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Job opening; American Red Cross Disaster Manager, San Mateo County

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    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Background: A local, nonprofit organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area helps people recover from disasters and prepare for them before
    Message 1 of 1 , May 13, 2010
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      Background: A local, nonprofit organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area helps people recover from disasters and prepare for them before they strike. Last year the American Red Cross responded to over 500 disasters in the Bay Area. That means that, almost twice a day, people like you and your neighbors went to someone's damaged home to help a family in need. But we don't just wait for disasters to strike. Red Cross volunteers work to prevent and prepare for emergencies by providing education and training for their neighbors and friends, by teaching youth to lead and teach safety skills, and by donating life-saving blood. For over 130 years Red Cross volunteers have been guided by a single principle: to help people in need, regardless of race, religion, gender, or national origin. The Red Cross has been there, and will continue to be there first, best and always – for disaster victims in need of food, clothing, and shelter.

      Position Title: Disaster Manager, San Mateo County

      Position Summary:

      The Disaster Manager is responsible for the disaster program in their assigned county and for the coordination of county disaster program elements with the chapter-wide Disaster Program. This manager provides technical support and guidance to disaster volunteers, ensures readiness and response capacity and capability is achieved, participates in disaster planning and; represents ARC Disaster Services with external agencies and organizations. Although a Disaster Manager will have responsibility for a specific geographic area, he or she will also have Activity-specific planning and development responsibilities. The Disaster Manager works in partnership with a volunteer County Disaster Chair.

      Major Responsibilities:

      *Develops and maintains a dedicated volunteer cadre capable of responding to disasters and emergencies and; providing excellent Red Cross individual client recovery services.

      *Ensures an appropriate and timely response to disasters within their assigned County by providing primary technical guidance and administrative support to the volunteer response team..

      *Works in conjunction with volunteer leads to ensure established disaster readiness goals are achieved within their assigned county.

      *Ensures all county disaster program elements are consistence and coordinated with the Chapter Disaster Program.
      *Builds disaster readiness within their assigned county that is consistent with the ARCBA Catastrophic Disaster Readiness Plan.

      *Supports specific project elements within disaster services including but not limited to teaching disaster classes and supporting chapter-wide events.

      *Represents ARC to community, faith-based, governmental and private sector organizations and agencies. Develops statements of understanding that accurately reflect the purpose, scope and parameters of county relationships and partnerships.

      *Ensures that Disaster Services equipment, vehicles and supplies are properly maintained, tracked and secured.

      *Maintains membership in the national Disaster Services Human Resources (DSHR) system and serves on 1-3 national assignments per year.

      Other Dimensions:

      The Disaster Manager provides leadership and support for a large number of disaster volunteers. Disaster Managers have financial authority and control of client financial assistance items such as Disbursing Orders, Client Assistance Cards and Emergency Checks.

      In addition, as a contributor to the work of an emergency relief organization, extended work hours and/or assignment to a disaster/emergency specific task will be required.

      Minimum Qualifications:

      Education: A bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required.

      Experience: A minimum of two years experience effectively managing large groups of volunteers with a demonstrated ability to develop and support volunteer leadership.

      Other: Experience with disaster readiness and response activities highly desired. Must possess knowledge of community resources and organizations, strong written and verbal communications skills, delegation skills, conflict resolution skills and be able to work in a high stress environment. Bilingual in Spanish or Chinese desired.

      This is a full-time position with full benefits.

      Please send your resume and cover letter to: ARCBAResumes@...

      American Red Cross Bay Area is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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