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Assistant Director of Life Safety

Apply now Job no: 523024
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Life Safety & Emergency Mangmt
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience within the grade/range
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General Summary of Position:

The Assistant Director of Life Safety meets campus and legal expectations regarding protection of life, property, and assets. This position provides direction and oversight of life safety, life safety systems, building and infrastructure code compliance, for all campus buildings, properties, and infrastructure. Directs the development, implementation, and maintenance of the university wide life safety systems.

Responsibility for life safety systems, public safety inspections and support programs assuring properly functioning as designed and maintained to engineered standards deemed essential to safeguard the greater university community of academic, research, residential, office, and landscape environments. Reports to Executive Director Environmental Health & Safety.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelor's degree in building management, fire safety, engineering, Architectural, Safety, or other related field. 
  • 5 – 7 years of progressive experience working and providing compliant Life Safety systems management, building inspection assessments for compliance. Will consider candidates with an Associates degree at least 7-9 years of directly related experience.
  • Extensive working knowledge and applied experience conducting building envelope life safety compliance and risk assessment audits (safety inspections) in adherence with the adopted Building Code, Life Safety Code, Fire Codes, National Electric Code, plumbing code, gas code, accessibility code, mechanical code and applicable Laws
  • Knowledge of Fire Protection Systems, Fire Codes and Fire Plan requirements.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Due to the physical aspects associated with this position, the ability to lift 60 pounds, good visual and hearing ability is required.
  • Availability and ability to work weekends and holidays occasionally.
  • Must have a valid driver’s License and a willingness to drive between campuses and to off campus assignments.

Additional Considerations:

  • Previous Experience developing policy and implementing procedures for Life Safety Systems and general building inspections.
  • Professional experience with asset loss prevention programs.
  • Certified Fire Inspector, Certified Building Inspector, Certified Fire Protection Specialist certifications.
  • Experience working with unionized trade environments.

Special Instructions to Applicants: 

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

This is an SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P20.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.  

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application. 


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