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Director of Development 

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. This position is in Weston, Wisconsin with the ability to periodically work from home in coordination with staff leader.

The Director of Development is directly responsible for the achievement of annual fundraising goals through council campaigns and indirectly through Friends of Scouting campaigns, special events, product sale (popcorn), grant writing, direct mail, and United Way relationships.

Capital and endowment fundraising will also be managed by this professional in coordination with the Scout Executive/CEO and related volunteer teams.


1. In concert with the Scout Executive and key volunteers, develop a strategic plan outlining long- and short-term philanthropic vision, goals, and objectives. Provide specific and timely leadership to the Vice President of Development, other fundraising volunteers and support staff to fully utilize staff and volunteer resources in achievement of council objectives, and measurement of performance.

2. Provide direct leadership to the Assistant Director of Development in the areas of fundraising, communications, marketing, report to the governor, special event (5K run), social media plan/posting, media coverage, press releases and website updating and maintenance.

3. Work directly with the Council Vice President for Development to provide maximum volunteer support to all fundraising campaigns and attainment of council goals and to ensure ample volunteer personnel are recruited and available for service.

4. Direct planning activities, and training of professional staff to equip all council teams to carry out primary and secondary fundraising responsibilities, including a close working relationship with the marketing team with regard to communications planning and donor relationships.

5. Work closely with the Director of Support Services in support of their role related to development.

6. Serve as staff adviser or delegate staff leadership of the following committees: Development, Special Events (Sporting Clays, Smiley’s Stampede Fun Run, and more), Popcorn, Alumni (National Eagle Scout Association/Scouting Alumni), Friends of Scouting, Major Gifts, Friends of Scouting (FOS) Leadership Breakfast, Foundations, and an FOS team as assigned.

7. Develop, manage, and oversee regular communication to, and recognition of all donors.

8. Give leadership to and coordination of council communications such as Smiley New e-newsletter, the Samoset Voice quarterly news, website content refreshing and social media in collaboration with the Council Marketing Committee.

9. Support the primary staff liaison to the Marathon County United Way and all area United Ways. Develop annual allocation requests and prepare required status reports.

10. Embrace and carry to others the philosophy and mission of Samoset Council. Optimize the tools available within the Development programs and processes to carry the Scouting message to a wide community audience.

11. Work cooperatively as a member of the Scout Executive’s Cabinet to achieve the goals of the council.

12. Attend all Executive Board of Directors meetings and attend the Executive Committee Meetings as directed by Scout Executive.

13. Manage the budget planning process for Development activities to support the council’s budgeting process.

14. Serve as the clearing house on all gifts-in-kind, donor prospects, and grant writing.

15. Keep informed of laws, governmental regulations, and legal developments applicable to philanthropic giving.


  • A sense of ownership of the council’s path and success; proven ability to communicate it, inspire donors, volunteers, and staff with it; and commitment to grow it.
  • Fundraising skills with a successful record of Friends of Scouting (annual campaign) growth, special event development and grant writing.
  • Provide a positive professional example to council staff, donors and all.
  • Strong interpersonal relationship-building skills with stakeholders at all levels of the community.
  • Proven staff and volunteer selection, recruitment, and development skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with top corporate and community leaders.
  • Organizational skills and proven ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Fiscal management/budget development.
  • Ability to communicate plans effectively to staff and provide leadership to plan development.

General: Must be 21 years of age or older and be willing to abide by the policies and standards of the Boy Scouts of America.

Education and work experience: Must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, proven record of at least five years of non-profit fundraising (annual campaign, special events, capital campaign, foundation & grant writing) and United Way relationships experience. Two to three years of leading staff is preferred. Commissioned BSA professional is preferred, but not required.

Interpersonal skills: Solid management, written and verbal communication and problem-solving skills are required. Must be able to be a team leader and player, build relationships and communicate effectively with volunteers and staff.

Work environment and expectations: Works independently. Exercises discretion and independent judgment. Makes recommendations and decisions regarding matters of significance. Must be able to prioritize work under deadlines, work under time constraints, and handle multiple projects simultaneously. Must be able to take initiative, and also play both leading and supporting roles. Must be able to manage projects from conception to implementation. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, often under pressure. Position may have frequent interruptions and requires ability to move from project to project at a moment’s notice while maintaining a positive attitude. Must be detail-oriented and accurate.

Confidentiality: Must be able to maintain confidentiality of all information dealing with partners, participants, and council, including staffing and all business information.

Technology/software: Must be able to adapt to changing technology and methods. Intermediate knowledge of Windows and MS Office; Outlook, Access, Word, and Excel skills are needed. Blackbaud donor management software experience is preferred. Needs to use email and internet access. Utilizes computer software to construct, manipulate data and draw conclusions.

Benefits Package Includes:

· Major medical, dental insurance and prescription drug program

· Vision plan

· Life insurance

· Group accident insurance

· Match savings retirement program

· Short & long-term disability

· Student loan repayment program

· Annual professional development training

· 12 paid holidays

· PTO of 24 days

· And more

Job Type: Full-Time (exempt)

This job profile is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $58,000.00 - $70,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
None at this time, we have 13 full-time staff at our office, so limited interaction with large groups. We adjust COVID19 protocols based on CDC, State and county guidelines. Some flexibility to work remotely.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Weston, WI 54476: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Fundraising: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Microsoft Office: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Staff Leadership: 3 years (Preferred)

How to Apply: 

Send your resume and a cover letter to


Unit Serving Executive 


The Non-Profit Executive (Unit Serving Executive) provides leadership to the achievement of the council's philosophy, mission, and strategy, and to its annual objectives and goals within the service area. The location for this position is the Greater Wisconsin Rapids WI area.  Council headquarters is located in Weston, WI.  Candidates must live or be willing to relocate to the 13-county service area.  Assigned service area includes the Southern half of Wood County and the towns of Wisconsin Rapids, Port Edwards, Nekoosa, Rudolph, Pittsville, and surrounding areas.  Sustains and grows youth and adult membership and builds relationships with chartered partners and prospective chartered partners. Serves as manager and operating officer of the service area and is responsible for the effective organization, operation, and promotion of the council program within the service area.


The Unit Serving Executive selected will:

  1. Fundraising
    1. Secure adequate financial support for programs in assigned area. Achieve net income and participation objectives for assigned events, product sale and fundraising.
    2. Recruit leadership for fundraising campaign efforts to meet the financial needs of the organization.
    3. Responsible for cultivating positive relations with Community and Family Friends of Scouting Annual Campaign donors. May be responsible for preparing funding proposals and outcome-based measures to said donors.


  1. Membership
    1. Responsible for recruitment of youth and adult members for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Outreach, STEM, Exploring, and Venturing programs.
    2. Responsible for extending programs to religious, civic, fraternal, educational, and other community-based organizations through volunteers.
    3. Achieve progress towards specific goals and objectives which include:  Program development through collaborative relationships, volunteer recruitment and training, fundraising, membership recruitment and retention.
    4. Work with volunteers and community leaders to identify, recruit, train, guide, and inspire them to become involved in youth programs.


  1. Unit Service
    1. Ensure that all program sites are served through volunteers, regular leader meetings, training events and activities.
    2. Provide quality unit service to units and volunteers in service area.


  1. Program
    1. Serve as the adviser to all assigned Council Committees.
    2. Coordinate with volunteers to increase participating in Council Camporees, Cub A Rama, and other events in service area.
    3. Coach Scouting units in the service area to show improvement on their camping, activities, rank advancement, and adult leader training status.


Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Sales - growing the Scouting program.
  • Customer support and service to Scouting volunteers.
  • Recruiting new volunteers.
  • Working with community partners to start new Scouting programs.
  • Fundraising


Desired Skills:

  • Team Player
  • Marketing and communications.
  • Experience fundraising or sales experience is highly desirable.
  • Must excel at public speaking and interacting with diverse audiences. Excellent people skills, enthusiastic, punctual, responsible and creative.
  • Self-motivated individual with excellent time management skills and strong organizational skills in management, budgeting, and planning.
  • Committed to personal and professional productivity, while maintaining high ethical and professional working standards.



  • 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.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (transcript with the date degree conferred stated is required for employment).
  • Attained 21 years of age or older unless prohibited by any applicable law.
  • Ability to work varied hours when necessary, evening activities and weekend work is frequently required to achieve positive objectives.
  • Ability to travel for training at least once a year for one to two weeks.
  • Offers for employment are subject to criminal, reference and motor vehicle background checks.

Compensation:  Salary: $38,500.00 to $42,500.00 /year

Benefits Package Includes.

Samoset Council is an equal opportunity employer.  In additional to offering a competitive salary, professional Scouting offers benefits of the following:

  • Major medical, dental insurance and prescription drug program
  • Vision plan
  • Life insurance
  • Group accident insurance
  • Match savings retirement program
  • Short & long-term disability
  • Student loan repayment program
  • Annual professional development training
  • 12 paid holidays
  • PTO of 24 days
  • And more


Job Type: Full-time, exempt

Additional information on a career as a Unit Serving Executive can be found at this link:

How to apply:

Qualified candidates must submit cover letter and resume to  Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted.


 Samoset Council, Boy Scouts of America
 3511 Camp Phillips Rd, Weston WI 54476
 715-355-1450 (phone) | 715-355-9849 (fax)

Samoset Vision: Every youth prepared for tomorrow's challenges.