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Council Commissioner

*Please note: Scouter Tim Welch's term will conclude at the end of this Scouting year (2017-2018). However, as Scouts Canada's National Commissioner, John Estrella, has asked Councils to work towards more comprehensive transitions between Council Commissioners, we are looking for the next Council Commissioner now to allow for a "shadowing" period.*

Have you always wanted to make a real difference in the growth and development of youth across Canada? Are you energetic, organized… a natural leader who can work at the top level to support and lead hundreds of volunteers? Do you enjoy being part of a dynamic team?

If you are interested you are invited to submit your application for the volunteer position of:

COUNCIL COMMISSIONER – VOYAGEUR COUNCIL

The Council Commissioner is the leading volunteer for Scouting in Voyageur Council. The Council has a membership of approximately 5000 Youth supported by almost 1500 volunteers. Working closely with a team of volunteers and employees, the Council Commissioner is responsible for supporting and growing the Scouting movement in Voyageur Council as well as being a vital member of the National Service Team and setting the direction for Scouting in Canada.

Appointed by and accountable to the National Commissioner of Scouts Canada, this position requires a time commitment of 40 - 50 hours per month. The appointment is for a one year term, renewable for a maximum of three years. Travel throughout the Council to attend meetings and events will be required.

The Council is managed by a “Key 3” which is a partnership between the Council Youth Commissioner, the Executive Director (an employee of Scouts Canada) and you. Together you will lead, plan and manage the affairs of the Council and be the principal contact for the Council regarding program management, membership growth and retention and ensuring a safe environment for youth to learn and develop. Your role includes ensuring the activities of the Council are consistent with Scouts Canada’s strategic plan, and providing the necessary service and support is in place so that Areas can supervise the delivery of the Scouting programs. As a member of the National Service Team you will represent the Council’s interests and ensure an effective flow of accurate and timely information regarding all Scouting matters, including procedure and policy changes.

Your upbeat, positive attitude will encourage a climate favourable for growth of Canada’s best youth movement. With a keen eye for great leaders you will participate with the Council Nominating Committee in the Public Appointment Process to selectively recruit, coach and support Area Commissioners and other volunteers for the Council Leadership/Management Team. The job has a variety of tasks and is dynamic and changing. The ability to understand, quickly react and motivate others to adapt to the changing organizational environment is a critical key to success.

With the completion of the term of the current Council Commissioner in August 2018 Council is seeking an individual with lots of energy, excellent time management skills and strong relationship skills to assume the role this winter in order to shadow throughout the year.

The ideal candidate will have:

• Demonstrated leadership, management, problem solving, delegation and decision making skills;

• Proven ability to inspire confidence, team effort and leadership in others;

• Effective interpersonal and excellent communication skills;

• A strong Scouting background or equivalent volunteer experience;

• Registered or ability to become an active member of Scouts Canada.

If you believe you have the skills, qualifications and knowledge necessary to do the job, please forward your resume (including work experience and any Scouting experience) with a cover letter to: Christopher Blais, christopher.blais@scouts.ca, by February 26, 2018.



Interviews will take place in March 2018.

This position is being advertised internally within Scouting and externally.

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