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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 — Nova Scotia Council
The Council Commissioner is the leading volunteer for Scouting in the Nova Scotia Council that encompasses the Province of Nova Scotia with a membership of 2710 Youth supported by 1,028 volunteers. Working closely with a team of volunteers and employees, the Council Commissioner is responsible for supporting and growing the Scouting movement in the Nova Scotia 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 of 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. You will be the principal contact for the Council regarding program management, membership growth and retention and providing a safe environment for youth to learn and develop. You ensure that activities of the Council are consistent with Scouts Canada’s strategic plan while providing the necessary service and support so that Areas can supervise the delivery of the Scouting programs. As a member of the National Service Team you 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 favorable 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, appoint and orient 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 January 2019, Council is seeking an individual with lots of energy, excellent time management skills and strong relationship skills to work with the existing Commissioner to ultimately assume the role.

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 covering letter to: Nominating Committee Chair, Doug Reid: publicappts@scouts.ca by October 20, 2017.
This position is being advertised internally within Scouting and externally.