Senior Associate, Operational Planning Field Operations

Candice Schmitt

Candice Schmitt manages the HR and Recruiting functions at HQ. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Psychology. After landing a gig in the psycho-educational field working with kids with mental and emotional disabilities, Candice recognized her passion for people and contributing to their individual success and sought out a career in HR. Prior to joining TR, she worked her way through the HR-ranks at a fashion start-up company in downtown LA.

Team Rubicon (TR) is seeking a planner to maintain situational awareness and a common operating picture, expand the utilization of operational planning processes throughout the disaster cycle, and serve as lead facilitator for the National Operations Center during times of activation. This position reports to the Deputy Director of Response and is responsible for:

  • Maintenance of Team Rubicon’s operational plans, guides, and manuals
  • Guiding and mentoring a nationwide network of part-time and volunteer planning personnel
  • Managing the planning function in support of all TR disaster operations

The planner will support TR’s adoption of standards set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and will be tasked with supporting execution of all aspects of TR’s disaster efforts, from training to planning to on-scene operations. Because TR’s ability to support operations throughout the disaster cycle depends on the commitment of volunteers with specific capabilities, the planner will be tasked with managing development of divisional, regional, and state level planning competencies.

TR has a unique culture that requires individuals foolish enough to think they can change the world, and smart enough to have a chance. Every day is a challenge, but every month brings new opportunities for an organization that is quickly becoming a household name in disaster response. Candidates for the position are required to balance a team-player attitude with a strong command presence.

Only the most awesome candidates should apply. Period.


  • Develop and maintain situational awareness and a unified common operating picture
  • Develop and maintain relationships with NGO, IGO, federal, state, and private organizations in support of disaster operations
  • Act as National Operations Center lead facilitator during periods of activation
  • Advise, train, and mentor national, regional, and state level personnel in the function, methods, and perspective of planning in support of disaster operations
  • Lead operational planning for complex events including multi-regional, national, and international responses as directed
  • Coordinate and ensure execution of After Action Reports in order to capture and implement organizational learning from disaster response operations and exercise scenarios
  • Maintain, update and standardize TR operational doctrine to reflect best practices, organizational developments, and changes to international, federal, and state regulations
  • Attend events related to emergency management
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as needed


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in emergency management or related field; or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in the military, non-profit, or emergency management community
  • Understanding of and/or first-hand experience with TR’s disaster response history and capabilities


Desired Competencies:

  • Approaches tasks in a planned and calculated manner
  • Methodically and logically analyzes situations
  • Detail-oriented; appreciates tedious, multi-faceted dynamics
  • Adapts to constantly changing circumstances and parameters
  • Social and interpersonal skills that support rapport-building with TR members
  • Emotionally resilient; tolerates stress
  • Efficiently manages projects
  • Exceptionally skilled in analyzing, organizing, coordinating, evaluating, and recommending solutions to support mission requirements
  • High level of writing and communication skills
  • Proficient in data collection, processing, analysis, and information production
  • Proficient in computer systems (Microsoft office, Google Apps, GIS, etc.)


Special Requirements:

  • This role is located at the National Operations Center in the DFW area
  • The person filling this position may be required to complete training courses as recommended and made available by Team Rubicon
  • On-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise arranged in coordination with supervisors
  • Enthusiastic about being a member of a young, unique, forward-thinking, nonprofit organization


Learn more about Team Rubicon:

  • Website:
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  • Twitter: @TeamRubicon


To Apply: Please submit your resume and a cover letter demonstrating exceptional writing skills and how you are the ideal solution to this need to [email protected] the job title in the subject line.

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What's In It for You?

In addition to the opportunity to change the world with a team of kick-ass individuals, all full-time positions offer the following benefits.

  • Health and Wellness
    • Employer-paid health, dental and vision
    • Employer-paid long disability and life insurance
    • Employer-paid teledoc and wellness tool
    • Flexible spending account
  • Retirement
    • 401k and Employer Match
    • No vesting schedule or waiting period
  • Perks
    • Generous PTO Policy
    • Paid holidays
    • Cell phone allowance

* Please note the benefits above do not apply for internships or part-time positions.