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Public Information Officer (PIO) Full-time

at Orange County Fire Authority in California (Published at 11-06-2019)

DESCRIPTION

The Communications and Public Affairs Department (CAPA) is recruiting to fill an upcoming vacancy for OCFA's Public Information Officer (PIO). Only applications from current qualified OCFA Fire Captains will be accepted.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The selected individual, as a member of the Public Information Section, will represent OCFA as the agency spokesperson during emergency incidents, community events, and in daily interaction with media outlets, and news agencies. The PIO responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conveying information to the public, as OCFA's spokesperson, through various channels, including media outlets, news agencies, social media platforms, and at community events.
  • Writing incident updates, board narratives, news releases, media advisories, and social media posts.
  • Maintaining a good working relationship with representatives of media outlets and news agencies proactively and reactively.
  • Working closely with the Community Relations and Education Section to ensure that public outreach efforts are maximized through media outlets and news agencies.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to work under the pressure of deadlines and to multitask.
  • Completion of L-952 or S203 within the first year as PIO.
  • Ability to work with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Flicker, Vimeo, and the OCFA web site.
  • Ability and willingness to work nights and weekends.
  • Good to excellent presentation and writing skills.
  • Not currently serving probation in an assigned position.
LICENSES: Possession of a valid Class C Driver License at time of appointment The assignment is anticipated to begin July 5, 2019. This administrative assignment requires a two-year minimum commitment and works a 9/80 schedule.

The selected individual will work directly under the Communications Director, receive staff assignment pay in addition to their base salary, and have the use of a department vehicle. All qualified Fire Captains are encouraged to explore this exciting opportunity. If you are interested in being considered, please submit a memo of interest along with concurrence from your current Battalion Chief and a brief resume (two pages maximum) outlining your education, experience, and relevant background.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

HOW TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:
To apply, go to www.ocfa.org. Interested personnel are to submit the following:

Online application Cover memo of interest Letter of supervisor's concurrence Inclusion of related certificates of training or related professional qualifications are also encouraged IMPORTANT DATES: June 25, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - Last day to submit online application, memo of interest, letter of concurrence and resume June 26, 2019 - Review of applications for minimum qualifications July 2 and 3, 2019 - Panel interviews and writing exercise TBD - Notification of selected candidate(s) QUESTIONS:

All questions regarding this position should be directed to Communications Director Colleen Windsor, at colleenwindsor@ocfa.org or via telephone at 714-573-6028.
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH NEOGOV
Please contact the assigned recruiter, Kim Steere, HR Analyst at kimsteere@ocfa.org or 714-573-6826.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) ACCOMMODATION:
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, anyone who needs an ADA accommodation for the purposes of employment testing should contact Kim Steere, HR Analyst II, at kimsteere@ocfa.org upon opening of a recruitment.
WITHDRAWING FROM RECRUITMENT PROCESS:
Whenever an applicant chooses to withdraw from a recruitment process, he/she is required to submit an email notification to the assigned recruiter requesting a withdrawal from the process. The email to the recruiter must include the applicant's current phone number.

NOTE:
The provisions of this publication do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision in this publication may be modified or revoked without notice.


FIRE APPARATUS ENGINEERS, FIRE CAPTAINS, FIREFIGHTERS, FIRE PILOTS, AND HEAVY FIRE EQUIPMENT OPERATORS

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:
Employees under this classification are represented by the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association (OCPFA) IAFF-Local 3631.
WORK ASSIGNMENT:
Staff employees: 40-hour workweek
Shift employees: 56-hour average duty week
DEFERRED COMPENSATION:
Employees in regular positions may at their choice participate in the Authority's deferred compensation plan.
SALARY:
Employees are eligible for merit increases from 1 to 4 salary steps after 52 weeks of employment, and thereafter annually based on their work performance and until they reach the top of their 12 step salary range.
EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE PAY:
Employees with college-level semester units or a bachelor's degree are eligible for educational incentive pay as follows:

  • 60+ units = 2.5% of base salary per month or
  • 90+ units = 5% of base salary per month or
  • Bachelor's degree = 7.5% of base salary per month

The maximum educational incentive pay an employee may receive is 7.5% of base salary.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT) PAY:
EMT pay is approximately 5% of top step firefighter base salary per month (for employees who maintain an active California EMT license).
PARAMEDIC PAY:
Paramedic pay is approximately 15% of top step firefighter base salary per month (for employees under full-time paramedic assignment).
OTHER SPECIALTY PAYS:
Employees under special assignments or who possess specialized skills may be eligible for other specialty pays such as:

  • Bilingual pay at .5571 cents per hour
  • Hazardous materials pay for technician, non paramedic, at approximately 7.5% of top step firefighter base salary per month
  • Hazardous materials specialist incentive pay for specialist, non paramedic, at approximately 10% of top step firefighter base salary per month
  • Hazardous materials paramedic incentive pay, Paramedic, at approximately 17.5% of top step firefighter base salary per month
  • Aircraft rescue firefighting pay at approximately 5% of top step firefighter base salary per month
  • Urban search and rescue pay at approximately 7.5% of top step firefighter base salary per month (non-medics) or 2.5% of top step firefighter base salary per month (medics)
  • Staff assignment pay at 7.5% of employee's base salary
  • Staff Incentive pay (SIP) at greater of 10% of employee's base salary or if currently receiving paramedic pay may retain paramedic pay in lieu of 10% SIP
  • Fire apparatus engineers (FAE) paramedic incentive pay at $500 per month in accordance with MOU
  • Technical rescue truck incentive (TRTI) pay at approximately 7.5 % of top step of firefighter base salary per month
  • Heavy fire equipment operator (HFEO) apprenticeship program:
    • Difference of current rank top step and Step 1 of HFEO
    • If promoting to fire captain while in the program then compensation is commensurate with rank
SOCIAL SECURITY:
Employees are not covered by Social Security; therefore, they are not required to contribute 6.2% towards Social Security.
MEDICARE:
Employees contribute 1.45% to Medicare. Employees whose wages exceed $200,000 in a calendar year shall contribute an additional 0.9% to Medicare.
HEALTH BENEFITS:
The Authority contributes to the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association Medical Benefit Trust Fund to pay for health insurance and other related benefits (benefits offered include medical, dental, and vision and other optional benefits such as life insurance).
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:
An employee assistance program (EAP) is provided to all regular employees. EAP services are available to anyone living in the employee's household and dependent children attending college.
TUITION REIMBURSEMENT:
Tuition reimbursement is $2,000 per fiscal year to cover certain expenses associated with academic pursuits.
RETIREMENT:
Employees are safety members enrolled in a defined benefit retirement program under the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) as follows:
  • New members without reciprocity are enrolled in the 2.7% at age 57 retirement formula and contribute 50% of normal cost based on their age at entry.
  • Legacy members are enrolled in the 3% at 55 retirement formula and contribute no more than their maximum employee contribution based on age of entry into OCERS or:
    • Effective in September 2017 up to 17.99%
    • Effective in September 2018 up to 19.99%
    • Effective in September 2019 up to 20.53%
    • Effective August 31, 2020, if there are increases to the maximum employee contribution to OCERS, employees in the unit will pay their maximum employee contribution based on age of entry into OCERS
RETIREE MEDICAL PLAN:
New employees are enrolled in a mandatory defined contribution retiree medical savings plan to which they contribute 4% of base salary.
OCPFA SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREE MEDICAL PLAN:
Employees contribute 1% of their base salary towards the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association Supplemental Retiree Medical Plan Trust Fund.
VACATION:
Vacation accrual is based on hours of completed continuous service:
Staff Employees
  • After 1 year of service, a lump sum of 80 hours
  • After 1 year, but less than 3 years, up to 80 hours per year
  • After 3 years, but less than ten 10 years, up to 120 hours per year
  • After 10 years, up to 160 hours per year
Shift Employees
  • After 1 year of service, a lump sum of 112 hours
  • After 1 year, but less than 3 years, up to 112 hours per year
  • After 3 years, but less than 10 years, up to 168 hours per year
  • After 10 years, up to 224 hours per year
HOLIDAYS:
13 holidays within the calendar year:
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
Staff Employees
Staff employees receive 8 hours holiday pay of which .5 hours is designated to an Union Time Bank for Union release time.
Shift Employees
Shift employees receive 11.2 hours holiday pay of which .7 hours is designated to an Union Time Bank for Union release time.
SICK LEAVE:
Sick leave is accumulated from year-to-year and accrues as follows:
Staff Employees
  • Upon employment, up to 72 hours per year
  • After 3 years, up to 96 hours per year
Shift Employees
  • Upon employment, up to 101 hours per year
  • After 3 years, up to 135 hours per year
DEPENDENT CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:
Employees may participate in a dependent care reimbursement program. The program helps employees pay for childcare and elderly care expenses in accordance with the IRS code.

UNIFORMS:
The Authority provides uniforms to employees.
WEFIT PROGRAM:
The WEFIT Program is mandatory/non-punitive. The OCFA shall provide all 5 of the following aspects of the WEFIT Program:

  • Medical
  • Fitness
  • Medical /Fitness/Injury Rehabilitation
  • Behavioral Health
  • Data Collection and Reporting
BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION:
Employees have the option to join OCFA's Benevolent Association. Included in your $8.00 per pay period cost is $10,000 Member Death Benefit, $4,000 Dependent Death Benefit, $25,000 Annual Scholarships for Members and Dependents, Hardship Grants/Loans, Annual Picnic for Members, as well as Discount Offers and Coupons for Recreation and Amusement Parks. There are additional benefits available at a nominal additional cost (such as 24-Hour Fitness Membership, Movie Tickets, Angel Baseball Games with Tailgate Party, etc.).
This benefit summary is intended to provide an easy way for current and prospective employees to access fringe benefit information, including voluntary options. This summary is intended to be accurate, but it is not an official plan document, and has no legal or binding effect as an expressed or implied contract, or otherwise, and does not alter or amend any provision of the Memoranda of Understanding, Personnel and Salary Resolution, retirement contract, insurance policy contract, or any other official document of the Orange County Fire Authority, including Standard Operating Procedures and General Orders. All insurance benefits described in the summary are subject to the terms and limitations of the Orange County Fire Authority's insurance contracts with individual insurance providers.
Should you have any questions pertaining to information in this summary, please contact Human Resources Division at (714) 573-6018.



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