Director, Risk Reduction and Community Resilience

Posted: January 12, 2021

Region: CAN - BC - Province

Permanent Full Time



Reporting to the Vice President, British Columbia & Yukon (BCY) the Director, Risk Reduction and Community Resilience (DRRCR), is a key leader, and subject matter expert who will lead planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting against the Society’s commitments to Risk Reduction.  Broadly, implement the Director Risk Reduction and community resilience strategies; represent the CRC at Disaster Risk Reduction forums regionally; track policy developments in the sector and facilitate processes aimed at capacity building; bring the BCY perspective to Risk Reduction programs nationally, as well as liaise with CRC Operations and external partners on this portfolio.

The Director, Risk Reduction and Community Resilience will guide the implementation and where appropriate development of tools and processes to ensure consistent, high quality programming, knowledge management and learning in the sector. Contribution to process and tool development will require collaboration with other BCY leaders as well as responsible National teams.

The incumbent will have a solid knowledge of programs and services supporting the Indigenous communities to build on the four pillars of the CRC Indigenous Peoples Framework; collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations and partners in line with the Society’s vision on Indigenous Community Engagement.



Responsibility 1:  Strategic Development, Planning and Implementation      

  • Provides leadership and oversight on programs and activities supporting the implementation of the Risk Reduction Strategy with a focus on priority populations;
  • In collaboration with Communications and in alignment with National direction, develop a strategic communication plan, support the development and delivery of key messages, media campaigns and communications that inform and support risk reduction (DRR);
  • Define, develop and oversee the relationships and partnerships supporting DRR with provincial, federal, local and Indigenous governments, research organizations, and partners;
  • Contributes to supporting Risk Reduction activities supporting Indigenous Populations (Violence Prevention, Health, Prevention and Safety)

Responsibility 2:  Develops, plans, monitors, evaluates and reports on programs and activities                                                                                                       

  • Establishes strategic and long-term direction for DRRCR programs/activities, plans and using established strategy and process documentation as well as performance standards set by the National DRR Program;
  • Reviews best practices towards reducing risk and vulnerability related to disasters with alignment to geographic and national goals and objectives;
  • Accountable to ensure that the programs/activities are effective, current, accessible and aligned to the relevant CRC Frameworks as well as in compliance with Federal/Provincial/Territorial regulations/legislation;  
  • Ensures that Indigenous initiatives are effective, responsive to emerging trends, uphold commitment to ‘do no harm’ and in compliance with regulations/legislation
  • Supports the development of creative solutions towards improving personal and community preparedness and mitigation that can be geographically contextualized; 
  • Provides direction to utilize volunteer support;
  • Manages and provides leadership to direct report/s including; hiring, providing advice, training, and coaching, as required;
  • Creates and reinforces a culture of collaboration and cooperation in support of both program and geographic needs;
  • Provides direct oversight to program evaluation and reporting process;                           

Responsibility 3:  Internal and External Partnerships

  • Develop and nurture external relationship at provincial/territorial level including with public authorities, private sector, communities, partner and other related non-profit organizations;
  • Ensure linkages with other program teams for consistency in approach between response and DRR;
  • As required, attends and/or presents at meetings with partners (internal/external) to provide technical or subject matter expertise on core areas, including strategies, program and service development, implementation, and delivery.
  • Holds relationships with health in emergencies and emergency management   and other internal partners as it pertains to initiatives on DRRCR and collaborates on the development of strategic direction. 

Responsibility 4:  Support to Canadian Operations Programs

  • Lead the development of budgets and ensure regular monitoring of effective use of resources, demonstrated results, and budget efficiency in relation to program objectives.
  • Prepares and presents annual grant applications, request for proposals and reporting as it relates to key expected achievements;
  • Monitors the overall performance and success of the programs/initiatives through key expected achievements (KEA) for DRR;
  • Accurately completes internal and external reporting requirements in timely manner; supports priorities and processes that will ensure holistic application of the Indigenous Peoples Framework principles and commitments within the CRC.



Education and Experience:

  • Completion of an advanced University degree or similar professional qualification in a related field.
  • 4 – 7 years’ related work experience with 3 of those years at a senior level or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Work experience with the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, including time in the field with a National Society is considered a strong asset.
  • Indigenous cultural awareness and engagement experience
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities, issues, networks and organizations.
  • Experience leading and directing teams in high pressure and complex environments.
  • Knowledge of Global Frameworks of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Knowledge of international Red Cross/ Red Crescent commitments and guidance on DRR and Community Resilience.
  • General knowledge and understanding of Disaster and Emergency Management issues in Canada.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability of effectively lead program initiatives
  • Ability to explore and analyze complex issues and to prepare written evaluations and recommendations for executive management
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and complete tasks
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Ability to influence and motivate employees in a matrixed environment; ability to leverage existing and new relationships with various stakeholders
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English essential, French is preferred.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous language is considered a strong asset
  • Experience in building volunteer, community and government partnerships.
  • Strong negotiating, influencing and relationship building skills.
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills.
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a fast-paced environment.

Proven Competencies:

  • Innovative - ability to establish future vision and enable team and stakeholders to set strategies and deliver results.
  • People Leadership – successfully enables team members to execute on goals through coaching, goal setting and talent development. Experience leading collaborative teams a requirement.
  • Strategic Thinking- demonstrated capability to understand trends and stakeholder needs to ensure effective customer retention and support with effective business decision making.
  • Communications – strong verbal and written communication skills with confidence to interact with volunteers, staff and senior leaders.
  • Results Driven – manages performance, holding self and others accountable to effectively and efficiently complete work responsibilities; demonstrates initiative, a strong commitment to achieving meaningful results, and acts on opportunities to create value.
  • Decision Making- analyses problems and situations, and their impacts to financial operations and customer experience.
  • Stakeholder Relationships – nurtures stakeholder relationships to support team delivery; plays a part in attracting, developing and retaining top talent; ensures that all talent receives mentoring, training, feedback; and development opportunities.
  • Influence – ability to influence leaders and peers to gain support and overcome resistance with data and persuasion.
  • Indigenous Cultural Awareness - Understands the historical impacts experienced by Indigenous families and individuals with a focus on solutions as a vital bridge to reconciliation and culturally competent service delivery.
  • Relational - Adapts, collaborates and builds relationships, effectively communicates, listens and manages conflict.
  • Operational Management - Knowledge of humanitarian standards, management of resources, security and safety in operations, internal and external coordination, programmatic reporting.



  • Based in British Columbia, with the flexibility of working from home
  • Travel within B.C.. is required with the possibility of other domestic trips
  • Field missions can involve working in environments that are unstable and unpredictable requiring very strict adherence to security regulations and with limited access to basic services. A demonstrated ability to work in stressful and often ambiguous conditions is required.
  • This position requires a satisfactory criminal record reference check.
  • A class 5 BC Driver’s license is required, and driver’s abstract.

The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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