Disaster Program Specialist

  • American Red Cross
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Feb 04, 2020

Job Description

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Job Description:

Coordinates and serves as a resource for daily operations of a Chapter program or service.  Acts as a liaison between program or service and its internal and external partners.

**This is a Part-Time 20 hr. a week position.


Serves Anchorage in interior district by implementing and coordinating the day-to-day functions that support program or service operations. Coordinates recruitment, training. Support, recognition and deployment of volunteers and staff enrolled in Disaster Services Human Resources (DSHR) system.

 Coordinates basic, intermediate and advanced disaster and related department courses/workshops. Teaches as applicable.

Coordinates preparedness and smoke alarm installation via Red Cross Pillow Case Project and Home Fire Campaign Guidelines.

2.  Participates on small scale projects which require researching issues, information, data collection, and development of recommendations. Collaborates and supports staff and volunteers in coordinating department’s efforts and participation in internal and external drills/exercises.

3. Maintains records, reports and statistical data in accordance to National and Regional standards.

4. Collects preliminary client information and refers client to appropriate Red Cross and community services.

5.  Independently resolves minor problems and issues which may impact program or service delivery or outcomes.

It is the responsibility of all Red Cross staff members to recruit, train and work with volunteers and to treat all clients, volunteers, guests, and other employees in a courteous and respectful manner at all times while maintaining a cooperative atmosphere for everyone.  It is expect that each member of the regional management team to work with a volunteer counterpart to ensure key volunteers are utilized and ensure depth within the function.

7.  Carries out any additional assignments required to fulfill the Mission of the American Red Cross.

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 up to 20 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 including sitting for long periods of time, driving a vehicle and working under challenging conditions.

Work Conditions:

Work is performed indoors 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.
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: High School or equivalent.  Associates degree preferred.

Experience: Minimum 2-4 years of administrative experience.  Ability to manage multiple priorities and have strong skills in planning and problem-solving.  Ability to perform tasks with minimal direction and supervision.

Skills and Abilities: Strong verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrates attention to detail.  Prioritizes and plans work activities.  Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.  Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.  Maintains confidentiality; works ethically and works with integrity.

Other: Intermediate level proficiency with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be able to perform all assigned responsibilities under “grey sky” requirements.  This position is also responsible for ensuring that all American Red Cross finance policies and procedures are followed as related to the scope of work activity.

Travel: May involve field work. 

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. To be considered for this position, please visit www.redcross.org/jobs to apply.

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