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Bilingual Community Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator, Cameron County

American Red Cross
United States, Texas, Harlingen
6914 W Expressway 83 (Show on map)
Nov 26, 2023
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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.

We are committed to the diversity of our workforce and to delivering our programs and services in a culturally competent manner reflecting the communities we serve. Our work environment is collaborative, respectful, and inclusive with a focus on building allyship and a culture of belonging that empowers all team members. Come to learn, grow, and succeed while sharing your passion for making a difference.

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As part of the world's largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross works on the front lines of the climate crisis every day.

The Red Cross is currently seeking a Bilingual Community Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator in Cameron County, Texas, to help lead a groundbreaking new program. This position reports to the Cameron County Community Disaster Risk Reduction Manager and is responsible for building and overseeing a community partner network and workforce to help cope with the climate crisis.

Through our new Community Adaptation Program, our goal is to build and equip a resilient network of community-based partners and workforce ready to augment and enhance food security, emergency shelter and care, and access to health and mental health services needed when climate emergencies strike.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in social services, partner collaboration and community outreach, and preferably experience in grant administration, disaster risk reduction and building volunteer teams. Join us and be a part of an innovative new way of preparing communities that are better equipped for future disasters.

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This position does not have to reside in Cameron County, TX; however, must be in an adjacent county and within driving distance. The Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator will be expected to work within Cameron County, TX the majority of the work week.


* Assess community needs in Cameron County to identify and support the most vulnerable populations and their needs with regard to resilience in health, food security and housing and lessen disaster-caused human impacts.
* Identify local partner organizations providing services related to food insecurity, housing and health with an interest in building disaster-related resilience.
* Work with American Red Cross divisional and regional staff to integrate partnerships into planning, readiness, response and recovery activities.
* Evaluate opportunities for partnership, build and maintain positive partner relationships, and formalize agreements with community-based organizations and key community stakeholders.
* Support implementation of Community Adaptation initiatives by convening partners, supporting engagement, and informing educational opportunities.
* Support collection of required grant management and partner engagement data accurately and on time.
* Support diverse and inclusive volunteer teams that lead and engage in Mission Adaptation objectives/activities.
* Collaborate with internal teams to communicate program objectives, milestones and determine areas of opportunity for existing volunteer base.
* Report expenditures made using the Community Adaptation budget.
* Engage with contacts in community-based organizations and key community stakeholders to educate about disasters, impacts to vulnerable populations and Red Cross programs.
* Prepare accurate records and reports on partner engagement to include regular updates on program milestones and required adjustments into assessments of progress, accountability, and co-learning.
* Work with Communications to develop press releases, brochures, and other collateral materials.
* Support region and stakeholder communities during disaster relief responses.
* Perform other duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Social Work, Public Health, Community Education or some other social services field.

Experience: Minimum of 7 years of related experience, preferably in an outcomes-based social-services environment or equivalent combination of education and related experience required.

Experience in community mobilization and disaster recovery preferred. Demonstrated familiarity with climate adaptation/resilience strategies, government disaster programs, and community organizing preferred.

Skills and Abilities: Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of community disaster risk reduction. Demonstrated ability in creating presentations and developing training modules. Excellent oral and communication skills, including training and presentations. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Develop project plans, budgets, and strategies to achieve organizational goals. Demonstrate analytical and decision-making skills to develop creative processes for continuous program or service improvements. Intermediate level proficiency with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Flexibility and ability to work on and manage a new team during program development. Spanish speaking preferred.

Location: Given trust and social capital requisite to successful community resilience networks, the position would require residence in or physically near Cameron County.

Other: 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. Upon employment, must be able to learn and become proficient in: ARC programs and procedures, Volunteer Management, Financial Management, Cultural Competency, and Community & Government Partnerships.

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

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The work environment will consist of moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phones and printers, light traffic). The employee must have the ability to work in a small cubicle and have the ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

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 + Holidays
* 401K with 5% match
* Paid Family Leave
* Employee Assistance Program
* Disability and Insurance: Short + Long Term
* Service Awards and recognition



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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