Director of Safe Scouting

Want to change the world? At Scouts Canada our Vision is “Canadian youth making a meaningful contribution to creating a better world.” We need passionate people who share our Mission to develop well rounded youth better prepared for success in the world. The Director of Safe Scouting plays an instrumental role in supporting Scouts Canada’s safety culture.  Demonstrating a firm commitment to harm and injury prevention, the Safe Scouting Director focuses on organizational learning approaches that foster strong safety attitudes and behaviours among all members.  Acts as a trusted advisor to volunteers and staff on all matters relating to incident management, safety practices, and overall safety leadership. The Director of Safe Scouting will be responsible for:

  • Ensures that Scouts Canada has the necessary safety framework in place to achieve its safety leadership aims.
  • Acts as custodian of the organization’s risk management framework, ensuring regular reviews and updates based on organizational experience.
  • Ensures sufficient processes are in place to assure compliance to Scouts Canada’s safety and risk management policies.
  • Oversees Scouts Canada’s incident management process; case management of youth protection matters; ensures incidents are appropriately investigated and that root causes are employed to support learning and improvement of organizational practices.
  • Works collaboratively with Scouting Experience teams to ensure safety tools and resources are available for all members and key stakeholders.
  • Provides leadership and support to Groups, Areas, and Councils to ensure effective responses to safety complaints and incidents as well as to the Safe Scouting team including support to Scouts Canada Volunteers who are concerned for the welfare of youth entrusted in care.

Organizational Competencies

  • Member Focus – Demonstrates commitment to increasing member satisfaction, assumes responsibility for solving problems, ensures commitments to members are met, solicits organizational and personal performance feedback from members.
  • Integrity/Ethics – Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, maintains confidentiality and supports company values
  • Dependability – Meets commitments, accepts accountability, stays focused under pressure and meets attendance/punctuality requirements
  • Teamwork – Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere
  • Job knowledge – Understands duties and responsibilities, has necessary job knowledge and technical skills, understands Scouts Canada’s mission/vision and keeps job knowledge current

You will have proven success in the following job-specific competencies:

  • Detail oriented – ability to follow procedures and rules while maintaining accurate and detailed notes
  • Be able to deal with sensitive situations in a calm, measured manner

What you bring to the table:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in youth protection, law enforcement, criminology, risk or safety management
  • 5 years of experience protecting children/vulnerable populations and managing threats to these populations
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities including coaching with an ability to work both strategically and operationally
  • An understanding of the legal framework pertaining to child and youth safety combined with an understanding of the fundamentals of risk management and the ability to develop plans based on the risk assessment
  • Demonstrable experience of structured and/or complex decision making using a fact based approach to problems
  • Experience in supporting victims of crime, abuse or harassment
  • Experience in risk assessing criminal records in relation to work with children, or vulnerable groups
  • Proven success in designing and delivering policies, procedures and mechanisms to create safer environments
  • Proven experience of interviewing individuals accused of misconduct and conducting investigations
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience delivering or supporting Scouts Canada programs is an asset

This role will require:

  • Irregular hours such as evening and weekend work may be required to achieve objectives and collaborate with volunteers within an on-call environment
  • Travel – up to 10%

We’ve got you covered…

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a fabulous merchandise discount; an employer-matched retirement plan after one year; extended health, prescription, vision and dental coverage, and more!

If this role excites you, we want to hear from you! Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter — we want to hear your story — your background, your accomplishments, and why this role is a good fit with your future career aspirations. We want to learn about you!

Scouts Canada thanks you for taking the time to consider this position. Please understand that only individuals chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Scouts Canada encourages applications from all qualified candidates and has a great record of accommodating persons with disabilities. Contact Human Resources at humanresources@scouts.caor 613-224-5134 ex 252 if you need accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information on our accommodation policies.