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Hands On Nashville

Disaster Program Manager

Hands On Nashville


Job Summary

The Disaster Program Manager (Manager) leads Hands On Nashville (HON)’s disaster program, which leverages volunteers to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and human-caused disasters. The Manager leads internal disaster management practices, serves as the administrator of the Nashville VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and oversees the recruitment and education of Disaster Volunteer Leaders.  

About Hands On Nashville

We build capacity for individuals and agencies to meet needs through volunteerism. Our programs connect volunteers to opportunities supporting 200-plus nonprofits, schools, and other civic organizations.  

Our team members:

  • Care for each other, our city, and ourselves. We listen, learn, and act to effect change. 
  • Thrive in dynamic, fast-paced environments, both independently and when working together.
  • Build collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, with a commitment to inclusiveness, professionalism, and respect.

We believe that Nashville is powered by people of all ages, races, ethnicities, skin tones, sexes, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses engaging in service together. This is a city where YOU matter and YOU make a difference. Join us as we tackle the community’s most pressing challenges through service.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Functions 

  • Oversees internal disaster readiness, including maintenance of the Emergency Response Plan, continual collaboration with staff to document and improve processes, and the implementation of an annual cadence of staff training/exercises. 
  • Works with Nashville VOAD Chair to cultivate a robust, engaged Nashville Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) through administrative support and coordination of meetings, trainings, and exercises. 
  • During disaster activations, works closely with HON’s Emergency Response Commander and Incident Commander to activate HON’s disaster response, engage the Nashville VOAD, and collaborate with the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management. 
  • Recruits, trains, engages, and builds relationships with Disaster Volunteer Leaders who represent Nashville’s diverse communities. 
  • Provides professional development and day-to-day management of the Disaster Response Leader AmeriCorps member. 
  • Builds relationships with nonprofit organizations, government entities, community organizations, and individuals throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee to help HON be connected and prepared when disaster strikes. 
  • Serve as the HON representative on disaster Long Term Recovery Groups, as needed. 
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.  

Universal HON Team Functions (Marginal)

  • Represents HON in the community and provides the highest levels of customer service to volunteers, community partners, corporate partners, and all persons encountered during the course of other duties. 
  • Supports Hands On Nashville fundraising, outreach, and volunteer events. 
  • Provides volunteer leadership for disaster response activities, corporate projects and special events, as needed. 
  • Collaborates on the creation of promotional materials, social media content, and other story-telling needs. 
  • Participates in community volunteer efforts to improve understanding of the volunteer experience and community needs. 
  • Participates in staff team-building and professional development activities. 


About You 

  • Strong interest in disaster management. 
  • Invested in the community. Passionate about meeting needs, building grassroots connections, and contributing to a culture of resilience. 
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure. 
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to effectively prioritize tasks and manage people and projects with competing deadlines.  
  • Desire to continually optimize processes, improve program outcomes and innovate to meet emerging needs. 
  • Exceptional ability to collaborate with diverse internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Superior interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, with the ability to build relationships and provide exceptional customer service.  
  • Competent computer skills with proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office.  

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or three years of related work experience.  Master’s degree and/or experience in Emergency/Disaster Management a plus. 
  • Criminal history background check clearance.   
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable access to a vehicle. Staff are reimbursed for work-related mileage.    
  • Ability to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds.   
  • Ability to work occasional nights/weekends and to increase hours during disaster response activities. Some travel may be required.  

Additional Information


  • 100% employer-paid health insurance
  • Affordable dental, vision, disability, and family coverage available 
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 1% match vested at 3 years’ service
  • 15 days of PTO annually
  • 10 days sick leave annually
  • 40 hours of volunteer time off annually
  • HON values our team members’ quality of life, encourages team members to find an effective balance of office-based and work-from-home hours, and allows occasional scheduling flexibility
  • Fun, team-based environment

How to Apply

Send a resume and an email describing your interest in the position to Lori Shinton, HON President & CEO, at


  • Date Posted: April 7, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 05/02/2022
  • Salary Range: 45,000 - 50,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M - F