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Deputy National Commissioner - Program Services

Reports to: National Commissioner
Term: Appointed annually; maximum three years
Time Required: 12-18 hours per week; potential for 6-7 weekends per year
Supervises: National Program Services Team whose mandate encompasses Canadian Path, and other program related initiatives including environmental, national events and STEM. They also liaise with the International Programs Team (IPT) to incorporate international elements into our programs. 


The Deputy National Commissioner — Program is responsible for leading a dynamic volunteer team dedicated to the achievement of Scouts Canada’s Mission: to help develop well-rounded youth better prepared for success in the world. The position is responsible for maintaining a strong focus on safe, high quality, youth-led adventures; ensuring more young Canadians gain necessary life skills.
As a member of the National Leadership Team, the Deputy National Commissioner — Program will leverage a strong understanding of the Scout Method along with a commitment to non-formal education in order to champion relevant and innovative youth programs. As a result of a results-oriented approach, Scouts Canada will increase youth and parent engagement and, ultimately, youth membership.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Position Scouts Canada as a vibrant organization committed to youth leadership, healthy active living, and environmental stewardship.
  • Work collaboratively with the Canadian Path Team to implement Scouts Canada’s new program, The Canadian Path, ensuring that all youth benefit from well-rounded, adventurous, and youth-led programming aligned with our Mission.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director, Program Development, and Program Manager, Canadian Path and members of the Program staff to deliver on national program priorities.
  • Enhance existing program partnerships including vocational Scouting while seeking to identify new partnership opportunities.
  • Systematically collect feedback from all stakeholders, ensuring that programs continue to meet member and parent expectations.
  • Work closely with the National Leadership Team, volunteers, and staff to ensure sound operational plans that address Scouts Canada’s strategic priorities are in place and being executed effectively.


  • Strong knowledge of Scouts Canada’s programs, Mission, Principles, and Values
  • Thorough understanding of the Scout Method and non-formal learning principles
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator with excellent negotiation skills
  • Strong people leader with excellent team building, mentoring and interpersonal skills
  • Exceptionally strong problem-solving and analytical skills, with an ability to clearly define strategic issues and make tough decisions
  • Apply high degree of tact, judgment and ability to deal with and influence persons and group
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 covering letter to: Nominating Committee Chair, Mike Stewart: by April 14, 2017.
Interviews will take place in April 2017.
This position is being advertised internally within Scouting and externally. 

Scouts Canada, the country’s leading youth organization, offers challenging programs for boys, girls and youth age 5-26 in thousands of individual groups in most cities and towns across Canada.

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