Job Title:               Disaster Response Manager
Status:                   Full-time
Location:               Alexandria, VA
Division:                Programs

Position Summary:

The Disaster Response Manager provides overall leadership and managerial oversight of the domestic disaster programming of Islamic Relief USA.  He or she is responsible for the design and implementation of programming that addresses the full disaster cycle:  disaster preparedness and risk reduction, disaster response, and long-term recovery.  Islamic Relief is expanding and deepening its work in the disaster field, and the Disaster Response Manager will be responsible for leading this growth by providing strategic direction, developing and strengthening collaborative partnerships, and overseeing a range of program activities.  The Disaster Response Manager reports to the Director of Programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Setting Direction

  • Establishes the strategic direction for IRUSA disaster programming in consultation with critical internal and external stakeholders; determines the specific disaster-related services in which IRUSA will engage.
    • Upholds the mission, vision and values of Islamic Relief USA, and aligns with the strategic priorities established for IRUSA Programs.
    • Determines program impacts and oversees the development and implementation of measures of success.
    • Designs and executes business plans and business models that ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainable revenue streams.
    • Designs and manages program structures and systems to deliver results.
    • Articulates a compelling case for IRUSA’s disaster programming, fostering greater commitment and providing inspirational leadership internally and externally.
    • Provides leadership to the disaster situation monitoring function of the program, ensuring the timely issuance of situation reports with clear recommendations for action.
    • Stays highly attuned to trends in the disaster field and ensures that IRUSA is adaptive to the challenges and opportunities posed through ongoing strategic guidance to IRUSA colleagues and the Disaster Response Team.


    • In collaboration with organizational stakeholders, establishes program targets, timelines, and standards while maintaining accessible reporting and documentation of achievement toward these.
    • Establishes and maintains IRUSA disaster-related policies and procedures, and ensures accountability to them.
    • Upholds the collaborative spirit of disaster response work in the United States through a facilitative leadership style, while also ensuring demonstrated results.
    • Establishes and holds the division accountable for behaviors that promote collaboration, peer-to-peer learning, and service to IRUSA’s partners.
    • Ensures that IRUSA disaster programming functions within a documented cycle of learning from planning and design to evaluation and after-action reviews, through collaboration with the Quality and Standards unit.
    • Establishes and oversees efficient business processes and maintains a division culture of continuous improvement.
    • Ensures that IRUSA’s Volunteer Management is integrated into disaster planning and business processes to maximize volunteer engagement and meaningful opportunities to serve.
    • Establishes and oversees strong financial management practices, including the development and active monitoring of the operational budget.
    • Ensures a robust risk management approach.
    • Supervises the Disaster Response Team and coaches their performance.
    • Ensures that IRUSA’s fundraising and marketing divisions have the information they need to effectively inform donors and other stakeholders about the disaster-related work of IRUSA.
    • Coordinates closely with colleagues in other departments on public policy, media, and the management of critical stakeholder relationships.

Business Development and Partnerships

      • Develops and pursues a plan for disaster-related program growth in the USA with the goal of deepening effectiveness, providing demonstrated value to communities and partners, and securing the increased engagement and support of stakeholders, including institutional funders.
      • Develops and maintains partnerships with federal authorities, peer organizations engaged in disaster response, community organizations, institutional funders and other stakeholders, while representing IRUSA in these settings.
      • Promotes collaborative approaches across all programs.

Institutional Fundraising

      • Advances the public profile of IRUSA on disaster-related issues, including the importance of understanding the full cycle of disaster response, the impact of climate change and the challenges faced by at-risk populations.
      • Cultivates relationships with institutional funders.
      • Ensures a strong institutional fundraising lifecycle, including research, development of case statements, program design, proposal development, budget development, and reporting.

Other Organizational Responsibilities

      • Contributes to the development of IRUSA strategies with perspectives from the disaster field.
      • Participates in organizational planning, budget preparation, and coordination work.
      • Participates in meetings, working groups, collaboration processes, and other departmental or organization-wide efforts.
      • Ensures communication of project statuses, results of evaluations, and learning and relevant environmental developments to colleagues.
      • Contributes positively to the culture of Islamic Relief USA.
      • Performs other relates duties as required. 

Qualifications and Competencies:

        • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
        • At least five years of management experience, in successively more responsible positions.
        • Superb communication skills, including:

• Fluency in English, with the ability to convey ideas and concepts in multiple ways for different audiences both in speaking and writing.
• Highly persuasive, with the ability to move others to new ways of thinking and new forms of action.
• Ability to convey complex issues with clarity and simplicity.
• Ability to communicate well in a wide range of cultural contexts.

  • Significant experience in the disaster field, and ability to quickly master critical technical knowledge and operational dynamics.
  • Experience working with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) systems such as the National Response Framework and Incident Command Systems.
  • Ability to work effectively in a faith-based setting, including in interfaith and multi-faith partnerships.
  • High degree of awareness of the social, economic, and environmental issues critical to US affairs and beyond.
  • Understanding of the climatic and environmental drivers of disasters and the trends projected for the United States.
  • Astute awareness of the political environment in which IRUSA operates and ability to navigate this environment successfully.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, with a demonstrated track record of responsible and calculated risk-taking backed by good business sense and strong revenue streams.
  • Appreciation for the dynamics and challenges of collaboration
  • Ability to effectively manage cohesive collaborative relationships; knowledge of networks and ability to leverage their power.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

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