American Red Cross Regional Communication Program Manager in Fairfield, New Jersey

Job Description:

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It does this through services that are consistent with its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The American Red Cross is the foremost volunteer emergency service organization in the United States with more than 590 chapters nationwide.

We are currently seeking a Regional Communications Program Manager to work in our Fairfield, NJ office, covering the Region of New Jersey. Bilingual candidate preferred.

Job Summary:

The Regional Communications Program Manager position is a critical component of the American Red Cross regional team and infrastructure. It is responsible for implementing the communications functions in local markets. It works to raise the visibility of the Red Cross to help New Jersey communities understand how to access Red Cross services and supports all revenue generation activities of the organization.

Reporting to the Chief External Affairs Officer, the Regional Communications Program Manager works with the local fundraising, disaster cycle, Services to Armed Forces (SAF), Biomedical services, Health and Safety and volunteer management staff to provide communication support.

Responsibilities

  1. Strategy: Implements a strategic plan that is aligned with broader corporate communication and that supports service delivery and revenue generation efforts across all lines of service.

  2. Public Affairs: Acts as on-the –record spokesperson when appropriate and supports executives and Board of Directors as the face of the Red Cross. Leads and supports all Disaster Public Affairs activities for the region through the entire disaster cycle. of preparedness, response and recovery. Ensures that duty is delegated to appropriately trained staff or volunteers. Supports Disaster Public Affairs efforts across the division, and potentially, on the national level. May be required to deploy to support disaster response operations outside their region or may be tasked to help with public affairs volunteer training and development across the division. Develops and maintains a Disaster Public Affairs strategy and volunteer capacity within the region that supports the entire disaster cycle (preparedness, response, recovery).

  3. Media Relations: Develops and implements a social media strategy for the region that reflects the priorities of the region and is aligned with the Chief External Relations social media strategy. Maintains positive relationships with members of the media across the region and works with executives and other staff to manage media efforts and relationships across multiple media markets in a region. Produces relevant local content for regional web and social platforms. Participates in the distribution and preparation of press materials.

  4. Internal Communications: Supports executive level internal and external communication initiatives.

  5. Management: Manages and leads assigned volunteers. Manages a team of volunteers that can assist with all aspects of regional communication activities, including Disaster Public Affairs, preparedness communication efforts, social media and support for fundraising or event communications. Supervises anddelegates responsibilities to communication volunteers.

Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism or related field required.

Experience: Minimum 3 years public relations experience required. Experience working with media as an on-the-record spokesperson is preferred. Demonstrated experience managing and interacting with the public social media platforms for an organization is required.

Management Experience: Minimum 1 year staff management experience. .Skills and Abilities: Outstanding communication skills (oral and written) required. Strong teamwork and collaboration required.

Other: Strong Social Media knowledge and skills. Bilingual preferred. Demonstrates strong commitment and passion for mission of American Red Cross.

Travel: Requires travel throughout the state.

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Apply now! Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The American Red Cross is a diverse nonprofit organization offering its employee's professional development and growth opportunities, a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative team spirit environment.