Director of Fire Safety (515971)

  • California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office
  • Long Beach, California
  • Jun 30, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Fire and EMS Public Safety

Job Description


Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Director of Fire Safety. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Administrator III

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Director of Fire Safety to manage the delegated responsibility for the CSU Fire Safety program as detailed in the CSU / Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Memorandum of Understanding. This position manages the Deputy Directors of Fire Safety to interface with OSFM in further developing, implementing, and managing the CSU Fire Safety program. Position will develop policies and procedures, manage Fire Safety program staff, and provide fire and life safety training. This position will be located in Sacramento, a CSU Campus or The Chancellor's Office.


Under the general direction of the Chief of Construction Services, the Director of Fire Safety will:

-Lead the Fire Safety staff, manage the Deputy Directors of Fire Safety in promoting code compliance in the CSU facilities. Serve as a CSU CO expert to collegially resolve issues relative to fire safety and building code.

-Engage stakeholders. Coordinate and manage the actions of the CSU fire life safety staff as authorized by the CSU/OSFM MOU and as may be needed.

-Work closely with the CSU Building Official and Campus Deputy Building Officials and in coordination track program and code compliance trends, improve the building permit process and implement systems to mitigate negative trends and promote positive trends. Identify the problems and potential solutions.

-Lead CSU efforts to work closely with the OSFM to continually improve trust, processes, and program quality. This includes the identification of Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) to measure program continuous improvement.

-Suggest, and manage improvements to the OSFM / CSU Memorandum of Understanding.

-Provide reporting to the OSFM as required.

-Coordinate with the Chief of Construction Services in developing and supporting the CSU Fire Safety Board (FSB) of outside expert counsel on fire safety and code compliance. The FSB acts as an advisory board for code compliance policy, procedures and issues on CSU capital projects and facilities.

-Manage the systemwide master enabling agreements for 3rd party Fire and Panic Safety project plan reviews.

-Ensure code effective design development. Oversee Fire Safety staff with evaluation of campus code compliance design proposals review, comments by independent 3rd parties commissioned by CSU, and OSFM comments. Advocate good code compliance practices systemwide.

-Facilitate effective systemwide code compliance design reviews. Prepare, coordinate, and guide the fire safety plan review process to realize effective and timely project approvals.

-Keep Chief of Construction Services informed. Provide regular briefings and program status reports on evolving fire safety program trends. Use awareness of project and program trends relative to campuses and project delivery methods with a view towards improving process and providing metrics to the Certification Review Board on campus performance.

-Oversee the Deputy Directors of Fire Safety, Lead Designated Campus Fire Marshals, Designated Campus Fire Marshals and Campus Fire Marshals to share expertise and improve and disseminate consistent program practices.

-Oversee tracking of plan review and time to completion Help define and implement performance tracking related to CSU Building Permit and Fire Safety programs. Track recurring fire safety plan review issue areas and make recommendations for changes to policies and procedures to improve timeliness and effectiveness of fire safety approvals. Utilize CPDC database and OSFM software as needed to streamline tracking and reporting.

-Communicate and promote model campus practices systemwide.

-Oversee, develop, and deliver systemwide training in fire and panic safety. Support the CSU Facilities Management Conference professional development program.

-Pursue personal continuing education training to build/maintain professional certifications and generally keep current with changes to fire and building codes and related standards


This position requires:

-Educational background: California Licensed Architect, or Fire Protection Engineer, or related bachelor's degree or other relevant comparable experience in design/compliance/construction field. Relevant comparable training examples: Certification as an International Code Council Fire Plans Examiner, Building Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector, California State Fire Marshal, or other local public agency fire authority plans examiner.

-Industry exposure: 12+ years of architectural, engineering, construction (AEC) industry experience on a broad variety of projects closely related to CSU's portfolio.

-Specific field exposure: 7+ years of experience acting as a Building or Fire Official and / or equivalent experience performing plan review, technical inspections, including fire and life safety code compliance.

-Completion of OSFM training: Fire Inspector 1A through 1D OSFM training, and Plans Examiner 1A through 1C, and Statutes and Regulations within 18 months of date of hire

-Must have good general understanding of engineering, architectural and building design practices and procedures.

-Must have good general knowledge of fire protection planning and management, building design incorporating fire and panic safety systems, fire alarm and detection systems, their installation, inspection, and testing.

-Must have good working knowledge of California Building Code, California Fire Code, and code reference standards including a reference familiarity with NFPA 25 and NFPA 72.

-Must have ability to apply sound professional judgment, initiative and problem-solving skill to analyze complex code compliance issues and be able to facilitate a timely and responsive code compliant outcome.

-Must have strong verbal and written language skills. Must be able to effectively communicate technical policy and procedures in understandable verbal, written and visual presentation formats.

-Must be able to develop and maintain internal and external professional relationships and interact effectively at a professional level. Must be responsive to client and professional concerns and feedback.

-Ability and willingness to travel independently to effectively carry out the responsibilities of the positon. Frequent local regional ground travel, statewide single day air/ground travel, and periodic overnight travel is a requirement and expectation of the position. Examples: systemwide campus travel.

-Must be able to effectively use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Bluebeam and their equivalents.

-Must have good organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines; proven ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.

-Ability to quickly gain working familiarity with CSU's architectural engineering and construction management policy and procedures, CSU's public works contract law, rules, and regulations.

Preferred Qualifications

-Certification as an International Fire Code Plans Examiner or equivalent

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by July 13, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

COVID19 Vaccination Requirement

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The systemwide policy can be found at

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Long Beach, California 90802 United States View Map