The Area Commissioner (a registered member of Scouts Canada) is the recognized point of contact on issues of program evaluation and support. Working closely with the Council Commissioner, Deputy Area Commissioner, Area Youth Commissioner, the Area Support Manager, and a team of volunteers, the Area Commissioner is responsible for supporting Scouting groups, including Scouters and volunteers. The focus of this job is making connections with people, motivating and inspiring them to achieve results. Poise and an engaging, empathetic communication style based on natural warmth and enthusiasm is the key to achieving the goals of this job. While the job requires strong initiative and self-direction, results are only achieved with and through people. A sincere appreciation for people and how they are each uniquely motivated is essential. The job requires a high degree of "selling", whether of ideas and policies within Scouting, or products or services in the community.
The job has variety of tasks and is dynamic and changing. Because goals and desired results can quickly change, the job requires regularly meeting and pro-actively establishing relationships with new groups and establishing an Area leadership Team. The ability to understand, quickly react and motivate others to adapt to the changing organization environment is a critical key to success. In general, the core of this position requires a motivated and motivating team builder and organization developer.
Accountable to: Council Commissioner
Term: Appointed/elected annually by the Council Commissioner in consultation with the members in the area to be served.
Time required: 24 to 36 hours per month (on average)
Scope of position: The Area Commissioner is recognized as a point of contact for the Area.
- Responsibilities include Communication and ensuring that the Group Commissioners
receive the service and support necessary for them to perform their roles. Typical roles and/or responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
- Encourage an attitude favorable for growth and identify, create and provide opportunities
for growth within the Area.
- Regularly meet with Group Commissioners to review their plan and progress for achieving
- Effectively implement the Volunteer Support Tool Kit
- Actively support the promotion of all seven programs currently offered.
- Selectively recruit, orient and appoint Group Commissioners and other volunteers to assist in the management of the Area as necessary
- Represent the Area as a member of the Council Commissioner’s team and provide
monthly reports on the program status of the Area.
- Manage the flow of accurate and timely information on all Scouting matters, including
procedure and policy changes.
- Develop positive working relationships with Group and Council Commissioners, Leaders
and the community at large within their area.
- Encourage Section Leaders and Group management team members to attend Area
- Provide assistance and leadership to the Group Commissioners
- Be a catalyst for youth input at the Area level.
- Regularly meet with Group Commissioners to monitor progress in achieving Scouts
Canada’s Program Standards and provide assistance where possible.
- Ensure due emphasis is placed on risk management with a focus on member safety.
- Identify/engage external resources as required so that Area initiatives and goals can be
- Provide support in the preparation of Area camps or special events.
- Ensure compliance with Scouts Canada’s Polices, Procedures and Program Standards.
- Prepare and conduct Group Audits.
- Ensure compliance with all Screening Procedures as set by Scouts Canada.
Volunteer Support Tool Kit
- Conduct evaluations of Commissioners, identify development needs and provide opportunities
for further leadership development where required.
- Advise the Council Executive Director immediately if, as a result of a complaint or observed
behavior, a Member should be suspended. Take appropriate action as directed by Council Executive Director. Council Management Operating Procedures must be followed.
- Identify the developmental needs of Volunteer members within the Area and ensure
opportunities for appropriate leadership development are provided.
- Be a catalyst for service and achievement recognition for members within the Area.
- Recommend approval of adult members where no Group Commissioner is available.
One does not need to have previous experience in Scouts Canada to be an Area Commissioner, but must meet Scouts Canada's membership and screening requirements before taking on the role. Ideally, a selected candidate will have:
- Completed the Wood Badge Part I for one or more program Sections.
- Committed to undertake further personal development related to their role as Area Commissioner within one year.
- Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills.
- Modeled positive behaviors appropriate to Scouting.
- Registered as a member of Scouts Canada.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Volunteer Support Tool Kit