SAF/IS Regional Program Specialist Mobile

  • American Red Cross
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 14, 2024

Job Description

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Job Description:

As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. When you join our team, you have a direct impact on a meaningful mission, and you can help save lives every day. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity. Work where your career is a force for good.

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The American Red Cross is currently seeking a full-time Mobile SAF-IS Regional Program Specialist to support the Service to Armed Forces and International Services (SAF-IS) missions in the Region. This position will travel to surrounding areas and will be based in the Denver area. This position is regional, but also part of our mobile staff which requires meeting strict medical and security clearances prior to employment.  In this role worldwide deployment is a condition of employment. Mobile staff members typically deploy for 6 months at a time typically, approximately once every 18-24 months, and can be sent to any military base in the world.


The SAF-IS Regional Program Specialist Mobile assists in the delivery of American Red Cross programs and services to meet the needs of United States military members, veterans and their families in accordance with Red Cross policies and procedures but will focused on supporting the delivery of International Services (IS) U.S. programs and services to include International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Youth Action Campaign (YAC) and Restoring Family Links (RFL). This is accomplished through managing volunteers and working with other Red Cross departments to support strong visibility for SAF/IS U.S. throughout the military community.

Serves as part of the Hero Care Center Contingency Team. Acts as the first line of supervision and support to provide casework expertise and manage volunteers and other staff members during surge situations and disaster responses. Supports Disaster Cycle Services (DCS) as necessary in accordance with the DCS COOP SAF responsibilities.  Maintains deployment readiness at all times by completing medical requirements, clearance requirements and by completing ongoing training requirements to maintain proficiency with casework and relationship management.   


Relationship Management and Community Outreach:  Serves as the face of the Red Cross at assigned location.

  • Assists the SAF-IS Regional Manager and/or Director in building strong relationships and partnerships with external constituents in the local community, including government organizations, corporate partners, civic organizations and other community charitable and nonprofit agencies with the purpose of furthering the mission of the Red Cross. Outreach includes command meetings, education briefings, presentations, or information sessions.
  • Establish and maintain effective command relationships during deployment.

Volunteer Management:  Assists in the development and implementation of a strategic volunteer program to engage and enable delivery of all Red Cross programs and services on military installations and local communities within their regional jurisdiction.

  • Recruits and trains volunteers in the delivery of SAF and IS U.S. programs and services. This may include volunteers for Red Cross Training Services, Disaster Cycle Services and providing support to Armed Forces Blood Services depending on location. 
  • Supervises volunteer staff in their daily work responsibilities. 
  • Assigns and supervises volunteers during surge situations for the Hero Care Center.

Service Delivery Management:  Ensures the delivery of SAF core services and IS U.S. Programs to all clients within their jurisdiction.  Supports other lines of Red Cross service to ensure the delivery of Red Cross Training Services, disaster preparedness and response and Red Cross Blood Services.  Services may include conducting training, meetings, presentations, and workshops as well as scheduling, recruitment, marketing and providing materials and support throughout the community.
Hero Care Network Contingency Team:  Serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) during emergency situations at the SAF Hero Care Center. 

  • Completes required training to ensure competency in the performance of all call center responsibilities to include intake, verification and delivery of emergency messages between service members and their families and other services as needed.
  • Required to provide casework services for the Hero Care center remotely to ensure continued competency.
  • Required to support the Hero Care Centers on short notice during surge or disaster situations.  This support may be on site or remote as appropriate. Must also respond to periodic readiness drills.
  • Serves as SME, assigns responsibilities to volunteers and manages volunteer caseworkers during surge situations and disaster responses.

Deployment Readiness:  Mobile staff are required to deploy and maintain readiness at all times. In order to maintain their annual readiness certification, the following is required:

  • Deployment Familiarization Training on military culture and protocols, command relationships, do’s & don’ts while deployed and scenario-based situations.
  • Advanced leadership training and advanced casework training must be completed.
  • All trainings must be recertified annually to ensure continued readiness
  • Once activated for deployment, staff will meet regularly with senior leadership to ensure readiness and ability to backfill OCONUS SAF-IS Mobile positions as needed.
  • Additional training with site specific scenarios with the current staff members at their deployment location is required.
  • Additional deployment medical requirements must be met.
  • Must obtain a no-fee passport prior to deployment and a Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC) upon arrival.

Reporting & Admin Support:  Monitors and reports on American Red Cross Service Delivery Outcomes.

  • Interacts with customers and other teams to obtain data to document outcomes and program results to ensure organizational accountability.
  • Inputs and evaluates service delivery data for consistency, completeness, accuracy, and reasonableness.
  • Generate data reports on a scheduled and/ or periodic basis for management or local command.
  • Makes recommendations for continuous improvement to ensure metrics are consistently met.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, human resources management, community organization, social or health sciences, or related field; or relevant equivalent experience is required. 

Experience: A minimum of three years related experience  

Management Experience:  n/a 

A current, valid driver's license with good driving record is required. 

Requires strong computer skills. Public speaking skills and the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing are required. Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in an individual or team environment. Flexibility to accommodate short notice assignments and long periods of time away from home is essential. The ability to balance multiple priorities is essential. Experience with American Red Cross programs and services is strongly desired. Familiarity with military culture, regulations and protocol is strongly desired.

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) weights of up to 50 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 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.

FOR MOBILE POSITIONS ONLY (Domestic and Overseas settings)

Some positions are designated as “Mobile” and subject to unique job requirements. SAF Mobile Staff perform the same basic job responsibilities as non-mobile staff in regions. In addition to those responsibilities, this special workforce is also required to deploy on short term temporary assignments, serving alongside military members who are deployed to designated theaters of operations anywhere in the world. Mobile staff must be ready to deploy whenever called upon, and to do so are required to meet and maintain specific medical and other readiness requirements.  Requirements unique to mobile positions include the following:

Support both the day-to-day operations and emergency needs of the Hero Care Center as a member of the Hero Care Network Contingency Team. 

  • Completes all trainings and requirements to maintain casework proficiency, to include working shifts and participating in readiness drills.
  • Responds to emergency, surge and disaster situations, as needed.

To maintain readiness, staff must:

  • Maintain all medical and security requirements
  • Engage in annual deployment familiarization program to include trainings and meetings
  • When activated to deploy, participate in additional trainings and meetings to prepare for deployment


In addition, mobile staff based overseas may also be responsible for managing the promotion and delivery of all Red Cross services to clients within their jurisdiction. This may include:

  • Ensuring Training Services programs are supported and promoted in their jurisdiction and that there are sufficient trained volunteers to provide classes
  • Ensuring Disaster Cycle Services are provided including responding to local, regional and division level disasters and acting as a planning partner for local emergency management and response activities
  • Establishing and maintaining a positive and mutually beneficial relationship with local Armed Forces Blood Service Programs

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.

Mobile staff requirements: 
SAF Mobile Staff perform the same basic job responsibilities as non-mobile staff in regions. In addition to those responsibilities, this special workforce is also required to deploy on short term temporary assignments, serving alongside military members who are deployed to designated theaters of operations anywhere in the world. Mobile staff must be ready to deploy whenever called upon, and to do so are required to meet and maintain specific medical and other readiness requirements.  Requirements unique to mobile positions include the following:

World-wide mobility is a condition of employment.  It is an essential function of this position and employees must accept assignments anywhere in the world where we provide services to members of the U.S. military and their families. 

Mobile staff members must be US citizens and able to obtain/maintain a secret security clearance and no-fee U.S. passport.

Must meet and maintain strict medical and physical requirements, including immunizations required by the U.S. military and Department of Defense.

Responsible for proper wear and maintenance of daily Red Cross Duty Uniform, and live and work in harsh and stressful environment in conflict areas. 

Periodically accompanies the military on deployments.

Some station offices are in remote locations without public transportation. 

An interim Secret Security Clearance must be obtained if SSC is not currently held.

When deployed, you may be required to work 12-hour shifts, 7 days a week.  Privacy is often limited, and you may have to share accommodations with co-workers, military members, etc. 


Ideal candidates will have a passion for supporting military members with the physical stamina and emotional capacity to live and work alongside deployed military members in harsh climates and difficult environments. SAF/IS employees are servant leaders supporting deployed military members through difficult and challenging issues. Candidates need to thrive on service and teamwork. Candidates must be adaptable with an ability to manage through ambiguity engaging others in problem solving complex issues.

Core Competencies

  • Adaptability: Successful candidates must adjust to new situations quickly and have the ability to tackle the challenges these situations present. 
  • Independent Problem Solving: Successful candidates are capable of handling high-pressure situations by knowing who to engage in dialogue and up with actionable solutions
  • Teamwork: Successful candidates have the ability to collaborate with team members, volunteers, and military personnel to achieve SAF/IS mission.
  • Servant Leader: Successful candidates must be leaders who out others and the mission first. Someone who understands that deployment is a hardship, and our mission is to support our military personnel in uncomfortable situations and circumstances.


We take care of you, while you take care of others. As a mission-based organization, we believe our team needs great support to do great work. Our comprehensive benefits help you in balancing home and work. With our resources and perks, you have amazing possibilities at the American Red Cross to advance the learn.

* Medical, Dental Vision plans 

* Health Spending Accounts & Flexible Spending Accounts 

* PTO:  Starting at 15 days a year; based on FLSA status and tenure 

* Holidays:  11 paid holidays comprised of six core holidays and five floating holidays 

* 401K with 5% match 

* Paid Family Leave 

* Employee Assistance  

* Disability and Insurance: Short + Long Term 

* Service Awards and recognition 

The salary range for this position is (Colorado): $49,720 - $55,000. 

Note that American Red Cross salaries are aligned to the specific geographic location in which the work is primarily performed. Other factors that may be used to determine your actual salary may include your specific skills, how many years of experience you have and comparison to other employees already in this role. 

This job will be posted for a minimum of five business days and extended if the applicant pool needs to be expanded.

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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