Public Education Specialist

  • 308826


SUMMARY: Under limited supervision performs specialized administrative tasks in developing, implementing, coordinating, and presenting public fire prevention, education, home safety and public relations for the City.

Responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of the fire safety educational programs for private and public schools, commercial business and industrial occupancies, individual residences, condominiums, apartment buildings, and community groups within the City.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knoweldge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Plans and develops public education programs on fire safety and injury prevention.
  2. Contacts citizens and merchant groups to promote and provide fire safety and injury prevention education programs.
  3. Develops audiovisual materials such as slides, films, audio and videotapes, pamphlets and brochures to use in presenting fire safety and injury prevention.
  4. Researches statistics and prepares reports, records and other documentation for distribution and use by the news media, Fire Department, or other interested groups and individuals.
  5. Conducts and/or coordinates tours of the Department and assists in seminars and conferences sponsored by the department.
  6. Trains and supervises personnel in carrying out the public education program.
  7. Assists in preparation of fire prevention and injury prevention campaigns
  8. Follows policies, procedures, and standards for efficient and effective operation and maintenance of department operations.
  9. Prepares a variety of studies, reports, and related information for decision-making purposes.
  10. Prepares a variety of reports and maintains necessary operation records, retains all plans and information for future reference as well as maintains a library for fire safety and injury prevention research.
  11. Maintains liaison with other departments as well as state, local and other public officials.
  12. Maintains effective working relationships with news media.
  13. Establishes rapport with community groups and other civic organizations through meetings, speeches, and presentations.
  14. Answers letters of inquiry and talks with visitors, addresses public, and civic organizations, which will inform the public of policies and procedures.


  • Knowledge of techniques and procedures of research, analysis and presentation of data.
  • Knowledge of public information practices.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of fire prevention, injury prevention, and fire service procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic photography.
  • Skills in operating personal computers, calculators, copiers, fax machine, etc.
  • Ability to organize and facilitate activities for a moderate to large size group.
  • Ability to operate audiovisual equipment.
  • Ability to coordinate, analyze, and utilize a variety of reports and records.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies and the public.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate work generally in an office setting. There is frequent need to walk, sit, talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Education, Public Relations or related field, and three (3) years related working experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: E
Last Revision Date: October 2001
Overtime: No
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