The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking a Program Manager, Disaster Response for the Animal Rescue Team (ART). As part of ART and under the global disaster strategy, drive the implementation of the HSUS’s disaster program through all four elements of the disaster management cycle: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. This includes a strong focus on developing relationships and positioning the HSUS with external partners and agencies; creating preparedness and response plans with inter-agency stakeholders; coordinating trainings and exercises; and engaging with communities to improve disaster resiliency and risk reduction for relevant animal populations.
You will be responsible for:
• Identifying and cultivating collaboration with local, state, and federal government agencies, organizations, and communities to improve disaster response and relief efforts for animals, with a specific focus on vulnerable and underserved communities. Developing relationships and working in conjunction with these stakeholders to increase the HSUS’s ability to partner and respond to disasters across the country. Securing and managing relevant agreements for disaster response;
• Coordinating with ART and Director of Animal Disaster Response to oversee HSUS’s rescue and response efforts to domestic disasters and crisis situations across the country. Acting as a liaison with HSUS staff, state directors, external partners, government agencies and others during times of disaster;
• Overseeing design, development, and implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve disaster resiliency and risk reduction for animals in vulnerable and underserved communities;
• Overseeing design, development, and implementation of community-based preparedness planning for animals in disasters, including stakeholder engagement, training, and evaluation. Conducting organizational-level planning consultation and training for animal rescues, shelters, and others as needed;
• Managing HSUS’s internal disaster response capacity, through coordination with ART’s Deployment specialist and others, by identification or development of technical training, internal SOPs, recruitment of responders, and resource procurement and management;
• Representing the HSUS at emergency preparedness meetings, workshops, and conferences;
• Supporting all efforts of ART, including but not limited to non-disaster deployments such as cruelty cases, as needed.
Qualifications and Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent work experience in emergency operations or response required;
• A minimum of five (5) years of experience in emergency response required;
• Experience in community-based project management and/or working with vulnerable or underserved populations strongly preferred;
• Management/supervisory experience preferred;
• A strong team-oriented mentality with the ability to navigate various personalities and manage conflict successfully in complex scenarios;
• Innovates with a growth mindset and is able to react and pivot given the evolving field of disaster management and emergency response;
• Strong initiative while seeking collaboration with others to achieve lasting impact and an inclusive working environment;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, especially in unpredictable and changing conditions;
• Ability to travel extensively on very short notice to assist in a disaster response as requested. Must be able to be on the road several days a month and to work outside standard business hours;
• Animal handling skills and knowledge of animal protection issues – animal control, shelter experience, etc. – particularly animals under stress; (Preferred)
• Working knowledge and experience with NIMS/ICS or commitment to take and pass required courses within six months;
• Promotes positivity within a team with excellent interpersonal and intervention skills;
• Comfortable in challenging and sometimes unpredictable environments with the ability to be self-motivated, proactive, and make decisions during times of stress;
• Ability to exemplify the team and organizational core values;
• Attention to detail and commitment to excellence, demonstrated by the delivery of quality and timely outcomes;
• Strong interest in animal protection issues preferred.
Please submit your resume and cover letter as one document.
This is a remote position.
The health and safety of our candidates, employees, and the communities in which we work is our top priority. The Humane Society of the United States has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all U.S. employees, including new hires. We make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs. All U.S. new hires will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status. EOE
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