Managing Fire Protection Engineer

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • Jun 15, 2019
Full Time Engineering Fire and EMS Public Safety Public Works

Job Description

Posting Title Managing Fire Protection Engineer
Job Requisition Number AFD300268
Position Number 102166
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Fire Hazardous Materials Civ
Minimum Qualifications
• Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering, or in a field related to the job, eight (8) years experience in engineering, six (6) years of work experience must be acquired after licensing as a professional engineer and four (4) years of which were in a supervisory capacity
• A Masters Degree will substitute for up to one (1) year of work experience
• PhD degree will substitute for up to two (2) years of work experience

Licenses or Certifications:



  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas




Notes to Applicants The Austin Fire Department ( AFD ) is looking for a Managing Fire Protection Engineer. The ideal candidate will provide leadership, excellent customer service, have the ability to plan and direct, and help develop employees, as well as be responsible for handling the following duties. Manage a group of 15 Fire Protection Engineers at various levels
Interact with City Officials including the Fire Chief, Assistant City Manager, City Manager, Mayor & Council, and Building Officials when necessary
Attend meetings and conduct presentations to City Council, Boards, and Commissions as needed
When necessary meet with developers, engineers, architects, and property owners to discuss projects that do not clearly comply with code;
Develop business needs of the section and provide trainings for section members and others in the Austin Fire Department
Make final decisions for the section on technical matters Additional duties include: monitoring performance measures, coaching staff, making recommendations for process improvements, resolving conflicts, and leading special projects
A detailed, complete online City of Austin employment application is required to help us better evaluate your qualifications, and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position.

A cover letter and resume must be submitted, but will not substitute for a complete online City of Austin employment application.
Pay Range
$44.71 - $59.16
Commensurate

Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30am to 4:30pm with some flexibility
Additional hours, evenings, and/or weekends may be required based on business need.

Job Close Date
07/05/2019
Type of Posting External
Department Fire
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location AFD Prevention, 505 Barton Springs Rd., Austin TX
Preferred Qualifications Preferred Qualifications for this position include: State of Texas Professional Engineer License in Fire Protection Engineering
Advanced knowledge of the National Fire Protection Association ( NFPA ) codes and standards; including NFPA 13, 13r, 14, 20, and 72, as well as HazMat requirements NFPA 30, 58, 400, and 704
Advanced knowledge of the International Building Code ( IBC ) the International Fire Code ( IFC ), and Fire Protection Engineering Technical Skills such as: HazMat, Inspections, Permitting, Plan Review, and Design Review
Analytical and problem solving skills with a high degree of detail
Proficient Communication: Oral, written and electronic
Ability to manage projects simultaneously
Strong skill in handling Conflict Management situations with the ability to offer resolutions as a mediator and or coaching techniques
Ability to provide excellent customer service to internal and external customers
Participating member of a regional and/or national fire safety professional organization such as the National Fire Protection Association ( NFPA ), the International Code Council ( ICC ), and/or the Society of Fire Protection Engineers ( SFPE )
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Manages, coordinates, implements, and/or monitors projects/programs including the review of plans and development proposals for impacts related to engineering project/program. Recommends revisions and permit requirements to mitigate negative impacts of development and assures plans conform to City policies. Approves construction plans.
2. Manages contracts by reviewing monthly progress reports. Acts as a liaison among consultants, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, fabricators or suppliers and the City. Negotiates problems of changes, errors or deficiencies and ensures compliance with project specifications and requirements. Resolves conflicts in difficult situations. Reviews, evaluates, and prepares replies to technical and management audits. Responsible for interdivisional liaison for coordinating the various phases of designing, planning and preparation of project details.
3. Interacts with internal and external customers to determine business needs by responding to inquiries from the public and other departments about the process, requirements, and procedures of the development process. Investigates and resolves complaints from the public.
4. Develops and implements standard operating procedures, policies and ordinances by applying advance technical and managerial knowledge and applying changes to meet departmental business goals and objectives. Monitors projects for regulatory compliance.
5. Monitors projects for legal compliance by applying engineering principles, contract and purchasing policies, and affected ordinances, codes, and regulations.
6. Markets programs to various customers.
7. Develops and monitors budgets for multiple CIP projects, programs, and/or divisions Responsible for projects by developing, managing and submission of proposed budget forecast planning for short and long term city planning. Develops long and short term planning/strategies. Coordinates, monitors, and manages grants.
8. Attends meetings and conducts presentations to the City Council, Boards, Commissions, etc. in the area of managing programs/projects. Solicits and assesses third party needs and requests by reviewing and providing solutions.
9. Develops and conducts training by determining business needs and scope of work performed by personnel and implementing programs. Provides technical advice and direction for assigned division, project, or program personnel. Develops design criteria, develops and monitors performance criteria.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

• Knowledge of management skills to programs, projects and personnel
• Knowledge of diversified, fundamental scientific and civil engineering concepts, phenomena, and relationships, and utilize such changes in solution of theoretical or practical civil engineering problems
• Knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques such as trigonometry, calculus, and coordinate geometry
• Knowledge of modern methods, materials, and techniques of assigned discipline
• Knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines: Civil, Environmental, Structural, Architectural, Mechanical and/or Electrical engineering terminology and techniques
• Knowledge of City of Austin budget planning, purchasing and contract policies and procedures
• Knowledge of applicability of established engineering principles and methods.
• Knowledge of phases of the plans review and inspections processes.
• Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports
• Knowledge of regulatory requirements within the local and state ordinances and laws
• Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports
• Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution
• Skill in analyzing complex data from various sources, synthesizing collected information, and developing sound decisions/recommendations
• Skill in developing, reviewing, monitoring, and evaluating contracts for services and/or materials
• Ability to manage multiple projects and programs simultaneously within approved budgets
• Ability to understand and interpret engineering and technical data related to assigned responsibilities
• Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with internal and external customers
• Ability to perform more complex engineering computations, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry, rapidly and accurately
• Ability to communicate and provide direction to peers and assigned personnel
• Ability to organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific civil engineering problems and provide practical, cost effective solutions
• Ability to observe, compares, or monitors objects and data to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards

Criminal Background Investigation This position does not require a Criminal Background Investigation
EEO/ADA
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* The Minimum Qualifications for the Managing Engineer requires graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering, or in a field related to the job, eight (8) years experience in engineering, six (6) years of work experience must be acquired after licensing as a professional engineer; four (4) years of which were in a supervisory capacity. A Masters Degree will substitute for up to one (1) year of work experience. A PhD degree will substitute for up to two (2) years of work experience. Do you meet this minimum qualification?
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you have a State of Texas Professional Engineer License?
  • Yes
  • No
* If you do not have a Professional Engineering License in Texas, do you agree to test and obtain one within 6 months?
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you have experience as a Fire Protection Engineer? Yes/No If yes, please describe your experience and your longevity in this field.
(Open Ended Question)
* Briefly describe your knowledge of the NFPA Codes and standards including NFPA 13, 13R, 14, 20, AND 72, as well as HazMat requirements for NFPA 30, 58, 400, AND 704
(Open Ended Question)
* Briefly describe your knowledge of the International Building and Fire Codes, as well as your Fire Protection Engineering Technical Skills such as Hazardous Materials, Inspections, Permitting, Plan Review, and Design Review.
(Open Ended Question)
* This position requires several core competencies some of which include Proficient Communication, Analytical and Problem Solving Skills, and the ability to provide excellent Customer Service. Please elaborate on your knowledge of the aforementioned competencies and how you execute them in your everyday work.
(Open Ended Question)
* Please describe your ability to manage multiple projects, simultaneously.
(Open Ended Question)
* The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong skillset in Conflict Management. Please describe your ability to handle conflict, your approach, if you have mediation skills, and coaching techniques you have used in the past.
(Open Ended Question)
* Are you a participating member of a regional and/or national fire safety professional organization such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Code Council (ICC), and or the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)? Yes/No If yes, please elaborate which associations you are a member of and your involvement.
(Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Cover Letter Resume Optional Documents