We’re currently looking for a volunteer to lead Scouts in Bebington as District Commissioner. The role of District Commissioner is a senior volunteer role within Merseyside, and we’re looking for someone who can provide leadership, motivation and guidance to our other adult volunteers to support the delivery of skills for life to young people.
You don’t need any prior experience of Scouting to apply for this role: we’ll make sure you’re fully trained and supported. We accept nominations on behalf of others, or self nominations if you are interested in the role yourself. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 26th May 2021, 10pm.
District Commissioners support other volunteer managers, known as Group Scout Leaders, as well as leading the District support team and being a member of the District Executive Committee – all focused on ensuring as many young people as possible can access high quality Scouting.
Volunteers at every level need support to ensure that they are motivated, inspired and focused on providing first class Scouting. A good manager thanks other volunteers for their hard work, and helps to make sure that they feel happy and supported. The District Commissioner will also provide direction for the District, and will help others see the bigger Scouting picture through solid leadership. We believe that everyone in management roles within Scouting should adopt an approach that combines the skills of both leadership and management.
We’ve identified six core skill areas that make a good Scouting manager:
- Providing direction: A good District Commissioner will create a vision for Scouting in their District, and provide clear leadership to implement that vision.
- Working with people: It is vital that a District Commissioner can create team spirit amongst the other volunteers they work with, and can form effective working relationships based on trust and the fundamental principles of Scouting (integrity, respect, care, belief and co-operation).
- Achieving results: Good District Commissioners ensure that goals are achieved, plans are seen through to completion, and that good relationships are maintained within and between Scout Groups. Forging links within the local community is also an important aspect of development.
- Enabling change: It is important for District Commissioners to encourage volunteers to think of creative ways to improve Scouting across the District. They should then provide the support to implement appropriate changes.
- Using resources: A good District Commissioner will ensure that information and resources are available, helping volunteers across the District to continue to provide excellent Scouting opportunities to young people.
- Managing time and personal skills: A good District Commissioner should use their time effectively, and be willing to continue to learn and improve their skills.
To manage and support the Scout District to ensure it runs effectively, and that Scouting within the District develops in accordance with the rules and policies of The Scout Association. To ensure the District provides good quality Scouting for young people and proactively supports and manages adults in the District.
- Ensure that the District thrives and has the best systems in place to support Groups, support all adult volunteers in the District, and to develop Scouting in the District.
- Provide line management and support to adults in the District who directly report to you, including setting objectives for their work and holding regular reviews and one- to-one meetings.
- Produce a vision for the District and implement a development plan to meet that vision.
- Ensure that Scouting in the District is attractive to young people and adults from varied backgrounds.
- Ensure that the District has an adequate team of supported and appropriate adults, working effectively together and with others to meet the needs of the area.
- Ensure that problems within the District are resolved so that excellent Scouting is provided to young people.
- Work with County/Area/Regional Commissioner(s) and other District Commissioners to ensure that Scouting thrives.
More detailed information about the role can be found on this page.
Although there are a core set of requirements, we’ll build the role around your skills and many areas of responsibility may be delegated to others in the District, including one or more Deputy District Commissioner, if appointed.
- Must complete the relevant training within three years of taking up the role – a whole range of support to get this off to a good start is available; see this page for examples.
- Must be eligible for Charity Trustee status (as a member of the District Executive Committee).
We’re holding an information evening on Thursday 6th May at 7.30pm, online. If you’d like to know more about the role, or would like to share with the Search Group what you think Bebington needs from it’s next District Commissioner, please join us.
Nominations and Self Nominations
We accept nominations on behalf of others, or self nominations if you are interested in the role yourself. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 26th May 2021, 10pm.
If you would like an informal conversation about the role, please contact Peter Oliver, the County Commissioner by email to arrange this.