NHQ:ISD-OPS-SEC: Emergency Equipment Management Support Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: American Red Cross - National Headquarters

This position supports the National Headquarters (NHQ) International Services (ISD) team.

This opportunity requires participation in in-person activities and/or will perform work in a Red Cross facility. Volunteers will specifically support the Operations (OPS) and Logistics unit working in Washington, D.C. (with no expectation for international travel).

This position supports disaster response readiness, handling the strategic inventory management project and tactical day-to-day logistics activities including: development of appropriate inventory management and asset control for emergency response equipment, including receiving & handling, assembly (kitting), and re-absorption of deployable response equipment and supplies.

This volunteer must be able to report to the D.C. office located at 431 18th St. NW each week and have some availability during business hours (Thursdays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm preferred).

The volunteers will support in the following areas:

  • Develop and implement inventory control procedures and best practices for Disaster Response Equipment
  • Conduct analyses to forecast potential inventory issues
  • Complete inventory of response equipment
  • Finalize manual/guide document for response equipment management
  • Conduct presentations of the response equipment management system and guiding rules to all ISD staff
  • Maintain and improve inventory database management system
  • Initiate and lead acquisition and replenishment of response equipment
  • Equipment Handling & Up-Keep during the emergency response time
  • Interact with a variety of people from different backgrounds, cultures, internal business unit stakeholders within the International Services Department


  • Willingness to comply with Red Cross COVID-19 policies.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, with minimal supervision
  • Responsible, dependable, mature
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks at the same time and work under deadline pressure
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Access; including familiarity and a working knowledge of Excel
  • Experience working within & between multiple Excel documents, across a number of database platforms, and document repository platforms including DropBox & Google-Drive
  • Physically capable of co-lifting with a peer, a range of supplies weighing between 50-75lbs
  • Available to report to the D.C. office located at 431 18th St NW for all volunteer activities
  • Willingness to do basic research and administrative support depending on daily priorities.


  • Strong interest in international disaster management, emergency response, and logistics

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About American Red Cross - National Headquarters


431 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, US

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.


Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. Whether it's one displaced family, thousands of disaster victims, or providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran or support to a military family member, our vital work is made possible by people like you. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.


Disaster Relief
Community, Disaster Relief


We'll work with your schedule.


431 18th Street NorthwestWashington, DC 20006



  • Warehousing
  • Inventory Management
  • Operations


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Minimum of 10 hours per week during non-disaster response times. Opportunities to support during scaled-up emergency response situations, providing surge support to NHQ staff is a possibility. All hours will be completed at the Washington, DC office.

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