Employment Opportunities


Current Employment Opportunities with the City of Meridian:

Job Title: Community Risk Reduction Division Manager
Department: Fire
Reports To: Deputy Chief of Community Risk Reduction
Open Date: July 17, 2023
Close Date: Open Until Filled, First Review: July 25, 2023
Salary: $30.73 per hour

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for the administration and management of the Fire Department Public Education Division and programs. Supervises and conducts classes and presentations promoting fire prevention and safety concepts to the general public, schools, and business community. Explains the operations of the Fire Department; works to promote fire prevention and safety programs; manages the Juvenile Fire Setter Program and the various Public Education Programs offered by the City. Responsible for the Public Education annual budget to include such materials as equipment, supplies, improvements, and related needs; maintains a complete record of public education activities; makes presentations outside normal working hours when needed; communicates with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations. Supervises the staff of the Community Risk Reduction Division and public education volunteers.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Plans, develops, implements, manages, and maintains fire and life safety programs, projects, and outreach campaigns;

Manages the development of safety programs designed to meet the elements of the City Strategic Plan;

Supervises the Community Risk Reduction Division staff and community volunteers in their responsibilities;

Manages, develops and conducts presentations to the general public, community groups, businesses and schools promoting fire prevention and safety concepts, and explaining the operations of the Fire Department;

Manages and coordinates all aspects of the Fire Safety Center, including scheduling of groups, and delivering classes to promote fire prevention and safety programs;

Develops, coordinates and conducts outreach activities at fairs and other community events;

Develops, coordinates and distributes educational materials of fire and life safety messages;

Conducts evaluations of effectiveness of public education programs making modifications as necessary;

Supervises the scheduling, organization and assisting in facilitating department tours and friendly firefighter visits;

Manages the planning and marketing for scheduled events and programs – Including the Public Safety Academy;

Manages the home safety assessments for the 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;

Administers the Juvenile Fire Setter Program; conducts screening, maintains records, and recommends follow-up action to be taken to parents and local authorities;

Works with various agencies to include school personnel in the promotion and development of fire and life safety programs;

Manages the Public Education annual budget to include such materials as equipment, supplies, improvements, and related needs; tracks expenditures of the Public Safety Program;

Administers and writes grants, alternative funding, and award nominations and submissions and manages those received for public education;

Manages the Child Passenger Seat program, oversees the certification of department technicians;

Maintains a complete record of public education activities;

Makes presentations outside normal working hours;

Communicates with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations;

Train and develop the Community Risk Reduction Division staff and public education volunteers – direct work and coach for successful performance;

Manages the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector community programs;

Seeks departmental, public/private partnerships in implementing and managing public education events and programs;

Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to remain current on principles, practices, and new developments with instructional techniques and technology;

Functions as a liaison between the media, general public, and the fire department;

Assists with public relations/social media/website duties to inform Meridian City residents and business members about programs, projects, and daily activities of the fire department;

Serve as a staff presence at selected community events; take photographs or videos of various fire department projects and events for distribution via centralized communication channels, including social media channels;

Assists in training new employees;

Maintains the Meridian Fire Safety Center;

Solicits, interviews, trains, coordinates and supervises volunteers;

Performs related work as assigned.

Job Specifications:

College graduate from an accredited college or university with a minimum Associates Degree in Fire Service Administration, Public Administration, or a closely related field or;

Five years of progressively responsible experience providing fire service public education, two years in a supervisory position within a like organization, and a high school diploma or GED.

Firefighting experience is desirable;

Teaching experience is desirable

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Computer applications related to the work including Windows, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel;

Techniques 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;

Strategies for messaging, promoting, and marketing ideas and initiatives;

Fire and safety education programs and fire behavior;

Ability to perform grant writing;

Ability to prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials;

Ability to maintain accurate records and files;

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

Ability to conduct group presentations;

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

Ability to work in a team environment as a team player, showing respect to fellow employees;

Integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;

Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;

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

Must be able to facilitate conflict resolution;

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

Must have the ability to supervise employees and volunteers in their daily work assignments;

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 including a computer in the course of the work;

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

Ability to use public address systems and components.

Licensing and Certification:

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

Must obtain Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention I & II Certification, Child Passenger Seat Technician Certification and CPR Instructor Certification within 18 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;

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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