American Red Cross-Central Plains Chapter/Disaster Services Only Disaster Program Specialist in Grand Island, Nebraska

At the Red Cross, there is no such thing as a small disaster. In every single case it is the Red Crossandrsquo; mission to help people affected by disaster meet their emergency needs that include shelter, food, clothing, and health and mental health services. As a paid staff member, you will support our loyal Red Cross disaster volunteers who serve selflessly to provide a bridge of assistance until individuals and families can resume a normal life.Our disaster volunteers are the heart and soul of our mission to respond to emergencies and provide relief to victims of disasters. They serve in a number of capacities, including Disaster Action Team Member, Disaster Assessment, Caseworker, Mass Care Feeding, Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) Driver, Shelter Manager/Staff, Disaster Health Services and Disaster Mental Health. We are currently seeking a Disaster Program Specialist. This position will support two chapters and can be located in Grand Island, NE or Lincoln, NE. The Disaster Program Specialist is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program in an assigned geographic territory. The territory is based on the regional configuration. Leads and manages a primarily volunteer team responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area. Ensures 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. Operates as a part of the Disaster Management Cycle processes. Responsible for local preparation, response and recovery management as well as management of government partnerships with assigned territory. Drivers for this work include the number of municipalities within its coverage area, the amount and complexity of program activity, presence of significant grant funding, geography, risk, population, frequency of events, and regional structure. Performs these functions according to the guidance provided by the Disaster Program Manager; team leadership is provided by the Disaster Program Manager. This position reports directly to the Disaster Program Manager and may have a dotted line to Community Exec (s) in the territory they cover. This position may have dotted line supervision to program support functions within the Region and/or may also serve as a program support function lead within the Region. This position works closely with, is supported by and receives technical guidance from program support functions at the regional level.Some Responsibilities:Act in a facilitative leader role across the disaster cycle: the Red Cross will 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, represents the entire disaster cycle of preparedness, response and recovery.Ensures that American Red Cross services are available to diverse communities.Coordinate volunteers to respond to disasters; grow preparedness programs (Home Fire Campaign and Pillowcase Project)Strengthen community partnerships and response plans Qualifications:Education: Bachelorandrsquo;s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.Experience: Minimum of 3-5 yearsandrsquo; experience with social services or service/program delivery. Ability to coordinate staff and volunteer activities. Ability to interpret program trends, results, and related data to formulate recommendations. Ability to manage multiple priorities with strong skills in planning and problem solving. Management Experience: Minimum of 6 months to one-year supervisory experience preferred.Skills and Abilities: Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Develops project plans and budgets. Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of program or service. Demonstrated ability in creating