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Rowan University is a Carnegie-classified Doctoral University (Moderate Research Activity) with approximately 19,000 students. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, with additional campuses in Camden and Stratford. The University comprises seven academic colleges and five schools—the William G. Rohrer College of Business; the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; the Colleges of Communication and Creative Arts, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science and Mathematics; the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; the School of Health Professions; and the School of Earth and Environment—with an Honors College that spans across disciplines. Rowan is one of two public universities in the country to offer M.D. and D.O. medical degree programs. The institution is also home to the South Jersey Technology Park, which fosters the translation of applied research into commercial products and processes. Rowan has been recognized as one of the top 90 public research universities and the 7th fastest growing research institution in the nation.

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Associate Director of Life Safety - Fire

Apply now Job no: 494060
Work type: Regular full time
Location: Glassboro, New Jersey
Categories: Professional

Summary/Position Description:

The Division of Facilities, Planning, and Operations at Rowan University is a growing enterprise.  The Division’s mission is to create and sustain a vibrant, safe, supportive environment at Rowan’s campuses.  The Division is dedicated to providing leadership in facilities development and management, campus planning, and business operations.  This division is led by the Vice President of Facilities, Planning, and Operations.

The Department of Facilities Operations is a part of the Division of Facilities, Planning and Operations.  Through collaboration and partnership with the rest of the Division of Facilities, Planning and Operations and campus community, this Department leads the overall management of facilities operations including Trades Staff, Central Plant Operations, Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Fire Safety, and Custodial Operations.

Under the limited supervision of the Assistant Vice President for Facilities Operations, the Director of Environmental Health and Fire Safety directs and manages the overall operation of the EH&S department.  The Associate Director of Life Safety- Fire reports directly to the Director.  The Associate Director is primarily responsible for the administration of the fire protection/prevention program, life safety, and related loss control programs at the University to assure compliance with federal, state and local regulations and to achieve the optimal control or reduction of the hazards and exposures which are detrimental to people and/or property. Work is performed under general direction and employee plans and arranges own tasks; direction is occasionally provided by supervisor; must be able to apply standard policy or procedure to routine problems or duties without benefit of specific guidelines; determines actions to be taken without immediate direction of supervisor in all but unusual cases; creates new procedures for resolving non-routine matters having a moderate to high potential for generating conflict. University policy, government regulations, institutional precedents, professional standards and accepted practices govern independent action.  Position routinely interacts with students, staff, faculty, unit administrators and regulatory agencies, and functions as an internal consultant to all levels of the University in matters of fire and safety. This position supervises 2 Senior Safety inspectors as well as student workers. Failure to perform tasks satisfactorily can result in liability, property damage, injury or fatality, regulatory noncompliance, and fine, imprisonment or both.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responds to and investigates EH&S emergencies related to fire and life safety.
  • Oversees and administers the day to day operations of the Fire and Life safety program ensuring compliance with University, Federal, State and local regulations and policies. This includes, but is not limited to: administering the contracts for inspection, testing, maintenance and placement of fixed and portable fire extinguishing systems: coordinates fire extinguisher inspections conducted by other departments: audits/inspections and testing of detection/suppression systems. Conducts special facility inspections for fire safety, general safety, loss control, code compliance and other hazards, coordinates and accompanies insurance inspectors: reviews plans for assembly occupancies relative to: life safety, general safety and compliance with city and state codes; recommends corrective actions regarding the above. Coordinates the program for issuing of open flames permits and permits for pyrotechnic displays. Reviews plans for new construction and renovations, reviews and interprets codes and regulations, makes recommendations regarding the above.
  • Serves as the primary liaison between the University Community, the State and City's Fire Marshal's office, as well as the local fire department on all matters regarding fire/life safety.
  • Consults with administrators, faculty and students concerning fire safety and general safety issues; provides training on a wide variety of related subjects: represents the Department on a variety of departmental or University Committees (i.e. departmental safety committees): recommends actions that will help assure compliance with federal, state and local regulations and achieve the optimal control or reduction of hazards and exposures. This position coordinates closely with Public Safety and Residential Life to address repetitive reoccurring issues related to Life and Fire Safety.
  • Oversees and/or coordinates the collection, compilation, and analysis of program activity data; develops, writes, and presents comprehensive statistical and narrative program reports. Assists with establishing and implementing long­ and short-range department goals and objectives. Develops, implements, reviews, evaluates and recommends fire safety and general safety related procedures, policies, manuals and guidelines.
  • Represents the University at various local, state, regional and national EH&S or Fire Safety conferences and continuing educational courses. Assumes direct supervision of 2 full time Senior Safety inspectors assigned to the Fire Safety and General Safety Programs as well as other Department programs.
  • Tasked with forming and maintaining a pro-active comprehensive fire education program on campus to decrease fire hazard risks/violations and that includes student, staff and faculty participation.
  • Network with the local/state fire department(s) or emergency services entities to form valuable or necessary partnership(s) with Rowan campus with an aim at promoting a safer environment with regard to fire safety-related matters
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Education:     Bachelor’s degree in a fire protection/engineering related field is required.  NJ Fire Inspector or Building Inspector is preferred.

Experience:    Minimum 5 years of experience in life safety or fire related field.  Higher Education experience is preferred. Experience with occupational safety and loss control preferred. Supervisory experience of 2 or more years preferred. Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports; to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations. Skill in developing fire safety procedures, inspection practices, and protocols. Working knowledge and understanding of fire safety and prevention principles, practices, standards, and resources. Knowledge and understanding of State, Federal, and local fire/safety regulations and codes. Effective interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Ability to develop, plan, and implement short and long-range goals. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment. Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.

Special Requirements:

Must pass a HAZMAT medical examination and be medically qualified to wear respiratory protective devices and other personal protective equipment as needed.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.  Appropriate personal protective equipment/clothing must be work when necessary.

This position in on-call twenty-four hours a day and seven days per week as needed to be informed of complications and create a form of response within the department.  Individual must have a valid driver’s license and regular access to a private reliable means of transportation in order to maneuver through the campuses when operationally necessary. Work may occasionally involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

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Rowan University is committed to assisting all members of the Rowan community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the Department of Public Safety website at:

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the Department of Public Safety Office, located at Bole Hall Annex, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (856) 256-4562 or 4506. The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, public safety authority, crime reporting policies, fire safety, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about fire statistics in Rowan University Residential Facilities and crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. This information is required by federal law, Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or "Clery Act" and is provided by the Rowan University Department of Public Safety.

All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.