We are looking for a Scouting Support Officer to support leaders in the Region. In this important role, you will assist in promoting the recruitment and retention of new leaders and developing Scouting programmes and activities at the grass roots. You will work closely with existing Scout leaders and structures and provide sustainable support for them so experience of Scouting or a similar uniformed organisation would be advantageous. Home based, you will be confident working independently to deliver multiple projects and tasks concurrently and be able to communicate and support effectively with volunteers, members and the public. You will be responsible to the Regional Commissioner.

Despite the COVID pandemic, we continue to have a strong membership of adults and young people in our Region – over 2,300 adults and 7,200 young people. The young people are members of the Scout Network, Explorer, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers sections. Our leaders and the Regional Leadership Team are all volunteers and work incredibly hard to support the membership. 

Why we are recruiting a Scouting Support Officer:  In preparation for the retirement of Mike Treanor, our current SSO, in June, we wish to ensure that the good work that he has done to support leaders and assist them in maintaining and developing Scouting in the Region is continued, particularly in the current challenging conditions. You will provide support to sections, groups and districts as well as assist us to recruit and support more adult leaders and to grow Scouting in areas where we are not currently located. A job share may be considered. We have made significant progress with a strengthened Regional Leadership Team and there is a great deal more that we want to accomplish, particularly to ensure that young people can have more opportunities for adventurous activities, since we know that this is the biggest attraction for young people.

How to apply


Applications should be returned by email to Martin Elliot, Regional Commissioner, South East Scotland Region Scouts, at rc@sesscouts.org.uk.

The closing date for return of applications is 5pm on Friday 26th February 2021. Interviews will be held during March with the aim that the successful candidate will commence in role in April/May before the current SSO leaves on 30th June 2021.

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