Royal Lifesaving Society Commonwealth Youth Trustee

Closing date: 
February 14, 2018
Job Description: 

Position Overview

The Youth Trustee is a voting member of the Board of Trustees who is between the age of 18 and 29 when they are elected to their first term. It is not expected that the Youth Trustee “represent” Commonwealth youth but rather to ensure that there is always a minimum of one Trustee from this age group who can provide a youth perspective in Board decision making and generational succession within the Society’s leadership. The Youth Trustee will help facilitate input from Commonwealth youth. 
 
Position holder is accountable for: 
  • meeting the requirements of the UK Charities Trustees Duties outlined in Appendix 1 “ 
  • seeking input from as wide a range of active RLSS youth volunteers as possible as a means of informing their input to Board decisions. The Youth Trustee shall have sole discretion in determining whether to seek this input informally or through a more structured mechanism of their choosing
  • being accessible via frequently used digital platforms,  to RLSS youth in order to assist in directing suggestions, inquiries or concerns related to RLSS to the appropriate individual and/or organisation
  • supporting and/or initiating efforts to increase the number of youth engaged in the development, delivery and evaluation of RLSS policies, communications, programmes, activities, etc. 
 
Criteria and Competencies: 
  • 18-29 years of age at first election
  • Meets the requirements of the UK Charities Trustee Duties, Appendix 1
  • Demonstrated commitment to reduction of drowning in the Commonwealth
  • Experience and/or interest in gaining experience in the governance of a volunteer led organisation
  • Strong communicator with good listening skills
  • Proficient in the use of e-mail, Skype and other digital media platforms
  • Interest in interacting with other Commonwealth youth
  • Ability to participate in four, two-hour Trustee Conference Calls per year
  • Ability, in most instances, to respond to requests for input in 14-21 days and in critical instances within 48 hours to 7 days
  • It is essential that the Youth Trustee be self-supporting in terms of electronic communication and have access to a phone for toll free International Conference Calls.
  • Time commitment: 
  • Four two-hour Board of Trustee Conference Calls per year, scheduled a minimum of 1 month in advance and based on the majority of Trustees being available.
  • Time to review documentation for Trustee Conference Calls, circulated minimum 7 days’ prior
  • 1-4 hours per month to respond to requests for input and/or interact with other Trustees, Portfolio Directors and/or RLSS youth.
 
Appointment and Term:
 
The Youth Trustee will be confirmed by the Board based on a vote by active RLSS youth volunteers.  The Youth Trustee will be elected for a two-year term and may be re-elected for one additional two-year term.  Note: The process for the Youth Trustee election was developed with input from active RLSS youth and approved by the Board of Trustees. These Terms of Reference and the election process will be reviewed with RLSS youth prior to the second election cycle and a minimum of once every two cycles thereafter.
 

 

 

Application Process:

1. Each Commonwealth Youth Trustee applicant will write a 750 to 1000-word essay on why they wish to be the Youth Trustee on the Board of The Royal Life Saving Society, Commonwealth. The essay should address the following topics:

  • Volunteer involvement with Lifesaving Society Canada and its branches.
  • Demonstrate their commitment to the reduction of drowning in the Commonwealth.
  • Experience in leadership positions within Lifesaving Society Canada.
  • Interest in interacting with other Commonwealth youth.
  • Express your knowledge of the Commonwealth Emerging Leaders program.
  • Obtain a letter of support from your provincial branch.

2. Fill out RLSS Youth Trustee Application Form in attached document.

3. Return the essay, application form and branch letter of support to Lifesaving Society Canada National Office no later than the close of business on 14th of February, 2018 via emailto wschultenkamper@lifesaving.ca

4. Applications will be evaluated by an internal committee on the 15th and 16th of February.

5. We will notify Successful candidate on Monday the 19th of February.

Lifesaving Society Canada’s Board and Youth Trustee submissions will forwarded to the Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth on the 20th of February, 2018. 

Contact Info
Name: 
Wendy Schultenkamper
City: 
Ottawa
Province or Territory: 
Ontario