Youth organisation promoting outdoor activities and community service.

Chief Executive - Scouts Association

Job Description

Applications closed: 
June 13, 2024
Posted on: 
May 28, 2024

Base location: Gilwell Park, Chingford, London with some travel. Flexible working included

Term: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Hours: 35 hours per week

Key Internal Relationships: Board, UK Chief Volunteer, Executive Leadership team, UK, Leadership Team and Council

External Relationships: Joint Presidents, Chief Scouts, World Organisation of the Scouts Movement, The Royal Household, Charity Commission, stakeholders in civil society, the private sector and government.


We believe that through adventure, we challenge young people, so that they learn and experience new things and enrich their lives. From coding and camping to climbing and kayaking, our volunteer-led movement helps young people to develop skills, confidence and friendships they’ll take with them through their lives.  It’s our role to make sure that every one of our Scouts has the encouragement and support they need to take part in these activities safely. It all adds up to one big difference.

We’re now looking for our next Chief Executive, to take on a rewarding leadership role in one of the UK’s most recognisable and best loved, civil society movements. Working in concert with the Board of Trustees, the UK Chief Volunteer and Chief Executive work in partnership and have overall responsibility and accountability for all of the central functions of the movement. The responsibility and accountability for all activities of the staff of the Scout Association are delegated by the Board of Trustees to the Chief Executive.

As a federated association of over 7000 charities, 145,000 volunteers and more than 450,000 Scouts spread throughout the UK and in British Scouting Overseas, our Chief Executive needs to be a passionate advocate for our mission, an effective, inclusive and resilient leader of a complex and evolving movement, an inspirational and trusted leader for its staff and a compelling ambassador for our work.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will bring extensive executive leadership experience, most likely at CEO or similar level of seniority. You’ll bring a track record of developing and delivering strategy for a significantly complex, scaled, federated or multi-faceted organisation in the UK or internationally. Demonstrably committed to young people, you’ll have cultivated inclusive, values-led, high performing, accountable working cultures. You will have the high EQ and a collaborative approach to connect effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

Read the application pack for the Chief Executive

Before making an application please ensure that you've read the Recruitment and selection policy. In order for us to monitor the application of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy, we'd be grateful if you'd also complete the Recruitment Monitoring questions on the Application Form.

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