Employment Opportunities


Current Employment Opportunities with the City of Meridian:

Job Title: Community Risk Reduction Specialist II
Department: Fire
Reports To: Community Risk Reduction Manager
Open Date: March 1, 2024
Close Date: Open Until Filled
Salary Range: $28.57 per hour

Job Summary:

Performs data analysis and assists in the fire prevention and public education activities throughout the City and Rural District. Utilizes data to help plan targeted educational activities. Work is performed under general supervision with limited instruction and requires initiative and independent judgment. Works with social media and the City Public Safety PIO to distribute public education information. This position reports directly to the Community.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Gathers, cleans, and interprets data sets. Compiles diagnostic analysis, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analysis regarding emergency response data from a variety of sources and identifies community risk vulnerabilities;

Recommends community risk reduction action plans for resolution of identified vulnerabilities;

May assist as directed with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) accreditation process for the agency, including department inspections and policy review, revision and implementation;

May assist with the department's catalog of policies and forms to meet accreditation standards;

Conducts regular reviews of policies and procedures to meet all current CPSE expectations;

Provides greater community alignment;

Encourages quality improvement;

Facilitates input from and builds positive relationships with labor;

Identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses;

Allows for the establishment of a plan for improvement;

Provides data supported decision-making;

Communicates management and leadership philosophies;

Ensures the agency has a defined mission and related objectives;

May assist with reviewing organizational procedural documents relating to accreditation;

Leads presentations to community groups, businesses and schools promoting fire and safety prevention concepts, and explaining the operations of the Fire Department;

Assists with the development and promotion of fire prevention and safety programs;

Creates, formats, and distributes program documents, lesson plans, forms, flyers, and presentations;

Assists in the creation of social media content;

Maintains a complete record of public education activities;

Assist in facilitating department tours and friendly firefighter visits;

Plans and markets scheduled events and programs;

Conducts home safety assessments for Meridian City/Rural Fire District residents to include smoke and carbon monoxide alarm maintenance, evaluation and education;

Assists in the Community Risk Reduction efforts of the city;

Makes presentations outside normal working hours;

Communicates with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations in person, in writing, or over the phone;

Performs research, correspondence, public relations, and other duties as assigned;

Supervises volunteers as needed.

Job Specifications:

Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience in a fire department or other emergency services agency;

College graduate from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Fire Administration, Public Administration, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, or other related field; or the equivalent education base with experience in community risk reduction programming; Community Risk Reduction experience, preferred;

Teaching or Instructor experience, preferred;

Analyst experience, preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to gather, organize, analyze, examine or evaluate data or information and prescribe action based on such data or information;

Proficient in computer applications related to the work including Windows, Word, Outlook, Publisher, Excel, CANVA and PowerPoint;

Knowledge of the management of Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Next Door;

Ability to take and edit photos and videos;

Knowledge and experience of the techniques needed for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone to communicate fire safety concepts;

Knowledge of analyst strategies;

Knowledge of marketing strategies;

Knowledge of fire and safety education programs and fire behavior;

Ability to prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials and maintain accurate records and files;

Ability to use initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines;

Ability to conduct group presentations;

Must have integrity in the performance of assigned tasks;

Shows respect to fellow employees and customers; responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;

Must have an attitude of cooperation and the ability to work well with others;

Must have proven skills in organizational/time management, decision making, and problem solving;

Must have the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects;

Must have the ability to be adaptable/flexible, have a positive attitude, proactively engage with customers, employees and co-workers, and identify enhancement opportunities;

Ability to collaborate and to effectively communicate and engage with others, ability to effectively resolve conflict, effectively deal with both internal and external customers, and work effectively within a team environment;

Ability to use standard office and class room equipment;

Ability to use audio-visual equipment used in a classroom setting;

Ability to use public address systems and components;

Ability to install and inspect smoke alarms, CO alarms and car seats.

Licensing and Certification:

Must possess a valid Idaho Class D driver’s license;

Must hold or have the ability to obtain (Incident Command System) ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 certificates within 18 months of hire;

Must hold or have the ability to obtain Child Passenger Seat Technician certification within 12 months of hire;

Must hold or have the ability to obtain CPR Instructor certification with 12 months of hire;

Obtain Fire Service Instructor I certificate of completion meeting NFPA 1041, Chapter 4, within 24 months of hire.

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

Work is performed frequently in an office environment with moderate noise level;

May work variable hours as scheduled by the department;

Requires driving a motor vehicle in order to make presentations and reach sites;

Requires the ability to tow a trailer;

Constantly requires clear vision to read printed materials and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone;

Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands and/or fingers;

Constantly requires mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to function in a general office environment to accomplish tasks;

Occasionally calls for long periods of time standing at safety fairs inside and outside in the elements;

Occasionally requires moving and climbing ladders;

Requires the ability to move and climb ladders and to lift and carry equipment up to 50 lbs.;

Requires the ability to work above the head while standing on ladders.

Travel Requirements:

Travels by car to classes and seminars;

May be required to travel by air to required training;

Drives a city vehicle to presentation sites.

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