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Boy Scouts of America NORWELA Council: Development Director

June 30, 2022 7:51 AM | Anonymous

Since 1910, Scouting has helped mold the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes and understands that helping youth puts us on a path towards a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Today’s professional Scouters are a diverse group of men and women sharing a dynamic career offering independence, achievement, and stability. This is work that makes a difference, work that calls one to continual learning and challenge, work that offers solid compensation, benefits, and advancement.

Under the leadership of the Norwela Council’s Scout Executive/CEO, the Development Director will be responsible for supporting all aspects of the Council’s donor solicitation program including annual and major gifts, foundations and grants, special fundraising events, and gift planning. Additionally, the Development Director will be responsible for strengthening the implementation of comprehensive stewardship strategies of donors at all levels. This position is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a highly motivated, energetic fundraising professional who is eager to participate in the evolution of the fundraising programs of the Norwela Council. The Norwela Council serves 2,000 Scouts and 800 volunteer leaders in nine Louisiana parishes, and is headquartered in Shreveport, LA. This is an excellent opportunity for a goals-oriented individual with excellent people skills ready to make an impact.


Key Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Scout Executive/CEO to pursue a coordinated and strategic program of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of annual and major gift prospects and donors.
  • Execute a series of annual fundraising events including American Values Luncheon, Celebrity Waiter event, Sporting Clays Classic, Heritage Society gatherings, and Friends of Scouting District Dinners.
  • Recruit, train, inspire and staff volunteer committees of the fundraising events.
  • Provide staff support to the Executive Board for all development-related issues.
  • Help implement and strengthen existing, comprehensive annual giving strategy that includes personal solicitation, direct mail, and fundraising events management. This will include individuals in early-stage cultivation and/or with whom the Council has little to no relationship.
  • Document contacts and strategies for gift recording/reporting and all donor/prospect information.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures for accepting, recording, and acknowledging gifts.
  • Participate fully as a Council team member, attending full staff meetings, professional development activities, and other staff meetings as appropriate.
  • Support strategic operating plans for the Council as directed by the Scout Executive/CEO; establish coordinated goals and implements programs to meet goals, and development policies and priorities.
  • Participate in Council events to cultivate relationships with donors, prospects, key volunteers, and all internal partners.
  • Pursue professional growth activities with the approval and support of the Scout Executive/CEO.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of five years of fundraising or comparable revenue-generation experience, including personal solicitation and proven success in goal achievement.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; negotiation skills; and the ability to deal with complex concepts and ambiguity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration. The ability to work well both independently and collectively with other team members and in managing multiple projects and priorities.
  • Technical/digital competence, including data analytics, report generation, and basic graphic design.
  • Excellent and mature judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen and interact effectively with donors and high-level volunteers.
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time, including local and regional visits, and work evenings and occasional weekends as needed.
  • Must be willing to accept and meet the Boy Scout of America’s leadership and membership standards and subscribe to the Scout Oath and Law. A Scouting background is helpful but is NOT REQUIRED.
  • Offers for employment are subject to criminal, reference, and motor vehicle background checks.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Fundraising executive or work experience equivalent.
  • Experience in grant writing or working with foundations.
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging volunteers in the development of meaningful and productive relationships with prospects and donors.


The Norwela Council is an equal opportunity employer. In addition to offering a competitive salary (range from $55,000-$68,000), the position offers benefits to include major medical, prescription coverage, dental, vision, life-insurance, long-term disability, accidental death, a defined contribution retirement plan, plus compensation for authorized and approved business-related expenses including mileage reimbursement. We also offer a generous vacation policy and holiday observances.

Interested applicants may send their resume to or mail it to Norwela Council, 3508 Beverly Place, Shreveport, LA  71104.

P.O. Box 1924
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

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