Fire Public Relations Director

County of Ventura Fire Department
(805) 654-2563

A primarily responsibility will be managing Fire District Volunteer programs ensuring sufficient community involvement to create successful outcomes. The incumbent will also be responsible for both emergency incidents and routine public information matters, conducting community educational programs, participating in public relations training for internal staff, and promoting safety campaigns of the Ventura County Fire Protection District. The audiences of these efforts will be internal employees, departments and agencies, external media, governmental entities, assisting private agencies, and the public. 

The successful candidate will have considerable knowledge of public information methods, media relations and marketing techniques and possess skills in developing public information and educational materials and programs, advanced written and oral communications; and a strong knowledge of communication technology platforms and social media. Experience in a public safety or governmental organization is highly desirable.

Any combination of education and experience which would demonstrate possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
An example of qualifying education and experience is:
Possession of a bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Public Administration, or related field
Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in public information, public relations and/or marketing which as at least two (2) years supervising professional level staff.
Possession of a valid California Class C driver license.
Some experience:
Performing budgetary analysis, preparation, and cost control;
Considerable experience:
Preparing, organizing, and producing articles, editorials and media releases;
Making public presentations to community organizations and the public;
Planning, developing and presenting educational programs;
Being sensitive in dealing with stakeholders and/or community groups;
Maintaining confidentiality of protected information;
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the public and other entities to provide information and coordinate events.
Experience using some of the following:
Microsoft Office
Adobe Professional
Website content management
Social media platforms
Publishing software
Excellent written communication skills must be demonstrated in the completion of the employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

Experience leading to knowledge of the Fire District organization, operations, services, policies and procedures;
Experience in program management within a public safety or governmental organization.
A bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, public administration, business or a related discipline.

Supplemental Information
Work is performed primarily in an office environment, but incumbents may be required to travel to various sites throughout the County, and may be required to perform under emergency conditions, and beyond normal working hours.

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