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  • Vacancy for Chief Operating Officer

    6th August 2021

    Chief Operating Officer

    Salary - £35,000 - £39,000

    Hours of work - 37.5hrs per week in accordance with the needs of the role.

    Who are we?

    Every week we give almost half a million people aged 6-25 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.

    At a time when communities are becoming more divided, we bring people together. We encourage our young people to do more, learn more and be more. We’re a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures. We welcome talent from all backgrounds and your contribution to help even more young people succeed in life.

    Clyde Scouts provides local Scouting support to our amazing volunteers across the City of Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire. Alongside this, we run an outdoor centre, 2 campsites and an online retail outlet.

    The role will be based at our regional office at 21 Elmbank Street, Glasgow.

    About the role

    We’re looking for an enthusiastic and experienced leader to provide leadership for the Region’s staff team and deliver operational support for the Regional Executive Committee, the Regional Commissioner and his/her team in relation to the effective delivery of a programme of support for adult training, development, communications, fundraising and administration.

    You will work with the Regional Executive Committee and staff team to support the growth of business at Auchengillan Outdoor Centre and The Glasgow Scout Shop and with the Regional Commissioner, identify and implement opportunities to grow Scouting in communities across Clyde Region.

    The successful candidate will be experienced in managing a dynamic and varied workload with flexibility and attention to detail and will be good at building relationships with our staff and volunteers internally and external organisations which can support us in delivering #SkillsForLife to more young people and adult volunteers.


    For more details, click here to download the job description.

    Please send a copy of your CV with a covering letter exploring how your experience meets the job description and person specification to by 12noon on Friday 20th August.

    Author: Gary Bainbridge

  • Supporting Outdoors & Adventure in Clyde - join our team

    1st June 2021

    As COVID restrictions continue to ease, we're all very much looking forward to returning to doing more adventurous activities outdoors.

    Would you like to be part of our team, helping to support this?

    We're looking to recruit a Regional Adviser (Activities) and a Manager of the Activities Permit Scheme to provide advice and support to adult volunteers in Groups and Districts across the Region.

    Our Regional Adviser (Activities) will:

    • Provide the Region with effective support in order to enable more young people to safely experience more activities.
    • Provide a focus for specialist advice and support in relation to the activities area, to other members of the Regional Team and those in the Region and its Districts. 
    • Proactively promote and develop the activity area within the Region.
    • Provide assistance and guidance to leaders in all areas of the activities agenda.

    More details of the role can be found here.

    The Manager of the Activities Permit Scheme will:

    • Identify and support potential Assessors in taking up the role and induct new Assessors into their role.
    • Provide continued support to County Assessors within their role.
    • Provide opportunities for assessors to shadow and work with different assessors and to meet and discuss previous assessments.
    • Manage the availability of permit assessments.
    • Work with MAPS from across Scotland to co-ordinate support and opportunities.
    • Support those applying for activity permits in finding the opportunities required.
    • Support DC's with their role within the activity permit scheme.
    • Ensure Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities and CPD for all Assessors.
    • Carry out reviews of Assessors when their appointments are up for review.
    • Carry out an annual moderation of the County permit scheme provision by the end of each January.

    More details of the role can be found here.

    The two roles can be held by one volunteer who has a passion for activities and great administration skills or by two volunteers working together.

    If you are interested in either of these roles, please contact Marion or Gary for further discussions.

    Author: Gary Bainbridge

  • Could you help support the trail to Squirrels?

    1st June 2021


    Scouting is now beginning to gather interest to be a part of the first cohorts of Squirrels, our new early years provision.

    We know that volunteers have many other priorities and Squirrels might not be one of them at the moment but we're keen to to make sure that there's the right support in place to, particularly in communities where Scouting is currently under-represented.

    To help us do this, we're looking to appoint an Early Years Adviser who will work with the Regional Commissioner and District Teams, supporting discussions and local planning.

    The Early Years Adviser will be a member of the Regional Team who'll be a fixed term primary point of contact with the HQ Early Years team and who will help all of us to start preparations for Squirrel Scouting. The role is not to advocate for early years or to deliver the opening of new provision, but will support Districts to consider if the time is right for them to start or not.

    The Early Years 'Adviser' will:

    • Be trained on Squirrel Scouting, the cohort roll out approach, what has been learnt from the pilots, support and tools available, badges and programme, recruitment of young people and adult volunteers, via webinars.
    • Be provided with reports and insight data on current reach into areas of deprivation and under-represented communities for your County.
    • Plan for new provision to prioritise communities where Scouting is currently under-represented, especially SIMD 1-5 and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
    • Help with initial preparation and planning providing a pathway for others in the County who'll be opening provision in future years.
    • Receive ongoing support from the HQ Early Years team with opportunities to share learning and best practice, that shape the national approach and digital tools developed.
    • Bring your District teams together to facilitate accurate and informed conversations on Squirrel Scouting and establish initial level of interest. Where Districts decide they want to start new provision this year they'll hold discussions with their own Groups and update their District plans if appropriate.

    If you are interested in this role, please  contact Marion or Gary for further discussions.

    Author: Gary Bainbridge

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