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General Manager - Disaster Relief Teams

Disaster Relief Australia


Founded in 2016, Disaster Relief Australia is a veteran led non-profit organisation that unites the skills and experience of military veterans with emergency services specialists to rapidly deploy disaster relief teams around Australia and the world in the wake of natural disasters.


When disaster strikes, we work hard to help the most vulnerable in need. By working with or alongside local agencies and governments, Disaster Relief Australia quickly responds to large-scale natural disasters to provide relief to communities in need. In short, we help people on their worst days.


The General Manager of Disaster Relief Teams (GMDRTs) is a full time, paid position that provides leadership to Disaster Relief Australia’s (DRA) nine existing Disaster Relief Teams (DRTs). The GMDRTs guides and supports our DRT Managers to ensure overall capability and operational readiness requirements whilst ensuring members are actively engaged and supported within their DRTs. The GMDRTs will also establish and build new DRTs where need is identified across Australia.

This is an exciting opportunity to have a pivotal role in a rapidly growing and impactful organisation.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead & manage the continuity & delivery of;
    • Volunteer resources including training accessibility, equipment, storage
    • Staffing / recruitment / training / management of DRT Leaders.
  • Support the activity of DRT Managers, providing strategic direction, support and assistance as required.
  • Ensure that existing DRTs are fully operationally effective.
  • Manage the allocation of the EESV Grant, ensuring allocated budgets are expended and deadlines met.
  • Undertake timely and accurate reporting on select grants.
  • Oversee the management of any specialist projects as identified by the Executive.
  • Identify key stakeholders and manage relevant stakeholder relationships
  • Recruit and mentor a growing leadership team


  • Demonstrated experience managing finances and budgets.
  • Proficiency using the Microsoft Office suite, and an ability to quickly gain a thorough understanding of new IT systems.
  • Demonstrates initiative, throwing solutions at problems, proposing actions and options, and makes decisions even when in doubt.
  • Understands that a good plan vigorously executed now is better than a perfect plan next month.
  • The ability to operate with a high degree of integrity and transparency in potentially sensitive environments.
  • The ability to collaborate and coordinate with a diverse range of people and backgrounds, including volunteer leaders.


  • Australian working rights.
  • Current National Police Clearance Check or willingness to undergo such screening.
  • Experience managing team in a military or emergency services environment will be highly regarded.

Disaster Relief Australia is an equal opportunity employer.

Veterans are highly encouraged to apply.

Salary packaging is available with this position.

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