American Red Cross Regional Disaster Program Officer in Portland, Maine
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 Disaster Program Officer to work in our Portland, ME location, serving our Maine Region. Can also work out of our Topsham office.
The Regional Disaster Program Officer (RDPO) is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program throughout the Maine region in alignment with established metrics. All disaster positions in a region have a solid line reporting relationship to the RDPO. The RDPO will also ensure that employees and volunteers within a region are assigned specific "relationship management" responsibilities with key emergency management staff, non-governmental organizations and corporate/organizations supporting disaster services (i.e., account management). Serves during times of disaster in an operational leadership role for any scale of disaster. Participates in a leadership role on smaller operations regionally, division or nationwide.This position operates as a part of the Disaster Management Cycle processes. It is responsible for government partnerships, measurement and evaluation, information provision, preparation, and response management. Drivers for this work include the number of municipalities within its coverage area, the amount and complexity of program activity, presence of significant grant funding, geography, risk, population, frequency of events, and regional structure.The RDPO performs these functions according to the direction provided by the Division Disaster Executive (DDE) and Regional Chapter Executive (RCE); team leadership is provided by the DDE. This position reports directly to the RCE; dotted line to DDE and receives personnel development from both.The RDPO supervises 5 paid staff members.Responsibilities:1. Policy development and partnerships: Regionally, serves as the Red Cross thought leader and ensures interface with government entities, organizations, and other leadership entities in the field of emergency services, disaster policy and operations, and community resiliency. 2. Mobilizes the community to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. Meets the needs and expectations of clients and stakeholders.3. Executes a comprehensive regional response when required. Serves during times of disaster as the operational leadership for the region for any scale of disaster; Participates in a leadership role on larger operations regionally, division or nationwide4. Leads and manages the team responsible for the implementation of disaster services programs throughout the region, ensuring disaster services are delivered in a rapid and accessible manner in order to meet the urgent needs of our clients. Include performance evaluations. May supervise Service to Armed Forces and International Services programs depending on the structure of the region.5. Develops and supports disaster volunteers who are the primary workforce. Drives the development of Disaster Leadership Volunteers in order to meet the needs of the Region, State and Division.6. Program management: Accountable for the implementation of the disaster services program in alignment with established metricsScope:Job level is also determined by additional factors including regional disaster risk assessment, which contributes to job complexity. Develops and supports disaster volunteers who are the primary workforce; Drives the development of Disaster Leadership Volunteers in order to meet the needs of the Region, State and Division. Regionally, serves as the Red Cross thought leader and ensures interface with government entities, organizations, and other leadership entities in the field of emergency services, disaster policy and operations, and community resiliency. Serves during times of disaster as the operational leadership for the region for any scale of disaster; Participates in a leadership role on larger operations regionally, division or nationwide. Will be required to work evenings and weekends to provide program direction and ensure adequate coverage for contracted events and that first aid station and personnel operate within state regulations and run smoothly and efficiently. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Degree in emergency management, public administration, or organizational development preferred.Experience: Minimum three years experience directing and leading large scale social service programs. Track record of leadership results in non-profit and /or for-profit organizations. Knowledge of volunteer management, financial management, emergency management, adult education, community and government programs and procedures as well as disaster technical expertise.Management Experience: Minimum one year of staff management experience. Demonstrated abilities in the following areas: supervisory, ability to work with volunteers, coaching, training. Skills and Abilities: Proven track record of collaboration, facilitation, problem solving, leadership, partnership management. Additionally, this position requires ability for data analysis, planning, technical writing, public speaking, project management, data entry and management, process improvement. Must be analytical, customer oriented, flexible, organized, and able to operate with an orientation toward solutions, an external focus, and team orientation.Other: Requires familiarity with Program guidance and standards; proficiency in standard office technology tools such as cell phone; laptop; internet cards and Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel) Travel: Travel is required throughout the Region.
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