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Req #: 184111
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 10/27/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 

Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

Shift: First Shift 
Notes: The University of Washington is following physical distancing directives from state and local governments as part of the collective effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Click here for updates

Onsite work in the interim will vary for units and for specific positions and will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years. 

UW Facilities manages the Universitys buildings, infrastructure and land, with more than 1,100 employees in a variety of fields. The Asset Management group includes Capital & Space Management, Real Estate, Sustainability and other teams responsible for planning and workload management. The Operations group includes Project Delivery, Maintenance & Construction, Campus Utilities & Operations, Building Services, Transportation Services and Safety. Supporting these groups, as well as the separate Emergency Management team, are the Business Intelligence & Information Technology group and the Finance & Administration group.

Campus Utilities & Operations has an outstanding opportunity for a Program Manager, Life Safety Systems to provide strategic planning and managerial support to the Assistant Director of Campus Operations, with responsibility for managing the operation and maintenance program for the fire alarm and other life safety systems in the buildings and facilities on the University of Washington (UW) Seattle campus.

This position is responsible for a 3-million-dollar biennial budget and the supervision of staff, technicians, and mechanics responsible for operating and maintaining the campus fire alarm and other life safety systems. It is also responsible for oversight of regulatory and accreditation compliance by providing support to a variety of clientele at a world-class research, teaching and medical institution. Failure to effectively manage the program can be an extreme detriment to these activities and can result in penalties and other liabilities to the institution.

This position is critical and essential to the operation of the University. Without the success of this position, University buildings could not be legally occupied.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Develop, implement, and manage program requirements for the UW campus life safety systems program.
Analyze and evaluate information and situations, problem-solve, make decisions, and conceptualize solutions.
Develop preventive maintenance programs, ensure code compliance, and set procedures for operating strategies and standards.
Create programs to analyze system needs, assess capital and building renewal needs, develop operating budgets, review problems and recommend corrections to improve systems and reliability.
Provide oversight of technical issues to ensure continuous regulatory compliance and accreditation of campus departments.
Provide leadership using LEAN management principles; develop indicators to measure program effectiveness.
Develop program requirements to independently interpret and define the scope of governmental mandated tasks for the University of Washington in fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler systems, and other life safety systems in conjunction with continuous code compliance confidence testing.
Develop a program to implement and administer various maintenance contracts to meet regulatory requirements.
Coordinate with outside agencies, regulatory authorities, engineers, consultants, peer institutions, city and state officials, and campus departments in addressing daily objectives.
Directly supervise professional, technical, and trade staff who are responsible for the campus life safety systems program. Develop strong credibility with subordinates, understand different personalities and traits, recognize and address signs of employee concerns while molding a cohesive team. This includes having self-awareness, listening, giving feedback and assessing performance, understanding and valuing diversity, developing and coaching staff, effectively implementing the hiring and selection process, and preventing and resolving conflict.
Other duties as required.

Core Competencies

Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness.
Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively.
Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems.
Be responsible and accountable.
Use organizational skills and provide attention to details.
Maintain a positive, optimistic, and success-oriented attitude.
Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous.
Exhibit a professional work ethic.
Continuously promote a safe work environment.

Requirements include:

Bachelors degree and a minimum five years of experience in management of operation, maintenance, and/or engineering of complex institutional or commercial buildings, and/or infrastructure systems.
Experience working with safety regulations, building codes, environmental agency requirements, and life safety standards.
Experience supervising technical or skilled trade employees in a unionized environment.
Must have effective oral and written communications skills and demonstrated client relations skills.
Be able to listen and learn, adapt to new technologies, be flexible when situations change, and possess the ability to work in an ambiguous environment.
Have knowledge and understanding of safe work practices and policies.
Must be able to wear all proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required.
Must be able to follow written and/or verbal instructions and communicate in English regarding the use of chemicals, supplies, and equipment; comply with safety policies and procedures.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Bachelors degree in engineering or related field or equivalent experience.
Demonstrated leadership abilities, effective management skills, and the ability to work effectively in a complex and diversified organization.
Five years of experience in management of fire and life safety systems (including high-rise buildings), critical systems, or equivalent.
Five years of experience managing in a large, multi-facility system for all aspects of operations and maintenance.
Five years of experience managing University programs with large budgets and supervising building trade employees.
Experience working with methods, tools, and equipment used in the mechanical, electrical, and/or building trades.
Experience in strategic planning and metrics; and experience in LEAN management methodology.

Conditions of Employment:

Must be able to work independently and respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Must have a valid Washington State Drivers License.
Must be able to work beyond 40 hours per week as routine recurring workloads, seasonal peaks, and deadlines require.
Must be able to work in electrical/mechanical spaces, including utility tunnels, confined spaces, and around operating equipment such as boilers, turbines, fans, pumps, and transformers.
Must be able to be fitted for and wear a respirator on the job.
Must participate in medical screening/monitoring (such as TB screening and proof of measles inoculation) required for work assignments in locations, including but not limited to, nonhuman primate areas, the Animal Research and Care Facility, and University of Washington Medical Center.
Must be able to work in a non-smoking environment.
Regular and predictable attendance is required.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

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