Special Operations Training Program Director - Illinois Fire Service Institute (A1800146)

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Illinois Fire Service Institute

Special Operations Training Program (SOTP) Director


The Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) is seeking a 50% Special Operations Training Program (SOTP) Director to coordinate and oversee all aspects of program(s) development and delivery including: curriculum development and design to assure compliance with state and national standards/guidelines, staff recruitment, selection, development and mentoring to assure the highest quality program delivery. The SOTP Program Director will provide daily program oversight to meet the needs of the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Illinois fire departments and related emergency response personnel training programs are scheduled for days, nights, and weekends at the Champaign campus and throughout the State.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsible for all aspects of program(s) and its delivery:

  • Responsible for oversight of Program Managers and their staff
  • Assist IFSI leadership in developing vision and goals for IFSI's future
  • Identify, recruit, train/mentor cadre of instructors for effective program delivery
  • Program curriculum development
  • Working under limited supervision, to achieve course and educational deliverables
  • Strict adherence to University of Illinois and IFSI policy, rules and regulations
  • Assist in the delivery of on-and off-campus programs. This will include but not be limited to:
    • Assist in the design and construction of new training props
    • Assist in the development of new course materials and topical lectures
    • Assist in direct course delivery as an instructor
    • Assist in the development of the annual budget and budgets related to special programs involving assigned courses
    • e.g., Fire College, CadeUExplorer and Winter Fire School/various regional programs
    • Acquisition of materials needed for course delivery
    • Preparation of classrooms, creation of handouts, course materials, and audio-visual and presentation materials for course delivery
    • Assist with the scheduling of instructors and facilitators for course delivery
    • Approve payroll and travel ensuring accurate assignment of work performed to appropriate FP#'s and funding source
    • Assist with preparation of the training site for course delivery, and assist with returning the site to a state of readiness after course delivery
    • Assist in the planning and delivery of schools and programs e.g., Fire College, Cadet/Explorer and Winter Fire School/various regional programs
    • Assist in the scheduling and coordination of on-site classes and programs
    • Assist in ensuring that programs adhere to established objectives and goals
    • Study trade-related publications to maintain a full and current knowledge of the latest trends in the program and fire service
    • Assure program staff respond promptly to routine correspondence, email and voice communications and maintain, or cause to be maintained, necessary records, schedules/payroll/travel documentation and course grades
    • Serve on various Institute, University, State, and National committees, or organizations, of a technical, advisory, or administrative nature
    • Maintain an inventory of capital and non-capital program supplies/equipment
    • Other duties may arise based on the Program and the Institute
    • Other duties may be assigned depending on the operational needs of the unit

Reporting Relationship:

The position reports directly to the IFSI Deputy Director, who reports to the IFSI Director, who reports to the Senior Associate Chancellor.
Required Education:
  • Baccalaureate degree in fire science or related discipline
Required Experience:
  • Experience working in a fast-paced hierarchical office environment
  • Familiarity with IFSI and its programs
  • A minimum of 10 years of fire suppression, fire service or related professional experience
  • Demonstrated teaching experience; equivalent of two semesters of teaching in an area of adult vocational - technical education; approximately 360 clock hours based upon two 15-week semesters and a 2-hour-per-week teaching load
Required Training, Licenses or Certifications:
  • Successful completion the Instructor I and Instructor II class or equivalent education
  • Possess OSFM Certification in all program disciplines, where applicable
  • Basic Firefighter or Firefighter II certification or equivalent training
  • Familiarity with curriculum development and design
Required Knowledge:
  • Working knowledge of Rope, Confined Space, Trench, Structural Collapse and Hazardous Materials training including State of Illinois, NFPA rules, regulations and guidelines
  • Demonstrated high level of organizational skills
  • Physical capacity to perform most of the same duties as a member of a fire department, as required by the program. This includes, but is not limited to, lifting and carrying 50 lbs. or more, using basic fire and rescue tools, equipment, and techniques.
  • SCBA Fit Test, contingent upon program requirements
  • Familiarity with IFSI training programs and props
  • Ability to begin quickly, without significant time spent learning the job and building credibility
  • Completion of the IFSI Employee Orientation and other training as required
  • Demonstrated record of performance, positive attitude, and ability to work well with others
  • Additional Requirements to be provided and reviewed prior to employment

Preferred Knowledge and Experience:
  • Experience as an IFSI Field Staff Member
  • High level of organizational skills Understanding of state and national certification agencies and familiar with NFPA Standards

This is a part-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, resume and names/contact information for three professional references as a single pdf file by March 20, 2018. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed prior to then; however, no hiring decision will be made until after the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Drew Schlosser at [email protected] or call 217-300-4189.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

College Name or Administrative Unit: IFSI
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Special Operations Training Program Director - Illinois Fire Service Institute (A1800146)
Open Date: 03/06/2018
Close Date: 03/20/2018
Organization Name: Fire Service Institute





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Posted: 3/7/2018
Application Due: 3/21/2018
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