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Regional Training Program Coordinator

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
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Position OverviewThis position is a remote work assignment and is not required to work from the Lawrence, Kansas campus. This position shall be based in and work from Western, Kansas. This position is responsible for developing, coordinating, and instructing a variety of fire service programs and courses offered by Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI), with emphasis on basic Firefighter training programs; reviewing and updating course curriculum to be consistent with current NFPA standards; conducting training program assessments and modifying programs if necessary; establishing collaborative relationships with the fire service in the Northwest, Southwest, and North Central regions of western, Kansas; and helping to recruit for contract instructors living in the Northwest, Southwest, and North Central regions of Kansas. This position will frequently coordinate and collaborate with program coordinators and managers working on the Lawrence, Kansas campus. This position reports to the Director of KFRTI.

Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute is a unit of KU Lifelong and Professional Education (LPE) housed on the Lawrence campus. The Institute was created in 1949 by Kansas legislature with the mission to train and credential Kansas firefighters in local jurisdictions. The Institute serves fire departments and firefighters through a “traveling instruction service,” providing hundreds of training and certification events each year in counties across the State of Kansas.

The mission of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute is to provide accessible, comprehensive training and credentialing for fire and emergency response personnel to promote health and safety in Kansas communities. Job Description40% - Coordinate training requests, instructor assignments, and course deliveries for NW, SW, and NC regions.
  • Accept training requests from Kansas fire departments related to firefighter training.
  • Coordinate training dates with firefighters and fire departments.
  • Select most appropriate use of resources, containing costs where appropriate.
  • Identify, select, train, coordinate and authorize pay and travel expense reimbursement for contract instructors.
  • Coordinate props and equipment delivery and use with Transportation Program Coordinator.
20% - Serve as the lead instructor for selected multi-instructor events.
  • Identify courses that will require direct instructional support from KFRTI full-time staff.
  • Assume the role of Lead instructor and direct oversight of assistant instructors when appropriate. Manage all aspects of course delivery, including costs, supervision, classroom presentations, skills training, and appropriate use of equipment.
  • Cross train and instruct in several programmatic areas, e.g., Technical Rescue, grain rescue, fire officer, etc.
20% - Establish collaborative relationships with fire service organizations in Western Kansas, specifically the NW, SW, and NC Regions.
  • Identify fire service organizations willing to collaborate with KFRTI in advancing fire service training in Western Kansas.
  • Identify and recruit a cadre of qualified contract instructors from Western Kansas Regions.
  • Consult with Director on potential collaborative possibilities.
  • Draft appropriate MOAs in consultation with Director.
15% - Revise existing courses, develop, and teach Train-the-Trainer courses for training programs.
  • Revise courses within the training program areas as necessary (e.g., NFPA updates).
  • Write objectives for program courses and develop instructional support material.
  • Design and instruct online and hybrid Firefighter courses to meet the needs of the Kansas fire service.
  • Teach “train-the-trainer” courses to contract instructors or other clients.
  • Ensure contract and assistant instructors adhere to professional standards of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute.
  • Train contract instructors on the proper use of course material, training equipment, and training props.
5% - Other duties as assigned by the Director Position RequirementsPersons in this position will be required to live in a County within the Northwest, Southwest, or North Central Regions of the State of Kansas (see attached map).

Persons in this position will be required to commute to and spend three consecutive days each month in the office on the Lawrence or Edward’s campus working in person with KFRTI Lawrence, KS staff. Consecutive days will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, defined as the “core work week” at KFRTI.

Considerable in-state and limited out-of-state travel is required in this position, particularly travel in the NW, SW, and NC regions. Travel related to this position may be required from one to five days per week. This position is routinely required to work a non-traditional schedule (including evenings and weekends).

Persons in this position will participate in live fire training exercises. Successful candidates must be physically capable of performing firefighting functions, including requirements related to the use of and fit testing into Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus as per Kansas Department of Labor regulations.

Lifting of heavy materials and training props up to 100 pounds is required in this position. Successful candidates must be capable of lifting and moving teaching kits, firefighting equipment and setting up training props.

Critical thinking skills and the ability to quickly adapt new concepts and technical fire service information into new and existing courses is required. Employees need to be facilitators, leaders, instructors and have a high level of empathy for the challenges of the modern fire service.
As a State Fire Training organization, the Institute is expected to help lead change in the fire service through training and education. Employees of the Institute must demonstrate a customer-friendly attitude, flexibility, strong teamwork, and a strong desire to help keep the Kansas fire service well trained, educated, and highly skilled. Required Qualifications
  1. High school diploma and seven years progressive experience conducting/providing fire service training OR a bachelor’s degree and three years experience conducting/providing fire service training.
  2. IFSAC and/or Pro Board NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II certification
  3. IFSAC and/or Pro Board NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I
  4. Minimum of 3 years of experience as a full-time firefighter; or 5 years of experience as an active volunteer firefighter;
Preferred Qualifications
  1. IFSAC and/or Pro Board NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor II certification
  2. IFSAC and/or Pro Board (or) FDSO Certification or National Fire Academy course completion for NFPA 1521 Fire Department Safety Officer Certification
  3. National Fire Academy course completion of Fire and Emergency Services Training Program Manager (R04445);
  4. IFSAC and/or Pro Board NFPA 1403 Live Fire Instructor certification (or) International Society of Fire Service Instructors Live Fire Training Instructor credential.
  5. Capacity and willingness to mentor Contract Instructors and to be mentored by KFRTI staff;
  6. Demonstrated willingness to stay apprised of current, relevant research data and evolving best practices in the fire service.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application consists of:

A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
3 Professional References

Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Application review begins Monday, January 24, 2022 for consideration apply no later than Sunday, January 23, 2022.
Contact Information to ApplicantsAnn Ermey
Chief of Staff
[email protected]
913-897-8520 Advertised Salary Range$64,500 Application Review Begins24-Jan-2022 Anticipated Start Date01-Mar-2022


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