Disaster Recovery Coordinator

Hybrid (Remote & In-Person)
Posted 3 months ago

Mountain Associations Seeks a Disaster Recovery Coordinator

Application review will begin on January 22, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Even if you miss the initial application review date, if this position is still posted, we encourage you to apply.

Position Summary

The Disaster Recovery Coordinator will support the organization’s response to natural disasters in our region by coordinating programmatic responses and collaborating with other organizations to increase collective impact. The Disaster Recovery Coordinator will create a disaster response procedure to be used by Mountain Association in responding to future disasters, and that identifies disaster preparedness resources and efforts in the region.

Note: This position is contingent on external funding and is currently funded for two years (through September 2025). We hope to secure funding for this position to continue past this timeline.


The Mountain Association is a nonprofit that invests in people and places in Eastern Kentucky to advance a just transition to a new economy that is more diverse, sustainable, equitable and resilient. Our Lending team offers loans to existing and startup businesses and organizations. We are a Community Development Financial Institution, so we can offer greater flexibility and lend to those who may not otherwise qualify. Our Business Support program connects business owners and nonprofit leaders to consultants who can help them succeed. Our Energy experts help businesses, nonprofits, public agencies and homeowners find much-needed energy savings through utility bill analysis, on-site energy efficiency and solar assessments, financing and grant application support.

The Mountain Association also engages in research, communications and advocacy for policy and narrative change, and works with partners on a variety of projects to demonstrate what’s possible in Eastern Kentucky.

Essential Functions

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following areas:

Liaise between Mountain Association and external partners working on disaster response/recovery.

  • Builds relationships with external partners working on disaster response and recovery for the purpose of coordination, collaboration, and collective impact.
  • Builds relationships with local Long Term Recovery Groups, local governments, Emergency Management, Area Development Districts, regional Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), local nonprofits, and other organizations in order to learn about challenges and barriers, to identify ways in which Mountain Association can be of support, and to find opportunities for collaboration across county lines.
  • Convenes meetings with external partners as needed in collaboration with the Mountain Association’s Strategic Initiatives Program.
  • Represents Mountain Association at meetings with external partners.
  • Participates in region-wide disaster preparation and resilience planning.
  • Coordinates with partners and allies within the Central Appalachian Network (CAN) experiencing disaster.

Coordinate Mountain Association Disaster Response

  • Convenes working groups to respond to disasters affecting our service area and serves as the liaison for information between working groups and Mountain Association’s Leadership/Executive Councils.
  • Manages consulting projects with communities for disaster recovery and resilience planning.
  • Organize and coordinate the response of Mountain Association programs serving clients impacted by disaster.
  • Manages internal communication regarding programmatic responses to disaster.
  • Convenes, prepares the agenda, and facilitates working group meetings.
  • Assists the working groups in prioritizing goals and projects.
  • Ensures meeting documentation and distribution of notes and action items.
  • Aids in the identification of opportunities for collaboration between programs.
  • Serves as the main point of contact for the organization regarding disaster recovery and response.
  • Leads the creation and deployment of the external organizational disaster response protocol/procedure and collaborates with Mountain Association staff on internal organizational disaster response planning.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Manager to ensure information about disaster resources is conveyed through various communication channels.
  • Tracks data to ensure grant compliance.

Research and Communications

  • Research best practices in disaster resilience, preparation, mitigation and policy with particular attention to the unique needs in Eastern Kentucky.
  • Research models for regional collaboration in disaster resilience, preparation and mitigation.
  • Identify resources for disaster resilience, preparation, mitigation and recovery.
  • Identify opportunities to increase regional collaboration in disaster resilience, preparedness and mitigation.
  • Create disaster preparedness response tools for communities and businesses.


  • Engages with and participates in the Mountain Association’s journey to increase diversity, equity, and
  • inclusion both in our workplace and our work.
  • Participates in organization-wide Mountain Association activities and training programs as required.
  • Performs all other duties, as assigned.
  • Practices safety in all aspects of the job.
  • Participates in the strategic planning process and implementation of the plan as it relates to this role.
  • Provides courteous, professional services.

Critical Skills

This position requires an organized professional with high emotional intelligence who can effectively multi-task with attention to detail and accuracy; leverage strong communication skills with a proactive mindset; and work autonomously in a fast-paced environment. Competency in meeting planning and facilitation; workload management, including ability to understand, follow, and meet schedules; ability to prioritize, organize tasks and time, and follow up; and perform responsibilities efficiently and timely. Ability to juggle multiple requests, meet multiple deadlines and direct and monitor others to ensure goals and deadlines are met. Performs responsibilities efficiently and timely. Takes initiative and needs little supervision. Proactive in anticipating and alerting others to problems with projects or processes. Can effectively communicate with a variety and diversity of individuals in different roles, both internally and externally, including wide-ranging educational levels, socio-economic status, or world view. Able to communicate effectively and professionally in person, during online meetings, over the telephone, and through email. Able to work well in a team environment and as part of a team.

Required Experience, Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree OR experience can substitute for education.
  • Three years of demonstrated experience in group facilitation and planning including in-person and virtual formats, experience with project management and disaster recovery preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in research and writing.

Not sure you meet all qualifications? Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Please use your cover letter to tell us why you believe you are a great fit for the role.

Tools & Equipment

Proficient in basic computer skills, i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet usage (e-mail). Capable of learning company database programs.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to work proficiently with computers and other office equipment.
  • Work is primarily in an office environment (at home or a Mountain Association office) with office equipment, sitting for long periods of time.
  • Extensive travel in the service region will be required.
  • Some work will be on site and may require walking, bending, stooping, crawling, and climbing stairs.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mountain Association provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap or disability in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Applicants as well as employees who are or become disabled must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities either unaided or with reasonable accommodation. The organization shall determine reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law.

Additional Information

This full-time position offers a competitive salary, with a range of $55,187 – $61,319 – $71,743, along with a generous benefits package. Salary is determined by evaluating an individual’s education and experience above the minimum requirements of the position.

This position’s main office location is flexible between Mountain Association’s offices in Berea, Prestonsburg, and Hazard, Kentucky, though our staff have a hybrid work schedule where they work from home as their position allows.

This position will be supervised by Les Roll, Special Projects Manager.

Please e-mail your resume and a cover letter specifically explaining why you are a good fit for this position to disasterrecovery.hiring@mtassociation.org. The Mountain Association is committed to principles of diversity and equity and encourages applications from all people. We will ask candidates selected for second interviews to provide contact information for three references. First interviews will take place via Zoom/Teams. Our hiring process typically includes: two rounds of interviews and a skill-based activity.

The Mountain Association is committed to ensuring the safety of all employees and their families, our clients, partners, team members and other individuals that we come into contact with for business purposes. Our approach to COVID-19 is informed by science and aligns to recommendations established by the CDC and other applicable government health agencies. Our COVID-19 vaccination policy requires all prospective employees, prior to their start date, to: (1) become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of a vaccination, or (2) request and obtain approval for an accommodation for a medical or religious exemption. Should an accommodation for a medical or religious exemption be approved, an employee would work with the Mountain Association to develop a COVID-19 safety plan.

Employment is contingent upon meeting these requirements and the requirements of the position.

For more information about the Mountain Association, visit www.mtassociation.org. Please no drop-ins.

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