Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Executive Director of Compliance, the Director of Fire Life Safety is responsible for the overall planning, administration and management of the fire life safety program. The Director develops, maintains and promotes policies, procedures and programs for compliance with fire and life safety codes, standards, and regulations. Serves as an expert technical resource on fire life safety codes and advises the Department regarding the impact on the management and operation of the University. The Director oversees the fire life safety programs for the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses and manages teams at both locations. Works in cooperation with various other University personnel responsible for fire safety at Columbia University, including Public Safety, Environmental Health and Safety and Residential Life personnel to develop a coordinated and comprehensive fire life safety strategy for the University.
The Director ensures that all building fire and life safety systems and related equipment are fully functional and code compliant. The Directors ensures fire alarm drills are conducted in all buildings, as required, and to identify and address potential or actual weaknesses in response time or fire and life safety systems and related equipment.
Provide recommendations for building fire and life safety emergency systems for capital construction projects, including new construction and renovations. Advise and evaluate compliance with building and fire code related to set-ups for large events or building renovations. Assist in the interpretation of codes, regulations and City/State fire and safety policies and help ensure their implementation. Act as the primarily liaison to the FDNY, interfacing with the FDNY on behalf of the university for guidance and development of the fire life safety master plan.
The Director is designated 'essential personnel' and may need to be present or available during weather emergencies or incidents. Support spill incidents and other emergency response events. The Director may be tasked to develop emergency response procedures and spearhead training and implementation.
Participate in budget development and monitor operational and program performance against the budget. Supervise, plan, organize, direct and evaluate the work of the fire safety staff and establish performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitor performance and provide coaching for performance improvement and development.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of 7-9 years related experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Previous work experience with FDNY with deep knowledge of FDNY processes and procedures also desired. Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communications skills required. Must be able to effectively collaborate with fire safety personnel in local, state, and federal agencies, as well as the University administration, faculty, students and the general public. Must be able to manage multiple task efficiently and productively in a fast-paced, team oriented environment. Proven ability to work in a client-service environment required.
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree desirable. Extensive prior experience in fire safety procedures, emergency fire response and evacuation procedures and preparedness, fire safety programs and training , fire prevention initiatives and building inspections, fire drills, and monitoring fire detection and suppression equipment and systems is preferred
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_169863
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