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Fire and Life Safety Educator

Job Posted 9/13/2023
City of Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO
United States
Experience Required
Degree Required
Government / Civil Service
Application Closing Date
$6,287.00 to $7,578.00 Per Month
Job Description
As a Fire and Life Safety Educator, you will work to reduce risk in the community through the development, implementation, and evaluation of fire and life safety prevention and intervention educational programs. This is accomplished by conducting evidence-based research and data analysis. You will use your strong public speaking and presentation skills to deliver risk reduction programs to a wide range of ages, demographics, and educational levels.

Essential Job Functions - the basic job duties an employee must be able to perform:

  • Manage one or more educational programs, including program research and development, marketing, implementation, delivery, evaluation, analysis, program material development, distribution, and maintenance of program partnerships
  • Correspond professionally with internal staff, community members, and area partners Write marketing material content, editorials, journals, speeches, manuals, or critiques
  • Plan, organize, direct, and evaluate programs on an on-going basis to achieve goals and objectives
  • Prepare program curriculum and all Keynote and PowerPoint presentations; add videos and audio
  • Prepare clear and concise reports on program impact
  • Locate and acquire sources of funding to sustain program needs
  • Conduct youth firesetting risk assessment meetings with youth and guardians for youth involved with misuse of fire and arson
  • Work with families that are in crisis and/or in need of additional services such as mental health or Department of Human Services
  • Conduct media interviews as requested
  • Attend and present at area events
  • Stay current on risk reduction trends and update online content as needed
  • Direct interns and volunteers that may be used for the program
We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:

Knowledge of:

  • Proper English usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar
  • Educational methodology and program development, administration, and evaluation
  • Approaches and systems, which affect the design and implementation of major programs and/or processes organization-wide
  • Modern office technology, including computers (Windows and Mac environments) and supporting software
  • Standard office equipment, projectors, and sound systems
Ability to:
  • Learn new technology, software programs, and online tools quickly; apply technical skills effectively; and utilize the latest media technology
  • Work effectively in a fast-paced, continuously evolving work environment
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively with diverse groups, verbally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and community members

This position requires a confident and innovative individual with advanced public speaking skills, a strong attention to detail, exceptional customer and time management skills, use independent judgement, and the ability to think outside the box.

Successful candidates will have
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in education, communication, marketing, public administration, social work, or a related field
  • Two (2) years of full-time, public communications, public relations, marketing or classroom teaching with an extensive public speaking background.
  • Possess a valid, non-probationary Colorado driver's license not subject to restriction related to alcohol and/or drug violations or pending charges
  • Possess, or obtain within 12 months of hire, Fire and Life Safety Education Certification I
  • Possess, or obtain within 12 months of hire, the following certifications: Fire and Life Educator II, Juvenile Firesetter Specialist I, and ICS (Incident Command Systems) 100, 200, 700, and 800
  • Possess, or obtain within 18 months of hire, Juvenile Firesetter Specialist II certification
One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education.

Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.
Ideal candidates will also have
  • Two (2) years of fire prevention experience specific to public fire and life safety education, community risk reduction programs, public information, or a combination thereof
  • Two (2) years of experience performing youth firesetting risk assessments, working with mental/behavioral health partners, and working with families affected by youth arson
  • Experience with fire and life safety educational practices and community risk reduction program fundamentals
  • Experience which demonstrates an understanding of fire service management policies and procedures and its role in the community
  • Experience which demonstrates a basic understanding of emergency operations; incident command and management systems
  • Graphic design and/or video production experience
Additional Information

The City of Colorado Springs offers additional compensation depending on the position, area of assignment, and specific job assignments, including shift differential, pay differential, acting or lead, special assignment, hazard pay, longevity, cell phone allowance, uniform allowance, relocation, awards, standby, call out, compensatory time off, tuition, overtime, extra duty, incentive, holiday premium, proficiency, and vacation sell back.

This position requires the ability to lift 50 pounds regularly and 75 pounds occasionally, and stand for long periods of time, go up and down stairs while carrying presentation supplies and props, and speak to a wide range of audiences.

Environmental Conditions

Primary Work Environment - Office environment with frequent travel from site to site and possible exposure to inclement weather

Extreme Temperature - Several times per month Wetness and Humidity - Seasonally

Respiratory Hazards - Rarely

Noise and Vibrations - Occasionally Physical Hazards - Rarely

Mechanical and/or Electrical Hazards - Rarely Exposure to Communicable Diseases - Rarely

NOTE: This job announcement is not intended to include a complete listing of all responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position.

The City does not sponsor applicants for work visas. If hired, you will be required to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the United States.

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