Chief People Officer

Posted on 13 April 23 by Mat Peisert

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POSITION PROFILE: Chief People Officer (CPO) – Girl Scouts River Valleys

kpCompanies is leading the search for the next Chief People Officer for Girl Scouts River Valleys. This candidate will be an inspiring leader with the vision to move Girl Scouts River Valleys forward while building on over 100 years of success. The Chief People Officer will guide the organization, supported by a talented staff and a committed Board. Key areas include human resources, strategy development, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, DEI training, compliance, and team development.


THE ORGANIZATION: Girl Scouts River Valleys

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Our goals are to help girls develop their potential through these five leadership outcomes; strong sense of self, positive values, challenge seeking,

community problem solving and healthy relationships. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they

want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for racial justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they

find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them.


Girl Scouts River Valleys provides a supportive environment where 30,000 girls across Minnesota and Wisconsin are developing the skills they need to reach their full potential. Our exceptional results are made possible by more than 9,000 volunteers and 125 staff members across 49 counties, three service centers, six retail locations, four resident camps, and two program centers. We’re one of the top Girl Scouts councils in the nation, with a reputation for being a pioneer in volunteer management, youth

development, and program innovation.




The Chief People Officer (CPO) is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining highly effective and strategically aligned HR systems, policies, procedures and practices. In collaboration with other organizational leaders, the CPO ensures that GSRV is a “Great Place to Work.”





  • Manage the HR department, including determining departmental structure, hiring and supervising staff and budget development/oversight. 
  • Participate in the development of River Valleys’ strategic plans and programs 
  • Evaluate and advise on the impact of long range planning of new programs/strategies and regulatory action as those items impact the attraction, motivation, development and retention of the people resources of River Valleys. 
  • Develop staffing strategies to identify talent within and outside the organization. Identify appropriate and effective external sources for candidates for all levels within the company. 
  • Develop compensation and benefits philosophies, strategies and structures aligned with current and future organizational needs. 
  • Develop human resource planning models to identify competency, knowledge and talent gaps and develop specific programs for filling those gaps. Areas of activity will include talent management through proper succession planning programs for key contributor and management positions, training and development programs for preparing employees for more significant responsibilities and general business development programs to enhance employee knowledge and skills. 
  • Develop policies and programs for effective management of the people resources of the corporation. Including but not limited to: employee relations, sexual harassment, employee complaints, employee and management development. 
  • Enhance and/or develop systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization. Manage the human resource information systems database and necessary reports for critical analyses of the HR function and the people resources. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Other accountabilities include:

  • Collaborate with colleagues across the council. Actively participate in All Staff meetings, staff inservice training, and other meetings. 
  • When representing the council to both internal and external audiences, articulate GSRV’s desired image and position to all audiences 
  • Support the council’s commitment to diversity of girls, volunteers, and staff and conduct all activities with a high degree of cultural competency. 
  • Contribute to building a cohesive, flexible, and productive staff environment that demonstrates the values and mission of Girl Scouts and delivers high-quality customer service. 
  • Subscribe to the principles of the Girl Scout Movement
  • Become a registered member of GSUSA.




Below are some typical requirements for a Chief People Officer. We recognize that skill sets can be a complex combination of experiences. If your background does not precisely match these requirements, but you have a passion for our work, we would love to hear from you, and we recognize the value of transferable skills.

  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred). Equivalent experience accepted in lieu of a degree/formal education.
  • Minimum of six years’ executive/senior level management experience
  • Seven (7)+ years of non-profit management experience; experience working with a non-profit Board of Directors.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate a genuine passion for the Girl Scout mission and vision.
  • Demonstrated history of operating with a strong code of ethics.
  • Currently residing or willing to relocate to the GSRV region.



Girl Scouts River Valleys has partnered with kpCompanies in this search.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations (PLEASE COMBINE RESUME AND COVER LETTER INTO 1 DOCUMENT TO UPLOAD)  no later than 9:00 pm on Sunday, May 14th, 2023. All submissions are received in the strictest confidence.

You can apply by submitting your application online here:


Equity & Salary Disclosure

We believe in practices that create real equity and pay parity regardless of background or identity. We freely discuss compensation with all qualified candidates the first time we interview them. Saving the salary discussion for the first conversation allows us to fully understand the needs of each candidate and to ensure that qualified candidates, even those who’ve historically been overlooked and/or underpaid, don’t self-select out of the processes based on salary alone, as our experience and research suggest. In addition to those who opt out because they fear the salary may be out of reach for them, we equally don’t want to miss out on conversations with candidates who are slightly over the range when in some cases, the total compensation, including factors such as bonuses, flexibility, and better health benefits, etc. may exceed expectations. Finally, as a search firm – we are always looking for top-notch talent to introduce to our clients. Should the salary or any other requirement not be a fit, there is often a chance that someone on our team is working on another position you may be a better fit for. If you would like to discuss your qualifications for this role and salary and compensation - just give us a call, and we’d be happy to discuss.

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