Wednesday, June 16, 2021

New Job Alert! American Red Cross: Division Disaster Executive (Central Atlantic Division)

The American Red Cross Central Atlantic Division is seeking a Division Disaster Executive (DDE). This is a remote position and you must be willing to travel as well as deploy at a moment's notice. The selected candidate for hire can be based in the following states: VA, WV, OH, KY, IN, MI, TN, MD, DE, PA and Washington, D.C.

Applications Accepted Until July 15th, 2021

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Salary Range: Mid $100s to Upper $100s annually. 

Job Summary:

Accountable for the division-wide achievement of goals, supervision of the Region, support of Regional response efforts, and ensures transition to next level occurs at appropriate triggers; ensures coordination of resources, service delivery, and communication. 

Responsible for general management, programs and product distribution, establishment of interagency /community programs, technical assistance, response management, program support, feeding and distribution, sheltering and individual assistance.   Drivers for this work include risk management, grant funding, community appetite for preparedness programming, field activity, disaster responses and numbers of municipalities within its coverage area.

The Division Disaster Executive performs these functions according to the direction provided by the DVP, Region and SVP of Disaster Cycle Services, and team leadership is provided by the Disaster Cycle Governance Structure. The position reports to the DVP and receives personnel development from the DVP and SVP of Disaster Cycle Services.


1. Accountable for the implementation of the disaster services program throughout the division in alignment with established metrics

2. Leads and manages the team responsible for the implementation of disaster services programs throughout the division ensuring disaster services (Prepare, Respond and Recover) are delivered in a rapid and accessible manner, meeting the urgent needs of our clients. 

3. Ensures that plans are in place and executed in each region/local area to mobilize the community to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies meeting the needs and expectations of clients and stakeholders.

4. Executes a comprehensive division response when required.

5. Coordinates multi regional planning, communication and responses.


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. Divisionally, serves as the Red Cross thought leader and ensures interface with government entities (Federal, State and Local), 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 division for any scale of disaster; Participates in a leadership role on larger operations regionally, division or nationwide.  Represents Disaster Services to senior leaders including the American Red Cross President & CEO and to external constituents (federal and state government agencies, donors, clients, volunteers and other non-profit organizations). May serve as liaison and represent organization to major national media.

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:

Depending on work assignment, may require ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; or the ability to stand, walk and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of up to 40 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read technical information. Overall mobility is essential.  May include  sitting for long periods of time, driving a vehicle and working under challenging conditions.

Work Conditions:

Work is performed indoors and outdoors with some potential for exposure to safety and health hazards related to emergency services relief work. May travel and participate in meetings and conferences throughout chapter jurisdiction, state and Red Cross system. Because the Red Cross is a disaster response organization, staff may be asked to be on 24-hour call during period of major disaster. Potential exposure to Hepatitis B and blood borne pathogens via bodily fluids, blood, mucus, saliva.  Must be open to working outdoor events where weather conditions will vary and may also be exposed to long periods of extreme noise levels inside arenas where concerts or other high volume events may occur.

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. 

This position requires familiarity with defined programs supported by tools and processes that authorize the regions to respond quickly; clear communication tools and tracking mechanisms, and the following specific areas of knowledge:

  • ARC programs and procedures

  • Volunteer Management

  • Financial Management

  • Cultural Competency for Mobilizing a Community Response

  • Emergency Management Practices

  • Adult Education

  • Complex Systems

  • Government and Partner Relations

  • Supply Chain And Warehousing

  • Disaster Technical Expertise

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 ten to twelve years' experience direction and leading large scale social service programs. Track record of leadership results in non-profit and /or for-profit organizations. 

Management Experience: Minimum seven years 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, marketing, strategic management, leadership, partnership management. Additionally, this position requires ability for data analysis, planning, technical writing, public speaking, project management, data entry and management, organizational development, process improvement. Individual must be analytical, customer oriented, flexible, organized, and able to operate with an orientation toward solutions with an external and, strategic focus, team orientation.

Travel: May require travel.

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.

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