Leadership Qualification (LQ) Coordinator

Would you like to support volunteers and young people in your community to get the most out of the opportunities at Girlguiding and everything it has to offer? Becoming a Girlguiding LQ Coordinator could be for you!

  • Role title:Leadership Qualification Coordinator
  • Supported by: Island Executive Team
  • Suggested time commitment: 3 years
  • Length of time in the role: Ongoing
  • Location: Isle of Man
  • If you are interested in this role: ggaiomtraining@gmail.com

Leadership Qualification Coordinator

Level: County/Country/Region

Who can do this role?

LQ Coordinators can be any adult over 18 years old. They should already be or be willing to become, a member of Girlguiding.

Do I need a qualification?

You don’t need a specific qualification to become a Coordinator and you will be provided with training on a particular subject depending on your specialism.

What is the purpose of this role?

A Coordinator is a designated point of contact for a particular element of the guiding programme: for qualifications, communications or for a particular event.
A Coordinator is appointed by the relevant Commissioner and may not necessarily be a specialist. However, you should be able to use your excellent organisational skills to support girls and volunteers to access more opportunities for development, challenge and adventure.
Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that their area of specialism is organised and all relevant people are aware of their roles within that area. As a Coordinator, you will attend meetings and have regular contact with other Coordinators, teams at other levels and Leaders.
A Leadership Qualification (LQ) Coordinator is responsible for matching Leaders in Training (Girlguiding members working towards their Leadership Qualification) with Mentors. You will need to be passionate about supporting Leaders and comfortable with addressing any issues that may arise, with support from a Commissioner (local volunteer manager) if appropriate.

What will I do in the role?

The list below outlines the general responsibilities of an LQ Coordinator, but you will be working within a wider team and responsibilities may vary. You may also like to delegate parts of the role.


  • Provide ongoing administrative support to the Country/Region, County or Division by coordinating and organising matters related to the LQ, often by email.
  • Lead on the day-to-day tasks in managing your area of expertise, working with and supporting the local Commissioner and Advisers on implementing activities.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of and enthusiasm for your specialism.
  • Support Leaders to provide a safe girl-only space where girls and young women can discover their full potential through all areas of the programme.
  • Attend level-specific meetings and events as appropriate.
  • Administer any applicable training or qualifications in your area of responsibility.
  • Keep up to date with new resources and programme initiatives, and use them as appropriate.
  • Complete relevant training for the role and ensure the wider team’s skills are up to date.
  • Manage a local budget, liaising with the level Treasurer and Commissioner as necessary.
  • Encourage growth of the pool of Mentors available.
  • Match Leaders in Training with a suitable Mentor.
  • Brief and support Mentors in their role, to support Leaders in Training.
  • Monitor timescales and progress of Leaders in Training using Go!, and update Mentors’ Go! records with details of their role.

Being part of your local guiding area

  • Be part of a local Girlguiding community, by attending local team meetings and maintaining a good relationship with other volunteers.
  • Develop and maintain clear communications with the local Commissioner and relevant Advisers/Coordinators.
  • Maintain clear channels of communication with other members within your designated area, especially Leaders in Training and Mentors.
  • Promote local, national and international opportunities available within guiding as well as externally, and encourage young members to take part.
  • Promote and encourage members to engage in different development opportunities available within your area of specialism.

Being part of Girlguiding

  • Be willing to learn about Girlguiding’s Leadership Qualification and being a Leader in Training.
  • Be committed to undertaking relevant training.
  • Learn about the structure of Girlguiding and how your responsibilities and position fit within it.
  • Be willing to learn about Girlguiding’s national and local strategic aims and how these are being delivered locally.
  • Learn about Girlguiding’s policies and Code of Conduct.
  • Be an ambassador for the values of Girlguiding.

Promoting Girlguiding

  • Represent the Division, County or Country/Region at events where possible.
  • Promote a positive image of Girlguiding at public events.
  • Familiarise yourself with Girlguiding’s key messages and promote these in your external communications.

What will Girlguiding do for me?

  • Provide a thorough and appropriate induction to the role and organisation.
  • Help to develop skills and abilities to perform the role by providing relevant training opportunities (including e-learning where possible).
  • Provide guidance via The Guiding Manual.
  • Provide support and development from fellow volunteers, including a local Commissioner.
  • Host meetings and events to share information at a local level.
  • Reimburse agreed expenses (agreed locally and may differ around the UK).
  • Provide references.
  • Provide a clear complaints procedure and support to resolve problems or disagreements.

Am I right for the role?

Girlguiding Advisers and Coordinators provide essential support to help members get the most out of the Girlguiding programme and promote our activities. While we can offer you training and support we would expect you to possess the personal qualities outlined below.

Personal qualities

  • An open and approachable manner.
  • Reliable and trustworthy.
  • Creative and enthusiastic.
  • A commitment to ongoing personal development.

Skills and abilities

While these skills and abilities are not essential when starting, they should be developed as part of the role.

  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Desire to motivate and inspire girls and young women from a broad range of backgrounds.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire adult volunteers.

Girlguiding welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities. We are flexible, and volunteering can be arranged to fit around a busy lifestyle.

Please note this is a volunteer role; this role description does not form part of any contract of employment.

Girlguiding Isle of Man

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