City of Huntington Beach, CA Huntington Beach, California, United States
Nov 12, 2020Full Time
The City of Huntington Beach is seeking qualified candidates to plan, organize and manage specialized homeless taskforce programs and outreach efforts. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience with the county's coordinated entry system, HMIS database, and CLARITY program as well as be comfortable speaking publicly to large groups and coordinating outreach and enforcement efforts with law enforcement staff. JOB SUMMARY Under general supervision, plans, organizes, and implements specialized Police Department community education programs about crime and crime prevention. SUPERVISION RECEIVED Reports to: Police Lieutenant or designated manager DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS Community Relations Specialist is a single-position job classification with primary responsibility to serve as the department's community representative and ensure the effective utilization of volunteer resources. Examples of Essential Duties Develops, promotes, coordinates and presents a variety of public awareness programs, activities and educational materials for neighborhoods, schools, local businesses, community groups and other interested parties in effective crime prevention practices and techniques Represents the police department at meetings of professional organizations, other agencies, citizen groups and/or private individuals Organizes, coordinates and oversees the recruitment, training and work assignments of participants in public safety or volunteer programs, including Volunteers-in-Police Services, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and Neighborhood Watch Administers the Neighborhood Watch Program and coordinates Neighborhood Watch meetings; attends monthly Neighborhood Watch Board Meetings as the police department's liaison Provides crime prevention techniques, practices and opportunities and compiles burglary statistics for inclusion into the Neighborhood Watch Newsletter Coordinates the Neighborhood Watch Newsletter for mailing and on-line distribution Coordinates and participates in various events, including Surf City Nights, National Night Out, and other school and community activities Coordinates annual award events and other special functions recognizing the work of the volunteers Conducts tours of the police department; prepares packets for guests Communicates with the general public regarding community problems; answers questions and directs inquiries to the proper resources Works closely with the department's Public Information Officer to disseminate information in crime prevention and education using social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Nextdoor and Twitter Attends a variety of offsite meetings and events Works various hours, including nights and weekends as deemed necessary by manager/supervisor, to conform with changing priorities and meet deadlines; maintains regular and consistent attendance record Performs other related duties as assigned The preceding duties have been provided as examples of the essential types of work performed by positions within this job classification. The City, at its discretion, may add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed. Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying. A typical combination includes: Knowledge of: - Principles and practices of public information and community relations in a police environment - Federal, state and local laws, rules, and regulations governing the disclosure of information - Principles and practices of community relations and communication - Fundamentals of education/training program development and implementation - Grammar and effective writing skills - Computer software related to record keeping, text processing, and reporting - Leadership practices and supervisory skills - Social media platforms Ability to: - Plan, organize, and implement crime prevention programs and events, carry out simultaneous assignments, schedule and maintain deadlines - Compile and display crime prevention information and data in an understandable form to diverse groups of all sizes - Gather, organize, and analyze information and arrive at sound conclusions - Use practical judgment, creativity, and resourcefulness in planning and developing assigned projects/programs - Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing - Read, understand and interpret laws, policies, rules, contracts, and guidelines - Analyze problems and produce an effective course of action - Work independently with little direction and exercise good judgment in managing assigned programs and activities - Operate personal computer and peripheral equipment and use advanced functions of computer software - Provide quality customer service - Establish and maintain professional relationships with those contacted in the course of work - Travel between various locations within a reasonable timeframe Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, public or business administration or other related field. Experience: Two years experience performing responsible community service, public information, or related work, preferably in support of law enforcement programs. Certifications/License: A valid California Class C driver license with an acceptable driving record required by time of appointment and during course of employment. SPECIAL CONDITIONS Must pass a background investigation. Employees regularly assigned/required to drive a city or personal vehicle in the course and scope of work shall be required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice program. Public Employee Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all Huntington Beach city employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster. APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE: An official on-line application must be completed in its entirety . Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications must be received on-line by the closing date and time. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants must clearly demonstrate meeting minimum education and experience qualifications and other supplemental question requirements by demonstrating proof or submitting the supporting information/documents or they may be subject to exclusion from further consideration. Applicants best meeting the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the examination process. A writing sample will be completed prior to the oral interview. The oral panel will evaluate the written product as part of their overall score. The oral exam, weighted 100% of the total score, will determine the ranking on an employment eligible list from which hires may be made. The employment eligible list is valid for up to one year, unless exhausted sooner. Candidates considered for hire must undergo a comprehensive background investigation, which includes (but is not limited to) LiveScan fingerprinting, polygraph exam, credit check, reference/employer checks, DOJ and FBI checks, etc. Upon a conditional offer of employment, a pre-placement medical evaluation, psychological exam and drug screening must be completed with acceptable results. Upon hire, employee is subject to further reporting from DOJ via subsequent arrest notification. IMPORTANT: In-house candidates who did not apply by the closing date of the promotional recruitment may apply to the "open" recruitment, if applicable. However, they will compete based on the standards established for the "open" recruitment and if successful, will place on the "open" eligible list. Our primary means of communication with applicants/candidates is sent via email; therefore, please include a valid email address on your application. Physical Tasks & Environmental Conditions Must meet the physical requirements of the class and have mobility, balance, coordination, vision, hearing and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties performed. Work is performed indoors and outdoors. When working indoors, involves sedentary to light work in an office environment. The incumbent sits for prolonged periods of time; standing and walking to retrieve work files or to other departments or office locations; leaning, bending and stooping to perform work behind a desk or to retrieve information; pushing, turning or twisting to move chair or body from desk; reaching to place or retrieve files or open file drawers or cabinets; light grasping to hold a writing instrument or documents; firm grasping as needed to lift and carry work files or operate office equipment; finger dexterity to type on a computer keyboard; and, hearing and speaking to answer the telephone or answer questions of co-workers, subordinates and the general public. May work under stressful conditions. When working outdoors, the incumbent may be exposed to heat and cold and the elements and may necessitate exposure to environmental factors. Reasonable accommodation(s) for an individual with a qualified disability will be considered on a case-by-case basis. COMMON DISQUALIFIERS - Civilian Please review the following common disqualifiers. If any items listed pertain to you, you will be automatically disqualified in the background investigation. You may, at this time want to screen yourself and withdraw prior to starting the recruitment process. Illegal use or possession of drugs The following examples of illegal drug use or possession will be considered automatic disqualifiers for applicants, with no exceptions: Any adult use or possession of a drug classified as a hallucinogenic within three years prior to application for employment. Any adult use or possession of marijuana within one year prior to application for employment. Any other illegal adult use or possession of a drug not mentioned above (including cocaine) within three years prior to application for employment. Any illegal adult use or possession of a drug while employed in any law enforcement capacity, military police, or as a student enrolled in college accredited courses related to the criminal justice field. Any adult manufacture or cultivation of a drug or illegal substance. Failure to divulge to the Department any information about personal illegal use or possession of drugs. Any drug test of the applicant, during the course of the hiring process, where illegal drugs are detected. The following examples of illegal drug use or possession will be considered in relationship to the overall background of that individual and may result in disqualification: Any illegal use or possession of a drug as a juvenile. Any illegal adult use or possession of a drug that does not meet the criteria of the automatic disqualifiers specified above (e.g., marijuana use longer than one year ago or cocaine use longer than three years.) Any illegal or unauthorized use of prescription medications. Motor Vehicle Operations Receipt of three or more moving violations (or any single violation of a potential life threatening violation, such as reckless driving, speed contest, suspect of a pursuit, etc.) within three years prior to application. Moving violations for which there is a factual finding of innocence shall not be included. Involvement as a driver in two or more chargeable (at fault) collisions within three years prior to date of application. A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs within three years prior to application or any two convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Arrests Conviction of any criminal offense classified as a misdemeanor under California law within three years prior to application. Conviction for two or more misdemeanor offenses under California law as an adult. Conviction of any offense classified as a misdemeanor under California law while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers.) Admission(s) of having committed any act amounting to a felony (including felony-misdemeanor offenses) under California law, as an adult, within five years prior to application or while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers.) Admission(s) of administrative conviction of any act while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers) involving lying, falsification of any official report or document, or theft. Admission(s) of any act of domestic violence as defined by law, committed as an adult. Admission(s) of any criminal act, whether misdemeanor or felony, committed against children including but not limited to: molesting or annoying children, child abduction, child abuse, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, or indecent exposure. Acts of consensual unlawful intercourse accomplished between two minors shall not be included, unless more than four years difference in age existed at the time of the acts. Having any outstanding warrant of arrest at time of application. Conviction of a felony under Federal or California Law. Integrity Any material misstatement of fact or significant admission/omission during the application or background process may be disqualifying, including inconsistent statements made during the initial background interview (Personal History Statement or Supplemental Questionnaire) or polygraph examination or discrepancies between this background investigation and other investigations conducted by other law enforcement agencies. Any forgery, alteration, or intentional omission of material facts on an official employment application document or sustained episodes of academic cheating. Tattoos Employees shall not display any tattoos, body art, brand, scarification or mutilation while on-duty or when wearing any part of the Police uniform. All visible tattoos, body art, brands, scarification or mutilation shall be covered by an approved uniform or by wearing a skin patch of neutral tone. This policy also does not apply to Police Recruits while they are attending a Police Academy or participating in Academy sponsored functions. The policy will apply to Police Recruits while they are performing any official duty, in uniform, outside of the Police Academy. Body Art Body piercing or alteration to any area of the body visible in any authorized uniform or attire that is a deviation from normal anatomical features and which is not medically required is prohibited. Such body alteration includes, but is not limited to: Tongue splitting or piercing. The complete or transdermal implantation of any material other than hair replacement. Abnormal shaping of the ears, eyes, nose or teeth. Branding or scarification. Work Traits Having been disciplined by any employer (including military) as an adult for abuse of leave, gross insubordination, dereliction of duty , or persistent failure to follow established policies and regulations. Having been involuntarily dismissed (for any reason other than layoff) from two or more employers as an adult. Having held more than seven paid positions with different employers within the past four years, or more than 15 paid positions with different employers in the past ten years (excluding military). Students who attend school away from their permanent legal residence may be excused from this requirement. Having undergone personal bankruptcy more than once, having current financial obligations for which legal judgments have not been satisfied, currently having wages garnished, or any other history of financial instability. Uttering any epithet derogatory of another person's race, religion, gender, national origin or sexual orientation. Having been disciplined by any employer as an adult for fighting in the workplace.