Deputy Chief Of Fire Safety

California State University System Long Beach , CA 90802

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Chancellor's Office

Job ID:1013817

Job Title:

Deputy Chief of Fire Safety

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Date Posted:

March 12, 2019

Closing Date:

Open until filled

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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 Deputy Chief 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.

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Deputy Chief of Fire Safety to expand CSU capacity to assess and determine the code compliance of CSU building projects seeking fire code compliance approval from the Office of State Fire Marshal or its designee. This position will assist the Chief and existing Deputy Chief of Fire Safety in further developing and implementing a CSU Fire Life Safety review program. Position will help develop policies and procedures, monitor plan submittals, review plans, perform inspections, and provide campus fire and life safety training.


Under the general direction of the Chief of Architecture and Engineering (CSU Building Official), the Deputy Chief of Fire Safety will:

  • Act as Deputy Chief of Fire Safety to primarily assist Southern California campuses. Facilitate, coordinate and track individual plan review/approvals to a timely and code complaint conclusion. Serve as a CSU CO expert representative to collegially resolve issues relative to fire safety regulations.

  • Engage all stakeholders. Coordinate CSU/SFM fire life safety reviews and approvals, whether directly agency to agency, indirectly as may be authorized by CSU/SFM MOU or as may be needed.

  • Coordinate with the Chief of Architecture and Engineering; take a lead role in developing and supporting a CSU Fire Safety Review Board (FSRB) of outside expert counsel on fire safety and code compliance. The FSRB will act as the code appeal board to extent possible. The FSRB will also provide external peer review assessments of CSU major capital projects.

  • Ensure code effective design development. During design development critically evaluate the merits of campus code compliance proposals, comments by independent 3rd parties reviews commissioned by CSU, and as may occur, SFM comments. Advocate good code compliance practices to campus project design teams.

  • Facilitate effective code compliance design reviews. Prepare, coordinate and guide the fire safety plan review process at campus and/or CSU/SFM locations as needed to realize effective and timely project approvals.

  • Keep CSU management informed. Provide regular briefings and project status reports to CPDC CO A/E and Deputy Chief of Fire Safety (North) on evolving fire safety code interpretations. Develop awareness of project trends relative to campuses and project delivery methods with a view towards improving process.

  • Track results. Help define and implement performance tracking related to CSU Building Permit and Fire Protection 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.

  • Spread success examples. Communicate and promote model campus practices systemwide.

  • Participate in the development and delivery of CSU fire safety code compliance training.

  • 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:

  • A 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 ICC Fire Plans Examiner, Building Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector, California State Fire Marshal or other local public agency fire authority plans examiner.

  • 8+ years of architectural, engineering, construction (AEC) industry experience on a broad variety of projects.

  • 5+ years of field and plan review experience in performing plan review, technical inspection, and/or supervision of general construction projects including fire and life safety code compliance.

  • Good general understanding of engineering, architectural and building design practices and procedures.

  • Good general knowledge of fire protection planning and management, building design incorporation of fire and life 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 complaint 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: Local campus travel, day trips to Sacramento.

  • Must be able to effectively use: 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.

Application Period

Resumes will be accepted until March 26, 2019 or until job posting is removed.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, click on the link at the top of the screen.

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.


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.

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.

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