Assistant County Commissioner for Scouts

Where: Merseyside Contact: Nikki Parr Contact Email: Nikki.Parr@merseysidescouts.com Contact Phone: 01517072671 Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

Within our Programme Team, supporting volunteers to deliver fun and adventurous programmes is at the heart of what we do. On Merseyside the way that we support leaders delivering programmes has changed a little. Our Sections Supporters now work together focused on supporting volunteers to help young people achieve the Top Awards in each Section, making our programmes of activities the best they can be, helping Young Leaders to be prepared for their role, and running events which supplement programmes.

What does the Assistant County Commissioner for Scouts do?

As the Assistant County Commissioner for Scouts, you will be our lead expert primarily about the Scout section but have general knowledge about all areas of the 6 – 25 programmes. You will help inspire the doers and give it a go-ers, of the future, activity planners and be an all-round team player to support our young people, adults and section supporters to makes everything happen.

You’ll volunteer in partnership with Deputy County Commissioner for Programme with particular interest in the Scout section to ensure that adult volunteers are given the support, tools and skills to provide a quality balanced programme within the section across Merseyside, which will enable the continued growth of the membership of the Scout section.

What are the main activities?
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with District Commissioners (DCs),
  • Section supporters (ADC’s) and other Commissioners in the County, to provide support in matters relating to the Scout section.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationship with our Scouts Leaders under what matters to them and where support is required.
  • Assist the Section Supporters and Scout Leaders in promoting a balanced programme to our all Scouts.
  • Help develop youth shaped scouting in Merseyside by understanding what our young people within the Scout section want from their Scouting experience.
  • Help develop youth shaped Scouting in Merseyside
  • Identify areas of programme that require support and build project teams to support these areas of work.
  • Create guidance and resources for all aspects of the Scout programme.
  • Promote Top Award within the Section section, by working closely with the Assistant County Commissioner for Programme Achievement.
  • Maintain and share up to date information on programme initiatives.
  • Provide support for the Deputy County Commissioner for Programme and deputise in their absence if required.
  • Engage in meetings and conferences at County and Regional levels as required.
You will know you are successful in this role when:
  • Leaders are engaged in every aspect of the Scouts programme.
  • We support leaders to deliver quality programmes, so that we increase our membership in the Scout Section.
  • More young people achieve the Chief Scouts Gold Award.
We’re ideally looking for someone with the following abilities, skills and experience:
  • Passionate about providing Scouting to more young people.
  • Want to see quality programmes.
  • Previous experience in the Scout section delivered week-in-week-out.
  • Able to support leaders to embrace all aspects of the Scout programme.
  • Have a proactive and creative approach.
  • Able to engage, excite and enthuse young people and adult volunteers to deliver their Scout plans.
  • Able to relate with young people and adult volunteers.
  • Able to communicate by telephone and email.
  • Able to handle and resolve conflict effectively.
  • Able to work as part of a team.
Other information about the role:

Responsible to: Deputy County Commissioner for Programme.

Main Contacts: Members of the County Core Team, District Commissioners, District Explorer Scout Commissioners, Explorer Scout Leaders in Units, UKHQ Staff and members of the Regional Services Team.

Time and Resource Commitment: An Assistant County Commissioner is a key role to support volunteers across Merseyside in the understanding of The Scouts programme. There will be some travel involved, but many aspects of the role can be completed at home. An average weekly commitment of three hours is anticipated, but workload and diaries are self-managed and flexible.

Expenses: Cost should not be a barrier to taking on this role. Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be paid in line with Merseyside Scouts policy.

Appointment Requirements: Understand and accept The Scouts policies, satisfactory vetting, and completion of Wood Badge training for the role, which includes the Leadership and Management Modules.

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