Assistant Director of Firefighting Programs - Illinois Fire Service Institute (116170)

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Illinois Fire Service Institute

Assistant Director of Firefighting Programs


Provide strategic leadership and oversight to the Firefighting Program for the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI). The Firefighting Program is a keystone of IFSI and delivers training to nearly 20,000 students annually.

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Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Implementation:

  • Manage and direct the operations of the Institute’s firefighting programs, including; training and education development/execution, program management and development, oversight of program delivery, and instructional staff, with operational policy-making authority.
  • Provide direct supervision of academic staff including Program Directors and Managers, Regional Representatives and field staff.
  • Ensure that curriculum for all programs reporting to this position are maintained in a timely manner that considers internal and external program needs and state and national standards.
  • Provide authoritative, detailed professional and technical knowledge regarding firefighting training.

Program Administration:

  • Provide strategic direction consistent with IFSI’s long-range vision for all firefighting training and education.
  • Provide oversight and direction of all budgets assigned to firefighting programs.
  • Serve as the primary advisor to the Director and Deputy Director regarding the Institute’s Firefighting. Programs including program development and curriculum, instructional delivery, and operational decision making authority.
  • Work with the Deputy Director and Director to establish hiring criteria and training/professional development requirements for staff.

Other Duties:

  • Responsible for all aspects of delivery of IFSI annual training weekends/Schools, including the Explorer-Cadet training school, Annual Illinois Fire College, and Winter Fire School, and IFA Weekend.
  • Provide guidance and direct management of grants supporting firefighting programs, this includes but is not limited to budget development, grant writing and development, and the pursuit of new grant opportunities.
  • Serve on state and national committees, as needed.
  • Assist in guiding Institute research projects and other campus and private units to conduct fire-related research activities.
  • Actively support and engage, as needed, in IFSI Corporate Relations and Development.

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:

Bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Education:

Master's degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, or other related field.

Required Experience:

  • Ten years of experience in a fire department with 4 years of experience as a Chief Officer in a department serving a community of over 10,000 people, budget experience (including operational, training, and equipment) which exceeds $1 million, and supervision of 20 or more people. (Equivalent experience as a Non-Chief Officer with relevant responsibilities may be considered dependent upon length of service, and other factors related to the quantity and quality of work performed).
  • Proven command experience, in real-world response.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing firefighting training and education curriculum.
  • Experience in organizational short-, mid-, and long-term planning, resourcing, supervision, and execution.
  • Minimum of 15 years fire suppression experience, preferably both volunteer and career.
  • Experience teaching in a hands-on firefighting classes/courses.
  • Sound, fundamental understanding of and experience in firefighting and hands-on firefighter training.

Required Training, Licenses or Certifications:

  • Illinois Firefighter/Fire Officer Certification or equivalent.

Required Knowledge:

  • Broad understanding of the Illinois Fire Service statewide.
  • Demonstrated executive management and leadership abilities.
  • Ability to begin achieving results rapidly, without significant time spent learning the job and building credibility.
  • Demonstrated record of performance, positive attitude, ability to lead and work well with others. Practical problem-solver and team builder.
  • Ability to lead and work with a wide variety of fire and non-fire individuals and organizations.
  • Broad understanding of University organization and operations.

This is a full-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 and upload your cover letter, resume and names/contact information for three professional references as a single pdf file by June 28, 2019. 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.

College Name or Administrative Unit:Public Safety Category:5-Education and Student Services Title:Assistant Director of Firefighting Programs - Illinois Fire Service Institute (116170) Open Date:06/14/2019 Organization Name:Fire Service Institute




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Posted: 6/15/2019
Application Due: 8/14/2019
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