About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director for Campus Safety & Fire Prevention, or other person designated by the Executive Director of EH&S, develops, implements, maintains, and manages all aspects of a comprehensive fire safety compliance and prevention program, Serves as Campus Fire Marshal for Amherst campus (Amherst and Mt Ida) and all other satellite locations.
Manages all aspects of a comprehensive fire safety compliance and prevention program. Designs, implements, maintains and oversees fire safety programs and systems that promote the health and safety of faculty, students, staff and minimizes risk of damage to property. Stays current with regulations, codes, equipment advancements; promotes compliance and implements improvements consistent with these changing regulations, codes and new technology. Provides collaborative leadership and strategic direction for campus fire compliance capability. Advises Assistant Director for Campus Safety and Fire Prevention on staff issues including skills, development needs, disciplinary matters, and hiring of new staff.
Responsible to lead or oversee fire investigations and works closely with fire investigatory agencies (local fire departments and State Fire Marshal's Office) to determine cause of fires and to initiate appropriate measures to prevent reoccurrence. Also works closely with State Building Inspector to investigate incidents involving unsafe structures and equipment and works collaboratively with Campus Facilities and Campus Services to improve safety. Principal liaison with local fire departments and the state building inspector for the purpose of scheduling inspections, coordinating combined training and drill events, and new construction project plan reviews and associated issues.
Oversees comprehensive inspection and testing programs for fire protection systems and life safety code compliance inspections for all campus buildings (including satellite campuses), assembly area inspections, pre-occupancy inspections of residential facilities, fire protection system testing, inspections and acceptance testing of new construction or renovated spaces.
Supervises Fire Safety Officers operating on multiple shifts, providing training, coaching, scheduling, standing operating procedures and oversight of their completion and compliance with assigned tasks and responsibilities, addressing and documenting personnel issues as needed, documenting issues, and investigating concerns and complaints that may arise in the course of their work.
Has overall responsibility for ensuring our buildings are fire safe. Works collaboratively with those who interact with fire alarm systems including watch tour, fire alarm technicians and fire and suppression systems contractors.
Develops, implements, teaches and oversees Fire Safety programs to students, faculty and staff, including a Disciplinary Training program required for students who violate the fire safety codes of conduct for residential halls. Also works cooperatively with local fire, UMass police and professional organizations to provide quality fire safety education programs.
Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University Goals and objectives.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- Bachelor’s degree in fire science, engineering, or related field with 4 years relevant experience or Associate's degree in fire science, engineering, or related field with 6 years relevant experience.
- Directly applicable work experience in application of Massachusetts Building and Fire codes. Thorough understanding of fire protection systems and necessary elements of a strong fire prevention program.
- Proficient in the use of technology and Microsoft Office products.
- Ability to develop cooperative working relationships within the campus community and with outside entities such as local fire departments, Building Officials, and the State Fire Marshal.
- Ability to work cooperatively with peers, taking a leading role on projects. Demonstrated negotiation and consensus building skills required.
- A demonstrated ability to work effectively, in a highly organized manner, paying close attention to detail; accountability and reliability in meeting project deadlines and requirements.
- Able to conduct trainings and communicate complex topics with non-subject matter experts. Able to share expertise and train individuals in a constructive and approachable manner.
- Ability to work in a team-oriented environment in a collaborate approach to continued development and enhancement of the emergency management and business continuity program.
- Able to function with minimal oversight to achieve established goals and objectives.
- Enthusiastic work ethic and excellent interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to educate others in safe work practices.
- Excellent management skills necessary to supervise, train, and evaluate state and students assigned to the program area
- Physically capable of walking and standing for extended periods and lifting up to 50 lbs.
- Valid driver's license and ability to pass a baseline physical exam.
- Pass background and security check to allow access to sensitive and confidential information.
- Completion of Accreditation as Fire Prevention Officer(1 & 2) through MA Department of Fire Services at hire or within a year of hire.
Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Night and weekend hours required.
Exempt Salary Ranges
Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your application, please submit a resume, cover and contact information for three professional references by December 3, 2021 to ensure priority consideration. The position will remain open until filled.
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.