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Requisition Number 17-0061
Post Date 10/12/2017
Title Fire Safety Officer
City Frederick
State MD

Under the supervision of the Chief and Director of Campus Safety, the full-time Fire Safety Officer is responsible for assisting in the development and administration of fire safety programs throughout the College to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and standards concerning fire and life safety for all on-campus constituents. The Fire Safety Officer works directly with the local Fire Marshall’s Office and the Director of Facilities to ensure that there are no potential fire hazards or related-situations that could lead to risks in health and safety and will be responsible for scheduling fire evacuation drills. The officer works as a technical expert who provides counsel on fire prevention strategies to the College administration, inspects buildings to identify potential issues with facilities, equipment, and other items that may be a source for fires and provides data for Jeanne Clery compliance or other required reporting as necessary. The officer will also assist other campus safety staff as needed with day-to-day activities.

General Information

  • Compensation for this position is $11.52 per hour
  • Full-time, Benefited Position

Inspect, Evaluate and Investigate (50%)

  • Ensures that all NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) required testing of fire alarms, sprinklers, and other fire protection equipment is completed in a timely manner. Documents test results and reports semiannually to the Director of Campus Safety.
  • Identifies hazards, recommends problem resolution options, and creates work order system to track completion of hazard remediation; follows up on all processes to ensure that the hazard is removed.
  • Inspects academic building, resident halls, equipment and other items daily to prevent fire hazards.
  • Provides ongoing evaluation of facilities to identify potential hazards.

Plan, Design and Implement Fire and Life Safety Program (20%)

  • Assists the Director of Campus Safety in the design of fire and life safety program and evacuation plans.
  • Implements fire and life safety plans and appropriate evaluation methods to monitor progress.
  • Creates building-specific fire evacuation plans and directions. Documents building-specific plans in Master Campus Fire and Life Safety Plan.
  • Periodically checks fire evacuation routes and procedures.
  • Assists with the design of workspaces and layout facilities in accordance with fire safety regulations and ADA (American Disabilities Act) requirements.

Administer Fire Safety Program (20%)

  • Serves as a liaison with the State and County Fire Marshal’s local office or OSHA/MOSH (Maryland Occupational Safety and Health) representatives investigating potential fire and life safety hazards.
  • Coordinates campus plan to address issues or violations raised from Fire Marshal or OSHA/MOSH representatives.
  • Plans and implements regular fire and other evacuation drills.
  • Monitors and tracks all incidents and/or hazards.
  • Assists in developing budget projections for addressing fire and life safety issues.
  • Maintains all written reports of incidents.
  • Maintains all written reports for decision making.
  • Keeps up to date on policy and regulation changes.
  • Participates on the Risk Management Committee as requested by the Director of Facilities or at the direction of the Director for Campus Safety.

Train (10%)

  • Trains other faculty, staff and students on fire and life safety.
  • Conducts job-specific training programs on fire and life safety programs and procedures.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must understand and adhere to a belief in the role of college campus safety officers to support the mission of the college and to facilitate student education and growth, persistence and success.

Education and/or Experience

Associate’s degree and 3-5 years demonstrated successful fire safety experience, preferably in higher education (or a comparable organization) or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Bachelor’s degree and experience in higher education fire safety are preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with fire safety experience, particularly with a college or university. Familiarity with OSHA, MOSH and NFPA requirements is required. Prior Fire Academy and/or Police Academy training is a plus.

Licensure and/or Certification

Demonstrated capability to meet the standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1031) for Fire Safety Inspector I prior to completion of the introductory period.

  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Opioid Overdose response training

Technology skills

Strong computer proficiency in computer applications, Office Suite products i.e., Microsoft Word, Access, Excel & PowerPoint); and ability to learn new applications quickly including organization-wide-information systems and department-specific software applications and internet.

Language Skills

Outstanding oral, written and interpersonal relations skills. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, financial reports, procedures, governmental regulations and legal documents. Ability to effectively present information and positively respond to questions from management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a number of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to work independently and as a member of a group in developing and executing project plans. Ability to hypothesize, draw and support conclusions. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a cover letter, résumé and three professional references. When saving documents, all document titles related to your application should include your name and the job requisition number. (i.e. c.smith, 17-0061).

The electronic application is found at the end of the job description on the lower right hand side, "Apply On-line". If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. An Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Vet/Disability

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit

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