Deputy Director - Illinois Fire Service Institute (147486)

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Deputy Director
Illinois Fire Service Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. As the statutory fire academy for Illinois, the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) serves firefighters throughout Illinois and the world. World-class instructors deliver more than 14,000 class hours to students online, on campus and at regional training centers throughout the state. IFSI is operated as a continuing education and public service activity by the University of Illinois.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

This position assumes the day-to-day direction of all academic training and education programs at the Illinois Fire Service Institute. This position provides executive decision-making authority, assumes full direction of education and training operations, participates in the policy-making executive management team, and assumes Institute policy-making in the Director’s absence.

1. Serve as the Institute Deputy Director, assuming direction of Institute academic and training programs and activities

a) Assume the duties and responsibilities in the absence of the Director or as requested.

b) Serve as the primary advisor to the Director regarding the Institute, including the academic and training program, program development, oversight of program delivery, and instructor supervision, with operational policy-making authority.

c) Participate in the Institute executive management team for planning, programming, budgeting, and program execution oversight, policy-making, and decision-making.

d) Manage and direct the day-to-day operations of the Institute’s academic and training programs, including program development, oversight of program delivery, and instructional staff, with operational policy-making authority

e) Provide authoritative, detailed professional and technical knowledge on fire service operations

2. Supervise staff assigned

a) Direct the selection and training process for academic field staff.

b) Determine academic staff representation of the Institute on national and State fire service certification standards committees.

c) Assist the Director in the management of resources, determination of staff functions, and sets operating policies associated with the Institute.

3. Other Duties as Assigned

a) Act as an executive representative and liaison with national fire organizations, the Illinois Fire Service, and the University of Illinois and represents the Director on associated committees.

b) Assist in guiding Institute research projects and works with other campus and private units to conduct fire-related research activities.


1. Broad understanding of firefighting education and training programs, courses, instruction, and online delivery methods.

2. Sound, fundamental understanding of and experience in firefighting, and hands-on firefighter training.

3. Ability to lead and work with a wide variety of fire and non-fire individuals and organizations.

4. Demonstrated executive management and leadership abilities.

5. Visionary leadership.

6. Broad understanding of the fire service in Illinois.

7. Ability to begin achieving results rapidly, without significant time spent learning the job and building credibility.

8. Known and respected by Institute field staff.

9. Demonstrated record of performance, positive attitude, ability to lead and work well with others.

10. Practical problem-solver and team-builder.

11. OSFM or CFPSE Chief Fire Officer and/or Chief Training Officer Designation.

12. Instructor III certification.

13. At least five years’ experience as a fire service instructor •Broad understanding of University organization and operations.


1. Bachelor's degree
2. Minimum of 15 years fire suppression experience, preferably both volunteer and career.
3. Minimum of 7 years’ service as a Chief Officer in a department serving a community of over 10,000 people, budget experience (including operational training and equipment) exceeding $5 million, and supervision of 30 or more people.
6. Experience teaching in hands-on firefighting training.
7. Demonstrated experience in curriculum review and development and testing processes and procedures

Preferred: Master’s degree

This is a full-time Academic Professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Applications must be received by June 23, 2021. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:
Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.
Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.
Step 3) Upload the following documents:
• cover letter
• resume (months and years of employment must be included)
• academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or copy of diploma may be acceptable) for all degrees attained (if you want to specifically spell out bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees here, you can)
• names/contact information for three references

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Keri Frederick, [email protected]. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. Other pre-employment assessments may be required, depending on the classification of Civil Service employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:Fire Service Institute Category:2-Administrative Title:Deputy Director - Illinois Fire Service Institute (147486) Open Date:06/09/2021 Close Date:06/23/2021 Organization Name:Fire Service Institute




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Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 6/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time