Program Manager, Disaster Response

The hiring process for this position will take place between February and April 2023. A successful candidate will have a start date of May 2023.

Disaster response is one of the most visible and tangible ways GlobalGiving delivers on its mission. For two decades, we have been shifting decision-making power to crisis-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.

When crises happen—from a hurricane in Texas to an earthquake in Nepal, to ongoing humanitarian crises around the world—the GlobalGiving community is there to support impacted communities. GlobalGiving responds to major disasters by creating crisis-specific relief and recovery funds. From there, we provide flexible, trust-based grants to support local and community-led immediate response and longer-term rebuilding and resiliency efforts.

Consistent with our mission to accelerate community-led change, our disaster response work is centered on the following principles:

  • We lead with our values, internally and externally.
  • We work in partnership with and look to learn from and support local and community-led organizations that put the voice of the community front and center in their program design, development, and implementation.
  • We prioritize support that is aimed at underserved and vulnerable communities for each particular context.
  • We work in partnership with local, national, and international organizations that have demonstrated transparency, impact, and community-value in responding to crises of all sizes.
  • We seek to minimize unnecessarily burdensome administrative and programmatic requirements for our nonprofit partners in favor of flexible and trust-based grantmaking principles.
  • We fund organizations that emphasize strengthening community, economic and environmental resilience, and sustainability.
  • We embrace learning, evaluating our impact, and adapting to specific crises and a changing world as needed.

The successful candidate is passionate about addressing the root causes of the impacts of disasters and humanitarian crises and thrives in an environment where you can work with local community leaders to make positive change happen in and after times of crisis.

We have a collaborative work atmosphere where everyone’s input and ideas are valued. We’re committed to work-life balance and offer everyone opportunities to learn, experiment, and grow. Since creative, enthusiastic employees are our most valued resource and the basis for our success, we take great care in how we attract, hire, and support our employees for a successful career. If you care about collaboration, curiosity, communication excellence, and continuous improvement, this position is right for you.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Program Management and Grantmaking: Support with humanitarian and disaster relief and recovery grantmaking funds, including leading on specific crisis responses and grantmaking. This includes creating and actively maintaining fund strategies through crisis and context research, identifying frontline responders and strategic partners, conducting outreach and follow-up with responding nonprofit partners, managing communications with nonprofit partners, and reviewing grant proposals and reports.
  • Donor Program Management: Advise the Growth Team on new and innovative disaster corporate grant programs and, where appropriate, manage corporate disaster programs that interface with nonprofit partners. This may include crafting pitches, developing tools, or supporting product development.
  • Relationship Building and Growth: Create, maintain, and grow meaningful relationships with disaster-related GlobalGiving nonprofit partners (both current partners and prospective partners) and relevant strategic partners in the disaster philanthropy space. Attend meetings and conferences, host workshops, and conduct partner visits domestically and internationally to understand the work of our partners, and program interests in general and in regard to specific grants and crisis events. Work with other members of GlobalGiving internal teams to ensure that these partners can seamlessly transition into the broader GlobalGiving community.
  • Innovation: Introduce and lead innovative approaches to grantmaking (e.g. participatory grantmaking, collaborative grantmaking, etc.) and coordinate with others on the GlobalGiving team and nonprofit community to whom grant decision-making power may be assigned.
  • Data, Impact and Effectiveness: Coordinate with the GlobalGiving Data Hub as the lead representative for the Disaster Response Team. In collaboration with internal teams at GlobalGiving, develop qualitative and quantitative methods as well as systems for analyzing and reporting/visualizing program impact and effectiveness for the purposes of learning and accountability.
  • Continuous Improvement: Maintain a fresh perspective and mastery of grantmaking innovation, particularly in the area of disaster response, as well as stay abreast of the funding interests of corporate partners.
  • Communications and External Engagement: Contribute to external communications strategies, including authoring disaster fund updates and Learn (website) content, acting as subject matter expert, and, as available, representing GlobalGiving at external convenings, including grantmaking conferences (e.g. COF, PEAK) and other relevant conferences and gatherings in the humanitarian response space.
  • Leadership: Promote partnership and a culture of learning within the disaster response team, the United Program team, and across the entire GlobalGiving team on topics related to grantmaking, trust-based philanthropy, and humanitarian response.
  • Disaster and Crisis Monitoring: Monitor disasters and crises around the world as they unfold and develop and make response recommendations. Conduct outreach to and regularly speak with vetted nonprofit partners in GlobalGiving’s network and new prospective nonprofit partners responding to disasters and crises globally to assist in both assessing needs and nonprofit partner capacity to inform GlobalGiving’s level of response. Monitor disaster events and take necessary action after work hours on rotation with other Disaster Response Team members. Monitor trends and innovations in disaster response.

Required Qualifications

For our team to be a great fit for you, the following qualifications should resonate with you:

  • Bachelor's degree in disaster response management, humanitarian studies, human rights, international development or similar field.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience working in disaster response or recovery, disaster preparedness, international development, humanitarian response and/or human rights including in advocacy, programmatic, direct implementation, or management roles.
  • Commitment to disrupting the status quo in philanthropy, strengthening local leadership and capacity, and centering communities in humanitarian and disaster responses.
  • Experience in grantmaking, preferably in the international humanitarian sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to find creative and non-extractive ways to learn about prospective partner organizations in humanitarian and disaster settings.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data methodologies and experience with data analysis.
  • The ability to think across internal and external processes and systems, solve complex problems, and learn quickly on the job. Comfort with technology-enabled processes is mandatory.
  • The successful candidate will approach their work with humility, be collaborative, positive, and able to deal well with ambiguity and change. They will be adept at building excellent internal and external relationships and able to respond to issues with clarity and diplomacy.
  • Ability to inspire and foster trust and confidence in staff, management, their colleagues, nonprofit partners, and other partners. A passionate belief in the mission of GlobalGiving and a commitment to our core values.

Preferred Qualifications

In addition, the ideal candidate would also have some or all of the following qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in human rights, disaster response management, humanitarian studies, international development. or environmental management
  • Experience or educational background in natural disasters response, preparedness, disaster risk reduction and management
  • Proficiency in a second language.
  • Experience living/working in the Global South.

Salary + Benefits

Starting salary range: $75,000 to $83,000

Benefits include flexible work hours, remote work options, up to 5 weeks of paid time off per year, professional development opportunities, and a meaningful job where you can go home at night and say, "Today, my work helped more than 700 kids get their essential health and educational needs met." (One of many true stories.) And of course, we've also got you covered with benefits like health care, dental/vision, paid family leave, paid sabbaticals, commuter benefits, and 401K.


This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Disaster Response. GlobalGiving is a hybrid workplace allowing for frequent remote work. While candidates based in the greater Washington, DC area are preferred, we will consider strong candidates who wish to work remotely. If you intend to apply as a remote-worker, be prepared to speak about your experience with remote employment in the recruitment process.

Applicants must reside in the United States. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have legal authorization to work in the United States for the duration of this permanent position. GlobalGiving does not sponsor employment visas.

In efforts to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, GlobalGiving requires all employees to adhere to the GlobalGiving Vaccination Mandate policy upon their start date. New employees will be required to be fully vaccinated upon their start date, if expected to work from the office. New employees working remotely who will have occasional contact with the office and/or co-workers will also be required to be fully vaccinated.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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