Administrator, Region VI (Deputy Director) Regional 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.

The Region VI Administrator is a critical position on our fast-growing team. The Administrator will be directly responsible for developing and implementing a regional strategy aimed at building membership (volunteer) capacity in Region VI (NM, TX, OK, AR, LA) to rapidly support disaster operations.  Additionally, this person will build, mentor and develop the dedicated and talented volunteer leadership team in Region VI.  Team Rubicon’s success stems from uniting the skills and experiences of military veterans and first responders, so candidates must have equal passion for disaster relief and veteran reintegration.

This role requires strong leadership from someone with humor, patience, and the ability to build, motivate and challenge a team. You must thrive in an uncertain environment with constantly evolving priorities. You must enjoy the lack of established structure but have the savvy to create effective systems and be excited by the challenge of managing multiple projects in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. While being a team leader you must also be a team player – part of a team that works to achieve shared goals and responsible for providing timely and constructive feedback on National initiatives. Collaboration and “followership” are as important as leadership.

Based in Texas, home of our National Operations Center and the center of the U.S. emergency management community, the Administrator for Region VI is one of our most exciting positions. This role represents an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of Team Rubicon’s regional growth and expansion.  This is a tele-commuting position (work from home) and requires approximately 20% travel (throughout Region VI and to our annual conference). 

Team Rubicon has a unique culture that requires individuals foolish enough to think they can change the world and smart enough to take a chance. Team Rubicon’s culture revolves around a positive, can-do attitude. Every day is a challenge but every month brings new opportunities for an organization that is quickly becoming a household name. Only the most awesome candidates should apply. Period.

Job Responsibilities:

Disaster Response and Building Resilient Cities

  • Oversee development and execution of regional strategy for sustained membership engagement and growth, building capacity and capabilities to respond to disasters in key cities.
  • Identify key cities within Region VI and in consultation with National support, regional and city volunteer leadership, design training and continuous engagement plans to ensure community resilience in the face of disasters
  • Build and execute annual budget based on identified training and engagement plans
  • Execute national programs, to include core operations, chainsaw, heavy equipment and Train the Trainer courses
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with local disaster assistance organizations, and state, county and city, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs)
  • Complete Team Rubicon’s pre-deployment basic and TR-specific Command and Control training to attain operation approval authority and oversee the planning process for Disaster Response, Mitigation or Recovery Operations within Region VI

Volunteer Workforce Management

  • Provide purpose, direction, and motivation to a volunteer regional management team and their subordinates. Key activities include, but are not limited to:
    • Recruit, on-board, facilitate training of your leadership team
    • Establish and maintain a collaborative environment with your regional management team, through clear explanation of regional goals and objectives.
    • Continuous mentorship and development to your team members
    • Establish credibility with volunteer leaders; build a close-knit, high-functioning team.
    • Demand excellence, innovation and communication among the volunteer team, with and across state teams, and with other regions.
  • Develop team  performance goals and objectives, offer specific feedback on individual performance and solicit feedback regularly
  • Create and execute a regional communications plan to ensure timely dissemination of mission critical information; constant alignment around organizational and regional strategies and priorities
  • Accelerate regional development through collaboration, execution of standardization, training, and distribution of case studies and best practices.
  • Organize an in-person annual regional leadership conference
  • Pick up slack and/or fill in for positions during periods of vacancy.
  • Become familiar enough with concepts and practices in each functional area to support volunteers and serve as a liaison as needed between HQ/NOC and volunteer staff. Volunteer positions include: Field Operations, Planning, Logistics, Membership, Training, Communications, Finance and State and City Leaders (generalist roles).

Organizational Support

  • Support implementation and execution of organizational priorities, including, but not limited to: organizational strategy, new initiatives, programs and capabilities, local key partnerships and donor relations.
  • Provide regional expertise on organizational initiatives
  • Participate in donor meetings and calls to provide regional updates
  • Support fundraising activities
  • Participate in new initiatives review meetings
  • Review and approve region specific content for external publication and communication

Minimum Experience and Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in the military, non-profit and/or business community; cross-sector experience preferred.
  • Experience managing and expanding successful projects and programs a plus
  • Experiencing building, training and managing a volunteer workforce a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to receive guidance, direction and input from various forms and levels of leadership.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and/or first-hand experience with TR’s disaster response history and capabilities.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Demonstrates accountability and ownership of decisions and subsequent consequences in success and failure
  • Collaborates with ease alongside and in coordination with others including volunteer leaders to drive results
  • Ability to manage ambiguity and an eagerness to step up and face seemingly impossible tasks head-on
  • Problem solver who see daily challenges as a chance to get creative and improvise a solution
  • Demonstrates initiative, throwing solutions at problems, proposing actions and options, and even when in doubt – makes decisions
  • Understands and employs followership – servant leadership
  • Ability to manage complexity. Able to filter white noise and stay focused on simple steps to get things done
  • Understands that a good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next month
  • Ability to maximize output in a resource-constrained environment and focus limited resources where they’ll have greatest impact

To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and resume as PDFs to: with the job title in the subject line.  In your cover letter, please tell us what “fortune favors the bold” means to you.  Please be sure to also indicate your location and/or willingness to relocate to Austin, Houston or Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

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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, part-time, or contract positions.