The American Red Cross Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Rotational Program is a three-year development program designed to offer recent MBA, MPA, MA, and MPP graduates a paid, full-time employment opportunity that leads to mission-critical positions within the organization.
Partnering with graduate schools across the country, the Red Cross allows you to embrace experiential learning and mentorship.
Three, one-year rotational assignments expose LRP associates to Red Cross culture, operational management. and an enterprise-wide perspective to build leadership capabilities.
LRP associates also participate in the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program, joining high-potential Red Cross leaders for intensive leadership development, coaching, mentoring, and access to senior and executive leaders across the organization.
12 Months Per Rotation
Measurable Results that Support the Organization
in a Mission-Critical Role
Exposure to transformational nonprofit management, planning and innovation
Access to executive leadership
Senior executive mentors
Fulfilling roles and responsibilities
Full time, paid employment
Career growth in an industry with meaning
“I personally championed the idea of a master’s level rotational program to help bring highly educated talent to the American Red Cross. I feel that it is imperative for our humanitarian organization to embrace new perspectives and to help develop the next generation of Red Cross leaders."
- Gail McGovern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross
Ideal Candidate Profile
MBA, MPA, MA, MPP or other graduate degree candidate; nonprofit management a plus
3-5 years of work experience
Open to relocation depending on rotation assignment
Exceptional communication, customer service, project management, and interpersonal skills are a must
Interest in leading various operational components of a large nonprofit organization
Proven ability to navigate complex, matrixed organizations
Experience leading teams or significant projects
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
From LEAD Rotational Program Participants
“My three favorite aspects of the LEAD Rotational Program are 1) high visibility to senior executives, 2) being a generalist who switches jobs every year, and 3) being encouraged to get out and experience the mission of the American Red Cross.”
Adam Miller, MBA
Growth Strategies Program Officer, Fundraising
UVA Darden School of Business
“This program allows you to drive results on critical initiatives while learning the complexities of our far-reaching, mission-driven organization. Access to senior leaders, mentors, and the leadership development curriculum ensures your continued professional growth in a supportive environment.”
LeAnn Golding, MPP
Program Manager, Red Blood Cell Product Management
University of Virginia - Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
“The LEAD Rotational Program provides the once in a lifetime experience for associates to increase their business acumen while leading with their heart. The three, 12-month rotations and option for deployment opportunities quickly teaches you how essential and interdependent each role is to achieve the mission.”
Logan Penovich, MA
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Strategy Manager (Disaster Cycle Services, Southwest and Rocky Mountains Division)
Wheaton College– Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership
Apply for the Red Cross LEAD Rotational Program
The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.