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Fire Safety Specialist

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Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Fire Safety Specialist
Location Moscow
Division/College Environmental Health & Safety
Department Environmental Health and Safety
FLSA Status Overtime Exempt
Employee Category Exempt
Pay Range $55,000 annually or higher depending on experience
Type of Appointment Fiscal Year
FTE

1

Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Funding

Position Responsibilities

Internal Posting?
Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, the Fire Safety Specialist will develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive fire and life safety program for the university by providing expert knowledge of fire and building codes to resolve compliance issues; developing and enforcing fire and life safety policies for all university facilities and operations; assessing fire management and safety training needs, and presenting this training; conducting fire drills; advising on the safe design and installation of fire protection systems associated with residential and institutional facilities and chemical storage; coordinating acceptance testing of all fire safety-related equipment installations as the university representative; and acting as emergency response liaison with regulatory agencies, including state and local fire officials, for fire safety issues.

Responsibilities

Job Duty Function Fire and Building Code Interpretation
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Provide expert knowledge of fire and building codes by: providing code-related research for the resolution of compliance issues pertaining to fire and life safety within university buildings; advising on code-related requirements for construction, remodeling and facility operations.

Job Duty Function Fire and Life Safety Planning
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Manage a fire and life safety planning program by: acting as key participant in developing ongoing fire and life safety improvement plans; developing, implementing, and enforcing fire and life safety policies for all university facilities and operations, including agricultural operations and laboratory facilities; conducting fire and life safety inspections.

Job Duty Function Fire Safety Training and Prevention
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Manage the fire safety training and prevention programs by: assessing fire management and safety training needs; developing and presenting fire protection instructional programs suitable for university settings; conducting fire drills and directing the fire prevention program; maintaining a fire safety manual and updating it when required.

Job Duty Function Fire Protection Systems
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Organize and oversee the fire protection systems program by: providing advice on the safe design and installation of fire protection systems associated with residential and institutional facilities, and chemical storage; coordinating acceptance testing/inspection of all new fire safety-related equipment installations as the university representative; supervising a preventative maintenance program for building safety systems equipment.

Job Duty Function Liaison and Emergency Response
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Act as emergency response liaison for fire safety issues by: coordinating code compliance and interactions with regulatory agencies including state and local fire officials; coordinating response procedures of emergency personnel with local fire officials for on-campus emergencies; maintaining liaison with regulatory agencies and fire and police departments; responding to emergency calls including fires, bomb threats, and chemical spills at all hours; participating in the university’s Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team; performing related work.

Job Duty Function Support EHS Strategic Goals
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Contribute to the EHS team effort by: answering office phones as needed; participating in projects towards common goals; performing other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

• Minimum five years of experience in the fire protection field
• Considerable knowledge of:
o Fire behavior and control procedures
o Fire prevention and protection techniques
o State and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing fire management
o Fire and life safety codes
• Good knowledge of:
o Assessment and development of training programs
o Hazardous materials usage, storage, and disposal
o Accident investigation
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in interpreting and applying IFC, IBC, and NFPA Standards
• Demonstrated ability to:
o Communicate effectively with all members of a university community
o Analyze fire data and develop appropriate prevention and control plans
o Instruct others in basic fire-fighting skills
o Organize and prioritize duties and work independently
o Prepare reports and recommendations
o Use personal computers
• Must be able to pass a security review and possess and maintain a valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

• B.S. or B.A. degree or greater in safety, fire protection engineering, mechanical engineering, or related field
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in interpreting and applying the Idaho General Health and Safety Standards
• Experience in higher education or other academic institution

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

Must be willing/able to: Work with hazardous substances; respond to emergencies involving asbestos, lead-based paint materials, and other hazardous materials at any hour; work in adverse environmental conditions and carry or lift heavy materials; climb ladders and use various measuring/testing devices; participate in a medical surveillance program; wear and maintain appropriate personal protective equipment; participate in specific training programs for the purpose of securing and maintaining pertinent certifications; engage in minimal travel for the purpose of attending training classes and performing work-related tasks at different University facilities; possess and maintain a valid driver’s license; and live within 15 miles of the University of Idaho or willing to relocate to within 15 miles of Moscow within six months after original hire.

Posting Information

Posting Number SP001601P
Posting Date 10/26/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

The next consideration date for applications will be March 15, 2018.

Please answer all supplemental questions thoroughly. Your answers will be used to determine your eligibility for an interview.

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe when and how you gained a minimum of five years of experience in the fire protection field.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Using specific examples, describe your knowledge of fire behavior and control procedures, and fire prevention and protection techniques.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Explain how you gained knowledge of the state and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing fire management, and of fire and life safety codes.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Using specific examples, describe your knowledge of and experience in applying IFC, IBC and NFPA standards.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Describe how you might assess and develop training programs.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Describe your knowledge of proper hazardous materials usage, storage, and disposal.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Briefly list the steps you would take for an accident investigation.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * What experience do you have in communicating effectively with the diversity of personnel you will find in a university community?

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Describe an instance in which you analyzed fire data and developed appropriate prevention and control plans.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * What experience do you have instructing others about basic fire-fighting skills, such as the proper use of a fire extinguisher?

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * How do you go about independently organizing and prioritizing work duties?

    (Open Ended Question)

  12. * What types of reports and recommendations have you prepared and made?

    (Open Ended Question)

  13. * Please rate your experience with personal computers:
    • Basic
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  14. * Do you possess a valid driver;s license, are you willing to drive a University of Idaho vehicle, take a defensive driving course, and submit to a driving record check?

    (Open Ended Question)

  15. * This position is a member of the university’s Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team, and requires you to work with or around hazardous materials, respond at all hours to emergencies, attend specific training programs to maintain certifications, participate in a medical surveillance program, and be willing and able to wear and maintain appropriate personal protective equipment, including respiratory protection. Are you willing and able to do this?
    • Yes
    • No
  16. * Are you willing and able to work in adverse environmental conditions and/or carry or lift heavy materials weighing approximately 50 pounds?
    • Yes
    • No
  17. * Are you willing and able to wear and maintain appropriate personal protective equipment, including respiratory protection?
    • Yes
    • No
  18. * The person selected for this position must live within 15 miles of the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho for the purpose of emergency response. If necessary, are you willing to relocate to within 15 miles of Moscow within six months of initial hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  19. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree or greater in safety, fire protection engineering, mechanical engineering, or related field? If your degree is in a related field, please explain how it applies to fire safety. While this is not required for the position, it may improve your standing in the evaluation process.

    (Open Ended Question)

  20. * Describe any knowledge and experience you may have interpreting and applying the Idaho General Health and Safety Standards. While this is not required for the position, it may improve your standing in the evaluation process.

    (Open Ended Question)

  21. * Please describe any experience you might have in higher education or other academic institution. While this is not required for the position, it may improve your standing in the evaluation process.

    (Open Ended Question)