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Chief External Relations Officer

Company: Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
Date Posted: September 14, 2016

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles seeks a strategic, team-oriented, and entrepreneurial professional as their next Chief External Relations Officer. After celebrating 100 years of service to girls, Girl Scouts continues to stay relevant to the needs of society by empowering girls and young women. In December 2008, six Los Angeles-area councils merged into a new, high-capacity, high-performance council. Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’ (GSGLA) dynamic Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors are united in their focus on serving girls and adult volunteers throughout a 6,200 square mile jurisdiction. The Council’s work is strengthened and enhanced through partnerships with myriad community groups, businesses, and other non-profit organizations. In the diverse communities of Los Angeles County, and parts of Kern, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties, 150 full time Council staff work with over 40,000 girl members and more than 20,000 volunteer members to recruit and retain membership, deliver programs, organize and execute product and retail sales, maintain 20 properties, and assure the business of Girl Scouting supports the programs of today’s girls. While continuing to enhance programs and services throughout traditionally served areas of greater Los Angeles, GSGLA is focusing much attention on reaching more girls in low income communities and providing a safe environment where girls are encouraged to explore and excel with the help of positive adult role models. As the fifth largest of the 112 councils in the country, GSGLA is dedicated to inspiring girls everywhere to become leaders in our world. For more information, please visit


Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief External Relations Officer (CERO) is responsible for building, planning, inspiring, implementing, and expanding all fundraising, branding, marketing, and advocacy activities. The CERO will have oversight of the 12-member team and responsibility for major gifts, special events, annual campaigns, corporation/foundation relations, planned giving, fundraising auxiliaries, future capital campaigns, coordinating state and local advocacy initiatives in cooperation with GSUSA, and creating public and media relations, website development, online networking, social media channels, and an alumnae association. Tasked with increasing fundraising support to $4 million by 2020, the CERO will develop a plan to achieve that goal. The CERO should have a minimum of seven to ten years of progressively responsible and successful fundraising experience, management experience of diverse development professionals, and proven experience staffing board committees. Knowledge of Los Angeles philanthropic community and media experience are preferred. Prior experience working with volunteers is a plus; working with a sophisticated, engaged Board is essential. A background in Girl Scouts, either as a Girl Scout, parent of a Girl Scout or volunteer is a plus. A bachelor’s degree is required with graduate degree in related field (MPA or MBA) preferred. A CFRE is a plus.


Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles has retained Morris & Berger to conduct the Chief External Relations Officer search. To apply, please submit application, including resume and a letter of interest, in confidence to Morris & Berger through their website: