Team Rubicon has a unique culture that requires individuals foolish enough to think they can change the world, and smart enough to have a chance.
Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves
I feel supported by both my department and across teams, and I'm humbled to work alongside people who are so committed to service. Read More The overall energy of showing up to work with like-minded people who are trying to improve the lives of others is my favorite part about working at Team Rubicon. Read Less
—Lily Rhodes, Grant Assistant
We make shit happen and directly impact those who need us most on what is often the worst day of life. Read MoreBeing part of Team Rubicon is addicting. It's a powerful force of do-gooders who can go from flip flops, to work boots and then to fancy shoes in the same day. We have long hours, impossible challenges and insane complexities, but we also have a shit ton of community, identity and purpose. Read Less
—Pat Ross, Deputy Director of Membership
Working at Team Rubicon has been one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. Read MoreWorking at Team Rubicon has been one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. The dedication to service, commitment to excellence and the drive to be the best embodies everything we do. The team does not just talk the talk, they live it everyday. Read Less
—Laura Atwell, VP of Development
One hundred percent of TR cares about service. Read MoreThey want to help communities affected by disasters and they care about giving veterans another chance to serve after taking off the uniform. They’re also über generous with their donations – be it time, smarts, sweat, or dollars. Read Less
— Bobbi Snethen, Communications Officer
"Working at Team Rubicon has been an awesome experience for me from a personal as well as professional standpoint. Personally, I feel not only welcomed but expected to bring my most authentic self to work. My colleagues are expected to do the same. This creates the type of work-environment where the celebration of diverse cultural backgrounds, professional experiences, and perspectives can truly be achieved."
Jason Ferguson Deputy Director of Training & Exercise
Team Rubicon offers competitive salary and benefits, as well as the opportunity to deliver disaster relief to those in greatest need while providing veterans with a renewed sense of purpose, community and identity.
Anyone joining Team Rubicon must understand that our mission to provide disaster response comes first. But it is our volunteer members (who wear our signature ‘grey shirts’ on response operations) who make that mission possible. Our leaders serve our members, and in doing so enable our members to serve their communities.
At Team Rubicon we seek leaders who aren’t afraid to dare to be great. We’re not interested in those who stand outside the arena lobbing in criticism; we look for the bold soul who despite the threat of failure, steps inside to pursue greatness.
We know we can’t all be good at everything. As leaders, we must work to define roles and maximize the contribution of all our teammates. As teammates, we aspire to work in harmony toward achieving a higher goal than any one of us could accomplish on our own.
This is our attitude. It has been since the beginning. Team Rubicon was born on the belief that if we only look at obstacles, if we only listen to and make excuses, then success will not be ours. We are entrepreneurial, resourceful and determined no matter how chaotic the situation.
Like military service, committing to becoming the best disaster response organization in the world can be mentally, physically and emotionally grueling. We should take care of ourselves and each other so we are best equipped to serve those in greatest need. Many of our employee benefits are designed to promote wellness and we encourage staff to take advantage of them.
At Team Rubicon, we strictly forbid dueling, but we don’t forbid much else. We strive to treat team members like adults. Want a beer after a long day? Just be smart. Need a few days off? Cool, just let us know. As long as we act like adults, we’ll be treated like adults.
We shouldn’t be afraid to spend money—that will only throttle growth. But, we must be prepared to defend every dollar we spend. Think of it this way—imagine your mother donated that dollar. Would you spend it? Every leader must be committed to fiduciary responsibility, transparency and financial stewardship.
Each quarter, we present The Teddy Award to one exceptional Team Rubicon employee who stepped into the arena and got shit done. To meet our current Teddy Award winner who embodies our cultural principles and kicks disasters in the ass, click on the photo.
Amanda Smerdel recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Sociology. She discovered her interest in the military and veteran community after reading Lone Survivor and joined TR Nation as a Field Ops intern to give back to those who serve our country. Not ready to leave TR yet, she decided to shift gears and join the Development Team. Amanda frequently orders from the children's menu and is likely to be featured on Animal Hoarders in a few years.