The University of Illinois at Chicago seeks an Assistant Director of Fire and Life Safety which directs the Fire Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Construction Safety, and Life Safety programs for the UIC campus. This position is responsible for ensuring campus compliance with the NFPA Life Safety Code, International Building Code, the Americans with Disabilities Act, OSHA regulations, and applicable Illinois, local, and federal regulations.This involves developing programs, procedures, and training.
In the absence of the Director of EHSO, this position oversees the technical and administrative functions of the Environmental, Health, and Safety Office. The position will direct the staffing of the Life Safety and Fire Safety unit. This position will formulate, initiate, implement, and interpret policies related to the operations of units, as well as policies applicable campus or University-wide, under the direction of the Director and Vice Chancellor.
The position will also provide management reports, analyses, data and information for administrative purposes. This position will interface with advisory committees, serve on campus or University committees, communicate and consult with other offices or campus officials when appropriate.
- Review construction and renovation plans for proper adherence to fire and life safety codes ensuring proper egress, fire protection equipment and systems, etc. Ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Provide Project Managers and other UIC staff guidance on the design and placement of health and safety equipment including hazardous material ventilation systems (fume hoods, glove boxes, etc.), eyewash stations, emergency showers, etc.
- Manage a program to test and maintain fire extinguishers and fire hoses at the frequencies required by fire codes. Oversee a program to test and/or inspect stand pipes, fire doors, exit signs, fire alarms, routes of egress (stairwells, emergency exits, etc.) smoke alarms, fire extinguishing systems (sprinklers, Halon, etc.) at frequencies required by fire codes.
- Manage a program to inspect all building spaces at appropriate intervals for hazardous conditions including but not limited to fire safety.
- Serve as the EHSO liaison with the UIC Cleary compliance officer.
- Ensure an Emergency Action Plan is developed pertinent to all buildings on the campus as well as evacuation maps. Oversee annual evacuation drills of all UIC buildings.
- Oversee campus construction and renovation projects for adherence to Illinois Department of Labor, OSHA, and other safety requirements for all work performed by UIC personnel and outside contractors.
- Monitor for safety all construction areas where work is being performed by contractors of the Office for Capital Programs or Small Projects. Participate in the project planning process to ensure proper control of dust, noise, and provisions for worker safety. Inspect construction sites to ensure all safety practices are being adhered to.
- Represent UIC during inspections of compliance with health and safety regulations by regulatory bodies such as the Chicago Fire Department, Department of Labor, State Fire Marshal, and OSHA.
- Participate on the EHSO Management team. Respond to incidents of fire, activated fire alarms, and other incidents and emergencies on campus. Must be available during the work day and after hours via personal cell phone. In the absence of the Director, serve as the Director of EHSO.
- Serve as a member of the EHSO emergency response team which involves carrying the safety phone twenty-four hours a day for three to four weeks a year. Assist with respiratory fit testing at the UIC Hospital. Other duties as assigned.
- Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hire, train, develop and manage staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.
- Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
- A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree with a major in fire service administration, fire protection administration and technology, fire science, occupational health and safety, safety engineering, engineering, architecture, chemistry, physics or a related field required.
- At least one of the following certifications are required: Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Certified Fire Inspector I (CFI), Certified Fire Inspector II (CFI-II), Certified Fire Plan Examiner I (CFPE), and Certified Life Safety Specialist (CLSS-HC) for Health Care Facility Managers.
- A minimum of seven years of directly related experience in interpretation and application of fire and life safety codes and regulations and performing plan reviews for fire and life safety code compliance.
- Expert knowledge of the following: plan review for fire and life safety code compliance, building design practices and procedures, fire protection equipment and systems, exiting systems, construction documents and reports, methods of conducting building inspections, fire protection and prevention standards established by nationally recognized agencies such as the National Fire Protection Association, building emergency planning and signage, fire protection appliances and systems used in buildings.
- Ability to check plans and specifications for design materials and code conformance.
- Ability to inspect facilities for fire and life safety code compliance; prepare clear and comprehensive correspondence and reports on investigations; perform more complex review and inspection work.
- Ability to effectively negotiate with regulatory agencies on the University's behalf.
- Ability to effectively delegate responsibility, hold employees accountable, and juggle a myriad of projects and tasks simultaneously.
- Ability to directly supervise, provide guidance, and mentor EHSO staff.
- Ability to investigate and resolve problems or complaints received from within the organization, government regulatory agencies, etc.
- Ability to effectively communicate risk to University administration and provide guidance and strategy to senior management.
- Ability to deliver training on fire and occupational safety topics. Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite and adept with EHS databases.
Salary commensurate with experience.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Illinois at Chicago may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.