Lead the Girlguidng LaSER Champions

Written by Sian and Amelia, the current Co-Chairs of the Champions

We're looking for our next leader for the Girlguiding LaSER Champions. The LaSER Champions are part of the Marketing and Communications team for LaSER. We are a community of women who plan and deliver campaigns about issues we feel passionate about and represent Girlguiding LaSER at events across the region. Each member is aged 16-26 and spends two years in post. Over the past year we have done some exciting projects including recreating the Take 10 resource, starting our own social media, a Sustainable Christmas Challenge and created video activities for the Festival of LaSER. Find out more about the Champions on our website.

As a Chair of the Champions you are in a leadership role, organising and mentoring our Champions. You will work directly with your co-Chair (a current Champion who will be stepping into a Co-Chair role) and the Marketing and Communications team at LaSER. This is a really exciting role, where you have a chance to be a part of the Region team, lead a brilliant group of young inspiring women and create some awesome girl led campaigns. During the Covid-19 pandemic we have taken part in events virtually but are very much looking forward to representing the region in person when we can. We’ve learnt lots over the last year to strengthen our team working and set no limits to what we can do.

As Chair of The Champions, your role will include:

  1. Working effectively with the co-chair to share the responsibilities as appropriate - e.g Chairing the quarterly Champions meetings
  2. Contributing to the development of Girlguiding through the projects and events the Champions are involved in
  3. Demonstrating an enthusiasm for advocacy
  4. Encourage the Champions to come up with ideas and support the group in planning and executing their plans. This could include creating your own events, organising a social media calendar, and contributing to regional events and partnerships
  5. Oversee that all materials and digital media relating to the LaSER Champions is up to date and relevant. This includes the social media accounts for the team
  6. Represent the region at/on initiatives as required – this may be virtually or in person as restrictions allow
  7. Building and maintaining strong relationships with lead volunteers and staff within LaSER region to represent the views of the Champions
  8. Ensuring you and your team have access to any training they would like to undertake. This could be asking for a session to be facilitated or directing to tutorials or learning resources
  9. Develop an action plan to support the aims of the region strategy

What can you gain?

Joining the leadership team for the Champions can offer you a number of skills depending on what you'd like to get out of the role. You will:

  • Join a vibrant and enthusiastic Marketing and Communications team
  • Gain confidence in yourself and being part of a team
  • Grow your responsibility and project management skills
  • Join a network of like-minded people to collaborate with and learn from
  • Learn new skills and take part in region training
  • Add to your personal and professional development
  • Fulfill award criteria, including DofE or Queen's Guide
  • and much more!

There will be lots of support available from the Girlguiding LaSER team, so don’t worry if you’ve never been a part of a county or region team before. There are lots of people who will be able to help you get to know who’s who. The Champions also have plenty of ideas to keep the group busy!

We're looking for great communicators who are full of ideas and passionate about developing girl led advocacy in the Region. You must also be willing and enthusiastic in attending Region led events. Previous experience in leading teams is desirable and you must be able to work flexibly as part of a virtual team.

If you would like to apply for this role, please email a short statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you would be interested in this role and previous relevant experience to chairofchampions@girlguidinglaser.org.uk. If you prefer to get creative and send us a video instead please do.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 1 June 2021. After this date we'll get in touch with applicants for a short phone/video call interview. Here we'll get to know you more and give you more detail on what we expect from the role.

Coordinators must have current or recent experience of being in this age group (i.e. be aged 18-35) as well as demonstrating knowledge of the experiences, needs and preferences of young women.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the role, please get in touch with Amelia and Sian on chairofchampions@girlguidinglaser.org.uk . We can't wait to hear from you!

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