Employment Posting:
Volunteer Role: Virtual Award Centre Leader

Employment Type:
Off Campus
Closing Date:

This is a volunteer position.

Employer: The Duke of Edinburgh International Award - Canada

You will be an active youth leader by working remotely with other Award Leaders on your team and engaging with young people who are completing their Award levels. Minimum of 5 hours a week availability. Able to work on a computer. Required to respond appropriately to queries from a wide range of participants.

Job-Type: Volunteer

Hours of Work: 5 hours/week

Duties and Qualifications:

As an Award Leader, you will be the most important and influential person to the participant, as you will have regular contact throughout the progression of the participant’s Award experience. You will have responsibilities to both the participants you are working with and the Award.

A Virtual Award Centre Leader must:

  • Sign the Virtual Safeguarding Policy, Award Code of Conduct, Award Confidentiality Policy, and the National Safeguarding Policy.
  • Undertake all training as required by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Canada.
  • Advise, guide, and assist young people to participate in the Award. Virtual Award Leaders should be creative and find different Award topics to connect with participants in a virtual way.
  • Encourage participants to choose a diverse and challenging range of activities, help set SMART goals, and reach beyond their comfort zone.
  • Check to ensure participants have suitable Assessors (ie. experience and/or qualifications).
  • Discuss, review, and approve activities set by the participant for each Section of the Award.
  • Assist participants with using the Online Record Book as required.
  • Review completed sections and sign-off all activities. Send to the National Operating Authority for final Award approval.
  • Maintain and uphold the principles of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Canada as provided in the Award Leader Handbook and Award Leader Training.
  • Encourage participants throughout their Award experience and to continue to the next level where applicable.
  • Recognize participants for their achievements and celebrate them upon completion of their Award.
  • Uphold brand guidelines and use resources as provided.
  • Ensure that all communications to participants are monitored and only through organization provided platforms.



Minimum Requirements (KASE - knowledge, attributes, skills, and experience):

  • Be able to commit to a minimum of two years with active engagement in the Virtual Award Centre, while supporting and mentoring participants virtually.
  • A commitment of approximately 5 hours per week.
  • Consistent communication with your Award Coordinator, participation in virtual meetings with participants and Award Leaders on the same team.
  • Complete Level 1 Award Training and Virtual Award Centre Leader Orientation.
  • High level virtual communication skills (in particular listening and responding appropriately to queries).


  • Collaborative working skills;
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Personal effectiveness skills;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work in accordance with policies, protocols and procedures;
  • Satisfactory clearance under an appropriate level screening process.

Key Relationships:

This position interfaces with internal and external contacts: Virtual Award participants, parents, Virtual Award Leader. Virtual Award Centre Coordinators, Remote Support Centre Officers, Remote Support Centre Manager.

Working Conditions:

  • Minimum of 5 hours a week availability.
  • Able to work on a computer.
  • Required to respond appropriately to queries from a wide range of participants.


How to Apply:

Please apply by filling out our Virtual Award Leader Volunteer Application Form (https://forms.office.com/r/eXwtPS4t9r) and emailing your CV/resume, cover letter, and optional reference letter to support@dukeofed.org with the subject line: "VAC Award Leader Application: Your Name".