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We are seeking a Disaster Workforce Engagement Manager (DWEM) for our Mississippi/Alabama region. This position can be work out of any chapter office in the AL or MS region. This is a full time, salary (exempt) position and work hours will vary. The selected candidate needs to be flexible to work on call 24/7 to cover disasters, attend weekend events and travel as requested for deployments, meetings and training. You must have a valid driver’s license to operate a Red Cross vehicle.
The DWEM is responsible for leading and managing a one staff person and volunteer teams to support and provide Disaster Workforce engagement in Mississippi & Alabama. This position serves as the lead functional expert in a Red Cross Region for supporting the disaster workforce. Tailoring national program offerings for the Region and communities within the Region, providing technical expertise, training, and leading regional implementation of Disaster Workforce priorities, this position supports regional employees and volunteers in the disaster territories to build capacity in the local community for the disaster cycle. Specific functions of this position include program implementation, remote team building of employees and volunteers, and soliciting feedback from end customers.
This position operates as a part of the process called Engage Volunteers and Employees which is one of the (five pillar/ three core) processes of the Disaster Management Cycle. Specific functions of this position include: Workforce, training, engagement and deployment and workforce development. Drivers for this work include: Scheduled volunteers and need for trained volunteers.
This position works to perform these functions according to the program direction provided by the Workforce Engagement function at headquarters. Team leadership, supervision, and personnel development is provided by the Regional Disaster Functions/Support Director or the Regional Disaster and Program Officer; and may have a dotted line to the DPM or Community Exec (s) in the territory they cover.
1: Establish and implement disaster services program goals, objectives, policies, and procedures in a territory in alignment with established metrics. Coordinate the day-to-day functions that support these programs in accordance with policies and procedures.
2: Lead and supervise a primarily volunteer team responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area. Ensure the development of Disaster leadership volunteers in each of the program support functional areas of the disaster cycle in order to meet the needs of the territory, region, state and division. Hire, train, coach, counsel, and evaluate performance of direct reports and volunteers.
3: Act in a facilitative leader role across the disaster cycle. Align with government and work to enable the entire community to participate in all phases of the disaster cycle by shifting from being not only a provider of direct services but also a facilitative leader. Within scope of position, represent the entire disaster cycle of preparedness, response and recovery.
4: Mobilize the local community to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. Meet 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.
5: Develop and cultivate professional relationships with key internal & external partners/organizations. Serve as the Red Cross thought leader on a local level with government and other agencies and organizations involved in disaster. Ensure interface with community leaders, corporations, businesses and government agencies. Participate in local planning, exercises, and training, to include exercises called by local partners (VOADs, EMAs and LEPCs).
6: Manage local responses by the deployment volunteers on a daily basis in a rapid and accessible manner. Serve during times of disaster as the operational leadership for the territory/local level. Participate in a leadership role on larger operations regionally, division or nationwide.
7: Ensure that American Red Cross services are available to diverse communities.
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 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 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, 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 ability for planning, public speaking, project management and process improvement. Individual 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.
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 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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