Plans Examiner (Deputy Fire Marshal), (0358U) Environment, Health & Safety
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The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship. EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.
Through a negotiated Memorandum of Understanding between the California Office of State Fire Marshal and the University of California (OSFM-UC MOU), the State Fire Marshal delegated authority to qualified UC campus fire marshals to perform plan approval and construction field inspections of all UC Berkeley design and construction projects. The Designated Campus Fire Marshal (DCFM) acts as an authorized agent of the agency (OSFM).
Performs complex technical work in fire and life safety construction plan review.
Through a negotiated Memorandum of Understanding between the California State Fire Marshal and the University of California (SFM-UC MOU), the State Fire Marshal delegated authority to qualified Campus Fire Marshals to perform plan approval and construction field inspections of all UC Berkeley design and construction projects. The Designated Campus Fire Marshal (DCFM) acts as an authorized agent of an agency.
As part of the DCFM team, the incumbent's primary responsibility is to be the lead for fire and life safety review of assigned major capital campus construction projects. Under delegated authority granted by the California State Fire Marshal, the DCFM:
Reviews project construction plans and specifications for compliance with applicable codes; assures all construction documents bear the approval stamp required prior to Regents funding and, as appropriate, has the authority to delay and/or stop construction (up to and including the refusal of fire safety clearance).
Performs construction inspections and acceptance testing of fire protection systems, fire rated assemblies and egress systems.
Grants fire clearance to construction/renovation projects once appropriate requirements have been met.
Drives university vehicles to fulfill job requirements.
Organizes and works efficiently to maintain the targeted rechargeable hours within the fiscal year.
Maintains knowledge/expertise with existing and proposed changes of all regulations in all subject areas. **See Governing Laws and Regulations below:
Develops procedures using a combination of original and standard professional approaches/techniques to solve substantive, complex problems with multiple variables.
Applies appropriate scientific and professional standards to recommend campus/university policies and programs and, as needed, create new methodologies.
Writes and updates manuals and procedures. Drafts reports and other documentation, including the use of relevant scientific data.
As a technical resource on fire protection and code compliance, evaluates and recommends control measures and corrective actions to protect the campus community. Provides expertise and knowledge to other EH&S staff or other departments in designing and implementing a variety of campus compliance programs.
Provide consultation services and expertise to campus, city, county, state, other UCs and UC-systemwide entities. Participate in UC-systemwide technical workgroups, and/or similar workgroups.
Monitors compliance and prevents hazards, and may serve as campus liaison with regulatory agencies.
Works on committees and assignments along with formal and informal coaching and mentoring and regular training, including conference attendance.
Performs other duties as assigned, including, but not limited to:
As part of Urgent Response Support Program (URSP), serves as a member of Fire Emergency Response Support Team (FERST), including after-hours requirement.
During assigned rotation, serve as primary contact for UC Police Department (UCPD) and other municipal emergency response units related to campus fire events.
Respond to fire scenes, returning to campus if appropriate and required. Performs fire cause and origin investigations and limited arson investigations.
Maintains incident log and prepares investigation report.
Must be accessible by UCPD via telephone and readily available to respond on-scene to fire incidents (emergencies) during non-business hours.
Must be within one hour of campus and may not engage in activities that will affect the ability to respond.
At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Research, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), must be available in a campus disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release, to serve in the appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.
Advanced knowledge/understanding of broad range of fire and life safety and familiarity with all EH&S fields. Demonstrated expert knowledge of: California Code of Regulations, Title 19, and Title 24, Parts 1-9; National Fire Codes (published by the National Fire Protection Association).
Advanced or expert knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards, guidelines and, as appropriate, recommend campus policy.
Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including advanced political acumen and skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies in a highly political environment.
Advanced skills to effectively represent the campus to state and federal authorities, and community groups.
Advanced analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within budget and time constraints.
Skills in mentoring or overseeing the work of other EH&S technical and professional staff.
Skills to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.
Must be able to perform required functions before 8am, after 5pm on workdays, or on weekends, as directed by the supervisor or as needed by the client.
Education and Training
Bachelor degree in Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering Technology, Architecture, or related engineering field and five (5) years of recent full-time experience in performing combination of fire prevention inspections, plan review, and construction inspections in a California local or state entity responsible for fire and life safety code and regulation enforcement, and/or equivalent experience/training.
A minimum of three (3) years cumulative recent experience in plan review. (Credit will be given towards work experience as a building inspector and plans examiner in a building department.)
Successful completion of the State Fire Marshal's Fire Inspector 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D courses, or equivalent.
Successful completion of the Statutes and Regulations course offered by the California State Fire Marshal's Office within 12 months of hire.
Professional certification: Professional Engineer, Registered Architect, SFM Inspector I, SFM Inspector II
Governing Laws and Regulations:
Applicable laws, codes and standards include but are not limited to:
California Code of Regulations - Title 19 Public Safety ?
California Code of Regulations - Title 24 Building Standards Code Parts 1-9 with emphasis on: California Building Code California Fire Code California Mechanical Code California Plumbing Code California Electrical Code
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards
Salary & Benefits
The annual salary range of the position is $83,900-$124,200, commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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