scouting experience is recommended, but not required. If you have questions or if you would like to be considered for an upcoming internship position, contact Cortland Bolles at 816-569-4932 or email@example.com.
For more information regarding possible openings contact the Heart of America Council directly.
Heart of America Council
Boy Scouts of America
10210 Holmes Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64131
Phone (816) 942-9333
Fax (816) 942-8086