VRFSC Employment Opportunity

Wildfire Safety Liaison Job Announcement

To serve the mission, the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council (VRFSC) board and staff strives to create a more fire safe Ventura County. We offer employees a flexible, collaborative, and supportive work environment and are proud to offer a competitive salary, multiple benefits, and opportunities for professional growth. If you are looking to make an impact at any stage of your career, consider the VRFSC. As a growing organization, everyone has a voice that is encouraged and respected. 

Title Wildfire Safety Liaison

Location Ventura County, California

Brief history of the Ventura Regional County Fire Safe Council 

(dba Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council)

Since 2009, the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council (VRFSC) has been one of Ventura County’s treasured organizations, committed to keeping homes, businesses, neighborhoods and local communities more fire resilient, safer and better prepared to withstand wildfire. The VRFSC is at a tipping point in its history and experiencing accelerated growth. After almost ten years, the VRFSC moved from an all-volunteer organization to paid staff and opened its first physical office space. Since then, we have moved again, have 3 offices and are now a staff of seven and growing fast. More importantly, we continue to implement complex, multi-year, multi-partner wildfire prevention programs. The VRFSC Board brings a deep and broad understanding of wildfire mitigation, resources, mapping, local legislation, and content expertise. In January 2021, the Board completed its second 3-year Strategic Plan. The VRFSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established in 2009. 

Wildfire Safety Liaison – General Overview

The Wildfire Safety Liaison will join a team developing a new 2-year, grant-funded program to enable three geographically high fire risk regions in Ventura County to become more fire resilient, safer, and better prepared to withstand wildfire. This program focuses on home hardening assessments as well as education and outreach. The program utilizes an innovative home hardening data management strategy using GIS technologies. Important to the program is the development of a cost-share strategy to implement home hardening assessment recommendations. 

The geographic focus of this role will include West Ventura, Ventura River Corridor (Oak View, Casitas Springs), and Ojai. The Wildfire Safety Liaison will be stationed in these target areas with the intent to become integrated into the local community by attending town hall meetings, working closely with the local fire department personnel, and supporting education and outreach efforts.  This is an outcome focused program where evaluation results will be disseminated to elevate the field and contribute to collective learning around wildfire mitigation. This role will be part of an innovative countywide collaborative program funded by Cal FIRE.  The principal partners in the collaborative are the VRFSC, Ventura County Resource Conservation District, Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council, Jensen Hughes, the Bell Canyon Fire Safe Council, and the Ventura County Fire Department. 

The ideal candidate will be comfortable adapting to flexible work environments, including working in the field and from satellite offices as needed. A significant portion of the roles and responsibilities of this position will include personal vehicle use, and interfacing with the public and Ventura County residents on a daily basis.

Wildfire Liaisons – Job Responsibilities (85% of time)

  1. Overall responsibility of the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the 2-year comprehensive Home Hardening program. This includes dedicating a significant portion of the work week to conducting Home Hardening Assessments in West Ventura County.
  2. This role will be joining a team of two full-time Wildfire Safety Liaisons and working closely with the VRFSCs Projects and Grants Manager.
  3. Meet with local civic and government organizations (such as property owners, community groups, HOAs, realtors, businesses owners, and representatives from the Fire Department) to explain the program; gather information regarding needs, concerns, and regulations; and respond to community and property owner concerns.
  4. Coordinate and facilitate 60 minute Training Workshops with relevant stakeholders, including identifying appropriate venues and conducting outreach efforts. 
  5. Meet regularly with the other Wildfire Liaisons and with the Collaborative to discuss lessons learned, challenges, and accomplishments.
  6. Build strong relationships and partnerships throughout the sector, foster strong team communication and create transparent operating processes to ensure alignment with program goals.
  7. Regularly communicate orally and by-written reports that document plans, challenges, accomplishments and results with the Executive Director, Leadership teams, funders, and other stakeholders.
  8. Help support grant writing efforts to implement complementary wildfire prevention programs. 
  9. Work with Lead Wildfire Safety Liaison to streamline and standardize the Home Hardening Assessment tool and protocol and use the Fulcrum data app to record assessment results.
  10. Navigating the changing landscape of regulations and policies related to Fire Safety both Statewide and locally, as well as a commitment to ongoing training and education.

Other Programmatic Responsibilities (10% of time)

  • Help support development of the countywide collaborative planning process to update the Ventura County – Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and local CWPPs. A CWPP provides a roadmap of actions for communities to address their wildfire threat. Including, helping identify community needs and locations for community outreach while building relationships within the community. 
  • Help gather content to support the monthly VRFSC newsletter and social media. 
  • Communicate professionally and deliver skillful presentations to a variety of audiences, including media, legislators, city and county agency, academia, community members, etc.
  • Represent the VRFSC at various local, regional and state meetings, and support other VRFSC wildfire prevention programs, as needed. 

Administration (5% of time)

  • Participate in ongoing staff meetings and occasional board and committee meetings. 
  • Track and monitor all programmatic and financial expenditures per VRFSC’s policies and procedures, and report monthly.
  • Assist with the general responsibilities and requirements of the VRFSC such as administration and facility support, answering phones, ordering office supplies, and assist as needed with various administrative tasks and facility issues.  
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures and other written materials. 

Other Duties as Assigned  

The VRFSC is a dynamic organization, and change is the norm. It is expected that employees will support the work of the whole team in carrying out the mission and may involve performing not only the functions listed in this document, but also working outside the parameters of the job description, as the need arises. 

    Minimum Requirements

    • Minimum experience is a bachelor’s degree with three years of related experience, or comparable work experience
    • Experience with fire science, wildfire prevention work, and disaster preparedness is a plus.
    • Experience planning, managing, and evaluating nonprofit programs is a plus. 
    • Ability to complete a broad range of diverse wildfire safety education and outreach activities and programs.
    • Ability to evaluate program results, both quantitatively and qualitatively. 
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as skilled in facilitation and delivering presentations. 
    • Ability to think both strategically and be accountable to precise detail work. 
    • Skilled in Microsoft Office suite of products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
    • Experience with ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, or Fulcrum is a plus.
    • Ability to prepare clear, concise, accurate, and well written reports on a monthly basis.
    • Able to help research and write competitive grants proposals.
    • Create new and effectively maintain strategic partnerships. 
    • Must possess a current, valid California driver’s license, current proof of automobile insurance coverage, reliable transportation, and be comfortable with driving a personal vehicle to conduct inspections. Mileage reimbursed.
    • Knowledge of local, state & federal laws and regulations related to wildfire a plus. 
    • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

    Personal Attributes

    • Strong interest and belief in the mission of the VRFSC and genuine commitment to improving wildfire safety and making a positive community and regional impact.
    • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
    • Ability to spearhead new and large-scale initiatives with professionalism and enthusiasm.
    • Innovative and creative thinker able to imagine potential opportunities, brainstorm new, out of the box ideas
    • Ability to look at data and turn it into actionable insights.
    • High level of integrity and ethical conduct, with strong commitment to document results.
    • Enthusiastic and positive team player with the flexibility to re-prioritize and multi-task.  
    • Ability to deal with ambiguity and create frameworks and plans to solve problems.
    • Must thrive under pressure and be able to accept constructive feedback.
    • Willing to work as needed to meet business needs and deadlines.
    • It is anticipated that this position will continue after the two-year grant concludes. 

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Excellent salary commensurate with experience. Starting salary range is $60,000.
    • Benefits include dental, vision, and retirement. VRFSC also provides paid vacation and sick pay, as well as paid holidays.  
    • The positions are designed to be full time, but given the right candidate, there is flexibility for job sharing.
    • Training in job-related skills will be provided free of cost.
    • Opportunities for job growth and skills development.
    • Opportunity to work with leaders and trailblazers in the field of wildfire science, research, GIS mapping, environment, etc.
    • Intent for continued funding when the two-year grant concludes.

     

      Application Process

      Send your cover letter and resume to applications@venturafiresafe.org and put Wildfire Safety Liaison Position in the Subject Line. Please return your cover letter and resume as soon as possible, but not later than Wednesday, June 10, 2022.