Coordinator, Fire Academy

Guilford Technical Community College   Jamestown, NC   Full-time     Education
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Posted on July 19, 2021

This Coordinator will provide the vision and leadership required to support and enhance the mission of the Fire Academy program. The Coordinator’s primary administrative responsibilities include program development/management, continuous review, planning, budget administration, general effectiveness of the program, accreditation, and providing supervision and mentoring to part-time faculty. Instructional responsibilities require a broad-based knowledge of the Fire Service field of study at the local, state and national levels. The Coordinator of the Fire Academy at Guilford Technical Community College will be responsible for supporting student success by creating an optimum learning environment, responding to student needs, managing effective instructional activities, developing curriculum courses, modeling employability skills, demonstrating professionalism, developing cooperative work relationships with other faculty and staff, supporting college administrative requirements, and maintaining competency in their instructional field.  He/she will be responsible for quality instruction and for effective participation and interest in the total affairs of the college. The Coordinator reports directly to the Program Director of Fire Protection Occupational Extension (OE), with oversight from the Dean of Human Services, Public Safety, Health and Physical Education.


  • Provides overall leadership and management to the Fire Academy Program curriculum development/review including ensuring establishment of effective student learning outcomes and related assessment methods
  • Develops class schedules and faculty assignments in coordination with Program Director and area faculty.
  • Supports Fire Academy students through the academic program ensuring retention and graduation.
  • Provides oversight of program budgets and inventory for all supplies and equipment.
  • Participates in the college hiring process; orients new part-time faculty to program practices.
  • Participates in providing evaluative feedback to faculty/staff regarding job performance. 
  • Supervises and mentors’ part-time faculty to ensure academic quality and consistency.
  • Identifies/promotes professional development for self and staff. 
  • Maintains knowledge of current industry standards by developing relationships with industry leaders, experts and companies.
  • Continuously evaluates national, regional, and local workforce trends in the fire service field and in accordance with the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshall (OSFM).
  • Assumes direct instructional responsibility for components of the Fire Academy Program in accordance with established college guidelines. 
  • Coordinates outreach and develops/maintains relationships with industry-related personnel and employers to promote the advancement of industry employment for graduates.
  • All other duties as assigned by the President or designee.
  • Prepare & teach departmental courses to include:
  • Developing learner centered lesson plans
  • Employing teaching strategies & instructional materials for different learning styles
  • Incorporating, as pedagogically appropriate, current technology in classroom, distance learning and laboratory environments
  • Creating and modeling a quality learning environment that supports a diverse student population
  • Preparing, distributing and utilizing instructional support materials, including course syllabi, supplementary materials, instructional media, and other devices as appropriate
  • Updating and revising curriculum to maintain currency
  • Developing new courses as needed to support the instructional mission
  • Participating in the development and review of course and program/general education outcomes as appropriate
  • Developing, conducting, and documenting appropriate assessment of student learning outcomes in courses and programs/general education as appropriate
Professional Development
Maintain a professional status that supports the instructional mission by:
  • Participating in professional development activities to maintain currency in field; maintaining current credentials or licensures as required by program or accreditation
  • Participating in professional development opportunities to advance teaching skills and strategies
Classroom Administration
Provide daily & ongoing oversight of facilities, equipment, and student records to include:
  • Maintaining classroom and laboratory spaces including upkeep of assigned equipment
  • Providing for the security of facilities, equipment and instructional materials, and maintaining safe working conditions
  • Maintaining student records (e.g., grades and attendance) in accordance with established deadlines using a variety of technology-based programs (e.g., Colleague, WebAdvisor, Moodle)
  • Complying with all applicable college, state, and federal rules and regulations
Student Support
Provide an environment conducive to student success to include:
  • Conducting recruiting activities
  • Providing academic advising
  • Promoting retention/persistence by assisting students to develop strategies for success 
  • Assisting students with the registration and graduation process
  • Referring students to campus and community resources when appropriate
College Service
Support college-wide endeavors to include:
  • Collaboration with faculty and staff from other divisions/departments to promote communication, coordinate schedules, and support student success
  • Serving on department, division, and college committees
  • Participating in GTCC institutional initiatives
  • Collaborating with educational partners, business/industry, and/or external agencies as appropriate to promote the instructional mission of GTCC
  • Supporting collegiality and teaching excellence by actively participating in the professional development of new and veteran faculty (e.g., mentoring and peer observation)
  • Participating in extracurricular student activities/clubs
  • Attending college professional development sessions, college/division/department meetings, graduation, and convocation, as required.
  • Demonstrate and model the College’s employability skills: adaptability, communication, information processing, problem solving, responsibility, and teamwork

Additional Duties: 

  • Maintain student records.
  • Perform all duties as assigned by supervisor.
Difficult Challenges Contacts Education Required
  • Associate’s degree in Fire Protection Technology, Fire Science, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited college/university
  • North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshall (OSFM) certified Fire Fighter II
  • North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshall (OSFM) certified and qualified in Fire Fighter Instructor II
  • A valid North Carolina Driver’s License and a Class B Driver’s license or the ability to attain one upon hire.
Education Preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Technology, Fire Science, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Specialty Certifications as a North Carolina: Airport Firefighter, Driver/Operator, Emergency Vehicle Driver, Emergency Vehicle Trailer Towing, Fire Officer II, Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat) Responder or Technician, Technical Rescue (Vehicle Machinery Rescue (VMR), Agricultural Rescue, Surface Water Rescue, Confined Space and Ropes) or Wildland Fire Suppression.

Experience Required
  • 5 years of relevant field experience in the fire Service/ fire protection.
  • 3 years of fire service/ fire protection training/teaching experience based on regulatory training standards. 
  • Administrative and/or supervisory experience to include employee evaluation.
Experience Preferred
  • Greater than 5 years of relevant field experience in fire service/ fire protection.
  • Greater than 3 years of fire service/ fire protection training/teaching experience based on regulatory training standards. 
  • Teaching/training experience at a post-secondary institution.
  • Experience with assessment of student learning outcomes
  • Experience with distance learning and/or alternate instructional delivery systems
KSA Required
The Coordinator, Fire Academy shall possess an understanding of and commitment to the nature and role of the Community College, particularly its “open door” policy.  He/she shall have demonstrated personal and professional competence for the responsibility assigned to include the ability to:
1. Strategically think and manage change
2. Respect Diversity
3. Adapt to changing procedures, protocols or assignments
4. Create and maintain a learner centered environment
5. Communicate effectively in multiple formats
6. Initiate, develop, and maintain relationships internal and external to the College 
KSA Preferred Department/Job Specific Requirements
Schedule may require day or evening responsibilities and travel between campuses as required for performance of job duties. Responsibilities may include overnight travel in, and outside of the state, as well as occasional travel overseas in support of college programs and initiatives.
The following (compliance) training is required and must be completed within the first 30 days of hire with annual refresher training thereafter: (additional training may be added as needed)
  • Reporting Requirements
  • Anti-Discrimination/Harassment & Title IX
  • Safety/Shooter on Campus
  • Personal Information Protection Training (PIP)
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • eLearning Level One (before the first day of the first semester teaching)
  • eLearning Levels Two and Three for instructors who teach online or hybrid delivery methods (before the first day of the first semester teaching)
Physical Demands
Physical Requirements
  1. Hear and see
  2. Stand extended periods of time (up to 4 hours)
  3. Lift up to 50 pounds unassisted 
  4. Stoop, bend, squat, lift, reach overhead
  5. Use and manipulate fire service/ fire protection equipment according to industry standards 
  6. Participate in and demonstrate physical aspects of fire service/ fire protection work and physical training
  7. Utilize and Operate Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) equipment
  8. Lead and supervise students in live-fire and structural fire-fighting exercises  

1.       Criminal history checks and drug screening with acceptable results are required
2.       Requires some evening and weekend hours
3.       Must work at some off campus and community locations
4.       Must have a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record

Posting Type Faculty