LIFE SAFETY SPECIALIST II/III - F/T & P/T (Non-Safety)

City of Newport Beach, CA - Newport Beach, CA

Full-time$6,500 - $9,100 a month
EducationSkillsBenefits
Definition
Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time. The first review of applications will be completed on January 4, 2019 with oral interviews tentatively scheduled for January 31, 2019. Applicants that apply after the first review are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review date. Candidates are required to submit a resume and a completed on-line application in order for the application package to be considered complete.

The City offers an excellent benefit package and membership in the California Public Employees' Retirement Systems (CalPERS). Retirement formula is based on appointment date and membership status with CalPERS and the employee is required to contribute 13% of pay toward retirement costs.

Currently there is one (1) full-time Life Safety Specialist II vacancy and one (1) part-time Life Safety Specialist III vacancy. The eligibility list created from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

Life Safety Specialist II ($6,458 to $9,090 per month)
Life Safety Specialist III P/T ($39.95 to $56.22 per hour)

DEFINITION: The Life Safety Specialist is responsible for providing a variety of technical and professional work in support of the Fire Prevention Division within the Fire Department. Depending on assignment, work includes code enforcement and outreach activities promoting the preservation of life and property, including field inspection, plans examination, data research and analysis, community preparedness and education programs and activities.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:
Life Safety Specialist I- the Life Safety Specialist I is the entry level position in the Life Safety Specialist series. Incumbents at this level have limited related experience and operate under direct supervision, within a set procedural framework and perform the more routine and less complex tasks of the Life Safety Specialist.

Life Safety Specialist II- the Life Safety Specialist II is the journey level position in the Life Safety Specialist series. Incumbents at this level are experienced and perform the more complex functions, have specialized training, and are expected to possess a strong working knowledge of life safety programs, methods and procedures. When performing field inspection work, incumbents at this level are expected to conduct the full range of fire inspections and when performing community outreach and preparedness activities the incumbent will exercise full program responsibility.

Life Safety Specialist III- the Life Safety Specialist III is the advanced level position in the Life Safety Specialist series. Incumbents at this level have substantial experience in fire and life safety code inspection, plan review, and community outreach and education. The Life Safety Specialist III is primarily responsible for the analysis of construction drawings, data and technical reports. Although work is normally performed independently, a collaborative approach involving multiple professional disciplines is required.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED: Life Safety Specialist at all levels receives general supervision from the Fire Marshal or designee.

Essential Duties
The following essential functions are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those below, to address business needs and changing business practices:

LIFE SAFETY SPECIALIST I/II

  • Serve as liaison and educator to the community, including residents, visitors, and businesses, to promote the preservation of life through compliance with life safety codes and ordinances, emergency preparedness, and community education;
  • Work collaboratively with the Fire Department, Community Development Department, City Attorney's Office, Code Enforcement staff, other governmental agencies, and related personnel on a variety of fire and life safety prevention inspection, enforcement and outreach activities;
  • Maintain up-to-date records, write detailed reports, and maintain related files;
  • Participate in a variety of special projects related to fire prevention activities;
  • Respond to basic complaints from the general public; investigate complaints and resolve, or assist in resolving matters;
  • Promote and coordinate awareness and preparation through emergency planning activities, community education and outreach; assist in developing and facilitating educational programs and services;
  • Perform a variety of administrative, operational, research and analytical duties in support of life safety programs; develop reports and recommend changes to policy and procedure; and
  • Provide administrative and logistical support on a variety of department and City special events as assigned.
When Assigned to Fire Inspection Services:
  • Conduct fire and life safety inspections on all occupancies to determine and enforce compliance with state and local fire and life fire safety codes;
  • Issue notices of violations, warnings and citations; assist in preparing materials needed for compliance;
  • Examine construction drawings, equipment, standards, chemical inventories, and processes to ensure compliance with applicable codes; conduct various basic plan reviews including tenant improvements, fire alarms, fire suppression systems, and vegetative fuel management;
  • Conduct vegetation management/nuisance inspections and ensure compliance with City regulations; assist in the coordination of fire and life safety inspections of residential properties in the wildland urban interface areas;
  • Coordinate Fire Operations Inspection Program with suppression personnel; review inspections to verify accuracy and completeness; assist in training Fire Department Suppression personnel related to promoting life safety services, community education, and the enforcement of codes and standards of Fire Operations occupancy inspections;
  • Conduct and/or facilitate high rise occupancy inspections and regulated/licensed occupancy inspections; assist with difficult or non-compliant occupancies including any legal action required to gain compliance;
  • Review, process, approve/deny permit applications such as special events and Fire Code permits;
  • Assist in invoicing and processing required fees as needed; and
  • Coordinate the Business Emergency Plan electronic reporting requirements for all reportable hazardous material facilities.
When Assigned to Community Preparedness Services:
  • Plan, develop, and implement a comprehensive community outreach program emphasizing disaster preparedness and community response; coordinate disaster preparedness programs for businesses, schools, medical groups, home owners associations, and community groups;
  • Coordinate community preparedness education and training materials; develop and implement lesson plans and teach emergency response courses to various community, business, and residential groups; plan and facilitate emergency preparedness events and drills;
  • Assist in providing information to the public concerning Fire Department programs, services, and activities; develop a variety of print and media communications including newsletters, website updates and memoranda; and
  • Assist in researching grant opportunities and draft grant proposals; coordinate, administer and track community education grants.
LIFE SAFETY SPECIALIST III
In addition to the duties assigned above, the Life Safety Specialist III duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Incorporate life safety provisions of adopted codes, ordinances and standards into the development of a project through interaction with the development community and associated project managers;
  • Review complex planning and construction documents including plans and blueprints for compliance with codes and standards to ensure all new construction and tenant improvements meet fire and life safety requirements;
  • Conduct the most complex inspections of commercial, industrial, institutional, public and residential occupancies to determine compliance with codes and regulations; make recommendations for improved fire and life safety protection;
  • Serve as a member of the Development Review Committee (DRC); provide input and recommendations concerning fire and life safety code requirements of proposed developments;
  • Meet with architects, builders, business owners, and other members of the public concerning fire and life safety standards and compliance;
  • Review, evaluate, and maintain files related to Fire Prevention activities; perform analysis and data management of information and proposals related to life safety design; assist with life safety code development processes; critically evaluate existing codes and standards and recommend modifications;
  • Inspect the installation of various fire protection systems; investigate applications for all new permits for the monitoring of fire alarm systems; and
  • Provide lead or technical direction to Life Safety staff; provide training and assist with prioritizing work assignments.
Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Knowledge of:
Life Safety Specialist I/II:
Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction;

California Fire and Building Codes and National Fire Protection Association Standards;

Pertinent Federal, State, and local rules, regulations, and ordinances including Newport Beach Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures, General Orders, and Administrative Guidelines;

Principles and techniques of municipal life safety services work including fire prevention, code enforcement, community preparedness, and emergency planning activities;

Research methods and sources of information related to fire and safety inspection work;

Fire protection and alarm systems, and building construction;

Principles and guidelines of public education, community and emergency preparedness, and customer relations;

Modern office practices, procedures, methods, equipment and software;

English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; and

Incident Command System (FIRESCOPE).

Life Safety Specialist III (in addition to the knowledge required above):

Standard practices and procedures in the review and analysis of construction plan documents;

Advanced practices and principles in the inspection and enforcement of fire and life safety codes; and

Structural design and fire protection engineering principles.

Ability to:
Interpret and apply fire and life safety codes and standards;

Organize, coordinate assigned work, and report work progress;

Apply technical knowledge;

Analyze problems and develop logical solutions;

Develop and implement emergency/community preparedness programs;

Promote life safety programs and principles;

Effectively enforce a variety of life safety and fire prevention codes;

Gain compliance through professionalism and education;

Read and interpret building plans, specifications, and building codes;

Perform mathematical calculations;

Be well organized and use effective time-management skills;

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;

Work creatively and collaboratively;

Establish and maintain cooperative working relations with those contacted in the course of work;

Regularly and predictably attend work;

Follow directions from a supervisor;

Understand and follow posted work rules and procedures;

Accept constructive criticism; and

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationship with those contacted in the course of work.

This position may be required to work overtime hours as needed.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is performed in both an office and outdoor environment and will require travel to off-site facilities. Job duties involve sitting, standing, climbing, and walking for prolonged or intermittent periods of time, and reaching, bending, and twisting at the waist to perform field work, desk work, operate a vehicle and general office equipment, including a personal computer and keyboard, for prolonged or intermittent periods of time. The operation of a personal computer also requires finger and wrist dexterity and the ability to withstand exposure to vibration, pitch and glare from the computer. Must be able to safely lift and carry books, files and reports weighing up to 25 pounds. Must be able to lift files and reports from counter tops or file drawers. Must be able to climb up and down moderate to steep slopes as well as ladders to roofs of buildings under construction; have the ability to withstand exposure to temperature variations, noise, vibrations, fumes, odors and dust; and to see and hear in the normal range with or without correction.

Experience & Education and License/Certificate
A combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:
Life Safety Specialist I: One year responsible level work experience in fire and life safety prevention inspection, building inspection, or community and emergency preparedness program coordination.

Life Safety Specialist II: Three years of related and increasingly responsible work experience in fire and life safety prevention inspection, building inspection, or community and emergency preparedness program coordination.

Life Safety Specialist III: Five years related and increasingly responsible work experience in fire and life safety prevention, building inspection, or plan review.

Education:
Life Safety Specialist I: A high school diploma or GED is required. An Associate's degree in the construction trades, fire administration, public administration or related field is desirable.

Life Safety Specialist II: Associate's degree is required. A Bachelor's degree in the construction trades, fire administration, public administration or related field is desirable.

Life Safety Specialist III: Associate's degree is required. A Bachelor's degree in the construction trades, fire administration, public administration or related field is desirable.

License/Certificate:
Life Safety Specialist I: Certification as California State Fire Prevention Officer or I.C.C. Fire Inspector I must be completed within 1 year from date of appointment.

Life Safety Specialist II: Certification as California State Fire Protection Specialist or I.C.C. Fire Inspector II is required.

Life Safety Specialist III: Certification as California State Fire Plans Examiner or I.C.C. Fire Plans Examiner or Fire Code Official is required.

Due to the performance of some field duties which require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, a valid and appropriate California driver's license and an acceptable driving record are required.

Please Note: Candidates deemed most qualified, as reflected in their application materials, will be invited to continue in the recruitment process. The prospective candidate must successfully complete a thorough background review, including being fingerprinted by the Newport Beach Police Department. The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature, date, surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.

Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Newport Beach Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.
This position is represented by the Firefighter Association and is provided the following benefits:
This City offers an employee benefits program including a paid flex leave program based on the individual's length of service; a group health/vision and dental cafeteria plan; city-paid group life insurance based on employee's annual salary; twelve paid holidays; employee assistance program; and tuition reimbursement for job-related courses. In addition, an employee may opt to participate in the City's deferred compensation plan. The City does not participate in the Federal Social Security program. Your benefits may be reduced if you work for an employer who does not withhold Social Security taxes from your salary.

Additionally, the City offers membership in the California Public Employees' Retirement Systems (CalPERS). Retirement formula based on appointment date and membership status with CalPERS.

SAFETY:
TIER 2 Employees (existing CalPERS members hired 1/1/13 or after with less than a six-month break in service OR employees hired on 1/1/13 or after with current membership in a reciprocal CalPERS agency with less than a six-month break in service) shall contribute 12% of pay toward retirement costs with a retirement formula of 2%@50 calculated on the average 36 months' salary.

TIER 3/PEPRA Employees (new CalPERS members hired 1/1/13 or after) shall contribute 12% of pay toward retirement costs with a retirement formula of 2.7%@57 calculated on the average 36 months' salary.

NON-SAFETY:
TIER 2 Employees (existing CalPERS members hired 1/1/13 or after with less than a six-month break in service OR employees hired on 1/1/13 or after with current membership in a reciprocal CalPERS agency with less than a six-month break in service) shall contribute 13% of pay toward retirement costs with a retirement formula of 2%@60 calculated on the average 36 months' salary.

TIER 3/PEPRA Employees (new CalPERS Miscellaneous members hired 1/1/13 or after) shall contribute 13% of pay toward retirement costs with a retirement formula of 2%@62 calculated on the average 36 months' salary.

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