disaster program specialist resume example with 13+ years of experience

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Professional Summary

Hardworking and passionate individual with experience in disaster response providing support and guidance to individuals in need from diverse backgrounds. Strong understanding of effectively working with others to help and support during local and national disasters. Known for excellent attention to detail. Excel at multitasking and team building.

  • Training and Development
  • Team Leadership
  • Disaster Response
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Multitasking Abilities
  • Problem-Solving
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Self-Motivated
  • Flexible and Adaptable
  • Planning and Coordination
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, PA, Expected in 12/2002 Bachelor of Arts : Sociology, Anthropology - GPA :

American Red Cross

  • First Aid/CPR/AED expires 9/16/24
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Instructor expires 9/16/24
Work History
American Red Cross - Disaster Program Specialist
, , Southern NJ in Salem, Gloucester And Camden County 09/2018 - Current
  • Serve in various functional areas such as: Damage Assessment, Mass Care, Recovery Casework, Logistics, Information Management & Situational Awareness, Partnerships & Emergency Management, Workforce Development and Preparedness Programs
  • Utilizing, support and maintain the Red Cross recovery policy and/or programs that provide direct support to disaster survivors that covers client intake and financial assistance
  • Manage the implementation of the disaster service program (responding to home fires) in Gloucester, Salem and Camden Counties
  • Create, Build, Train Volunteers to respond to local fires to assist residents displaced by local disasters
  • Conduct Shelter survey walkthrough, facilitate shelter agreements and train local partners in sheltering
  • Support local preparation, response and recovery activities as well as maintaining government partnerships with assigned counties
  • Volunteer Program Management, Engagement and Support: Engage and develop a primarily volunteer team responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area
  • Develop and conduct local training and exercises for Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, Emergency Management Agencies and Local Emergency Planning Committees (VOADs, OEMs and LEPCs)
  • Communicate with senior leaders, Federal, State, Local, and Tribal officials, as well as the general public regarding the American Red Cross recovery programs both orally and in written formats
  • Serve as a Damage Assessment Manager on Red Cross deployments, focusing on team development, GIS mapping and managing equipment
  • Exceeded goals through effective task prioritization and great work ethic
  • Collaborated with team members to achieve target results
  • Created plans and communicated deadlines to complete projects on time
  • Learned new skills and applied to daily tasks to improve efficiency and productivity
  • Developed and maintained courteous and effective working relationships
  • Worked flexible hours across night, weekend and holiday shifts
Guard Insurance Group - Senior Field Representative
, , Salem, NJ 04/2016 - 09/2018
  • Serve as the Medical Reserve Corp Coordinator for Salem County
  • Train volunteers monthly, and maintain communication and trainings for all volunteers
  • Serve as the Health Communicator Risk Communicator Coordinator for Salem County
  • Conduct Drills and Exercises related to Public Health Emergencies and Natural Disasters
  • Conduct Health Education and volunteer recruitment at Health Fairs and Community Events
  • Coordinate, Train, Organize and Participate in County Wide emergency planning events for mass prophylaxis and sheltering operations
  • Assist with Salem County Office of Emergency Management in various drills and activities related to the Community Emergency Response Team
  • Create, Review and update all Standard Operating Procedures for the Department
  • Develop and Oversee 265K Bio-Terrorism Grant related budgets and reports for the Department
  • Review and Develop the Operation Readiness Review for the State of NJ and Center for Disease Control
  • Create all Marketing and Advertising for the Health Department and Office of Emergency
Ymca Of Delaware - Aquatic Director
, , Woodbury, NJ 12/2008 - 06/2014
  • Directly supervise up to 30 staff and 70 volunteers
  • Plan, develop, and promote all programs of recreation, instruction, and competition within the allotted budget for programs and services
  • Conducted all hiring for the department, Including interviewing, hiring paperwork, orientation and training of all staff
  • Create, coordinate, implement, and supervise revenue generating programs
  • Coordinate and communicate with vendors
  • Coordinate the purchase, inventory, and maintenance of pool equipment and supplies
  • Conduct and report program evaluations including cost analysis, program enrollments and qualitative measures of programs and membership services regularly
  • Plan and develop an annual budget of 325,000 on income and expenses for each program of the department
  • Organize major fundraisers and events such as swimming special events, Coach Bingo, healthy kid's day, mayor's prayer breakfast, golf tournaments, specialty parties and annual banquets.
City Of Harrisonburg, Va - Director of Parks and Recreation
, , Perkasie, PA 01/2007 - 06/2008
  • Develop, organize and coordinate all recreational and educational programs
  • Designed and oversaw the development of 3 brand new pools, from layout, staffing, equipment, procedures, etc
  • Developed and executed all events in the community, such as Fall Festivals, Memorial Day Parades, Community Day, Concerts in the Park, Regattas, Family nights, basketball leagues and Pool Parties
  • Investigate and resolve problems relating to programs, consider program alternatives, to confirm that the programming being offered is what the community wants
  • Prepare and maintain reports to evaluate and analyze quality and cost effectiveness of programs
  • Oversee 150 seasonal employees which including coordinating all records and maintain records for mandatory training and testing required for all personnel
  • Prepare annual program and community guide and seasonal newsletters all which inform the community of program opportunities, sponsorship, registration procedures and other community events
  • Coordinate and recruit sponsors for specific events
  • Prepare and recommend a Park and Recreation budget
  • Controlling expenditures consistent with approved budget
  • Lead and participate in Parks and Recreation Advisory board meetings to coordinate, discuss, record minutes and carry out follow-up work on meeting outcomes.

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School Attended

  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Job Titles Held:

  • Disaster Program Specialist
  • Senior Field Representative
  • Aquatic Director
  • Director of Parks and Recreation


  • Bachelor of Arts

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