From time to time people ask what is the actual job of a particular kind of commissioner. Here is a
brief description of each of these jobs.
The district commissioner leads the commissioner staff of the district, guiding and measuring the
district's unit service program. Major responsibilities include:
• Recruit and train a full staff of commissioners.
• Oversee the commissioner training program.
• Work with the district chairman and district executive as a member of the district's Key 3.
• Plan and preside at the monthly meeting of the district commissioner staff.
• Attend district committee meeting to report on conditions of units and to secure specialized
help for units.
• Represent the district as a member of the council commissioners cabinet.
Assistant District Commissioners
A district may have one or more assistant district commissioners. Each is responsible for an assigned
share of the units in the district, and the unit commissioners who serve those units. Assistant district
commissioners are often assigned a geographic or specialty area of the district. They work closely
with the district commissioner and district executive. Major responsibilities include:
• Recruit enough unit commissioners to serve their assigned units and areas.
• Conduct personal coaching and orientation sessions for unit commissioners.
• Maintain regular contact with their unit commissioners to provide guidance in unit service
• Serve units with no assigned unit commissioner.
• Help unit commissioners evaluate and improve their unit service performance.
The unit commissioner is a generalist whose passionate overriding mission in Scouting is to help
units succeed. Don't be put off by the amount of item listed here - it's not nearly as bad as it looks.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Help each unit earn the Quality Unit Award.
• Use the annual commissioner service plan, with its scheduled opportunities for co