– Inspirations –

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

- Dr. Seuss

The Greater Chicago Region of the American Red Cross is looking for a Disaster Fundraising Lead Volunteer to develop and manage the disaster fundraising volunteer program to ensure that we are “ready” to mobilize the generosity of the public during times of disaster.


  • Work with fundraising staff to implement, execute and update (as necessary) the Disaster Fundraising Action Plan
  • Design and implement a disaster volunteer program for the fundraising department
  • Manage the disaster fundraising volunteer team, including:
  • Interviewing staff to assess volunteer needs
  • Developing volunteer job descriptions
  • Assisting in recruiting and hiring volunteers
  • Training and supervising volunteers
  • Create volunteer program materials
  • Participate in Red Cross disaster meetings, as needed
  • Other duties as necessary to support the mission of the American Red Cross


  • Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) proficiency
  • Strategic planning and program development experience
  • Ability to communicate with, train, supervise and empower volunteers to be effective in their roles – experience with volunteers and supervisory experience preferred
  • Exemplary interpersonal, verbal, listening and written communication skills
  • Open, friendly and comfortable with diverse groups
  • Ability to speak clearly and articulately over the phone
  • Ability to synthesize and retain new information quickly and communicate it accurately
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Capable of working effectively with donors, staff and other volunteers
  • Ability to take ownership for and manage projects from start to finish

Time Commitment: 15-20 hours per week, increased hours in times of disaster

About American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

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