Director, Fire, Health and Safety (Chief Fire Official)

Orange County Public Schools - Orlando, Florida

Application Deadline:

Salary Information

90916 annual

Job Description



Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred, from an accredited college or university with

an emphasis in an area of study relevant to the position (i.e., emergency management,

environmental science, industrial hygiene, fire science, occupational safety, public health,

risk management or similar).

Five (5) years of progressively responsible senior management experience in directing

enterprise level emergency management, environmental, fire, health, risk and/or safety

programs within a large public or private sector environment equal in scope to the duties

and requirements of the position.

Current Florida Fire Safety Inspector I certification or equivalent. Candidates not possessing

a current Florida Fire Inspector I certification must obtain such within 6-months of


Completion of FEMA Incident Command System 100, 200, 300, 400 and National Incident

Management System 700 and 800 courses within 6-months of employment.

Must successfully pass a comprehensive background assessment.

The incumbent is designated “critical personnel” during an emergency and can be subject

to being held over or called back to a district location at all times.

Special Note: Incumbent may be subject to specialized training, background reviews and

confidentiality and compliance requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Law

Enforcement (FDLE) and other criminal justice agency user agreements so as to fulfill the duties

of the position. Incumbent may be assigned to the other operational support venues as deemed

necessary by department leadership. Position may be exposed to confidential, restricted and

highly sensitive information requiring the utmost discretion and compliance with all administrative

rules, directives, policies, procedures, regulations and statutes governing its distribution.


Demonstrated experience in effectively leading a diverse enterprise risk and safety portfolio

within a large, complex public or private sector environment. Comprehensive knowledge and

experience in applying contemporary risk and safety principles, practices, technologies and

techniques. Knowledge of Florida Department of Education State Requirements for Educational

Facilities (SREF) and the various codes and standards adopted by SREF. Working knowledge

of the Florida Fire Prevention Code, National Fire Protection Association standards and

administrative rules promulgated by the State Fire Marshal. Knowledge of federal and state

regulations pertaining to workplace safety to include OSHA regulations under 29 CFR 1910

and 1926. Training and experience in the review of building plans and schematics to determine

compliance with fire codes and other safety requirements. Knowledge of fire alarm, monitoring

and suppression systems. Experience coordinating pedestrian, traffic and vehicle safety

programs. Ability to coordinate and/or conduct health-related inspections to include those for

food service operations and other areas required to meet sanitation standards. Proven ability to

think strategically and develop complex business cases and effective project execution plans.

Excellent project management skills and proven ability to lead cross-functional project teams.

Ability to apply principles of Lean Six Sigma or other continuous improvement methods within the work environment. Possesses strong analytical, problem identification and resolution

capabilities. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing, effectively presenting ideas and

providing plans, policies and procedures in a clear and concise manner to internal customers,

team members and senior leadership. Capability to consistently demonstrate a high degree of

accountability, personal integrity and emotional maturity.

Demonstrated ability to effectively, continuously and discreetly work with confidential and

potentially sensitive information. Commitment to working with individuals from diverse socioeconomic

and cultural backgrounds.


Senior Director, Safety and Emergency Management


A senior management position within Safety and Emergency Management that is directly

responsible for providing strategic leadership and vision to the Office of Fire, Health and Safety

(OFHS). This position is accountable for directing all OFHS functions, personnel and resources.

Position will lead, influence and inspire a highly regarded team of fire, health and safety

professionals as they work to achieve the district’s goal of maintaining a “Safe Learning and

Working Environment.”


Senior Area Inspector (Deputy Chief Fire Official); Area Inspector (Regional Fire Official)


Machines, tools, equipment, electronic devices, vehicles, etc., used in this position. Telephone,

Computer, (Personal Computer and Mainframe), Automobile, Copier

Must be able to use personal protective equipment and other public safety equipment as

provided by the district. Position requires incumbent to possess a valid Florida driver’s license

and proof of insurability at all times. Incumbent must maintain access to a motor vehicle

(personal or agency) on a regular basis for business use.


Describes physical conditions of this position.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force

frequently. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for

sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as Light Work.

At times, may be required to climb ladders and stairs, move and/or climb obstacles, run, lift heavy

objects, perform tasks in confined space and work under conditions as required by the specific

situation and/or emergency.


Physical activities of this position. Percent of a typical day involved in each applicable activity is



70 Sitting: Resting with the body supported by the buttocks or thighs.

10 Standing: Assuming an upright position on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of


10 Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances.

5 Bending: Lowering the body forward from the waist.

5 Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.

5 Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally

from position-to-position through the use of the upper extremities and back muscles exerting

up to 10 pounds of force.

80 Finger Dexterity: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather

than with the whole hand or arm.

70 Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

90 Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in

which detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed accurately, loudly or


90 Hearing Acuity: The ability to perceive speech and other environmental sounds at normal

loudness levels.

90 Visual Acuity: The power to see at a level which allows reading of numbers and text,

operation of equipment, inspection of machines, etc.

Note: Will total more than 100 percent as several activities may be performed at one time.


Conditions the worker will be subject to in this position.

Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur

inside and outside.

Duties require the ability to respond to incidents after hours, and work extended hours on site,

possibly under difficult and trying circumstances. Must maintain 24-hour availability via a wireless

device capable of voice and data communications. The incumbent will be considered “critical

personnel” subject to being called back to the office or a district location at all times.

Duties may expose individual to personal risks as they observe and report details relating to

potential and actual hazards, incidents and/or emergencies. Position requires incumbents to work

in all weather conditions, under extreme temperatures, around chemicals, chemical fumes, biohazards

and electrical and mechanical hazards.

Position may be required to periodically work evening and weekend hours to manage department

operations during extracurricular activities, incident activations, special events, town hall meetings

and other functions as required by district-wide activity.

May be assigned to the district Emergency Operations Center during activations requiring

extended work hours. Incumbent is also subject to being embedded as an agency representative

in an external agency Emergency Operations Center. Assignments are at the discretion of

department leadership.


 Manifests a professional code of ethics and values.

 Responds to internal and external customers in a timely, accurate, courteous and

empathetic manner representing OCPS in a positive light.

 Models the routine, intentional and effective use of technology in daily work, including

communications, organization and management tasks.

 Serves as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)/Chief Fire Official responsible for directing

fire code compliance functions to include inspection services and plan reviews. Provides

guidance on the Florida Fire Prevention Code and National Fire Protection Association

standards. Ensures that the Senior Director – Safety and Emergency Management is

informed of significant fire code compliance issues.

 Oversees the Annual Comprehensive Facilities Inspection (ACFI) process ensuring timely

completion of facilities inspections, communicates deficiencies to each facility’s responsible

official, monitors efforts to correct noted deficiencies within the required timeframes,

maintains all inspection records and submits annual compliance reports to the School Board

and Florida Department of Education by the specified due dates.

 Manages the districts response to Health Department Inspection Reports (HDIR) ensuring

that each report is entered into the appropriate database, provides on-site follow-up to major

violations, coordinates with each site’s responsible official to remedy noted violations,

facilitates district interaction with Health Department officials, maintains inspection records

and completes all reporting requirements.

 Administers the districts pedestrian and traffic safety program ensuring coordination

between district departments, community partners and schools. Maintains external agency

crossing guard relationships. Establishes and communicates school arrival/dismissal plan

standards. Coordinates pedestrian and traffic safety assessments, and works with

appropriate counterparts to address identified deficiencies.

 Implements high risk/specialized inspection programs to promote a safe environment and

reduce the district’s exposure to insurance claims and legal risks. Conducts athletic facility,

food truck, playground equipment, school fair, stage and similar inspections to ensure

healthy and safe conditions. Works with each facility’s responsible official to remedy


 Applies proactive prevention-based measures to reduce the organization’s exposure to

safety-related risks. Establishes awareness and training programs that reinforce safe

workplace practices; mitigate the occurrence of fire and safety-related events and ensure

compliance with applicable legal requirements. Investigates accidents, fire incidents and

health hazards involving students, employees and/or district equipment/facilities to determine

cause; cooperates in the preparation of evidence and materials for compliance reporting,

insurance investigations and legal actions.

 Works closely with Building Code Compliance, Emergency Management, Environmental

Compliance Facilities Maintenance and Health Services in developing aligned and

integrated programs and services.

 Serves as Chair of the district’s Joint Safety Committee and SafeWalk Committee. Fully

participates as a standing member of the District Incident Management Team and the Safety


 Generates business cases to secure authorization and funding for the implementation of

fire, health and safety risk prevention and reduction initiatives.

 Represents the school district on various working groups and fosters positive relationships

within these cohorts.

 Leads program/service assessment, quality improvement and/or special study projects as


 Maintains close professional relationships with local counterparts. Participates in relevant

professional associations to remain current on knowledge and skills.

 Assists in the overall administration and management of departmental budgets, personnel,

programs, resources and strategic initiatives to ensure that priorities are established and


 Contributes to the development of standards and practices that ensure the department’s

position as a model school district safety and emergency management agency.

 Provides leadership during critical incidents, emergent situations and special events.

 Follow the district’s policies and procedures as related to all HRMD guidelines and the

district’s instructional initiatives.

 Follows the district’s policies and procedures as related to fixed assets.

 Develops leadership in subordinates.

 Responsible for keeping up to date on current technology being used by OCPS. With the

support of the district, attends training to ensure skill level in various technologies is at the

level required to perform in current position.

 Responsible for maintaining timely and accurate information and accountable for the quality

of information maintained by those they supervise.

 Responsible for self-development and keeping up to date on current research, trends and

best practices relevant to the area of responsibility.

 Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.

* Essential Performance Responsibilities


Non-bargaining unit compensation plan, twelve months, 8.0 hours per day.


Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on

evaluation of personnel.

Job Requirements

  • Age: NA
  • Education: Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred
  • Experience: Five (5) years of progressively responsible senior management experience

Current Florida Fire Safety Inspector I certification or equivalent. Candidates not possessing

a current Florida Fire Inspector I certification must obtain such within 6-months of


Completion of FEMA Incident Command System 100, 200, 300, 400 and National Incident

Management System 700 and 800 courses within 6-months of employment.

Must successfully pass a comprehensive background assessment.

The incumbent is designated “critical personnel” during an emergency and can be subject

to being held over or called back to a district location at all times.

Contact Informaton

Human Resources

Orange County Public Schools
Orlando, Florida
phone: (407) 317-3200

How to Apply

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