Program Director (Fire Science)

Southwestern College
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 16, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Program Director (Fire Science)

Southwestern College

Work Site: 8100 Gigantic Street, San Diego, CA 92154

Department: Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa

District Values
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

Plans, organizes, and provides administrative direction and oversight for academic functions or disciplines requiring regulatory compliance or accreditation; coordinates and directs communications, personnel, resources, curriculum, schedules, and information to meet the instructional needs and enhance educational effectiveness of the assigned academic program(s); assists in educational planning and program development; and performs related work as required.

1. Develops, directs, and coordinates the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the program; establishes, within District policy, appropriate budget, service, and staffing levels.
2. Oversees and is responsible for educational planning and program development in accordance with missions, goals, and objectives of the District and department/higher education center; oversees administration and monitoring of assigned department program(s) and services to ensure compliance with established curriculum and content standards and requirements; develops, analyzes, and implements curriculum standards to meet student needs; oversees development and implementation of new courses, programs, and instructional activities.
3. Manages and coordinates communications, personnel, resources, curriculum, schedules, and information to meet the instructional needs and enhance the educational effectiveness of assigned program(s) and services; ensures the purchasing and maintenance of all supplies, equipment, and facilities required of the program(s).
4. Monitors and administers the annual budget; participates in identification of and application for external funding sources, including developing industry partnerships; forecasts additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments as necessary.
5. Selects, trains, motivates, and directs program faculty and staff; evaluates and reviews work for acceptability and conformance with program standards, including establishing priorities and conducting performance evaluations; works with employees on performance issues; implements discipline and termination procedures; responds to staff questions and concerns.
6. Oversees the quality of instructional programs and services by developing, reviewing, and implementing policies and procedures to meet regulatory requirements, educational standards, and District needs; continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors the distribution of work, support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs the implementation of change.
7. Oversees and participates in the development and maintenance of the assigned program(s)' accreditation, including timely periodic statistical and narrative accreditation reports, records, forms, and surveys; direction and coordination of accreditation visit; and management and information updates, and reports on special projects as assigned by the Dean.
8. Initiates and maintains contractual agreements with agencies that support students in the assigned programs; oversees the selection of external facilities in support of student learning (e.g. clinical placements; training facilities); periodically evaluates their effectiveness.
9. Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities:

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)
A Master’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency.
One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment.
Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in educational programs or an educational setting including one-year formal training, internship, or leadership experience.
A minimum of five (5) years of full-time paid professional fire related experience.

Evidence of completion of the number of hours typically required to be complete a Master’s degree (approximately 480 hours for a 30-unit Master’s degree) in field-related training hours (i.e. CE hours, certifications, etc.).

Applicants would be required to submit Official Training History Reports from an official accrediting body, such as State Fire Training, National Fire Academy or IFSAC/ProBoard, along with the Supplemental Equivalency Form for equivalency consideration.

Desirable Qualifications:

Range 40, $9,850.75-$11,973.67 plus $2,000 annual stipend for earned Doctorate Degree. Excellent Benefits.

Start Date

As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

Screening Deadline
All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.

Work Schedule:
Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Additional Information:
We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC Police Department.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) - More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

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