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Office of the National Board - Director of Governance

Office of the National Board - Director of Governance

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About Us

Girl Scouts of the USA is looking for a Non-profit Governance Leader to join our team!


We are seeking to hire a Director of Governance to provide strategic oversight to our Office of the National Board that support the 30 member Board of for the National Office of Girl Scouts of the USA.




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Our Board is composed of members from the private to nonprofit sector, and from California to Maine, the National Board of Directors guides the Girl Scout Movement. 



You Are


  • A strategic and tactical leader that can drive change management and incorporate innovative ideas while maintaining the day-to-day the responsibilities of managing a team and the duties of our Office of the National Board.
  • Well versed in the expectations and standard actions of supporting a large non-profit board; experience working in a federated system is a plus.
  • A thoughtful manager, which values the development of a strong staff to lead the support of our Board Members.

You Will

  • Manage the Office of the National Board, which includes the Manager of Board Affairs, the National Engagement Lead and the Coordinator of the Board Office to ensure that the Board is engaged, prepared, and strategically focused.
  • Lead the support for the National Board Development Committee, supported by the Manager of Board Affairs. This committee oversees the development of the National Board, succession planning and slate creation for new board members, and governance oversight.
  • Be responsible for the successful work of the National Board in driving an inspiring and effective National Council Session at each Convention. The National Council Session brings together delegates from around the country to oversee the work of the Girl Scout Movement once every three years. Working with the National Engagement Lead, the Director of Governance will steward the National Council work and ensure that delegates are engaged throughout the triennium.
  • Coordinate with the council governance team to ensure that governance best practices are harmonized and promulgated throughout the Movement.
  • Be a liaison and a primary point of contact between the Board of Directors and management on Board-related matters.
  • In consultation with the CEO, President and Chief of Staff, develop agendas and identify issues to be addressed by the Board, Board committees, Board-appointed committees, advisory councils to the Board and other bodies as may be established from time to time.
  • Work closely with the Manager of Board Affairs to prepare scripts, talking points and other reports for the CEO, the President, the Chairs of each committee, and other board members as needed.
  • Support Board deliberations and ensure compliance with the Bylaws and other Board policies and resolutions.
  • Create systems and processes and experiences that make being part of GSUSA’s National Leadership a premier board experience.
  • Maximize board capacity to use their individual networks and expertise in support of the Girl Scout Movement.
  • Create new board effectiveness and impact measures to establish board expectations and enable them to hold themselves and each other accountable
  • Work with the Manager of Board Affairs to research and execute board development projects including board engagement surveys, retreats and other events.
  • Work with the Manager of Board Affairs in developing an orientation program and on-boarding strategy for new board members; conduct and coordinate orientation and ongoing training activities.
  • Work with the Manager of Board Affairs to conduct exit interviews with board members and utilize feedback to improve the experience for incoming board members.

You Need


  • 10+ years leadership experience in roles with progressively increasing responsibility and significant nonprofit governance experience
  • Strong problem solving, and communication skills; ability to adapt and flex to changing demands and priorities.
  • Superior organizational and verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Must be able to prioritize and handle multiple assignments while adapting to changing deadlines and priorities with success and accuracy.
  • Ability to manage confidential information and documents with discretion.
  • Must be able to discern between routine and critical operations and ensure that all actions and organizational positions reflect the broader strategic objectives of the Girl Scouts and GSUSA. 




More about Girl Scouts of the USA:


Take the Lead Like a G.I.R.L!


When she's a Girl Scout, she’s also a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.


When you think Girl Scouts, you might think cookies, but there’s so much more to it!


Girl Scouts are big thinkers, groundbreakers, and role models. Every day, Girl Scouts unleash the power of G.I.R.L. to make amazing things happen.


  • We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls.
  • Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.
  • Girl Scouts has always emphasized the importance of being civically engaged.
  • We’re introducing Girl Scouts of every age to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to help them see how they can actually improve the world!
  • Girl Scouts offers to high school girls the Girl Scout Gold Award which represents the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn—and it’s only available to Girl Scouts. 


Girl Scouts of the USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.