Manager, Disaster Response

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The National Field Response (NFR) team takes the ASPCA's commitment to animals to the very doorsteps where help is needed. The team travels from coast to coast responding to requests from law enforcement and animal welfare professionals with the primary goal of supporting animals during crisis situations created by natural disasters, animal abuse, hoarding or neglect.

The Manager of Disaster Response works under the direction of the Director of Disaster Response. This position will assist in the monitoring of national disaster readiness and response capabilities and help to inform the ASPCA’s strategy to improve capabilities in key locations. This will be achieved through fostering partnerships with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and governmental partners at the local, state, and federal levels, developing and implementing focused training and building local capacity.

The person in this position will work from a remote home office but will be required to be based in a region of strategic significance to the organization. This position is open to candidates based in or willing to relocate to Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, or North Carolina.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Field Response (40%) 

  • Serve as primary contact for disaster related events as assigned
  • Work as a Disaster Liaison during ASPCA disaster field responses
  • Assess needs on the ground, communicate needs to leadership and make recommendations 
  • Prepare situation reports, summaries, narrative statements and analyses of events
  • Assume Incident Command or other leadership role(s) as assigned  
  • Deploy to criminal and non-criminal cases in needed capacity as assigned
  • Drive company-owned vehicles and pull trailers during field operations as needed
  • Collaborate with Field Response & Planning on after action debriefs 
  • Other duties as required

Partnership, Preparedness/Strategy (30%) 

  • Assist in maintaining the ASPCA’s national disaster monitoring program and providing real time updates on impending severe weather
  • Build positive relationships with the emergency management community and animal welfare agencies and assist them in planning for disasters
  • Develop and maintain key partnerships to enhance strategic response opportunities 
  • Develop and maintain key partnerships to enhance field operation capabilities related to disaster response
  • Assist local communities and states in the development of capabilities for animal response teams
  • Interface and collaborate with members of other ASPCA teams routinely during course of regular duties
  • Assist in developing strategy for allocation of disaster response grant funds
  • Serve as primary contact for partner organizations and program-related inquiries within assigned region

Training (20%) 

  • Develop an annual training calendar to achieve ASPCA training priorities
  • Design and/or conduct focused training workshops, webinars and other presentations to advance local knowledge base of disaster preparedness and response topics 
  • Mentor newly trained staff and responders, when appropriate, and conduct workshops or provide other presentations to animal welfare professionals, in effort to expand knowledge of ASPCA’s response capabilities and field operation protocols
  • Collaborate with the safety officer to conduct just-in-time training for staff and volunteer responders during disaster response field operations
  • Provide leadership and represent the ASPCA at professional meetings, conferences and trainings

Management & Administration (10%) 

  • Develop and implement annual professional development plan
  • Develop and maintain a monthly reporting system and provide reports to managing Director
  • Actively market ASPCA’s response resources and disaster preparedness tools
  • Operate in alignment with our Core Values of commitment, ownership, team, elevate and impact
  • Assist in the development and annual updating of Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG’s) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for disaster response activities

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Compensation and Benefits:

The applicable target hiring range for this remote role is based on where the employee works, which for remote roles is the employee’s primary location of residence, and its respective cost of labor. We have organized the U.S. varying costs of labor index into three geographic zones. As a point of reference, below, we have included our ASPCA locations by geographic zone to illustrate what the hiring range would be in each of the following areas.  

Starting pay for the successful applicant will depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to education, training, experience, location, business needs, internal equity, market demands or budgeted amount for the role. The target hiring range is for new hire offers only, and staff compensation may increase beyond the maximum hiring range based on performance over time. The maximum of the hiring range is reserved for candidates with the highest qualifications and relevant experience. 

The expected hiring salary ranges for this role are set forth below and may be modified in the future.    

  • Zone 1 (For example: Asheville, NC; Champaign, IL; Columbus, OH; Gainesville, FL; Miami, FL; Oklahoma City, OK; Overland, KS; Union, MO; Weaverville, NC): $69,500 - $74,500 annually
  • Zone 2 (For example: Washington D.C.; Los Angeles, CA): $77,000 - $82,000 annually annually
  • Zone 3 (For example: New York, NY): $85,000 - $90,000 annually

You can view which zone applies to where you plan to work here. For questions regarding other locations not found on the list, please send an email to for more information.   

Information on our benefits offerings can be found here. 

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Ability to build collaborative relationships and work collaboratively with internal and external partners, Ability to effectively influence and direct others, Animal handling during field operations, Bilingual, Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail, Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, Experience pulling together diverse staff with varying skills and credentials to accomplish a task, Fluency in English required, bilingual in Spanish or other language a plus, Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds with assistance repeatedly throughout day, Must be able to work long hours in inclement weather and unpredictable conditions due to the nature of disaster and field work, Must be able to work weekends, evenings and holidays, as required, with extensive travel (up to 40% travel may be required), Must be available to deploy on short notice, Must be comfortable pulling large trailers and driving long distances, Must demonstrate professionalism, particularly while under pressure, Must provide a valid driver’s license upon hire and pass a motor vehicle history check demonstrating a safe driving history. As part of the driving requirements of this role, must also pass a Department of Transportation Medical Exam., Proficiency in administrative and computer skills, Strong teaching and presentation skills, Strong verbal and written communication skills, Willingness to follow ASPCA safety protocols and industry safety guidelines


Incident Command System -100 (ICS) - FEMA, Incident Command System – 200 (ICS) - FEMA, Incident Command System -700 (ICS) - FEMA, Incident Command System – 800 (ICS) - FEMA


English (Required), Spanish

Education and Work Experience:

High School Diploma (Required)


3-5 years’ supervisory experience preferred, Experience handling domestic animals in a shelter and/or professional field setting preferred, High school diploma or GED equivalent required, Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) training certification – ICS 100, 200, IS 700, 800 required, IS 300, 400 certifications preferred, Strong knowledge of animal welfare and animal disaster issues preferred, Technical rescue background (examples: high angle, water, fire, confined space, search and rescue or other) preferred, Three (3) years’ experience managing disaster work required, Three (3) years’ experience working in field operations during natural disasters or other emergency response required, Working knowledge and ability to assimilate and teach the principles of emergency field response management, ICS and NIMS required, Working knowledge of local, regional, state and federal emergency management systems and community disaster preparedness required

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.