One we touched on Thursday, but because today is the deadline — and because it is of such importance to all — it becomes more of a mandate for us to shout it out once again.
We refer to today’s 5 p.m. cutoff for submitting resumes by applicants who have an interest, and who hold the necessary qualifications, for one of the two newly created full-time, paid positions announced by members of the Bradley-Cleveland Long-Term Recovery Organization.
The second critical date is that the FEMA Disaster Relief Center at 10 Church St. will close Saturday night. Impacted families who still have FEMA-related questions should visit the center immediately or go online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
The two LTRO roles include the posts of recovery director and case manager.
Their importance is unquestionably vital to Bradley County’s future because they will become the “voices” of our community’s long-term recovery. Volunteers and community committees will continue to play important roles, but the new recovery director and case manager will be handed the direct responsibility for overseeing this critical mission — at least for the next 12 to 24 months.
Bradley County’s long-term recovery could take three to five years, but full-time leadership positions are needed in the beginning to assure the right directions are taken and priorities are maintained. Too, these roles will become a direct link between organizations involved in the long-term recovery and impacted families and businesses who will require time and support to rebuild their lives, homes and professions.
Because of the urgency in filling these roles, LTRO members felt they did not have the luxury of allowing a lengthy application period. The short turnaround is understandable; plus, it likely is aiding the decision-making among the most serious of those who have an interest in seeking the roles and who have the needed experience and qualifications.
Those applying should send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org, but these must be received no later than 5 p.m. TODAY.
As previously announced, the ideal candidate for the recovery director post should possess excellent people skills and be able to relate to individuals from all socioeconomic backgrounds; should have experience in managing budgets and in understanding the importance of financial responsibility and accountability; and should have experience in managing people. Recovery director salary will be $40,000 to $50,000, depending on experience and qualifications.
The ideal candidate for the case manager slot will be someone highly skilled in multi-tasking; someone with a focus on developing and following up on details; and someone who can successfully manage people, including volunteers. Case manager salary will be $25,000 to $35,000, but this is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.
LTRO members aren’t taking these positions lightly. To assure professional objectivity, all collected resumes will be handed over to a group of human resources experts for review and recommendations. Finalists will be contacted for a personal interview.
Bradley County’s recovery from the April 27 tragedies is progressing.
But critical attention to detail and process is now more important than ever.
Those with a legitimate interest in these paid positions of high responsibility are urged to act.
But do it now.
Time is running out.