National Young Professionals Council Seeks New Members

The American Red Cross National Young Professionals Council (NYPC) seeks to fill up to four seats on the Council and is soliciting applications from young professional volunteers to serve a two-year term that will begin June 1, 2014. Young professional volunteers with field experience in a Red Cross young professionals group are highly encouraged to apply, as are young professionals with experience from external young professional groups, the private sector, or other relevant organizations.

The National Young Professionals Council seeks to build the capacity of the American Red Cross by engaging and supporting volunteers between the ages of 21 and 35. The Council leverages the work experience and broad skill sets of young professionals in order to further the mission of the American Red Cross. Additionally, this group provides advice and input to the Vice President of Volunteer Management and other senior leaders. The group is led by young professional volunteers including national youth leadership alumni, local Red Cross leaders and club members, as well as subject matter experts in various areas.

Formed in 2008 by former National Youth Council members who wished to continue their service to the American Red Cross, the NYPC focuses on developing career paths for young adults in the Red Cross, ensuring they remain volunteers and donors in the future, as well as engaging young professionals new to the organization through groups like Club Red.

Please pass this information along to active young professional volunteers in your unit and encourage them to apply.

Applications are due Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5PM EDT.

How to apply

If you are interested in serving on the National Young Professionals Council, please submit a (1) cover letter and (2) resume.

Selected applicants will be offered telephone interviews.

1. Your cover letter should address the following:

  • Why do you want to serve on the National Young Professionals Council?
  • What unique skills and experiences do you have that would make you a valuable asset to the National Young Professionals Council? Please highlight your Red Cross experience if applicable.
  • How do you envision increasing national young professional engagement in the Red Cross? Discuss specific tools or strategies you might suggest given your experience with other organizations, or within the Red Cross itself.

2. Your resume should include the following:

  • Your name, preferred address, phone number, and email address
  • Work history, volunteer experience, and education, and Red Cross volunteer experience.
  • You may also include any awards or honors received.

Please email your cover letter and resume to Bianca Kahlenberg at [email protected]  by Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5PM EDT. We look forward to hearing from you!

Who we’re looking for

The ideal candidate for the National Young Professionals Council will be a young working professional 21 to 35 years old who has access to a network of young professionals (i.e. through work at a corporation),  as well as experience in a Red Cross young professionals group. Those with fundraising experience are highly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be registered Red Cross volunteers.

What we offer

Serving on the National Young Professionals Council is an opportunity to build a unique skill set, strategize for the world’s largest humanitarian organization, implement national initiatives, and network with fellow young leaders and senior management of the American Red Cross. Members of the Council lead and partner with staff on implementing strategic priorities that leverage young professionals across the country.  For instance, last fiscal year, the Red Cross saw Young Professionals donate over $150,000 in response to Hurricane Sandy. You will work side-by-side with a dynamic group of fellow young professionals who are passionate about serving others and dedicated to the mission of the American Red Cross.

Time commitment

All members will serve a two-year term starting in July 2014 where they are expected to bring enthusiasm, dedication and creativity to the role.  Membership on the National Young Professionals Council requires self-directed work, participation in monthly conference calls, and attendance at National Young Professionals Council meetings, generally held three times a year at national headquarters in Washington, DC or in the field. Travel and accommodations are covered by the American Red Cross.

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