University of Utah Job Description
As part of The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), the University Fire Marshal (UFM) is responsible for campus compliance with federal, state, and local fire and life safety codes and regulations. The UFM reports to the Managing Director of EHS. The UFM represents the University of Utah at system wide Fire Marshal meetings and at meetings and conferences with campus, local, state and federal authorities.
In cooperation with and as a Deputized State Fire Marshal the University Fire Marshal has the full authority of the Utah State Fire Marshal (USFMO) and has the legal authority to enforce the regulations of the USFMO and applicable Code requirements (Utah Rule R710-9-4). Oversees inspections of existing facilities and conducts or delegates plan review and construction site approvals and inspections at The University of Utah. The UFM maintains accurate records, supporting documentation and analysis of reports and inspections as required.
The University Fire Marshal’s activities include compliance responsibility for campus fire protection systems, assistance with fire and life safety programs and assistance in the development of emergency plans that comply with applicable regulations, building inspections, and fire & life safety training, including fire drills.
The University Fire Marshal provides or delegates pan review and site inspection for construction projects and has the authority to stop work on projects in the event such work poses a danger to life and safety. The University Fire Marshal issues construction and operational permits as required by the adopted International Fire Code and shall maintain record of such permits.
The University Fire Marshal provides regular reports to the Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office and may respond to Campus emergencies in support of the Salt Lake City Fire Department and other local agencies. For actual fire events the UFM will notify the USFMO and may request State fire investigators.
The University Fire Marshal acts as a liaison with all campus departments. The University Campus Fire Marshal may manage involvement with planning of concerts, sporting events, special events, political rallies, speaking engagements, Commencement exercises and activities, etc. Coordinating efforts with primary campus customers on all major and minor events. Ensuring that all issues and corrective actions are documented and addressed.
The University Campus Fire Marshal works closely and coordinates activities with other departmental division managers to provide input and recommendation on matters related to environment, health, and safety. The UFM may respond to emergencies including fires, hazardous materials, earthquakes, and other nature disasters as a member of the EHS Division and provides staff assistance.
Technical leader with a high degree of knowledge in the overall field and recognized expertise in specific areas; problem-solving frequently requires analysis of unique issues/problems without precedent and/or structure. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources. Functions with a high degree of autonomy.
Problems are complex and may require creation of new methodologies by applying professional EHS knowledge and/or expertise. Serves as technical expert in the development/implementation of programs within the fire and life safety field. May represent EHS regarding the field/discipline at meetings and conferences involving academic compliance committees, campus, system wide, local government, state and federal levels of authority in matters related to field of expertise. Decision-making is based on established procedures and integration/interpretation of relevant laws, regulations and campus policy; professional best practices; relevant science methodology, impact on other EHS programs; and senior management approvals as required. Decisions may impact other EHS programs, campus departments, segments of campus and/or campus wide.
Bachelor degree in Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering Technology, Architecture, Public Administration, or related engineering field and ten (10) years of recent full-time experience in performing combination of fire prevention inspections, plan review, and construction inspections in a Utah local or state entity responsible for fire and life safety code and regulation enforcement, and/or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience). Professional certification preferred. Demonstrated computer skills, including but not limited to: Microsoft Office Suite; Google platform; and, ability to quickly learn proprietary software programs.
Successful completion of the Utah State Fire Inspector I or ICC Fire Inspector I (within 6 months of hire).
Licenses or certifications: ICC Fire Plans Examiner Certification. (within 12 months)
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
OTHER SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Must meet Office of the State Fire Marshal requirement for approval as a Designated Campus Fire Marshal within one year of employment. Must be willing to work with and respond to emergencies (on and off-hours) involving fire and potentially hazardous materials. Must participate in a 24-hour, on-call, emergency response program. Must be willing to occasionally work after hours and/or on weekends.
Possess and maintain a valid Utah driver's license.
Satisfactory criminal history background check
Applicable laws, codes and standards include but are not limited to:
Utah Code Title 15A State Construction and Fire Codes Act
Utah Code Title 53 Chapter 7 Utah Fire Prevention and Safety Act
Utah Administrative Code Title R710. Public Safety, Fire Marshal.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards
This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
65% PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Directs, manages, and coordinates a comprehensive fire and life safety program for the University of Utah campus and affiliated properties. Plans, organizes, and supervises staff and daily operations. Serves as a resource for campus managers at all levels of the organization.
PLAN REVIEW & CONSTRUCTION SITE APPROVALS AND INSPECTIONS
Ensures compliance with code requirements. Provides technical support to the Campus Building Official, project design teams, managers, and inspectors, as required.
Oversees, and monitors small projects through the design and construction units of campus. Works with design and construction units for approval of new projects and inclusion of all fire code requirements. Conducts construction site field inspections and monitors for site safety, and recommends remedial action as required.
Provides subject matter expertise in conjunction with other EHS divisions for specific technical requirements relating to construction. Organizes and supervises specialty inspections for acceptance testing of new fire protection equipment and systems.
INSPECTIONS OF EXISTING FACILITIES
Provides governance and compliance oversight for the inspection, test and maintenance program for campus fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems, stand pipes, fire hydrants and suppression hood systems.
Manages and supervises Fire Prevention staff to ensure that they:
Perform periodic and comprehensive inspection of all existing facilities, including Assembly, Educational, Institutional, Residential, hazardous material and high-rise occupancies, Ensure that all inspections and corrective actions are documented and tracked for completion.
Participate as part of the University’s Command Team in the planning and supervision of concerts, sporting events, political rallies, speaking engagements, Commencement exercises and activities, etc. Ensures that a comprehensive plan that addresses Campus Fire Marshal concerns is in place for all Major events. Coordinates efforts with the Scheduling Office, Police, Emergency Management, Commuter services, and events management personnel. Ensures Fire Marshal presence at all events when required. Ensures that all issues and corrective actions are documented.
CAMPUS TRAINING AND ASSISTANCE
Ensures that EHS Fire Prevention staff provide training for personnel who require it and training, as requested, to other campus constituents.
15% SUPERVISION AND ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES:
Supervise full time employee (FTE) working for the Fire Prevention Division. Develops and implements department policy and procedures. Develops and maintains program benchmarks, metrics and business processes. Maintains accurate records and files, budget information, and support documentation; analyzes data and writes reports as required. Provides advice and recommendations to management on fire protection and life safety issues.
5% INTERAGENCY AND DEPARTMENT SUPPORT
Serves as primary liaison with facilities organizations, Student Affairs, Auxiliary Enterprises, Salt Lake City Fire Department, UUPD, the Campus community and the Utah State Fire Marshal Office. Represents the University of Utah at the Utah Campus Fire Marshals Association meeting(s). Coordinates training with the SLC Fire Department and provides general support for any Fire Department response to Campus emergencies. Collaborates with other EHS divisions as necessary.
5% INCIDENT RESPONSE, REPORTS AND INVESTIGATIONS.
Responds to emergencies including fires, hazardous materials, earthquakes and other natural disasters as a member of the Campus Emergency Response Team and provides staff assistance. Subject to call out 24 hrs/365 days to provide expertise as needed. Maintains incident records and assists with publication of the Clery Act Annual Fire Safety Report. Supervises investigation of all fires and false alarms occurring on University property. Participates with the Utah State Fire Marshal in investigation of fire cause and origin and maintains detailed investigation reports for significant fire incidents.
10% GENERAL FIRE SAFETY AND LIFE SAFETY
Participates along with FPD staff in annual fire alarm system tests and evacuation drills for all major campus buildings. Provides governance and compliance oversight for the issuance of permits for Hot Work, Tent Structures, Pyrotechnics and Open Flame, and electrical cord, space heater and Christmas tree regulations.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Advanced knowledge/understanding of a broad range of fire and life safety issues. Demonstrated expert knowledge of: Utah Code of Regulations, Title 15A, and Title 53 Chapter 7; Utah Administrative Code Title R710; National Fire Codes (published by the National Fire Protection Association). Clinical requires NFPA 101,
Advanced or expert knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards, guidelines and, as appropriate, recommend campus policy.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact, ability to reach consensus, diplomacy, and flexibility to work with faculty, executive management, staff, students, governmental representatives, consultants, legal counsel, and the general public. Excellent management skills to effectively lead and direct subordinate staff who are assigned duties in different programs; skills to effectively integrate several highly regulated subject and program areas. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills, including political acumen and skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies and senior management.
Excellent skills to create, develop, and implement Fire Prevention projects/programs. Excellent skills to appropriately and efficiently respond to and direct the response to emergencies and critical situations, including follow-up evaluation and critique of response efficacy; recommend, develop, and implement changes to emergency response as required.
Reach above shoulder level OCCAS.
Use keyboard/mouse FREQ.
Hand Activities: Fine dexterity N/A
Hand Activities: Hand twisting N/A
Hand Activities: Simple grasping N/A
Hand Activities: Power grasping N/A
Other (please specify activity)
Frequency of Other Activity No Response
Lifting Activities: Light lifting (<20 lbs) OCCAS.
Lifting Activities: Moderate lifting (20-50 lbs) OCCAS.
Lifting Activities: Heavy lifting (>50 lbs) OCCAS.
Push/Pull Activities: Light pushing/pulling (<20 lbs of force) N/A
Push/Pull Activities: Moderate pushing/pulling (20-50 lbs of force) N/A
Push/Pull Activities: Heavy pushing/pulling (>50 lbs of force) N/A
Perform Calculations FREQ.
Communicate Orally FREQ.
Reason and Analyze FREQ.
Is exposed to excessive noise OCCAS.
Is around moving machinery OCCAS.
Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity OCCAS.
Is exposed to dust OCCAS.
Is exposed to fumes OCCAS.
Is exposed to gases N/A
Is exposed to radiation N/A
Is exposed to microwave OCCAS.
Drives motorized equipment N/A
Works in confined quarters OCCAS.
This job is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act under the administrative test.
250 East 200 South, Suite 125,
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: 801.581.2169 Email: AskHR@utah.edu
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