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  1. Position: Associate Organizational and Leadership Development Compensation: Exempt Level position Department: Human Resources Position location: Irving, TX 75038 Job Overview: Supports the strategic priorities of Organizational and Leadership Development through close partnership and guidance from the Team Leader, Organizational and Leadership Development. Serves as an integral member of the business unit’s team with responsibility for supporting all key functions, to include: Organizational Culture, Succession Management, Change Management, facilitation and other needs, as requested. Primary Responsibilities: Provides daily support (e.g. communications, scheduling, facilitating partnerships, managing administrative aspects, initiating processes, etc.) within scope of authority, to all the business unit’s areas of responsibility through close partnership and guidance of the Team Leader, Organizational and Leadership Development Works closely with Team Leader, Organizational and Leadership Development and team members to ensure that all reports, schedules, and other deliverables are accurate and complete. Supports communications to varied stakeholders. Schedules work sessions, meetings, and events in accordance with functional needs and related timelines. Supports the success of scheduled events. Communicates with varied stakeholders pre, post, and during all scheduled events. Serves as primary person responsible for and coordinates projects in support of key strategic initiatives as identified and/ or requested, may be self-initiated. Makes recommendations to improve or develop processes, programs, tools, and interventions to support the work and goals of organizational development. Coordinates and supports implementation of approved changes. Assists in the preparation of bi-annual budget and monitors expenses with Team Leader, Organizational and Leadership Development. Orders supplies, approves and/or processes invoices for payment (within scope of authority). Supports financial accounting for all OD cost centers to include monthly report generation, account validation. Creates, validates, and generates monthly reports. Initiates and implements processes (within scope of authority). Creates companion reporting to measure impact, effectiveness, and Return on Investment (ROI) of goals and initiatives. Other job-related duties as assigned. Qualifications/ Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Organizational Development or related field from an accredited college or university is required. Master’s Degree preferred. Two or more years of work within Organizational Development, Leadership Development and/or Human Resources required, with an emphasis on Organizational Development related tasks. Expert level proficiency using Adobe Creative Suite. Ideal candidate will possess the ability to maintain confidence with sensitive and private information. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Compensation: The National Council, Boy Scouts of America is an equal opportunity employer. In addition to offering a competitive annual salary; the BSA offers benefits to include major medical, prescription coverage, dental, vision, life-insurance, short and long-term disability, accidental death, and a defined benefit retirement plan. We also offer a generous PTO policy and 11 holiday observances. How to apply: Qualified candidates must email a resume and cover letter to: Resume.Exempt@Scouting.org . The subject line of the email should state Associate Organizational & Leadership Dev. . (Internal applicants should also include the word Internal in the subject line.)
  2. Region XII Song - for posterity

    There. Fixed. In the first line that's, stri' ped [rhymes with keds'] We're here for fun right from the start so drop your dignity, Just laugh and sing with all your heart and show your loyalty. May all your troubles be forgot, Let this night be the best. Join in the songs we sing tonight, Be happy with the rest. Tune: Auld Lang Syne
  3. Oh, we wear our pink pajamas in the Summer when it's hot, And we wear our woolen undies in the Winter when it's not, And sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the Fall, We jump right in between the sheets with nothing on at all. Oh, that's the way we do in Utah, Arizona and Nevada, California and Hawaii, our western Region Twelve !
  4. Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    Who is represented by these numbers? Youth only, perhaps? In terms of total membership, the level in the last year before the full implementation of the "Improved Scouting" program (1972 - 6.5 million - the actual peak) have never been reached since by B.S.A.'s own account in the Annual Report. Chart seems to be an illustration of Disraeli's Razor. Above was added by forum software when I clicked on reply box. Once there, such things cannot be removed. Happens repeatedly in last few days. I propose that there is at least a third possibility teach the girls how to master it so they can do it easily and well it in the organizations already in place who allow for outdoor program
  5. Job opening at National

    The software attached the above attribution to NJC when I cut and pasted from T2EAGLE's post T2, I don't despise the announcement that I posted. I thought it was funny -- nothing darker than that. Maybe all the way to kids trying to play grown-up. It is no worse than other verbiage I came across working for what was then the world's largest company with over 1,000,000 employees. Indeed, the "System" had books full of "Bell Speak" that amounted to a code and/or cipher when addressed to anyone not a "Bellhead," such as our regulators. Bell engineers writing to non-engineers in Bell Speak could often confuse non-engineer Bellheads. It was one of my jobs to "fix" such garbage by turning it into clear, more-or-less standard English. Fortunately, I had a super "Administrative Assistant" to proof MY work (I kant tipe gud.). (At AT&T, it was "Bellhead" and not "Bell head." [Add to dictionary.] ) (The problem of jargon did not improve when AT&T decided to get out of the local telephone business and offered to break up the Bell System in return for being allowed back into "general trades computing"(like IBM) (at which AT&T failed badly). The "Baby Bells" were still full of Bellheads who would NOT stop calling hanging up on a telephone call, "going on hook." ) (And "going off hook" = ? [hint: Think candlestick telephone set.) Communication. It might be important sometime.
  6. Job opening at National

    Hanlon's Razor again.
  7. Job opening at National

    They probably meant to say that maintaining confidences is a job requirement.
  8. Job opening at National

    Hanlon's razor
  9. Job opening at National

    B.S.A. is somewhat famous for its IT travails.
  10. Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    Who is represented by these numbers? Youth only, perhaps? In terms of total membership, the level in the last year before the full implementation of the "Improved Scouting" program (1972 - 6.5 million - the actual peak) have never been reached since by B.S.A.'s own account in the Annual Report. Chart seems to be an illustration of Disraeli's Razor. Everyone from bowling leagues to the PTA have seen serious drops in membership - even in absolute numbers. The market share numbers are far more awful.
  11. Patrol Method/System Resources

    AIDS to SCOUTMASTERSHIP - original 1920 pamphlet. Can use zoom to easily read it even with my old eyes. Can be printed. https://issuu.com/scoutingireland/docs/aidstoscoutmaster "SCOUTING IS A GAME for boys, under the leadership of boys, in which elder brothers can give their younger brothers healthy environment and encourage them to healthy activities such as will help them to develop CITIZENSHIP [emphasis in original].”
  12. "Here, then, is Scouting in a nutshell: A game for boys under the leadership of boys with the wise guidance and counsel of a grown-up who has still the enthusiasm of youth in him. A purposeful game, but a game just the same, a game that develops character by practice, that trains for citizenship--through experience in the out-of-doors [emphasis in the original]." William Hillcourt, Handbook for Scoutmasters, 3rd Ed (1936)[two volumes] This was Bill's evocation of B-P's statement in Aids to Scoutmastership (1945 ed): "SCOUTING IS A GAME for boys, under the leadership of boys, in which elder brothers can give their younger brothers healthy environment and encourage them to healthy activities such as will help them to develop CITIZENSHIP [emphasis in the original]." These wise words have been edited by BSA into: "“Scouting is a game for boys under the leadership of boys under the direction of a man.” And from this, much flows. We could still try Boy Scouting.
  13. It can fairly be said that Bill's success in selling West on the Patrol Method is marked by the publication in 1929 of the first Handbook for Patrol Leaders, written primarily by Bill. One assumes that Bill saw that the primary issue in the success of the new format was adult acceptance. In 1930 we wrote, although not officially credited with authorship, a Service Library pamphlet The Patrol Method, Patrol Helps for Scoutmasters, clearly a pitch to adults on the Patrol Method.
  14. Our Venturers on staff in 2008, 2009, and 2017 absolutely stunned the participants. We didn't have to raise a finger. The best lesson they ever saw about the youth leadership aspect of the Patrol Method.
  15. The typical Scouter is put off by being taught by Scouts. BSA appropriately added junior staff to Wood Badge, an experiment tried in 1959. See it; believe it.
  16. Don' hasta' be live music.
  17. 1. Scoutcraft through First Class - eight continuous, full days. 2. 1 Leadership Skills in the context of outdoor program, with learners tenting out over eight, continuous full days. (Modified to "weekend" course of six days 3. More abstract leadership course with five minutes of Scoutcraft (how to light a backpacking stove), often by staff who don't know how to light the stove. 5 days. "Since its inception, Boy Scouting has relied heavily on an outdoor program to achieve its objectives. This program meets more of the purposes of Scouting than any other single feature." B.S.A., Guide to Safe Scouting (2018) at p. 47.
  18. Every Scout deserves his moment in the sun - alone. It may be brief, but it's not a cattle call. Efficiency is not a goal when we are doing recognition. Mom and Dad should be able, at a minimum, to snap a picture or two. Yes? Limit the time for announcements. Enforce the time limits, politely, to be sure. Music? . Suggest handouts; you can cite the need to be sure everyone gets the dates/times/details accurately. Slides sounds great!. Either handout or slides forces them to think about their message in advance vs. rambling on.
  19. Many Eagles, to be conservative, have not experienced the Patrol Method. In my council, we find in every survey for decades, that the majority of PLs and SPLs are appointed by adults, experience primarily or entirely program planned by adults, and have had little to no opportunity to lead. As I have trained Eagles in Wood Badge who had taken no formal training whatsoever as adults, I can attest to their greater than average knowledge of Scouting, but they could neither define the Patrol Method, a state they share with most Council and National Council employees, nor explain the Aims and Methods of Scouting. They would possibly have been more ahead of the curve in one of the first two versions of Wood Badge, where Scoutcraft was relevant.
  20. The is no process in place to "pull" Wood Badge staff "from those Scoutmasters that really understand the program." So it does nor happen. There should be.
  21. Boy-led is one aspects of the Patrol Method. It is not, in itself, a method, although some at BSA clearly do not get it. Hence: "Patrols are one component of what we call youth-run, or youth-led, troop." Scouting.org, "Orientation for New Scout Parents," by Clueless ["we"] (2018). With the time allocated these days, there is no time to get from abstract to concrete - barely time to read the abstractions.
  22. If the adult is only willing to commit half a day, he or she will not complete basic training as it includes many more (but not nearly enough) hours of IOLS. BSA is strongly encouraging doing the training as a single, combined S24/S11 course, which is more interesting that the 'school learning" done alone. But if it were an interactive discussion, led by competent people, it need not be boring. Given the time, the topics cannot be covered that way. So necessarily boring. So less time = more boring. The right questions and hints usually get the answers from someone in the class. I have staffed many courses where the trainees elected to remain after official closing time to further discuss - sometimes for hours. That is my standard as a course director for whether we have succeeded. If training is boring, cut training. If meals are boring, cut meals? Imagine better meals instead. 1/3 of all Wood Badge staff are primarily selected by BSA decree based on a factor other than competence; namely, total lack of experience staffing Wood Badge. Course Directors, who should be highly competent, are not allowed to ever hold a significant staff position again, unless that has changed recently. Just nuts. Have a question about internal inconsistency or vagaries in the syllabus? Not allowed to have such questions. Regarded as poor form. Holy writ may not be questioned, even if they wouldn't understand Tuckman's conclusions if they hit them between the eyes. ("I am told these four steps always occur and always in a given order. Tuckman [laughing gently]: "You must be with Scouting.") Suggestions for change? Go away. .
  23. Age requirement guidelines

    Absolutely correct. The Course Directors around here kept assigning it as a session (mainly to me ) until last Spring. Then the last holdout, in what is now Great Train Council, gave up. Lake Erie Council had stopped in 2013. Silly volunteers thinking safety is important. No one can say the BSA materials and time allocated are inadequate now, but I would rather defend adequacy in court than totally ignoring the topic.
  24. Dynamic patrols and the patrol method

    Compare: "A patrol is a group of friends" Boy Scouting.
  25. Really, Colonel? An interative diuscussion on the Patrol Method + cover the syllabus in 35 minutes? All woods tools and each trainee applying the skills, all in, efffectively, fifty minutes? Woods Badge, when I first was "junior staff," was T-F Scoutcraft in eight continuous16hr+ days. Now we have twenty-two hours if we are lucky. Eighteen hours at summer camp version. As for the rest. +100 A