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Deputy National Commissioner International Vacancy

We’re recruiting for the next Deputy National Commissioner International. This role is one component of our commitment to empowering young people in decision making.


The Deputy National Commissioner International (DNCI) is a senior governance role within Scouts Australia promoting youth involvement in decision making and providing active leadership to the delivery of key international projects.​ This role is intended to provide a development opportunity at a National level for a young, adult member.

This role is one component of Scouts Australia’s commitment to ensuring that our young people are involved in all levels of decision-making and it is therefore a requirement that applicants are aged under 30 on appointment to the role. The successful applicant will be appointed for a term of up to three years.

The primary purpose of the Deputy National Commissioner International is to manage the delivery of key International Scouting programs on behalf of the International Commissioner of Australia (ICoA).

You will be required to commit a significant amount of time for this role. You should anticipate approximately 5-10+ hours per week.

Applicants should ensure they have the flexibility in their time to be able to accommodate this significant contribution taking into account their work and study requirements. This is a volunteer position.


Submitting an Application

All applications must be submitted by completing the following online form: https://form.jotform.com/213393233537859.

Applications for this position have been EXTENDED UNTIL 5PM AEDT on 31 March 2022.

Don’t leave things to the last minute!

You will need to submit the following items during the application process:

  • Details of previous related experience… including leadership positions and major Scouting events
  • Claims detailing why you would be the best person to deliver on the key responsibilities of the role
  • Claims detailing why you believe you have the necessary skills and attributes for the role
  • Contact details for two (2) referees, of whom at least one must be your current supervisor in Scouting

If you are shortlisted for interview, the Selection Panel will also be contacting your Branch Chief Commissioner to ask for their endorsement of your application for the role. You might like to reach out to them and let them know that you’re applying.


Putting your Best Foot Forward

It is important that you follow any instructions including word limits as the Selection Panel may not be able to consider material beyond the specified limits. In writing your application, consider the experiences you’ve had and the things you have learned during your time in Scouting, as well as in other areas of life such as school, university, or sport. The Selection Panel are looking for you to demonstrate, through your skills, experience, and knowledge, how and why you will be successful in the role.

There are many ways to respond to selection criteria but one of the easiest and most used is the STAR method:

  • Situation: describe a situation that you were faced with
  • Task: describe the task that you had to complete
  • Action: describe the action that you took to complete the task
  • Result: describe the result of your action

Make sure that your membership details are up-to-date with your Branch. It is a requirement that you continue to hold valid membership with your Branch including the completion of any working with children checks, police checks or mandatory eLearning that may fall due during the application process.


Selection Process

After applications close, the Selection Panel will convene to review the applications and shortlist applicants for interview. Individuals who have been shortlisted for interview will be contacted to confirm your availability for the interview.

All interviews will be conducted online.

The Selection Panel will be chaired by the Deputy Chief Commissioner, Ezgi Bridger. All members of the Selection Panel will be under the age of 30 and hold senior leadership roles in Scouting. Interviews can make some people nervous, but we hope that this Selection Panel will put you at ease, as they have all been in the same position before.

The interview will be conducted by the following individuals:

  • Ms Ezgi Bridger, Deputy Chief Commissioner of Australia
  • Ms Tahlia Batters, Deputy National Commissioner – Adult Training & Development
  • Ms Julia Miller, Deputy National Commissioner – Youth Program
  • Ms Eleanor Hewitt, Chair – National Rover Council

Following the completion of all interviews, the Selection Panel will determine one or more Preferred Candidate(s) for the role. The Preferred Candidate(s) will be invited to attend an Appointment Interview with the following individuals:

  • Mr Aaron Wardle, International Commissioner of Australia
  • Mr Phil Harrison, Chief Commissioner of Australia
  • Ms Ezgi Bridger, Deputy Chief Commissioner of Australia


More Information

If you would like to find out more about the role or have a confidential discussion about applying for the role, please contact the International Commissioner of Australia, Aaron Wardle at international@scouts.com.au or on 0418 365 664.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have a disability, can I still apply?

A: Yes you can. Scouts Australia is committed to ensuring that all young people have the opportunity to fulfil senior leadership roles in the organisation. We will discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require if you are shortlisted for interview.

Q: I’m currently 28, can I still apply for this role?

A: Yes you can, if you are over the age of 27 at the time of appointment, the term of your appointment will run until your 30th birthday rather than for a fixed period of three years

Q: I work full-time, can I still apply for this role?

A: Yes you can. Many of our senior volunteers, including the current ICoA work full-time.

Q: I have a casual job and need to work on weekends, can I still apply for this role?

A: Yes you can, we have previously had young people in National roles who have had casual jobs and who have been able to successfully fulfil the requirements of the role.


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