Assistant Director, Life Safety

New Jersey, United States
Wednesday, 3 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 3 April 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


Reporting to the Director of Site Protection, the Assistant Director, Life Safety provides leadership, planning, and organizational management to the respective work unit, and high-level customer service to the campus community. The Assistant Director, represents the department in the absence of the Director and has five major areas of responsibility: (1) Site Protection Life Safety Systems; (2) 24/7 Group; (3) Technology Development and Leadership; (4) Personnel Functions and (5) Budget Management. 

Site Protection, part of our Facilities organization,  is tasked with the operation and management of critical life safety and security systems and infrastructure which indirectly supports all University departments and programs, and directly supports and collaborates with first responder units.  A primary collaborator and client is the Department of Public Safety, which has responsibility for the safety and security of people and University property. 

The Princeton University campus consists of approximately 12 million gross square feet of space comprised of residential, administrative, athletic, library, dining, classroom, and research space.  Site Protection has a presence across campus, providing services to approximately 200 buildings. There are approximately 200 buildings, 500 acres, 8,300 students, and 8,200 faculty/staff.


Under the direction of the Director of Site Protection, and working collaboratively with other University Departments, this position assists with management, and organization of the Site Protection Life Safety Systems work group within Facilities Operations.  

Site Protection Life Safety Systems

  • Provide oversight for the entire campus life-safety SP system inspection, testing, repair and maintenance SP program, including adherence to code requirements and standards, scheduling and conducting inspections, record keeping, audits, and management of vendors/contractors. Areas of inspection, testing, repair and maintenance responsibility (including but not limited to):  Fire alarm systems; Fire suppression systems; Fire doors and shutters; Clean agent and kitchen suppression systems; fire extinguishers; Single station smoke and CO detectors.
  • Manage 3rd party supplier relationships and contracts for all sub-contracted services.  Develop and manage annual budgets for labor, materials, services and other expenditures.

24/7 Group

  • Responsible for the day to day operations of the 24/7 group, which provides testing, inspection, repair, maintenance, and impairment functions when not responding to eminent calls for service from DPS, Customer Service or Site Protection Management.

Technology Development and Leadership

  • Responsible for conceptualizing and implementing technology tools (Maximo, Time-Collection, and other like systems) and processes (Impairment Process and other like processes) used in your Site Protection work unit.
  • Partner with external departments to advocate the most effective use of these technical tools to achieve the desired outcome of increasing service levels while driving out redundant processes.

Personnel Functions

  • Assist the Director with departmental recruiting and hiring practices as well as involvement with other HR-related functions for your work unit.
  • Partner with Managers, Supervisors and Office Manager to ensure on-boarding process is executed in a timely and effective manner and that each new hire is given the necessary tools and training to be successful.
  • Serve as safety leader in the department.
  • Oversee performance management processes and drive employee growth and development in the department.        

Budget Management

  • Assist the Director to ensure budget compliance within your work unit, drive initiatives to reduce overtime, and identify other areas to achieve savings.
  • Provide thought leadership to the Director on financial reports, briefings, and presentations. 


Essential Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully the Assistant Director must be able to perform the essential duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

  • Bachelor's degree or 10 years equivalent experience in a related field. At least five (5) years of leadership experience within a commercial/institutional environment or a related field.
  • Demonstrated leadership of a technical and diverse workforce.
  • Must have a working knowledge of the New Jersey Fire Code, with the ability to determine code requirements relative to the University’s fire and life safety systems, must possess knowledge of NFPA guidelines (such as, but not limited to NFPA 10, 13, 25, 70, 72, 80, 101, and 2000).
  • Experience managing a complex annual operating budget.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a diverse audience, and possess a knowledge of appropriate escalation protocols; highly developed analytical skills.
  • Understanding of modern customer service theories, practices and methods, and how to apply them.
  • Ability to multitask , manage competing priorities; able to make independent interpretations and make decisions that are in the best interest of the organization and that are consistent with the objectives of senior leadership.
  • Proficient in the interworking’s of commercial fire alarm and fire suppression systems and related software, the use of business application software; must be familiar with the use of a computerized maintenance management software program.
  • Must be able to respond to after normal business hour emergencies and incidents as needed, and on short notice; and
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as the primary point-of-contact within an institutional and/or commercial setting for Life Safety Systems
  • OSHA 10 Certification
  •  NJ Fire Official Certification

This position is considered essential personnel, which may include an extended on-campus presence during local, regional, national emergencies

Working Conditions 

This position works in an office setting, but also out in the field in varying temperatures. The position will require travel throughout the campus from time to time to visit with staff and customers

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW