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Disaster Program Manager

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Hiring Organization American Red Cross
Post Name Disaster Program Manager
Qualification Bachelor’s degree required.
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary USD 45 To USD 50 Per Hour
Location Houston, Texas, United States 77098

Job Description:

As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs.

At the Red Cross, there is no such thing as a small disaster. In every single case, it is the Red Cross’ mission to help people affected by disaster meet their emergency needs that include shelter, food, clothing, and health and mental health services. As a paid staff member, you will support our loyal Red Cross disaster volunteers who serve selflessly to provide a bridge of assistance until individuals and families can resume a normal life.

Our disaster volunteers are the heart and soul of our mission to respond to emergencies and provide relief to victims of disasters. They serve in a number of capacities, including Disaster Action Team Member, Disaster Assessment, Caseworker, Mass Care Feeding, Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) Driver, Shelter Manager/Staff, Disaster Health Services, and Disaster Mental Health.

We are currently seeking a Disaster Program Manager (Spring, TX) to work in our Spring, Texas chapter office. This position will work 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, and some weekends and evenings will be required during times of business need. Travel will also be involved up to 25% of the time.

Provide functional expertise to Leadership at a regional level or take full cycle responsibility to provide service delivery programs within a defined geography. Through a trained and engaged volunteer workforce, support local communities by providing services to include but are not limited to: response to recurrent local disasters (house fires, floods, etc.), capacity building for mass care service delivery, participation in the Home Fire Campaign, and direct assistance and recovery services to those impacted by disasters.

Develop, guide, lead, and support a team of trained volunteers, as well as implement and develop initiatives to increase Red Cross visibility through program/service delivery of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs.

Act as a program or service subject matter expert (SME) to staff, management, volunteers, and external partners. Specific duties are to be assigned at the discretion of the region based on municipalities within a coverage area, amount and complexity of program activity, presence of significant grant funding, geography, risk, population, frequency of events, and regional structure. Provide support, development, and/or leadership guidance to all volunteers.

Perform all duties and responsibilities in compliance with standard operating procedures and other applicable Federal, State, and local regulations.


  • Through a team of volunteers, implement the Disaster Cycle Services program in assigned territory in alignment with established metrics. Partner with leadership and employees across the Red Cross to ensure the most collaborative, impactful, and effective delivery of services.
  • Identify and develop volunteer leaders who can act in facilitative leadership roles across the disaster cycle, coordinate internally and partner to align with the government, and work to enable the entire community to participate in all phases of the disaster cycle by providing direct services and being a facilitative leader.
  • Support and develop a volunteer team responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area. Ensure the development of leadership volunteers in each of the programs to support functional areas of the disaster cycle to meet the needs of the territory, region, state, and division. May hire, train, coach, counsel, and evaluate the performance of volunteer leaders and volunteers.
  • Manage volunteer recruitment and leadership identification. Lead and support ongoing volunteer recognition and engagement opportunities. Serve in planning capacity in anticipation of larger response and recovery scenarios to include divisional coordination, multi-agency planning, and participation in local/regional/national deployment opportunities. Lead and/or assist with the implementation of training efforts, community preparedness opportunities, and support to other American Red Cross stakeholders.
  • Represent the Disaster Cycle Services team and be prepared to mobilize a volunteer workforce in support of disaster events across the country. Assist in the mobilization and support of local resources (volunteers, equipment, and supplies), as well as potential deployment themselves to serve in a leadership capacity on a relief operation outside of their area of responsibility.
  • Ensure American Red Cross services are available to diverse communities. Recruit and engage a diverse workforce that represents the communities we are serving. Implement the Disaster Cycle Services structure and develop the team that mobilizes the local community to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, meeting the needs and expectations of clients and stakeholders. Develop human and material resources (volunteers, partners, community agencies, shelter and vendor agreements, etc.) to ensure the full cycle of disaster services is delivered.
  • Provide oversight and support to local responses through the deployment of volunteer leaders and volunteers on a daily basis in a rapid and accessible manner. Qualified and experienced volunteer leaders should be placed in key roles first. If volunteer leadership is unavailable, may serve during times of disaster as the operational leadership. Collaborate in local planning, exercises, and training, including exercises called by local partners and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, Emergency Management Agencies, and Local Emergency Planning Committees (VOADs, EMAs, and LEPCs). Manage relationships with fire department leadership on home fires as a responsive deliverable.

Scope: Individual contributor that is fully proficient in applying subject matter knowledge; knowledge-based acquired from several years of experience in a particular area. Works independently; may instruct or coach other professionals.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience: Minimum 5 years of related experience with building, mobilizing, leading, and developing volunteer teams to execute a social services program or service, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience required.
    Management Experience: n/a

Skills & Abilities:

Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to coach/mentor to accomplish work through team leaders. Develop project plans & budgets. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the program or service, ability to create presentations and training modules, and strategies to achieve organizational goals.

Demonstrated analytical and decision-making skills to interpret program trends, and results, formulate recommendations and develop creative processes for continuous program or service improvements. Proven track record of collaboration with diverse groups and individuals, managing multiple priorities, facilitation, problem-solving, marketing, leadership, and partnership management.

Additionally, this position requires the ability for planning, public speaking, project management, and process improvement. Individuals must be customer oriented, organized, and able to operate with an orientation toward solutions with an external focus, and team orientation. Intermediate-level proficiency with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Familiarity with federal, state, and local employment laws. Must be able to perform all assigned responsibilities under “grey sky” requirements. Ability to work in a matrixed environment and on a team.
Travel: Travel may be required.

* Combination of candidate’s education and general experience satisfies requirements so long as the total years equate to the description’s minimum education and general experience years combined (Management experience cannot be substituted).

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel; and talk or hear.

The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment will consist of moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phones, and printers, light traffic). The employee must have the ability to work in a small cubicle and have the ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

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