The diocesan chairman is usually appointed by the bishop or his representative with the endorsement of the current chaplain and outgoing chairman. In dioceses where the chairman and/or other officers are elected, all candidates should be approved by the bishop or his representative.
The recommended term for all diocesan officers is two years – but each may be re-appointed or reelected.
The person recommended as the diocesan chairman should:
- Be of stature, highly regarded in the church and community
- Be acceptable to the bishop.
- Have administrative and leadership ability
- Be able to recruit others for specific committee assignments
- Be able to communicate with, and relate to, the local council and Catholic organizations within his area of responsibility
It is recommended that the diocesan chairman:
- Work to provide the best possible climate for Scouting in the diocese.
- Communicate and collaborate with the diocesan chaplain in the fulfillment of the duties of the office.
- In cooperation with the diocesan chaplain, recruit qualified adults to give leadership to the diocesan Catholic committee
- Schedule regular meetings of the diocesan committee to review progress of current programs as well as to present new information.
- Appoint chairmen of any ad hoc and standing committees.
- Schedule an annual training session for each of the subcommittees when practical.
- Be responsible for reports, records and procedures of the diocesan Catholic committee.
- Represent the diocese at NCCS business meetings and at regional NCCS meetings as a voting member
- Interact with BSA council executives, represent Catholic Scouting on the council relationships committee and request that the council appoint a BSA staff member as advisor to the Catholic committee on Scouting.
- Appoint associate diocesan chairmen with the advice and counsel of the local council and diocesan sub-committee.
- Communicate regularly with the associate diocesan chairmen of the diocesan Catholic subcommittees for council service within the diocese.