Fire/Life Safety Manager
University of Oregon 4.479 reviews - Eugene, OR
Full-time, Part-time

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Reports to: Director of Environmental Health & Safety

Term: 1.0 FTE for 12 months (annual renewal)

Salary : Commensurate with experience, minimum salary $61,200

Closing Date: To be assured of consideration, completed application materials must be received on or before February 7, 2013. Position will remain open until filled.

General Responsibilities:
The Fire/Life Safety Manager (FLSM) oversees and manages the university fire and life safety programs in accordance with OSHA regulations, state Fire Code and other related regulatory requirements and standards. The position supervises 5 full-time professional employees (Fire Protection Manager, Fire System Manager, Industrial Hygienist & Loss Control Specialist, Occupational Safety Officer and Safety Officer) and 1 part-time Registered Environmental Health Specialist. The FSLM participates in discussions/decisions regarding job actions (e.g., new hires, promotions, demotions, transfers, discipline, terminations), and has full responsibility for assigning and scheduling work duties, setting productivity goals and job expectations, ensuring appropriate training is provided, assessing performance, completing formal performance evaluations, and coordinating work activities. The FLSM must function effectively and make sound decisions in a highly complex work environment. Significant independent action and judgment are required subject to University wide policies. TheFLSM also works with staff in the field to help meet the objectives (inspections, event management, training, etc.) of the EHS Fire Life Safety Group. The FLSMserves as liaison to local, state, and federal agencies for fire and life safety compliance issues and emergencies, and acts as a consultant to the university community for fire and life safety issues.

Description of Duties:

Responsible for scheduling/assigning work, setting productivity goals and job expectations, ensuring appropriate training is provided, assessing performance, completing formal performance evaluations, and coordinating work activities.

Represents Environmental Health and Safety, and promotes productive, cooperative and supportive relationships with the campus community and various local, state, and federal regulatory agencies and private agencies with respect to campus fire and life safety issues. Also serves on various campus committees (e.g. Safety Advisory Committee)

Collaborates with unit and campus partners to develop and implement proactive strategies and means to address and reduce campus environmental health and safety risks.

Provides oversight on EHS Fire/Life Safety Group budget including administering the charge backs.

Promotes excellence in service to the campus community with Environmental Health and Safety staff while protecting the university from risk due to non-compliance with environmental, health or safety regulations, codes or standards.


Manages programs necessary to comply with Oregon-OSHA and other related standards.

Develops programs necessary for compliance with applicable standards as well as to meet the needs of the organization and industry standards.

Conducts program reviews to determine compliance and opportunities for continuous improvement.

Works closely with ERS Office of Risk Management to develop and implement strategies for the control of worker and community incidents that lead to injury/illness .


Manages programs necessary to comply with fire codes and standards applicable to complex organizations and facilities.

Develops and ensures that data for benchmarking fire and life safety is maintained (e.g. fire alarm activities, building inspections, types of violations, etc).

Collaborates with various campus units to facilitate safe and successful large events.

Provides fire safety guidance and direction for campus construction activities.

Works with University property insurer as required.

Serves as the campus authority for fire safety issues.


Responds to critical situations as needed to provide assistance, including sharing in responsibilities for 24/7 duty phone.

Participate in the management of large campus events that may occur after hours and on weekends.

5% Other duties as assigned by the EH&S Director.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires one of the following: A) bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and certification in Oregon or international fire code; or B) a two-year degree plus certification in Oregon or international fire code and ten years of experience in a professional fire prevention bureau and Oregon Fire Code.

A minimum of three years' successful supervisory experience in a multi-faceted organization.

Extensive experience developing and implementing programs to meet OSHA regulations, Fire code and other standards, with working knowledge of the interpretations, technical principles, practices, equipment and procedures used to comply with fire and life safety codes and related OSHA regulations.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in higher education environmental health and safety.

Experience coordinating and supervising fire/life safety compliance programs in a university environment.

Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist, and/or Professional Engineer.

Diversity: Position requires a commitment to the university’s affirmative action and equal opportunity goals and the diversity plans of the university.

Ethics: Leads by example and maintains the highest ethical standards within the department and within the university.

The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.

Supplemental Questions :
1. Please describe your experience, philosophy and strategies for performing/managing fire code enforcement, including but not limited to new construction, inspection programs, large public events, and fire investigations.

2. Please describe your experience, philosophy and strategies for leading occupational safety programs, including but not limited to lockout/tagout, confined space entry, bloodborne pathogens, ergonomics, hearing conservation, hazard communication and respiratory protection.

3. Please describe your experience, philosophy and strategies for communicating effectively with a highly diverse population.

Application Procedures:
Complete applications must include the following:
Cover Letter

A current resume

Human Resources Job Application Form ( )

Answers to Supplemental Questions

The names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three current references who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications for the position.

The application materials should be packaged as one PDF attachment, using the applicant’s last name as the document name, and e-mailed to .

Please reference Posting #12533 and the applicant’s last name in the subject of the email. Incomplete applications or improperly submitted applications may not receive consideration.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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