Director KISC
Open-ended with a 3 month probationary period
Start date
ideally November 2019
End date
Deadline for applications
9 August 2019
Open position
We are looking for an exceptional person to become the next Director of Kandersteg International Scout Centre. You will need to have the character, ability, energy and determination not only to lead and manage the international staff team but also to oversee a highly complex, large-scale and 365 days-a-year customer service operation for Scouts and Guides and other visitors from all over the world. Added to this, you will be KISC’s Director at a momentous time in the history of the Centre – as we prepare to celebrate our Centenary in 2023. Make no mistake, this is not a ‘9 to 5’ job. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to lead the most remarkable international youth activity centre in the world. And we guarantee that for whoever takes on this challenge, it will be a truly life-changing experience. We very much look forward to hearing from you.
Download Candidate Pack (EN, DE)
The knowledge, experience, skills, abilities, leadership style and attributes are described in full detail in the Candidate Pack which is available in English and German.
Some of the main items are listed here:
  • Experience in leading and managing staff and voluntary teams in an international setting
  • Inspiration leader able to manage competing priorities, delegate effectively and empower and motivate staff and volunteers across and within teams
  • Proven track record of delivering business plans and operational budgets
  • Financially astute, commercially aware and able to meet and exceed targets
  • An ability to work in own initiative and analyse and resolve complex problems
Your main tasks are described in detail in the Candidate Pack which is available in English and German and includes the overseeing of: 
  • all the recruitment, hiring and dismissing of staff in accordance with the approved Staff Regulations
  • all the varied and wide range of operational activities that are essential for the successful running of the Centre
  • the financial activities of the Centre in line with the defined competences for both the Association and Foundation
  • the development and implementation of a marketing strategy as agreed with the Committee
  • the relations with local, cantonal and national stakeholders in Switzerland, with the and members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the Swiss Guide and Scout Movement, the World Scout Foundation and with the KISC Members and Ambassadors

Overall purpose

The Director is responsible for the overall operation, running and organisation of Kandersteg International Scout Centre in accordance with the strategic objectives agreed in co-operation with the Association’s Committee This includes:

  • Ensuring that the Centre operates with stability and in accordance with legal requirements under Swiss Law;
  • Overseeing, co-ordinating and implementing KISC’s risk management strategy across all operations;
  • Maintaining, developing and leveraging the wide and varied range of KISC’s relationships.
  • Developing and proposing strategic ideas and concepts aimed at improving the Centre’s position in all areas;
  • Immediately reporting any issues of major concern or legal significance to the Steering Committee.
  • In addition, the Director leads and oversees the management of the Centre’s international staff team which includes the Senior Management Team, the ‘Long Term Staff’ and the seasonal voluntary staff.
  • You report to a member of KISC’s Committee and Steering Committee who has the delegated responsibility as the Line Manger of the Director
  • You are line manager for the Senior Management Team (SMT) consisting of the Deputy Directors for Programme / Guest Services / Internal Services / Staff Development and in addition the Finance & Administration Manager, the PR & Marketing Manager and the Communications Assistant report directly to you.
  • Your budget responsibility is between CHF 3 and 4 million.

Employment details

  • All Visa and Work Permit costs, insurances (sickness, accident, liability, etc.), pension fund payments, meals whilst at work, etc. are covered by KISC.
  • The employment is dependent on securing the necessary special permission from the Swiss authorities.

Important dates

  • Closing date for applications is midnight (Central European Time ) on Friday 9 August 2019
  • Skype interviews of longlisted candidates between 19 – 26 August 2019
  • Face-to-Face interviews of shortlisted candidates in Kandersteg on Friday 13 September and Saturday 14 September 2019

Contract details

  • Open-ended with a 3-month probationary period. Ideally, a start date in November 2019
  • The successful candidate will be required to move to and reside in Kandersteg, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland




KISC Director
If you are passionate about Scouting and working with youth, as well as management and leadership, you might find this one of the most interesting jobs in the world. Being Director of KISC means leading the World Scout Centre, both in terms of its amazing volunteer staff team and the development in the areas of international friendship, sustainability and adventure. It also means running a medium size hospitality operation and managing all aspects of it, from the food catering services to the guests to the housekeeping, and from marketing to risk management. I learnt a great deal in a variety of areas, and also got to experiece Scouting at many levels. To me, one of the most exciting aspects of this role is how you have the opportunity to have a real positive impact in peoples lives.