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International Commissioner

Reports to: National Commissioner
Term: Appointed annually; maximum three years
Time Required: 8-10 hours per week; potential for 6-7 weekends per year
Supervises: International Support Team


We are looking for a volunteer to lead the strategic development of our international relationships and external Scouts Canada international operations. Reporting to the National Commissioner, the International Commissioner will be expected to structure a small volunteer team to meet Scouts Canada’s long term vision and business objectives and to advise the National Key 3 on international matters and to support Scouts Canada accordingly. 
With the new Scouts Canada Strategic Plan, and the transition to the Canadian Path, there is a need to bring a renewed focus to our international strategy. It is an exciting time to be part of the Scouts Canada leadership team and, in particular, leading Scouts Canada International work. We are passionate about maintaining and building our international relationships and profile within World Scouting and to improve further our support to our members in expanding their international opportunities. 
We are looking for a person who can ensure our international relations and participation in World Scouting events (including World Scout Jamborees, World Scout Moots and other international events where we send a Canadian contingent) continue to be of high quality. The International Commissioner is a key member of the National Service Team and will be required to work in partnership with the National Leadership Team, in particular the Deputy National Commissioner (DNC) Program, as well as professional staff, to help develop and implement a plan to achieve our priorities in this area. 


  • To lead the strategic development of Scouts Canada’s International relationships outside Canada, through interaction with other National Scout and World Scout offices.
  • To support the NLT and program team in developing international and global opportunities within the youth program. 
  • To structure and manage a small volunteer team to meet that long term vision and business objectives. 
  • To bring together both volunteer and staff structures to focus, report on and be accountable for the implementation of plans to meet that long term vision and business objectives. 
  • To advise the National Leadership Team on international matters. 
Key Contacts:
  • The National Key 3 
  • Director of Program – Outdoors & International Support
  • Deputy National Commissioner – Program
  • Deputy National Commissioner- Volunteer Services 
  • International Commissioners of other National Scout Organizations. 
  • Inter-American Region – Regional Committee and staff
  • WOSM - volunteers and staff
Key Tasks:
  • Provide strategic leadership and co-ordination of the Scouts Canada external International activities. 
  • To motivate, lead and manage an effective team of volunteers to support the role. 
  • Contribute as a member of the Scouts Canada National Service Team  
  • Maintain good working relationship with main contacts listed above. 
  • Represent Scouts Canada at public and Scouting events. 
  • Liaise with and meet the relevant staff support on a regular basis to review operational matters. 
  • Proactively support and raise the profile of international opportunities for Scouts Canada’s members  
  • Support Scouts Canada contingents and representatives at WOSM and other international events. 
  • Support the development of Global and International aspects of the balanced program in conjunction with the Program team. 
Representing Scouts Canada:
The International Commissioner would be a member of Scouts Canada’s official delegation to World Scouting events and other international gatherings where our interests need a voice.
Attendance at Key Conferences and Events would be expected:
  • Regional Conference - every three years
  • World Scout Conference - every three years 


  • Strong knowledge of Scouts Canada’s programs, Mission, Principles, and Values
  • Lead and manage people at a distance and in a voluntary environment
  • Contribute to strategy development and identify practical actions to achieve strategic objectives
  • Strong people leader with excellent team building, mentoring and interpersonal skills
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Speak and present publicly in a clear, articulate and motivating way
  • Effectively chair meetings
  • Listen to others and counsel when necessary
  • Be assertive and cope with challenging situations 
  • Quickly assimilate a broad overall knowledge of Scouting’s policies and structures
  • Fluency in French and/or Spanish is desired but not required 


  • Previous experience of the effective management and leadership of volunteers
  • Previous experience of strategic management in a professional or voluntary capacity
  • Previous experience of international Scouting projects and activities
Applications for this exciting role will be accepted until Sept 5th 2017.
Please send your Scouting resume and background as to why you would be the best candidate to:

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