Supervisor, Life Safety Systems

George Washington University
September 25, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Job Description Summary:

Facilities, Buildings & Grounds (FBG) is currently seeking a Supervisor, Life Safety Systems to help support the University's mission in education. FBG is a part of GW's Facilities, Planning and Construction Management Division, which maintains GW's property and grounds on all three campuses. Employees at GWU are offered a competitive salary, excellent benefits package, general retirement savings options that include university contributions and matching contributions, generous Annual and Sick leave benefits plus many more. For more information about GW benefits, please visit https: //

Reporting to the Manager, Electrical & Life Safety, the Supervisor, Life Safety Systems oversees the operation, inspection, testing, maintenance and repair of all Fire & Life Safety systems and components while ensuring compliance with the regulatory authorities.


  • Supervise and coordinate maintenance of life safety equipment to include planning and scheduling of work assignments.
  • Supervise and coordinate contracted vendors by assuring that job orders and specifications are followed and to regularly check the quality of work performed.
  • Assist and provide training, mentoring and coaching to subordinate staff.
  • Regularly check and inspect work performed by subordinates to assure job orders and specifications are followed and to regularly check the quality of work performed.
  • Regularly check and inspect the work performed by contractors and approve contractor' invoices.
  • Provides informational data and frequencies of maintenance, supplying input and direction into the development of preventative maintenance schedules and standards.
  • Performs or oversees contractors who perform inspections, testing, maintenance and repair of district-wide fire suppression systems (wet/dry sprinkler systems) and gaseous systems in the data center.
  • Coordinates testing, maintenance and repairs, preventive maintenance, inspections, etc. ensuring operational integrity of generators.
  • Communicates regularly with department heads. Attends regular staff meetings and participates in problem solving and discussions of system and project related issues.
  • Reviews plans and specifications related to life safety during renovations and construction projects.
  • Act as liaison with regulation authority representatives inspecting university facilities related to life safety.
  • Approval of staff leave requests and time cards.
  • Setting required goals as per FCPM guidelines and tracking the performance of staff through performance evaluations.
  • Obtains quotes for repair and/or installation of systems district wide. Defines options and estimates costs, sets priorities and schedules for construction activities.
  • Maintains inventory of essential parts and equipment to ensure repairs and installation in a timely manner, where applicable.
  • Responsible for working in the field assisting when necessary.
  • Maintains a working relationship with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, Department of Risk Management, Quality Control and Construction Project Management.
  • Maintains knowledge of current regulations codes and procedures pertaining to life safety.
  • Enhances professional knowledge and skills by attending job related seminars, conferences and reading published literature.
  • Ability to prepare correspondence and/or reports to communicate divisional progress in project tasks.
  • Review related contractor invoices for accuracy and completeness and make approvals as needed.
  • Maintains appropriate records as required.
  • Responds to phone, email, voice mail, verbal and written work orders.
  • Performs other work related duties as requested.
  • The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Qualified candidates will hold a high school diploma/GED plus 4 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

    Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:

    National Institute for Certification of Engineering Technologies (NICET) Level II (Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems Certification), or Fire Alarm System Manufacturer Factory Training meeting any one or more of the four below criteria:

  • Personnel who are factory trained and certified for the specific type and brand of system being serviced.
  • or

  • Personnel who are certified by a nationally recognized certification organization are acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.
  • or

  • Personnel who are registered, licensed, or certified by a state or local authority to perform service on systems addressed within the scope of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
  • or

  • Personnel who are employed and qualified by an organization listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory for the servicing of systems within the scope of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

  • Nicet Level 3 with 5 years of experience

  • Nicet Level 4 preferred

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • NICET Level 3 NICET certification
  • NICET fire alarm systems level IV certified.
  • Four years practical experience of fire detection and signaling systems to include fire sprinkler and suppression systems.
  • A valid driver's operating license.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations pertaining to life safety.
  • Knowledge of design requirements and technical operation details of life safety, fire alarm, fire sprinkler and suppression system.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to interface and interact with administrators, staff, students and regulatory and insuring agencies.
  • Intermediate skills with Windows 7, Microsoft Office suite and Web Browsing software.
  • Proficient with computerized tools and testing equipment.
  • Experience using AssetWorks: AIM work management asset tracking and work order system. Knowledgeable in the use of FM Global's hot work and red tag permitting programs.
  • Experience using Tiscor/Brady: Facilities Manager for Fire inspection tracking software.
  • Certified in the knowledge and use of Infra Red inspection tools and software.
  • PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS This position requires an individual with the following characteristics:

  • Commitment to GW's values;
  • Intellectual, professional and a person of integrity;
  • Honest, with the highest ethical standards;
  • Passionate, collaborative, strategic, and smart with a hands-on, roll-up- the-sleeves orientation;
  • Ability to work independently. Self-starter; hard worker. Takes initiative; very high energy;
  • Personally accountable. Assumes ownership, control and accountability for all areas of responsibility and commitments made to others;
  • Sincere, open, and direct communicator. Puts organizational interests above self-interests and is comfortable expressing candid opinions;
  • Highest levels of responsiveness;
  • Combination of strong intellect that is combined with a practical and realistic common sense understanding of how to get things done;
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, a strong desire to succeed and exert the extraordinary effort often required;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high growth, entrepreneurial environment;
  • Ability to work with faculty and staff in a respectful way;
  • Establish trust and credibility with institutional leadership and across the University;
  • Seeks “win-win” solutions to help foster continued integration and collaboration;
  • Flexible and receptive to change; and
  • A positive “can-do” attitude
  • Typical Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience.


    Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.

    College/School/Department: Operations Family Safety and Facilities Sub-Family Life Safety Stream Management Level Level 1 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full time -> FTE 1.00 Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday Will this job require the employee to work on site? Yes Employee Onsite Status Essential onsite Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

    Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S012087 Job Open Date: 08/25/2023 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:

    Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

    The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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  • Are you currently employed with The George Washington University?
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  • What is your salary range expectation?
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  • GW's requires that all employees are either fully vaccinated or have obtained a religious or medical exemption, approved by the university, prior to starting work. More information can be found at https: // I understand that I will need to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption from Occupational Health prior to starting work.
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  • If you are a current staff or research employee at The George Washington University, have you successfully completed your Introductory Employment Period (IEP)? The Introductory Employment Period (IEP) at George Washington University for non-faculty benefitted staff and research positions lasts for 180 days from the hire date into the position (if hired before October 31, 2022) and 90 days, if hired on or after October 31, 2022. Employees in their IEP are not eligible to apply for other internal university staff and research positions until the IEP is complete.
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  • Do you have a NICET Level 3 certification, plus 4 years of practical experience with fire sprinkler and suppression systems?
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