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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: X6016 / Fire Safety Splst
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 12

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Oversees the planning, establishment, execution, and evaluation of the University's Fire Safety Program. Serves as university representative and point of liaison with state and local regulators. Provides day-to-day technical/professional guidance and leadership to the university community on a wide range of fire safety issues, as appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist in the review of building project plans, to include new and remodel projects, for compliance with local, state, and federal fire safety regulations and codes.
  2. Assists in planning, developing, and implementing fire prevention procedures and protocols for university operating units, to include emergency evacuation plans.
  3. Oversees and administers the day-to-day operations of the Fire Safety program, ensuring compliance with university, state, and federal policies and regulations.
  4. Provides professional leadership and coordination to the university community in the day-to-day execution of the Fire Safety program; interacts with university faculty and staff to correct non-compliance issues, and follows up on the implementation of corrective actions.
  5. Oversees and approves program budget expenditures and contractor work; prepares budget revisions as appropriate.
  6. Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  7. Oversees and/or coordinates the collection, compilation, and analysis of program activity data; develops, writes, and presents comprehensive statistical and narrative program reports.
  8. Assists with establishing and implementing long- and short-range department goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
  9. Serves as primary liaison between the university community, the State Fire Marshal's Office, and the Albuquerque Fire Department in the coordination of inspections and code compliance.
  10. Responds to and investigates fire emergencies; reports findings to management.
  11. Oversees and administers compliance with the Loss Prevention and Control state regulations that apply to the university.
  12. Oversees the inspection, testing and maintenance of the fire alarm systems campus-wide including record keeping and reports of findings.
  13. Oversee the respirator training program at the university.
  14. Oversees the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the university and the City of Albuquerque regarding fire safety.
  15. Serves as liaison with the local fire departments and first responder agencies in the areas where UNM branches and satellites are located.
  16. Prepares the annual fire safety capital report for the University Board of Regents.
  17. Oversees safety compliance at special events.
  18. Assists with submitting the Cleary Act report for the University.
  19. May supervise lower graded staff and/or student employees.
  20. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified which may include experience in the fire service. Certification/Licensure Fire Inspector Standard Level I certification (obtainable at the New Mexico Fire Academy).
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Skill in developing fire safety procedures, inspection practices, and protocols.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Knowledge and understanding of fire safety and prevention principles, practices, standards, and resources.
  • Knowledge and understanding of local, State, and Federal fire/safety regulations and codes.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Successful candidate must submit to a pre-placement medical clearance through Employee Occupational Health Services.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical effort. Requires moderate lifting, handling, pushing, or moving objects up to 35 lbs. Standing/walking may occur more than 50% of time.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017