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Careers at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

Employees of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) make history every day and we love it! Together with our volunteers, we build an environment where any girl can be empowered to define her future.

We have a casual work environment that fosters community among staff. We are collaborative, enterprising, and passionate about our mission.

Our Council by the Numbers

  • 50,000 girl members
  • 20,000 volunteer members
  • 245 communities in 10 counties across Illinois and Indiana

Our Staff 

  • 6 gathering places (what we call offices)
  • 6 camp properties
  • virtually

DIVERSITY 

At GSGCNWI, we benefit as individuals, and as a council, when our membership is represented and served by a staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Where we are today is simply not where we want to be tomorrow. We are working with urgency to go above and beyond legal requirements to ensure that our reality matches our ideals and values.

Our pledge to the community we serve is here. Our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace is here.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The Girl Scout organization is 2.5 million strong, with more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. We welcome individuals who are committed to our mission and to keeping our legacy strong. Having been a Girl Scout is not required, but if you’re fun-loving, creative, and a natural-born leader who has what it takes to develop girls from diverse cultures and backgrounds, we’d be thrilled to hear from you!

Recruitment Process

Open positions are posted on our applicant tracking system as they become available. Once an application is received, a team member fluent in the position will assess skillsets relative to the needs of the job. Qualified prospects will be invited to continue to the next phase of the hiring process, which may include: 

  1. phone interview with GSGCNWI recruiter,
  2. phone interview with the hiring manager,
  3. in-person interview

The hiring process can take anywhere from three weeks to a few months, depending on the position. All interested candidates should be prepared to provide a list of references and submit to a background check.

We will adjust this process when required for public health. 

Benefits

GSGCNWI supports the wellness and financial security of employees with a generous benefits package and many perks. The employee benefits package is inclusive of medical, vision, dental, and additional welfare insurances. Available to employees is our Employee Assistance Program, to help foster work-life balance. We also offer perks in our council to fully engage staff, such as a casual dress code, holiday gift hours, and more.

Medical & Welfare Insurance

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Health savings account
  • Flexible savings account
  • Short term disability
  • Critical illness
  • Accident insurance
  • Life insurance and more!

Paid
Time-Off

 

  • Up to three weeks of vacation
  • Sick time
  • Personal time
  • Holiday gift hours
  • Summer gift hours
  • 11 federal holidays

Wellness Program & Perks

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Casual Dress Code
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Girl Scout Shop Discounts

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana reserves the right to change benefits at any time according to business needs.

Our Teams

Camp and Property
Exceptional outdoor experiences become long-lasting memories when we engage girls in progressive outdoor experiences; and the girls become confident, capable outdoor advocates.

Fund Development
Our team raises money to support council programming and operations by engaging and inspiring partners in the Girl Scout mission.

Membership
We enjoy meeting new people and making friends, and we do what we can so more girls will have experiences that will impact their lives forever.

Product Program
We bring you the cookies and then some!

Program
Creating wow-worthy programs, activities, and events for girls brings us great satisfaction!

Retail
From uniforms to patches to resource  guides and gifts, we make sure your Girl Scouts experience is complete.  We've even added curbside pickup for your safety.

Shared Services
We support the council behind the scenes, providing teams with whatever they need so they can be fully present to the girls and our mission.

What Staff Say

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My personal experience with all-girl environments motivates me to connect our Girl Scouts with resources and meaningful experiences. The possibilities of partnerships are endless because of the girls’ diversity. I love that I’m furthering the legacy of Girl Scouts in this manner, and I’m proud that it’s in my hometown of Chicago

- Elizabeth Costello-Labedz, Director of Partnerships

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I’ve had various jobs, but it wasn’t until I came to Girl Scouts that I found a career. Every smile that I help create with coworkers and the girls affirms that Girl Scouts is the place for me!

- Vanessa Jones-Watt, Director of Community Engagement, GirlSpace

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I was inspired to seek a career with GSGCNWI after I witnessed the transformation of shy girls who were in my daughter’s troop. Since joining the organization, I’ve risen through the ranks to reach my current position. Working in GirlSpace allows me to give back to inner city communities and offer Girl Scouts programming to all. GSGCNWI provides me with a balanced work-life schedule, and my team is like family!

- Lisa Caraballo, Senior Manager of Community Engagement, GirlSpace

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Making a difference has always been important to me and working for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana has given me that opportunity. When a Girl Scout that I formerly knew as a Cadette called me on her High School graduation day to tell me that she was going to college to study to become a doctor because of my support to her through Girl Scouting…there simply are no words!

- Susan Rakis, Director of Product Program

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I love watching a girl go from quiet and shy to confident, assured and well spoken. The skills they learn from being a Girl Scout is evident in the things that they do. It is so motivating to know that I am a part of an organization that helps girls become leaders.

- Conchetta Jones, Product Program Manager

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Over the years, I’ve learned so much from the girls who have used what they learned in girl scouting to earn scholarships, learn new skills, further develop their skills, and much more. Their stories as well as stories from volunteers energize and inspire me everyday.

- Carmen Evans, Director of Membership Troop Support

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I love knowing that all my work directly benefits the girls. I enjoy planning the events because I enjoy showcasing their awesomeness. I work with a fabulous team, and each one of us want what’s best for the girls.

- Holly Johnson, Senior Manager of Fund Development Special Events

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There’s nothing I love more than working with other engaged individuals towards a common goal. This is what excites me about working here!

- Cesar Martinez, IT Technical Analyst

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The Girl Scouts mission resonates with me, and I appreciate the wide and diverse reach of our council in terms of geography and girls served. GSGCNWI fosters a pleasant work environment, and there are resources and processes in place that support my work duties, as well as work-life balance.

- Irasema Gonzalez, Grant Writer