LEAD Rotational Program Associate

  • American Red Cross
  • Statewide, District of Columbia
  • Sep 06, 2021

Job Description

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By joining the American Red Cross  you will touch millions of lives every year and experience the greatness of the human spirit at its best.  Are you ready to be part of  the world's largest humanitarian network?

***As a condition of employment with American Red Cross, you are required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated for COVID 19 or qualify for an exemption. Accordingly, employment is conditioned on providing proof of vaccination or having an approved exemption prior to starting employment.****

Join us—Where your Career is a Force for Good!

Job Description:

The American Red Cross is a not-for-profit humanitarian organization that turns compassion into action. We prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Come work where your career is a force for good!


If you embrace experiential learning, mentorship, a range of assignments, and the opportunity to transition into a leadership role within a mission-focused organization, the American Red Cross Leadership Education and Development Rotational Program (LRP) is for you. You must be graduating in the Spring of 2022 with a Master's Degree in order to be considered for this position.


LRP is a three-year development program that offers MBA, MPA, MA, and MPP graduates paid, full-time employment that provides on-the job learning and experience for senior-level positions in the organization.  Three, one-year rotational assignments expose LRP associates to Red Cross culture, operational management. and an enterprise-wide perspective to build leadership capabilities.  LRP associates also participate in the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program, joining two dozen, high-potential Red Cross leaders for intensive leadership development, coaching, mentoring, and access to senior and executive leaders across the organization.


Recruitment and all events associated with these positions will be virtual.


LRP Assignment Opportunities focus on developing programs and delivering services in these areas:


  • Disaster Cycle Services: From small house fires to multi-state natural disasters, goes wherever needed to provide clean water, safe shelter, and hot meals when people need them most
  • Biomedical Services: Collects, tests, and provides approximately 40% of the nation's lifesaving blood and blood products
  • Training Services: Provides training and skills needed to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies (e.g., CPR and first aid)
  • International Services: With other Red Cross Red Crescent teams, responds to emergencies, helps neighborhoods prepare for future disasters, and ensures that children receive vaccines
  • Service to the Armed Forces: Helps members of the military, veterans, and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service
  • National Headquarters: Includes corporate functions and services such as Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, Finance, Diversity and Inclusion, and Information Technology



  • Spring 2022 MBA, MPA, MA, MPP or other graduate degree candidate; nonprofit management a plus
  • 3-5 years of work experience prior to returning to graduate school preferred
  • Willingness and ability to relocate for each rotational assignment (twelve-month duration each)
  • Exceptional communication, customer service, project management, and interpersonal skills are a must
  • Interest in leading various operational components of a large nonprofit organization
  • Proven ability to navigate complex, matrixed organizations
  • Experience leading teams or significant projects
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment

The American Red Cross offers a competitive pay and benefits package. We invite you to learn more about us at www.redcross.org



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.

Interested in Volunteering?

Life’s emergencies don’t stop, and neither do American Red Cross volunteers, who represent more than 90 percent of our workforce to help prevent and alleviate human suffering. You can make a difference by volunteering in a position that appeals to you and allows you to use your unique skills and talents. The Red Cross relies on generous volunteers who give their time and talent to help fulfill our lifesaving mission.

Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to learn more, including our most-needed volunteer positions.

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