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Council Commissioners — Northern Lights Council

Scouting is needed more than ever to give kids something fun to look forward to—a place where they can connect with their friends and share new experiences in the great outdoors, build resiliency and feel empowered to blaze their own trail.

Volunteers are key to helping youth experience the benefits of Scouting, and we’re seeking two outstanding volunteers to lead the Northern Lights Council (Alberta). Do you connect with others and enjoy building relationships? Are you passionate about improving the quality of our Scouting program, and have the kind of energy that inspires teamwork and growth? We’d love to hear from you!

We’re looking for experienced volunteers who are excited to lead hundreds of fellow volunteers in moving the mission forward in Northern Lights Council. Be part of a dynamic team that includes the Council Relationship Manager, Council Youth Commissioner and Council Commissioner to make a positive difference in the development of youth in northern Alberta.

We invite you to submit your application for the volunteer positions of: 

  • Council Youth Commissioner — Northern Lights
  • Council Commissioner – Northern Lights

Your upbeat, positive attitude will encourage participation in Scouting, Canada’s longest-serving youth leadership movement. With a keen eye for great leaders, you will recruit, appoint, and coach Group Commissioners and other volunteers for the Council Leadership/Management Team. Your role has a variety of tasks and is highly dynamic. Understanding member needs and motivating others to adapt to the changing organizational environment is a critical key to success. Being part of the Council Leadership team is a great opportunity to develop your own leadership skills and expand on your professional skill set and experiences.

Appointed by and accountable to the National Key 3 of Scouts Canada, this position requires a time commitment of 5-7 hours per week. 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” partnership between the Council Youth Commissioner, the Council Relationship Manager (an employee of Scouts Canada) and the Commissioner. 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 the Scout Groups can supervise the delivery of the Scouting program. As a member of the National Service Team, you represent the Council’s interests and ensure an adequate flow of accurate and timely information regarding all Scouting matters, including procedure and policy changes.

With the completion of the term of the current Council Commissioners, Tryton Harper and Norm Kerr, NLC is seeking individuals with lots of energy, excellent time management skills and strong relationship skills to assume the role. The successful candidates will be supported through a transition period to ensure success.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated leadership, management, problem-solving, delegation and decision making skills;
  • Proven coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Proven ability to inspire confidence, team effort and leadership in others
  • Strong 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: by February 14, 2022.

This position is being advertised internally within Scouting and externally. 


Application Deadline: February 14, 2022