Executive Director

American Red Cross Sarasota, FL

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Job Description:

We are currently seeking a professional, innovative and enthusiastic Executive Director in Sarasota, FL.

This position involves very little operational responsibility. It is an external-facing, community relations position. You should be an inspirational leader; one who is able to inspire engagement and partnership with the Red Cross in the communities you will be serving.

Serve as the primary liaison to the community supported by Community Volunteer Leaders and the Chapter Board. Support region-led mission capacity building and inform regional leadership team counterparts regarding community needs and perceptions. Strengthen relationships across all elements of the community by communicating the American Red Cross programs, capabilities and opportunities for community involvement. Work along the volunteers and employees assigned to deliver mission fulfillment in the Region and Chapter. Provide support, development and/or leadership guidance to all volunteers.


1. Serve as the Face of the Red Cross to maximize Red Cross presence and connectivity in the community and expand the community's recognition of the breadth of the Red Cross contribution to the community.

2. Develop sustained community relationships to ensure capacity to achieve region mission goals.

3. Develop and manage the chapter board to effectively mobilize support and resources around the Red Cross mission.

4. Develop and manage community volunteer leaders to: serve as the Face of the Red Cross in assigned territories; to support mission capacity building by developing key community partnerships; and to recruit volunteers.

5. Influence and create an environment of team and inclusion to effectively deliver against the Red Cross mission.

6. Serve, when assigned, a member of the Elected Officials Liaison Network supporting disaster responses across the nation.


Education: Four-year college degree (BS/BA) in Business, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Finance or non-profit administration or equivalent experience required. Prefer Master's degree in the field of community organization, public or business administration or non-profit management.

Experience: Minimum of 7 years related experience. Demonstrated ability to exercise good and timely judgment in complex situations. Demonstrated ability for strong communications and influencing skills along with public speaking and writing. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement fundraising strategies. Demonstrated ability to build sustain community relationships/partnerships Proven experience in influencing others and building relationships.

Management Experience: Minimum 1 year- related management/supervisory experience preferred. Experience working in an environment requiring flexibility and managing change.
Other: Proficient with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Familiarity with federal state and local employment laws.

Travel: Travel within communities served and region, occasionally division. May travel and participate in meetings and conferences throughout chapter jurisdiction, state and Red Cross system. May include sitting for long periods of time, driving a vehicle and working under challenging conditions. A current valid driver's license and good driving record is required.

*Combination of candidate's education and general experience satisfies requirements so long as the total years equate to description's minimum education and general experience years combined (Management experience cannot be substituted).

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


Apply now! Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Interested in Volunteering?

Life's emergencies don't stop, and neither do American Red Cross volunteers, who represent more than 90 percent of our workforce to help prevent and alleviate human suffering. You can make a difference by volunteering in a position that appeals to you and allows you to use your unique skills and talents. The Red Cross relies on generous volunteers who give their time and talent to help fulfill our lifesaving mission.

Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to learn more, including our most-needed volunteer positions.

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