Emergency Disaster Services Specialist (Temporary)

June 23, 2022
Job Type
Ministry Unit/Dept:
AB&NT Divisional Headquarters
Salary Range:
$25.31/hour (min) -- $31.64/hour (mid)
Yellowknife NWT
Posting Expires:
July 15, 2022
Applications Accepted By:
Please submit Resume with Cover letter to: Ben.Lippers@salvationarmy.ca Please no phone calls.


The EDS Specialist assists with the planning and delivery of the Emergency Disaster Services program within the Northwest Territories and Nunavut area.


Service Responsibilities

  • In cooperation with the Divisional Director of EDS, assist with the provision of 24-hour 7 days a week Emergency Disaster Services for catchment area as situations and/or the Government MOU dictate.
  • Participate in the organizing and delivery of training courses with the catchment area.
  • Share responsibility with the Divisional Director of EDS in ensuring that clients receive pastoral care, emotional & spiritual support and referrals as needed.
  • Ensure assistance is provided with respect to clients’ immediate material needs, i.e., food, water, and clothing.
  • Maintain and keep in a state of readiness all vehicles and equipment assigned to the Emergency Disaster Services program.
  • Ensure that designated operators of EDS assigned vehicles properly maintain the service units.
  • Assist in the development of a response strategy (preparation of EDS manuals and other relevant materials) that will reflect the different regions within the catchment area.
  • May provide supervision and oversight to volunteers during a deployment when directed by the Incident Commander.
  • Perform other position related duties as required

     Organizational Responsibilities

  • Develop an understanding of the Mission of The Salvation Army in Canada and its implications as related to position responsibilities
  • Maintain information in confidence as required
  • Participate as an active and responsible team member
  • Represent the organization in a professional and engaging manner and assist personnel whom the position supports in developing those skills as required
  • Participate in supervision and regular performance reviews/evaluations as required.
  • Work in compliance with OH&S Act and Regulations and abide by The Salvation Army’s health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Ongoing training and certification in all Salvation Army Territorial EDS aspects is required.
  • Treat the property of The Salvation Army with due care and caution.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and training.


  • Provides input to annual EDS budget.
  • Together with Divisional Director of EDS monitors EDS operating budget.
  • Assists with the recruitment, onboarding, and engagement of EDS personnel
  • Completes, maintains, and submits reports, forms, and statistics as per EDS standards.


  • Work is typically in a home office environment.
  • The ability to function independently, and frequently under pressure, while managing multiple concurrent projects and deadlines including participating in, resolving, and effectively managing emergency/crisis situations is an ongoing expectation.
  • Flexibility as participation in response, meetings, conferences and other events may involve long work days and/or evening/weekend work.
  • Must be deployable during a disaster incident to support emergency operations for a minimum of 14 days and work extended hours.

During a disaster incident, this position may be deployed to support on-site disaster relief operations. This may include operating in "hardship conditions" where basic amenities, such as power and water, may not be readily


*NOTE: For some jobs, you may be required to provide validated educational documentation.


·       Completion of a formal post-secondary/college program of two academic years in disaster and emergency management or a related field

·       An Undergraduate Degree will be considered as an asset

.        Successful completion of key National Disaster Training Program courses (Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, Foundations of Emotional & Spiritual Care, Disaster Food Service and Canteen Operations, Incident Command System, Train the Trainer) or ability to complete within timeframe determined by supervisor.

  • First Aid/CPR certification.
  • Diploma or certificate in disaster and emergency management an asset.

Experience and Skilled Knowledge Requirements  

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ frontline experience in emergency planning and preparedness or other experience in frontline work with survivors of emergency or disaster situations.
  • Proven emergency management skills (prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery).
  • Excellent networking skills, with the ability to coordinate and supervise groups of volunteers across a wide geographic area would be a definite asset.
  • Working knowledge of all Salvation Army emergency social services primary services programs, EDS programs and Salvation Army Social Service programs is an asset.
  • Respect and understanding of The Salvation Army - its mission, culture, and values.

      Note: Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered.



.       Attention to detail, problem solving, and analytical skills.

·       Demonstrated ability to work in stressful high-paced environments.

·       Strong sense of integrity and confidentiality with professional ethics and a balanced sense of fairness and flexibility.

·       Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

·       Attentive listening skills.

·       Demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills.

·       Strong organization and administrative skills.

.       Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).

This is a Temporary full time, 35 hours per week until March 31, 2023

Successful candidates, prior to hiring, may be required to provide:

  • Background check consent
  • A valid criminal record check or vulnerable sector screening
  • Valid drivers abstract
  • Completion of our online Praesidium Abuse Training and required Health and Safety training

The Salvation Army offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment process.  If you are contacted to participate in an interview or screening process, please advise us if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Internal Applicants, please advise your managing supervisor of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

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