I looked back at the announcement from my council and it also says this (the bolded portion is what is relevant but I am including the entire paragraph for context):
The council’s new structure will increase the number of professional staff, and significantly change the organization and roles of our professional Scouters. It will also change who our volunteers go to for support, depending on the function.
An increase in the number of professional staff (which presumably includes the new District Associates) does not seem to fit in with the whole cost-cutting theme here... unless the salary of the new DA's (that is usually an abbreviation for something else, in my line of work) is so much less than the DE's that you can have more of them for less, or for the same amount. Of course, the "increase" could be by one position, so it may not be that big a gap to make up. Still, it is all somewhat puzzling, and it leaves unanswered my earlier question of what they are going to do with existing DE/SDE/DD's. They say it is going to be one-year phase in, but is there going to be enough attrition to take care of all these people in one year? Multiplied by all of the other councils that are presumably going to go through something similar? If (and this is just my speculation based on what I am seeing) the idea is to have DA's reporting to a Field Director and nothing in between, there are only so many FD positions to go around. I suppose the BSA could offer an "early retirement package" to increase the rate of attrition, but I don't know whether the BSA ever does that (calling @Eagle94-A1 ) and it does not fit in with the whole cost-cutting theme, at least not in the immediate-term.
(Just as an aside, based on years of reading posts by current and former professional Scouters in this forum, and knowing what happened to a couple of pros in my council, my suspicion is that the BSA's "early retirement package" is something like, "We no longer have a position for you, goodbye and good luck." Hopefully my impression is inaccurate.)
(And another aside: The information I mentioned above from my council's web site suggests that in addition to whatever the FD's do now, which I assume is supervising the professionals in their districts, their job is going to be expanded (with no extra $ ?) to include being a point of contact for the volunteer members of the Key-3 for 3 districts. And, I suspect, a portion of the unit Scouters who would have called the DE with a question or concern will now call the FD (whose name is right there on our district web site, and the official phase-in hasn't even started yet) rather than try to figure out which one of 4 subject-matter brand-new DA's is the right one to call. I am sure the FD's are pleased with that, he said sarcastically.)
Edited by NJCubScouter, 23 November 2016 - 01:16 PM.