Americorps Program Director

American Red Cross Detroit , MI 48222

Posted 6 months ago

Job Description:

As an employee at the American Red Cross, you could be on the front lines making a positive impact on our community. You could provide your services directly to the American public or support to the people who do.

Both roles help further the mission of the Red Cross. Join our non-profit organization, where your heart and mind go to work!

The American Red Cross Michigan Region is seeking an AmeriCorps Program Director. This position can be based in one of our chapters in the following cities:

Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo or Lansing. This is a full time, hourly (non-exempt) paid position.

Job Summary:

Implements, coordinates, and provides disaster preparedness and resilience strategies, training, program support, implementation, and administration. Coordinates community disaster preparedness and resilience activities, education, public events, planning and other community projects, which engages the community on how to increase their level of preparedness and build resilience in order to respond and recover from a disaster.


1.Implements and participates in the development of initiatives that support community engagement and other assigned program or service. Builds resilience networks by collaborating with a cross section of community sectors to ensure effective preparedness, response, and recovery outcomes during disaster life-cycle. Functions as a preparedness subject matter expert. Supports all forms of preparedness programs, tools, and exercises. Organizes and facilitates all DAT operations within Chapter's jurisdiction. Supports community and labor groups in developing and updating their disaster response plans. Provides appropriate development opportunities and recognition of preparedness instructors, volunteers, and network members. Utilizes the Community Engagement Strategy to identify and address preparedness issues in the community through the resilience networks.
2.Assigns and coordinates staff members and volunteers on project assignments. Supervises and trains volunteers and implements a program in community engagement and public education to increase the communities' awareness of disasters and how to prepare their families and communities to respond to disasters and emergencies. May be responsible for supervising other full time and part time employees. May hire, train, coach, counsel and evaluate performance of direct reports and volunteers or give significant recommendations as to those supervisory actions. Utilizes appropriate volunteer database system to track volunteers, including background, qualifications, experience, and availability.
3.Evaluates and reports effectiveness of program or service and prepares recommendations for continuous improvement. Collects data related to metrics set forth by HQ and developed for local preparedness activities. Monitors program outcomes and results to reinforce organizational accountability.
4.Develops and monitors budget for Chapter program or service. Works with appropriate staff to ensure adequate levels of inventory are maintained to meet scheduled demand.
5.Identifies possible funding sources for program or service initiatives from entities like government agencies and philanthropic foundations/organizations.
6.Develops and conducts trainings/presentations to promote Red Cross services and programs to community.
7.Develops and maintains active professional relationships with key internal and external partners.
8.Provides analysis, advice and consultation on Chapter programs and services.
9.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 expected 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.
10. Carries out any additional assignments required to fulfill the Mission of the American Red Cross.


Education: Bachelor's degree or combination of education and experience, which would provide an equivalent background

Experience: Minimum of 3 to 5 years in successfully implementing and advancing social service programs.

Experience with group facilitation, community organizing, training or similar. Ability to coordinate staff and volunteer activities. Ability to interpret program trends, results, related data, and budget information to formulate recommendations. Ability to manage multiple priorities with strong skills in planning and problem-solving.

Management Experience: Preferred 6 months 1 year supervisory experience.

Skills and Abilities: Develops project plans & budgets.

Demonstrates in depth knowledge of community preparedness. Maintains confidentiality. Works with integrity and ethically.

Demonstrated ability in creating presentations and developing training modules. Excellent oral and communication skills, including training and presentations.

Other: Intermediate level proficiency with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Travel: May involve travel.

Essential Functions/Physical


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 of 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. 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.

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.

If this sounds like the kind of opportunity that you've been waiting for, please apply at:

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.

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