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Leadership Opportunities

Are you looking for a sense of fulfillment? Do you wish to see youth grow from strength to strength following the Scouts’ Canadian Path? Help build the citizens of tomorrow while learning leadership, outdoor and administrative skills. See the many volunteer opportunities available within the Northern Lights Council Scouts Edmonton, Central and Northern Alberta, and Northwest Territories youth groups.

Leadership / Volunteer Job Board

Submit note of Interest and/or Resume to: northernlights@scouts.ca

  • Area Commissioner
  • Current Vacancies:
    • Sturgeon Area
    • Tawa Area (Current term ending Aug 31, 2018)
    • Sherwood Park LDS Area (current term ending Aug 31, 2018)
    • Whispering Lakes Area
    • Rivers Edge Area

    Purpose:

    The purpose of an Area Commissioner is to provide essential volunteer support as a member of the Area Key 3 to all members within a specific geographical area

    Accountable To:

    Council Commissioner

    Term:

    Appointed annually by the Council Commissioner, in consultation with the membership within the area to be served.The Area Commissioner shall not hold office for more than three (3) consecutive years

    Minimum 20 to 25 hours per month and 3-4 weekends* per year

    (* on average)

    Outcome:

    The Area Commissioner will:

    • Work to create a climate that encourages stability, program quality, group health and growth
    • Ensure Scouts Canada’s Volunteer Support Strategy is made available and promoted to all Scouters within the Area
    • Advocate for effective solutions from Council to address the needs and unique challenges facing the Scouters within the Area
    • Promote and educate Scouters, youth and parents on the importance of Scouts Canada’s award process
    • Be committed to Scouts Canada’s program—the Canadian Path—including the Four Key Elements: Adventure, Plan-Do-Review, SPICES and Youth-led

    Focus:

    The primary focus for the Area Commissioner will be on developing and supporting the Area to ensure all groups are providing quality programming to the youth.As such, the Area Commissioner should not hold multiple roles within the Area or at the group level—unless otherwise specified

    Objectives:

    The Area Commissioner is committed to partnering with the Area Youth Commissioner and Area Support Manager to achieve Scouts Canada’s Strategic Goals based on the 5 Priorities—Membership Growth, Safety, Program Quality, Volunteer Support and Group Capacity.Together this creates an Area Key 3 dedicated to overseeing and ensuring youth have the opportunity to engage in fun, safe, youth-led Scouting adventures

    Activities:

    In order to be successful, the Area Commissioner will be deeply committed to our model of shared leadership, including partnering with professionals and youth to make all key decisions for the program side of the Council/Area

    The Area Commissioner will:

    • Be an advocate for youth input and involvement at the Area level and ensure appropriate opportunities are available
    • Be a mentor for the Area Youth Commissioner
    • Promote the value of council based initiatives directly related to managing growth and development of groups and membership
    • Ensure all Area volunteers receive the support necessary to perform their roles through routine Group and Section visits
    • Develop positive working relationships with the youth, Scouters, parents, and community partners within the Area
    • Routinely meet with Group Commissioners to provide in-person support
    • Provide feedback to Group Commissioners and Area Service Team members identifying opportunities for professional growth
    • Promote in the recruitment, appointment and ongoing training of Group Commissioners within the Area
    • Actively recruit Support Scouters to assist Area Commissioner with supporting the needs of the Area
    • Ensure compliance with all Scouts Canada’s Bylaws, Policies and Procedures
    • Promote effective communications throughout the Area
    • Represent the Area as a member of the Council Service Team at meetings, conferences and calls, as scheduled
    • Represent the Area as a member of the Council Service Team and provide quarterly updates on the 5 Priorities for the Area via Group and Area Health Checks and verbal reports
    • Promote the successes of the Area at the Council level and encourage opportunities for groups to interact with groups from other Areas and Councils

    Qualifications:

    The ideal candidate will:

    • Demonstrate leadership, management, problem solving, delegation and decision making skills
    • Self-motivated
    • Be a team player with a coachable personality
    • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and excellent communication skills
    • Model positive behaviours appropriate to Scouting
    • Be a registered and active member of Scouting and must maintain most current level of training
    • Possess a strong Scouting background or other equivalent volunteer experience

    How to Apply:

    Submit Cover Letter and Scouting/Volunteer Resume to Chair of Committee

  • Group Commissioner
  • Current Vacancies:
    • Various

    Purpose:

    The purpose of a Group Commissioner is to provide essential volunteer support as a member of the Group Committee to all members within the Group

    Accountable To:

    Area Commissioner

    Term:

    Appointed annually by the Area Commissioner, in consultation with the membership within the Group to be served.The Group Commissioner shall not hold office more than three (3) consecutive years

    Minimum of 10 to 15 hours per month and 1-2 weekends* per year

    (* on average)

    Outcome:

    The Group Commissioner will:

    • Work to create a climate that encourages stability, program quality, group health and growth
    • Ensure Scouts Canada’s Volunteer Support Strategy is made available and promoted to all Scouters within the Group
    • Advocate for effective solutions from the Area to address the needs and unique challenges facing the Scouters within the Group
    • Promote and educate Scouters, youth and parents on the importance of Scouts Canada’s award process
    • Be committed to Scouts Canada’s program—the Canadian Path—including the Four Key Elements: Adventure, Plan-Do-Review, SPICES and Youth-led

    Objectives:

    The Group Commissioner is committed to partnering with the essential Group Committee members to achieve Scouts Canada’s Strategic Goals based on the 5 Priorities—Membership Growth, Safety, Program Quality, Volunteer Support and Group Capacity.Together this creates a Group Key 3 dedicated to overseeing and ensuring youth have the opportunity to engage in fun, safe, youth-led Scouting adventures

    Activities:

    In order to be successful, the Group Commissioner will be deeply committed to our model of shared leadership—including partnering with sponsors, community members and youth—to make all key decisions for the program side of the Group.

    The Group Commissioner will:

    • Be an advocate for youth input and involvement at the Group level and ensure appropriate opportunities are made available
    • Mentor the Group Youth Commissioner
    • Ensure all Group volunteers receive the support necessary to perform their roles through routine Section and support visits
    • Develop positive working relationships with the youth, Scouters, parents, and community partners
    • Routinely meet with Section Scouters to provide in-person support
    • Provide feedback to Section Scouters and Group Committee members quarterly identifying opportunities for professional growth and development
    • Promote in the recruitment, appointment and ongoing training of new Scouters and Parent Helpers
    • Actively recruit Group Committee Scouters to assist Group Commissioner with supporting the needs of the Group
    • Ensure compliance with all Scouts Canada’s Bylaws, Policies and Procedures
    • Promote effective communications throughout the Group
    • Represent the Group as a member of the Area Service Team at meetings, conferences and calls, as scheduled
    • Represent the Group as a member of the Area Service Team and provide quarterly updates on the 5 Priorities for the Area Service Team via Group Health Checks and verbal/written reports
    • Promote the successes of the Group and Sections at the Area level and encourage opportunities for Sections to interact with groups from other Areas and Councils

    Qualifications:

    The ideal candidate will:

    • Demonstrate leadership, management, problem solving, delegation and decision making skills
    • Be self-motivated
    • Be a team player with coachable personality
    • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and excellent communication skills
    • Model positive behaviours appropriate to Scouting
    • Be a registered and active member of Scouting and must maintain the most current level of training
    • Possess a strong Scouting background or other equivalent volunteer experience

    How to Apply:

    Submit Cover Letter and Scouting/Volunteer Resume to Area Commissioner