Red Cross continues search for local director

By Wayne Allen

September 25, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Marty Redden, Chairman of the Ohio River Valley of the American Red Cross Board of Directors, said the process of finding the chapter’s next director is ongoing.

Former chapter director Mary Arnzen recently took another job and the chapter has been without a director ever since.

“We have interviewed a few candidates. The position is still open and we are reviewing who we have and are still evaluating some candidates,” Redden said.

He said the search committee is working with the Cincinnati Area Chapter through this process.

According to a job description located on, www.americanredcross.apply2jobs.com, the position is responsible for, representing the American Red Cross in the community. The Community Chapter Executive (CCE) will focus externally on core mission delivery, fundraising and being the face of the Red Cross for the media, donors and their communities. The CCE will have oversight of Red Cross service delivery, external relations, and fundraising within an assigned community. The CCE is accountable for achieving performance targets for the Community Chapter, including service delivery, fundraising/revenue and expense targets. In conjunction with the Division Fundraising Vice President, the CCE has primary responsibility in the community for achievement of fundraising goals. The CCE utilizes the support activities of HR, IT, Finance, Communications and Marketing through a matrix project management system to ensure that all operating units have the necessary resources to execute on their community mission. The CCE acts as the chapter’s chief fundraiser.”

According to the description major responsibilities for the position include, fundraising, external relationships and partnerships, visibility and community relevance among many others.

The position requires a four-year college degree in business, communications, marketing, public relations, finance or non-profit administration. The desired experience is three years.

Redden said until a director is hired, Disaster Program Manager Eli Allen has picked up some of the responsibilities of the director.

When asked when they hope to have someone in place, Redden was quoted as saying, “We hope to move fast but, we hope to find the right person.”

Redden said not having a director will not stop the local chapter from providing any of the services they normally provide.

For more information about the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, visit them at 1801 Robinson Avenue, Portsmouth or call 740-354-3293. Visit www.redcross.org/about-us/careers to see career opportunities for the Red Cross.

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