Program Relations Executive, Youth Leadership Program

Willmar, Minnesota
$38K annually to start, $40K after training
Mar 12, 2018
Job Type
Full Time

Make a difference in the lives of youth and families. Northern Star Scouting seeks a full-time, Program Relations Executive to work with adult volunteer leaders in western Minnesota (Willmar, Montevideo, Hutchinson, Buffalo, and Monticello).

The position includes relationship development, marketing, inside and outside sales, public relations, and volunteer management

You’ll work with volunteers to make the youth leadership program available to all youth and families in the area. You'll train and guide adults to support Scouting units for membership, program, and administration.

You’ll gain valuable skills through this job including building a volunteer network, and supporting volunteers to manage Scouting units.

The desired start date for this position is April 1 though this is negotiable.

The assigned territory includes the cities of Annandale, Buffalo, Granite Falls, Hutchinson, Monticello, Spicer, Willmar and Young America; there is an additional focus on serving Latino youth and families in the Willmar area.

The executive will work out of a home office though will spend much of the work day outside the office in meetings with volunteers. Travel to the Twin Cities for meetings is necessary at least once a week.

Applicants from diverse backgrounds and/or who have multilingual skills are encouraged to apply; past experience in Boy or Girl Scouting or other youth organization as a youth or adult is helpful though not required.

Primary Duties:

  • Work with and recruit a volunteer board to lead and assist with our youth leadership program.
  • Achieve goals related to membership, popcorn sales fundraising, support of units, and volunteer recruitment and training.
  • Recruit leadership for various aspects of unit leadership needs.
  • Establish and/or maintain relationships with volunteer leadership.
  • Working through volunteers, extend programs to religious, civic, fraternal, educational, and other community-based organizations.
  • Communicate with the public about the program’s goals and outcomes.
  • Provide quality service through timely communication, regular meetings, events and activities.

Qualifications include:

  • Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent. Business, sales, and/or marketing majors are preferred though not required. 
  • Experience: One to two years of experience in sales, marketing or fundraising is preferred, whether a paid job or a volunteer position during college.
  • Essential skills include the ability to build and empower a team, ability to build relationships, salesmanship, time management, and project management.

    Must be a goal-oriented self-starter, team player, problem-solver and troubleshooter, with effective people skills and proven organizational and communication skills.

  • Must be able to meet and exceed goals on behalf of the youth we serve.
  • Must enjoy working with volunteers and demonstrate a passion for youth programs.
  • Must be age 21 or older unless prohibited by any applicable law.
  • Must be able to work varied hours when necessary. Breakfast and evening meetings and weekend activities are often required to achieve objectives; some weeks will require working over 40 hours. This position is not 9 to 5, and requires flexibility. In turn, your work schedule is flexible.
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking, and able to work effectively with diverse audiences.
  • Proficiency in a language other than English (especially Spanish, Hmong or Somali) would be helpful though is not required.
  • Must be able to travel for training at least once a year for one to two weeks.

    Frequent travel within the assigned territory is required using one's own personal vehicle. Reimbursement is provided for business miles. Must be able to maintain valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and motor vehicle insurance at minimum levels of $100K/$300K/$100K.

  • Offers for employment are subject to motor vehicle and criminal background checks.
  • Applicants are responsible for their interview expenses, and for moving expenses if applicable.
  • A background in Scouting or other youth program as a youth or adult is helpful though not required.
  • Must be committed to personal and professional productivity, while maintaining high ethical and professional working standards.

Compensation and Benefits:

Benefits include major medical, prescription coverage, dental, vision, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, accidental death, thrift and retirement plans. Compensation for approved business-related expenses is provided, including reimbursement for phone and mileage. pixelThe council offers paid time off (equivalent of 16 days annually for new hires) and 11 annual holidays. The salary starts at $38K annually, increasing to $40K after completion of required training. Increases are based on completion of training and on performance.

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Northern Star Scouting is an Equal Opportunity and Veteran Friendly Employer 

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