Governance & Operations
GSU is incorporated under Utah Law. It is administered by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors charged with policy making, strategic planning, goal setting, fund development and financial management. The Chair of the Board of Directors oversees the activities and the governance side of the council.
The Chief Executive Officer is hired by the Board of Directors to oversee the operations of the council. Volunteers and employed staff members, under the direction of the CEO, are responsible for working in partnership to deliver the Girl Scout program to girls and support services to adults.
View the Girl Scouts of Utah's Council Structure Chart here.
There are two sides to the process: Governance/Council Leadership (policy) and Operational Management (program). Those who create and dictate policy do not deliver program. Those who deliver the program do not sit on the Board of Directors nor set policy.
|Governance||Operational Management (Program)|
|Fulfill charter and legal obligations||Administer the Girl Scout Program|
|Represent GSU's vision to the community||File government reports properly and on time|
|Responsible for raised funds for the council||Direct the work of employed staff adn operational volunteers|
|Ensure organization's long-term sustainability||Implement policies|
|Make, review and change policies||Implement the stratigic plan|
|Approve the council's assets||Plan and administer the annual budget|
|Monitor management of the council|
|Hire and evaluate the CEO|
As you can see, there is a definite division of the two areas:
- The Board of Directors and the Board Development Committee provide governance
- Operational Management is provided by staff and volunteers not serving on either the Board of Directors or the Board Development Committee
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