ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN OPEN AND COMPETITIVE RECRUITMENT
Submission Deadline: 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Under general direction of the Fire Chief or his/her designee, develops and implements Department-wide public information programs and campaigns related to the department’s mission, including marketing, outreach, and/or customer service activities; may act as departmental spokesperson; and performs related duties as required.
The Information Specialist manages, with the Fire Captain assigned to the special assignment of Public Information Officer (PIO) specific job duties, tasks and responsibilities related to the coordination of the public information program of the Department. Working collaboratively with the Fire Captain assigned to the special assignment of PIO, the Information Specialist is a single classification that may have the full responsibilities for the day-to-day coordination Department-wide communication efforts to inform and educate the public of Department issues, incidents, events, etc. The incumbent must be able to work independently, balance multiple priorities, respond immediately and effectively in reporting incidents and significant events, and will be working closely under the direction of the Fire Chief.
This classification is designated as an at-will, unrepresented, Fair Labor Standards Act exempt position in the Unclassified Service.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Appointment for the Information Specialist is generally made at the first step of the salary range. Retirement benefits will conform to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Currently, classic miscellaneous employees pay 8% of employee contribution, which is tax-deferred. Public Employee Pension Retirement Plan (PEPRA) employees currently pay 6.5%, which is tax-deferred.
Current benefits include: Full Department payment of medical and dental premiums; paid life insurance of $50,000; vision plan; education reimbursement plan; direct deposit plan; personal leave; sick leave; vacation; 13 holidays per year; 9/80 Alternate Work Schedule upon request; voluntary deferred compensation plan; voluntary health services account plan; voluntary dependent care plan; and credit union service.
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Please refer to the Information Specialist job specification located at www.sccfd.org for more detailed information.
Depending upon assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:
A bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing, communications, public relations or related field and three (3) years of full time experience in the field of journalism, communications, public/media relations covering areas such as news media, social media, newsletters and press releases, among others, or closely related field.
Sixty (60) college credit units and four (4) years of full time experience in the field of journalism, marketing, communications, public/media relations covering areas such as news media, social media, newsletters and press releases, among others, or closely related field.
Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), Certificate in Principles of Public Relations, and/or a Certificate from the CAPIO J. Lindsey Wolf PIO Institute.
Knowledge and Abilities
Skill and Ability to
Working Conditions/Physical Demands
The position will require frequent, sitting, standing, walking, use of hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; must be able to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel or crouch. Lift up to 25 pounds. Must possess excellent vision, distance, peripheral and depth perception and ability to focus. The incumbent may be exposed to similar surroundings as those in the public safety jobs.
May work irregular hours and occasionally work on weekends as the need arises.
Possession of a valid state of California driver’s license.
Please visit the Santa Clara County Fire Department employment opportunity website portal. Do a search for the positon of “Information Specialist.” Interested applicants must apply for the position online by clicking on the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have not previously done so, you will need to complete a user profile. As part of the submittal, you are required to upload your résumé where indicated. Please complete supplemental questions where prompted to do so. The submission must be completed by the stated deadline.
Submission deadline: 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Incomplete or late submittals will not be accepted or considered.
Based upon a review of the application packets, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process will include a written examination, a writing skills exercise and oral board interview. The written examination is tentatively scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The oral board interview and writing skills exercise are tentatively scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 10, 2018.
For additional information regarding the position of Information Specialist or the application and selection process outlined herein, please contact Debbie Kelleher, Management Analyst, Personnel Services at (408) 341-4460 or Liz Travis, Administrative Assistant II, at (408) 341-4474.
The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice
and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.
The Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.