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Coordinator - Emergency Management

Location: CAN - AB - Edmonton
Empl./Engagement Status: Temporary Full Time
Empl./Engagement Duration: 8 months
Closing Date: post until filled

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The Canadian Red Cross Society, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Canadians, as well as the most vulnerable throughout the world, is seeking an Emergency Management (EM) Coordinator, Alberta.


 Under the direction of the Emergency Management (EM) Manager, the EM Coordinator leads assigned programs and initiatives within the EM mandate, including, but not limited to, volunteer management, preparedness and response activities, and external relationship building. The EM Coordinator will also promote public awareness of Red Cross programs and services. During response operations, the EM Coordinator will plan, organize, implement and supervise the CRC Level 1 & 2 response teams and services to support affected household and community responses. During Level 3+ responses, the EM Coordinator will participate as required in business continuity or in the response to support Provincial Disaster Coordination Team (PDCT) and National Disaster Coordination Team (NDCT) coordinated responses. The EM Coordinator will work to enhance the volunteer experience through identified sourcing, recruitment and engagement campaigns and activities, taking responsibility to building a relationship with volunteers throughout the volunteer cycle, including between responses. The incumbent will ensure delivery of services is in accordance with CRC Fundamental Principles and Mission, CRC policies, Emergency Management  Standards and approved budgets. 


You will enjoy:


Culture: An organization that is guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Flexibility: Alternative work arrangements and paid time off for those “life happens moments.”

Employee Benefits:  A comprehensive health and dental plan, and competitive vacation entitlements.

Meaningful Work: The opportunity to grow and learn through meaningful work at one of Canada’s largest non-profit organizations.


Who you are:


  • You are a relationship builder – you will develop relationships with both internal and external stakeholders including working within Indigenous communities.
  • You are adaptive – you are able to navigate the unexpected, respond to changing needs and apply lessons learned.
  • You are a strong communicator – you are able to adapt your communication style to work collaboratively with all levels of an organization and stakeholders.
  • You are a  team player – you work hard to maintain solid team dynamics and have a strong collaborative approach.
  • You understand emergency and disaster management, risk assessment and the importance of preparedness.


In this role you will:


  • Contribute to workforce planning assessments by identifying local operational needs, gaps, and promotions within the volunteer workforce.
  • Be responsible to directly support as well as engage teams in volunteer sourcing initiatives to achieve set targets as part of the defined recruitment strategies and tactics.
  • Ensure completion of local and program-specific onboarding and orientation activities with volunteers.
  • Implement and lead programmatic volunteer engagement through regular communication, activities and informal recognition, as well as support centrally managed engagement activities including those developed or rolled out by the Volunteer Engagement and Experience (VEE) Manager.
  • Coordinate disaster risk reduction and readiness activities in an all-hazards approach with particular emphasis on relevant risks, and in line with CRC Readiness Standards;
  • Participate in the development and preparation of program objectives and work plans as required;
  • Ensure that Red Cross supplies and assets are inventoried, maintained, tracked and deployed as per the logistics plan, in agreement with Supply Chain Management/Logistics;
  • Coordinates and supports emergency preparedness and awareness activities within the assigned area including annual campaigns such as Emergency Preparedness Week, Walmart campaign, etc.;
  • Supervise and contribute to the development and support the implementation of Emergency Response Plans (ERPs) in accordance with programs standards, including workforce planning;
  • In times of small-scale localized responses, supports or leads the set up and operation of responses in community, based on request from EM leadership;
  • Play a key role during local, provincial and national disaster and emergency responses as required including Duty Officer coverage as assigned;
  • Build partnerships with stakeholders including assigned local and municipal governments representatives, NGOs, police and fire departments as well as community leaders in a continuous effort to enhance response capacity.


We are looking for:


  • University degree or community college diploma in one or more of the following disciplines; volunteer management, project management, community development, emergency management, planning and evaluation or a related field and a minimum three (3) years experience at a community-based program level
  • Volunteer Leadership/Management Skills
  • Previous experience working with volunteers is required
  • Demonstrated knowledge or connection to the community in the area of responsibility;
  • Demonstrated experience in development of plans and exercises.
  • Experience and training in media relations and public speaking.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects at one time, strong time management skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Valid Standard/Emergency First Aid Certification or willingness to complete training
  • Valid Provincial Class 5 driver’s license
  • Preference may be given to a candidate with a background in emergency management.


Working Conditions:


  • May be required to work non-tradition hours, be on call and respond to emergency/disaster related requests
  • Work-related travel is a regular requirement of the job including into remote communities during all seasons


Please note that there is no relocation package for this position.

The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.

While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. We kindly ask not to send in duplicate copies of your resume. No phone calls please.


The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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