*NOTE: Salaries for internal candidates are determined by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission's formula.
RAMAPO COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY:
Mission: Ramapo College of New Jersey is New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College, dedicated to providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement. The College is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. Ramapo College emphasizes teaching and individual attention to all students. We promote diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability, student engagement, and community involvement.
Established in 1969, Ramapo College of New Jersey has an enrollment of 5,000 students and offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include nursing and social work. In addition, Ramapo College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels. The College also offers eight graduate programs as well as articulated programs with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New York Chiropractic College, New York University College of Dentistry, SUNY State College of Optometry and New York College of Podiatric Medicine. The College is ranked as fifth in the Best Regional Public Universities North category by U.S. News & World Report.
Undergraduate students choose to concentrate their studies in one of five schools with more than 539 course offerings and 36 academic programs. Ramapo College boasts an average student/faculty ratio of 18:1 and average class size of 23, affording students the opportunity to develop close ties to the College’s exceptional faculty.
Reports to the Director of Environmental Health. Principally responsible for developing and managing Fire Safety programs, developing and providing Fire Safety training programs. In addition, this position is responsible for independently performing the technical services, investigations, and visual inspections of the buildings and fire equipment, as well as maintaining records for the College to assure fire safety compliance: • in accordance with Federal, State and local requirements and College policies/procedures; • in a manner that will protect the College; and • to ensure that the College’s resources are conserved and future liability is limited.
• Evaluate existing building conditions for compliance with applicable fire code and report existing and potential fire safety hazards. • Obtain Division of Fire Safety permits as needed (tent, cooking, mercantile, overnight stay, fireworks, etc). • Coordinate and ensure the completion of fire safety related inspections by both outside licensed vendors, insurance related fire safety inspectors as well as applicable regulatory agency inspectors. • Ensure deficiencies identified during any of the above inspections are completed in a timely and satisfactory way. • Develop written procedures/policies as necessary to ensure compliance with Fire Safety regulations as well as model best practices. • Serves as main contact and liaison for the Division of Fire Safety. • Monitor fire alarms on campus. Review causes and provide recommendations to reduce the number of alarms. • Review and approve invoices from outside vendors with regards to inspections, maintenance and repair of fire safety equipment. • Manage budget for all fire safety work performed on campus. • Maintain a log of daily activity to properly track completion of reported items. • Review construction and renovation documents and plans for compliance with NJ Uniform Fire Code and assist with code interpretation for construction and renovation projects. • Review requests for Impairment Plans and Fire Watch. Manage the requests within the College and with outside agencies (notifications, tag system, etc). • Develop and deliver fire safety training programs for Faculty Staff and Students. • Coordinate and conduct fire safety evacuation drills of College buildings in accordance with NJ Fire Code.
• Manage the Emergency Coordinator program
• Manage fire and safety planning for large campus events in coordination with Events and Conferences or other sponsoring department. • Serves as liaison between the College and Mahwah Fire Department. • Attend professional society meetings and network with other Fire Safety Officers. • Assist with safety and environmental programs within the EHS office. • Act as a resource for emergency planning/response. • Be available via mobile phone in cases of emergency during off-hours. • Interface with appropriate College staff and personnel to maintain compliance with Fire Safety regulations (Public Safety, Facilities, Capital Planning, Residence Life, etc). • Acts on behalf of the Director of Environmental Health and Safety in their absence or as needed. • Provides assistance to Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Public Safety or other units with drills and other safety related activities on campus as needed. • Serves as representative on Health and Safety Committee. • Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the provisions of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act, Code and Regulations.
Knowledge of applicable computer programs (NJ RIMS), interpersonal, verbal, and writing skills.
Knowledge of principles and practices of fire safety detection and suppression systems including limitations, types, operation, maintenance and installation.
Knowledge of the proper methods for handling and storing hazardous materials.
Knowledge of the procedures used to inspect and evaluate buildings and structures for fire hazards and fire safety.
Knowledge of the administrative and operational procedures used to ensure the timely inspection and re-inspection of life hazard used and high-rise buildings required by the New Jersey Uniform Fire Act, Code and Regulations.
Knowledge of College policies and procedures as they relate to the assigned responsibilities.
Ability to work independently with minimal oversight to perform job responsibilities.
Ability to conduct inspections to determine hazardous conditions.
Ability to identify and report existing and potential fire safety hazards.
Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret basic laws, standards and policies and apply them to specific situations.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with building occupants, College officials and other employees, local fire departments, campus Public Safety and others interested in or concerned with the enforcement of laws relating to fire safety.
Ability to explain existing and potential fire safety hazards to Building occupants, College officials and other employees, local fire departments, campus Public Safety, Department of Community Affairs-Division of Fire Safety and others interested in or concerned with the enforcement of laws relating to fire safety.
Ability to act as a witness in hearings and at court proceedings and provide testimony under oath.
Ability to prepare clear, technically sound, accurate and informative reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.
Ability to maintain records, reports and files and prepare correspondence.
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
Ability to prioritize and organize assigned work, analyze problems, and develop appropriate work methods.
Ability to develop Fire Safety materials for publication.
Ability to develop and conduct Fire Safety training, workshops, and/or seminars for the campus community.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's degree, in the field of fire science, criminal justice or related area.
NOTE: Applicants who do not possess the required education may substitute experience on a year for year basis.
Three (3) years of experience required, five (5) years of experience preferred.
Experience should be in a field associated with the fire service or fire protection industry, such as fire inspector, fire protection system installations, fire protection sub code official, or fire prevention official.
Active membership and participation in a Fire Safety professional society and knowledge of fire safety detection and suppression systems is preferred.
Applicants must possess a valid Fire Inspector certification issued by the Division of Fire Safety, Department of Community Affairs.
Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the duties of the position.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
Ramapo College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Ramapo has a long history of advocating, advising, and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Examples can be found in its mission statement, strategic plans, degree and course offerings, community outreach programs, the Diversity Action Committee offerings, and the other numerous diversity conferences and programs. Ramapo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is infused across all facets of the College; where the environment is welcoming, dedicated to social justice, respectful of freedom of expression, focused on educating and having an ongoing conversation regarding cultural competence and the benefits and importance of diversity.