Posting Summary: The Fire & Life Safety (FLS) Manager is a key member of the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)Team, a working group within the Office of Public Safety at Teachers College, Columbia University. The EHS Team provides a wide range of health and safety services to the Teachers College community. The FLS Manager has primary responsibility for the design, installation, and maintenance of fire alarm detection and suppression systems on a campus comprised of seven academic buildings and six residential buildings within a physical plant exceeding 1 million square feet, serving a community of over 7,500 students, faculty and staff. The FLS Manager also has concurrent responsibility for a variety of other health and safety programs and works with other members of the EHS Team sharing Team duties, compliance obligations, and responsibilities for community wide health and safety.
The Fire & Life Safety Manager leads the FLS program and systems at the College, provides strategic direction and leadership for these systems and programs and serves a subject matter expert and consultant to College offices and senior staff. The incumbent ensures compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws/codes, and works closely with the Offices of Facilities, and various other departments/offices on campus to ensure that the individual departments/offices are meeting regulatory requirements. The FLS Manager develops and implements training programs for College faculty, staff and students related to areas of responsibility, and works closely with Residence Life staff, Facilities Office staff, and the Public Safety Team on fire safety related issues. The responsibilities require sound judgment, tact, and excellent oral and written communication skills. The incumbent will be self-directed and able to work with minimal supervision.
The FLS Manager is a key member of the management team of the Office of Public Safety and the Finance and Operations Division, and functions as an integral member of the College emergency response team and will be required to be on campus managing emergency services during times of campus-wide, City-wide, or larger critical incidents and emergencies. The FLS Manager must reside within a (60) sixty- minute response time to campus.
The College places a very high focus, priority and commitment to the environmental health & safety of the campus community. The FLS Manager is a highly visible and responsible position requiring a strong work ethic and devotion toward meeting that commitment.
The FLS Manager reports to the Director of Environmental Health & Safety. The FLS Manager position is an FLSA exempt, at-will, position. The FLS Manager is required to maintain off-hours availability, on-call responsibility, and maintain and carry a cell phone with voice, email, and text message capability. The FLS Manager is required to maintain availability to work any shift, any day, including weekends and holidays.
Job Summary/Basic Function: Under general direction, manages the activities of the fire and life safety operations at the College; plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the activities of staff, and commands fire and other emergency operations. Manages EHS vendors, coordinates EHS training, supports and performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Associates degree or equivalent in experience required. Excellent organizational, oral and written skills required. Must have the ability to work closely with cross-functional teams/departments. Applied knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excell and Outlook). Possess or have the ability to obtain NYC Fire Safety Director certification within (6) months of hiring. Ability to obtain Certificates of Fitness for various fire related suppression systems within 6 months of hiring. Experience in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, Emergency Response Plan operations, and Hazardous Waste Disposal The ability to prepare and conduct Life/Safety and EH&S oral presentations. Must be able to climb stairs, climb ladders, operate safety equipment (i.e. fire extinguisher, etc.) lift a minimum of 40 lbs. Possible exposure to weather conditions. The incumbent will have on-call responsibilities. Ability to work weekend and off hours may be required.
Preferred Qualifications: College degree in a related field preferred. Emphasis on Fire Protection and/or Occupational Health & Safety compliance and experience preferred. Recent related experience in an educational or similar institution preferred. One or more of the following certification(s) preferred: OSHA General Industry - 30 Hr. OSHA Construction - 30 Hr. Hazwoper - 40 Hr. OHST - Occupational Health and Safety Technologist NFPA - Fire Protection Specialist certification NICET - Level II Fire Alarm Systems certification
Internal Number: 508117
About Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nation's best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership and psychology.