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Disaster Response Leader – AmeriCorps Member

Hands On Nashville


Job Summary

The Disaster Response Leader (Leader) participates in a yearlong term of AmeriCorps service (1,700 hours) supporting Hands On Nashville’s (HON) mission to meet community needs through volunteerism. The leader guides HON’s disaster response planning, building HON’s capacity to manage volunteers during disaster relief efforts. The Leader engages community stakeholders involved in disaster relief, researches and reports on best practices, and actively partners with HON leadership to prepare for effective disaster response. 

The Leader will be a strong problem solver who is energized by learning, with experience researching and distilling complex information. Project management experience and disaster management skills are a plus.

The Leader serves as part of a 23-person cohort of civic-minded individuals who receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities as part of the HON AmeriCorps Program.


Job Responsibilities

  • Research and makes recommendations based on disaster preparedness best practices 
  • Connect proactively with relevant stakeholders to enhance potential for collaboration and coordination of disaster relief efforts 
  • Find and recommend resources that support effective management of volunteers during disaster response 
  • Identify and join community conversations related to disaster relief, ensuring HON’s consistent engagement 
  • Partner with HON leadership to create and maintain a comprehensive organizational disaster preparedness plan, including staff training 
  • Support coordination of HON’s response activities in the event of a disaster 


Preferred Knowledge & Skills: 

  • Experience with project management and researching and distilling complex information 
  • Knowledge of disaster management practices 
  • Able to carry out tasks independently as well as thrive as part of a team 
  • Energized by learning and problem solving 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 17, 2020-August 8, 2021) 
  • Bachelor’s Degree  
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable access to transportation (Members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage.)  
  • U.S. Citizenship  
  • National Service Criminal History Check clearance   

HON does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or other factors which deny the essential humanity of all people.

Additional Information


  • Living allowance of $17,000, paid bi-weekly throughout the term of service   
  • Education award of $6,095, applicable to student loans and/or future education expenses at an accredited institution, upon fulfillment of service obligations  
  • Healthcare coverage, if elected  
  • Childcare benefits, if eligible  
  • Professional development training and ample networking opportunities 

How to Apply

Apply online at   

For more information, please contact: 

Nicki Avila 

About HON:

HON builds capacity for individuals and agencies to meet needs through volunteerism. The HON AmeriCorps Program is made possible through support from the Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund, Volunteer Tennessee, and participating AmeriCorps host organizations.

About AmeriCorps:
AmeriCorps is a voluntary public service program where members commit their time to address critical community needs. Learn more about AmeriCorps here.


  • Date Posted: May 14, 2020
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Other
  • Start Date: 08/17/2020
  • Working Hours: 35-40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm