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District Director, Environmental Safety And Chief Fire Official

Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA | Broward College

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Operations / Production
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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Under general direction, this district-wide administrative position is responsible for administering the College-wide Health and Life Safety compliance programs; provides district-wide leadership and coordination of Health and Life Safety compliance and training initiatives; directs the inspections and educational programs in compliance with applicable environmental health and safety laws and regulations; and demonstrates leadership in pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the judicious use of resources for protection of human health, safety and environment.

In addition, this position serves as the Chief Fire Official for the College, and is responsible for coordinating, planning, and directing inspections of existing structures, constructions and remodel sites for compliance with fire codes; recommends and develops proposed fire prevention policies, procedures and codes; and resolves compliance issues regarding fire code violations and fire hazards.  

Minimum Education:

Master’s degree.

An equivalent of education and experience may be considered.

Minimum Experience/Training:

Eight years of experience in related field; including five years in management and three years in post-secondary or higher education.

Prior experience in Safety and/or Fire Safety Inspections and/or Fire Protection. Requires knowledge of the state and federal regulations regarding Health and Fire Safety, Prevention and Inspection.  

Minimum Certification/Licenses:

Current certification as a fire inspector in the State of Florida preferred, or as a condition of continued employment, obtain such certification within one year after beginning employment by the College

Preferred Qualification: successful completion of the State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) training for existing educational facilities.  

Valid Florida Driver’s License required or, as a condition of continued employment, obtain of a Valid Florida Driver’s License within 30 days after beginning employment by the College.

Essential Functions:

Daily - 25%: Administers and directs college-wide health and life safety programs in compliance with federal, state and local regulatory agencies.

Weekly - 10%: Responsible for the certification, maintenance and repair of, and administers all College contracts regarding all life safety systems including Fire Alarm Systems, Fire Sprinkler Systems, Fire Suppression Systems and Fire Extinguisher Systems.

Other - 10%: Responsible for directing inspections and educational programs in compliance with applicable environmental health and safety laws and regulations; and demonstrating leadership in pollution prevention, waste reduction, and the judicious use of resources for protection of human health, safety, and the environment.Performs annual State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) inspections in accordance with the Florida Department of Education regulations.

Weekly - 10%: Administers the maintenance and responsible for the oversight of college-wide programs involving emergency lighting and exit signage and Automatic External Defibrillators.

Daily - 10%: Reviews, audits and investigates College Incident reports involving accidents, fire incidents, accident claims, accidental injuries and/or health hazards to determine cause and mitigate future occurrences. Provides guidance and recommendations to College administration and risk management.

Weekly - 5%: Plans, organizes, develops and implements various safety training programs which will increase proficiency in safe practices and promote safety consciousness and fire prevention in accordance with OSHA regulations.

Weekly - 5%: Responsible for all plan review involving new construction, renovations and remodeling regarding life safety systems and fire code interpretation. Provide direction and guidance to engineers, architects and consultants with regards to above.

Annually - 5%: Develops and administers Environmental Health & Life Safety Budget

Other - 5%: Serves as the Chief Fire Official directing fire and safety code enforcement activities. Functions as the College Fire Marshal and collaborates with local Fire District when necessary in implementing and enforcing Fire Codes.

Other -5%: Responsible for recommending, reviewing and updating college policy and procedure relating to fire, health and safety initiatives at Broward College.

Daily -5%: Responsible for people management of the area, including recommendation of staffing, hiring, termination and discipline, setting performance standards and evaluating staff.

Other - 5%: Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Requires knowledge of state and federal regulations regarding Health and Fire Safety, Prevention and Inspections.

Ability to promote and maintain a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Models inclusive excellence through specific actions that support the College’s diversity goals in the recruitment, hiring, and retention of talented and diverse faculty and staff. 

In-depth knowledge and expertise in all aspects of own and related areas of the College, and pertinent interdependencies.

General understanding of the external environment and how it affects academia in general and Broward in particular, including political, legal, environmental, educational, financial and social influences.

Strong knowledge of College structure, policies and practices, and the impact on own area.

Proven expertise in planning and executing operational plans, managing projects and/or programs, budgeting and cost control.

Strong managerial and team building skills, and demonstrated ability to motivate and empower direct and indirect reports to achieve area priorities.

Ability to diagnose, plan and manage resource requirements for own area, including staffing, budgets, equipment, etc.

Ability to partner with others across the College and externally to exchange information, collaborate on projects, share resources, etc.

Ability to influence others of the benefits/importance of an idea or plan of action and to gain their support or commitment.

Strong negotiation skills and ability to reach mutual points of agreement and benefit among peers and colleagues.


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