Team Rubicon (TR) is seeking a Crisis Innovation Lead, to join our hardworking and forward-thinking Field Ops team. A successful candidate will have a relentless focus on the beneficiaries of our capabilities and will consistently strive to find the most effective way to reduce or alleviate human suffering and accelerate return to normalcy often in complex or untested environments.

In this role, you will solve hard problems in austere environments with the support of a growing team of disaster and humanitarian professionals. An entrepreneurial, innovative leader with the ability to establish instant rapport in multi-cultural settings is our ideal candidate. These qualities among others will be exercised and tested daily while you apply TR’s capabilities or identify new capabilities to help people on their worst day.

A real-life example that demonstrates the potential for this role is Team Rubicon’s capabilities delivery in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Maria caused devastating impacts on Puerto Rico. Exercising core capabilities in an innovative way included medical care on US soil, an otherwise untested environment, and debris management in support of re-establishing the island’s water delivery system. In addition to these efforts, we hired of over 100 locals through five contractors to replace roofs for 500 families that otherwise received little to no support from the rest of the disaster recovery system. From the application of known skills in new environments to the requirement to bring external resources to bear, this role is designed to ensure we never rest on the idea that, “that’s not what we do.”

Our culture requires individuals foolish enough to think they can change the world and smart enough to have a chance. Every day is a challenge, but every month brings new opportunities for an organization that is quickly becoming a household name in disaster response. This position reports to TR’s David Burke, Vice President, Programs and Field Operations and is based out of our Los Angeles, CA, National Headquaters Office. Only the most awesome candidates should apply, period.


Rapid delivery of new capabilities

  • Lead TR mission delivery in complex, limited resource environments that require outside-the-box solutions.
  • This role will work with the Capabilities team to develop new capabilities in often austere and quickly evolving environments, support refinement, and assess outcomes and long-term impact

Delivery of established capabilities in previously untested contexts

  • Lead TR’s delivery of established capabilities in contexts where TR has not operated before or is delivering a capability where modification to the capability package is necessary for success

Cadre Development

  • Build a team of on-call volunteers, contractors, and other support capable of delivering on the unique scope and requirements of this role

Non-operational time

  • Work closely with the Capabilities team to research, design and develop new capabilities during non-operational time
  • Ensure alignment with standard methodology for developing new capability packages even in situations requiring rapid development


Represent Team Rubicon to foreign governments, intergovernmental agencies, and the broader I/NGO community

  • Develop a firm understanding of and apply legal requirements pertaining to I/NGOs working in host countries
  • Support or perform security, risk, and threat assessments for operational environments

Experience and Background:

  • 3-5 years field experience with INGO, UN or USAID in humanitarian aid, or international development sector, work in complex emergencies preferred
  • Military background preferred, Special Forces community a plus
  • Well-traveled internationally with depth in at least two geographic regions
  • Proven track record of building, and managing diverse, multi-cultural teams
  • Social media pro - live stream or post updates while delivering capabilities
  • Heavy emphasis on operating internationally with crisis innovation duties
  • Experience in program design, proposal development, and execution in resource-constrained environments, complex emergencies preferred
  • Understanding/application of SPHERE and other best practices in a field setting
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, or French a plus


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in International Affairs, Political Science, Emergency Management; Master’s Degree a plus
  • At least 50% Travel
  • Ability to work at our Los Angeles, CA, National Headquaters Office and/or National Operations Center, Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Ability to travel within 24 hours with no return ticket purchased ahead of time

Core Competencies:

  • Professional Competency, Crisis Innovation Lead: demonstrated passion for the disaster or humanitarian operations field with a track record of career progression in the field.
  • Built To Serve: authentic connection to Team Rubicon’s culture and mission, as demonstrated by empathy for others and a track record of service
  • Resilience & Adaptability: ability to successfully navigate a fast-paced, high-growth environment, and solve problems in the face of ambiguity and constant change
  • Trust & Respect: respect and inclusiveness. High openness to feedback; respect for the opinions and differences of others; and a tendency to always assume the positive intent of others
  • Balances Stakeholders: Understands the expectations and needs of both internal and external stakeholders, taking a proactive approach to shaping, influencing, balancing and aligning stakeholder interests.
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills: Engages and listens to others, adjusting communication style to fit the audience and message. Delivers messages in a clear, compelling and tactful manner, and encourages the expression of diverse ideas and opinions. Picks up on interpersonal and group dynamics, building rapport relating comfortably with people across teams, functions, cultures and levels.

Perks of the Team:

  • Professional development, leadership development and events/conferences
  • 100% company-paid health benefits for employees and their dependents
  • Matching 401k contributions up to 4%
  • Annual 5‐day National Leadership Conference
  • Paid time off to volunteer with the non-profit of your choice
  • Generous vacation and sick time
  • Generous holiday schedule (including a paid week off between winter holidays)
  • Fully stocked kitchens and frequent catered lunches
  • In-office gyms
  • Holiday parties

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