Supervisor, Life Safety

Washington D.C.
Apr 11, 2022
May 16, 2022
Full Time

Facilities Services, a department in GW’s Division of Operations under the Executive Vice President and Treasurer’s portfolio, manages and maintains GW’s property and grounds on all three of GW’s campuses. Our maintenance team includes electricians, carpenters, painters, HVAC technicians, locksmiths, and plumbers.

The Facilities Services, Operations & Maintenance Department Manager, Electrical Operations effectively manages the university electrical and life safety programs to include all GW facilities


To supervise the operation, inspection, testing, maintenance and repair of all Life Safety systems and components while ensuring compliance with the regulatory authorities.


  1. Supervise and coordinate maintenance of life safety equipment to include planning and scheduling of work assignments.
  2. Supervise and coordinate contracted vendors by assuring that job orders and specifications are followed and to regularly check the quality of work performed.
  3. Assist and provide training, mentoring and coaching to subordinate staff.
  4. 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.
  5. Regularly check and inspect the work performed by contractors and approve contractors invoices.
  6. Provides informational data and frequencies of maintenance, supplying input and direction into the development of preventative maintenance schedules and standards.
  7. 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.
  8. Coordinates testing, maintenance and repairs, preventive maintenance, inspections, etc. ensuring operational integrity of generators.
  9. Communicates regularly with department heads. Attends regular staff meetings and participates in problem solving and discussions of system and project related issues.
  10. Reviews plans and specifications related to life safety during renovations and construction projects.
  11. Act as liaison with regulation authority representatives inspecting university facilities related to life safety.
  12. Approval of staff leave requests and time cards.
  13. Setting required goals as per FCPM guidelines and tracking the performance of staff through performance evaluations.
  14. Obtains quotes for repair and/or installation of systems district wide. Defines options and estimates costs, sets priorities and schedules for construction activities.
  15. Maintains inventory of essential parts and equipment to ensure repairs and installation in a timely manner, where applicable.
  16. Responsible for working in the field assisting when necessary.
  17. Maintains a working relationship with the Department of Health and Safety, Department of Risk Management, Quality Control and Construction Project Management.
  18. Maintains knowledge of current regulations codes and procedures pertaining to life safety.
  19. Enhances professional knowledge and skills by attending job related seminars, conferences and reading published literature.
  20. Ability to prepare correspondence and/or reports to communicate divisional progress in project tasks.
  21. Review related contractor invoices for accuracy and completeness and make approvals as needed.
  22. Maintains appropriate records as required.
  23. Responds to phone, email, voice mail, verbal and written work orders
  24. 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

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 drivers 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 oral 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.

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

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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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