Name: Jeff Hotchkiss Title: Field Director
Organization: Crossroads of America, Boy Scouts of America
Organization's mission statement: It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law.
Email: jhotchkiss at crossroadsbsa.org Phone: (317) 813-7125
How many years have you worked in the field- serving youth?:
What is the minimum degree required for this job?: bachelor's degree
What is your educational background? (schools, degrees, certificates, etc.): Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Claremont McKenna College.
What are the three main roles/responsibilities that make up your current work?: Through my propfessional staff cultivate, recruit, train and motivate volunteers to grow and expand Scouting's reach in the community
What is the salary range and benefits for a position like yours?: District Executives start at $37,400 with full benefits, including a retirement package.
What's something you're really passionate about?: Helping boys become fully engaged adults. Helping adults connect to their kids.
What is your best piece of advice for those considering a career in youth work?: Recruiting & training volunteers will help you reach more kids. Expect long hours and enjoy being amazed at what your volunteers will do.
What is your favorite story about your experiences working with youth?: What comes to mind is the older teen who successfully led a group of eighty scouts away from a major forest fire.
Would you be willing to answer questions from those exploring a career in youth work?: yes
Would you be willing to offer job shadowing?: yes
Would you be willing to have an intern?: yes
Would you be willing to discuss youth work with prospective youth workers?: yes