The Program Director in collaboration with the Dean provides the vision and leadership required to realize the mission of Fire Protection Technology and the college at large. Primary administrative responsibilities include program development/management, budget development/management, maintaining programmatic accreditation/external partnerships and providing operational supervision to full and part time faculty and staff in the department. Instructional responsibilities require a strong Fire Protection Technology skill set and the ability to teach students effectively in an instructional environment. The Program Director is a member of the full-time faculty, and maintains a teaching load with some administrative release time to carry out duties.
Maintaining knowledge of/compliance with the North Carolina Community College System requirements and external programmatic accreditation standards for assigned academic program.
Continuously evaluates national, regional, and local workforce trends in fire protection management and in accordance with The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE).
Providing leadership to program curriculum development/revision including ensuring establishment of effective student learning outcomes and related assessment methods.
Conducting and documenting bi-annual academic assessment process requirements in stated timelines.
Contributing to the development of a data based, student centered schedule in collaboration with the Dean.
Participating in the colleges hiring process for full and part time faculty; orienting new faculty to program policies.
In coordination with the Dean, providing evaluative feedback to program faculty/staff regarding job performance.
Developing and recommending teaching assignments for program faculty to the Dean.
Conducting and documenting regular faculty meetings to ensure good communication.
Supporting students through the academic program promoting retention and graduation.
Developing and participating in program recruitment activities that promote enrollment.
Participating in the resolution of student complaints in accordance with college policy.
Preparing and/or reviewing course substitutions for submission to the Dean.
Contributing to development, implementation and oversight of departmental budgets.
Participating in the management and support of instructional spaces (i.e., technology needs, inventory control, etc.).
Identifying/promoting professional development for faculty to ensure continued program relevancy and excellent teaching.
Participating in program review and unit planning processes.
Conducting and documenting program advisory committee meetings as required.
Participating in the establishment and coordination of clinical or work based learning sites (if applicable).
Coordinating outreach and developing/maintaining relationships with industry-related personnel and employers; participating in professional organizations promoting advancement of the profession.
Participating in professional development opportunities to advance teaching skills and strategies.
Participating in professional development opportunities to advance leadership skills.
Tracking and facilitating mandatory GTCC trainings.
Prepare and teach departmental courses to include:
developing learner centered lesson plans
employing teaching strategies and 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 and compliance with accreditation standards
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 in outcomes courses and programs/general education as appropriate
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
Provide daily and 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
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
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
Demonstrating and modeling the Colleges employability skills: adaptability, communication, information processing, problem solving, responsibility, and teamwork.
-Masters degree in Fire Protection or a closely related field with 18 graduate credit hours in fire protection from a regionally accredited college/university.
-Doctoral degree in Fire Protection or a closely related field from a regionally accredited college/university.
- 5 years of relevant field experience in fire protection/fire service, etc.
- 3 years teaching and/or industry training experience in fire protection topics in any of the following formats: teaching courses, training sessions, conducting professional development workshops, and/or other continuing education seminars
- Experience with direct supervision of employees to include performance evaluation.
- Experience with national accreditation standards for Fire Protection programs.
- Greater than 5 years of relevant field experience in fire protection/fire service, etc.
- Greater than 3 years teaching and/or industry training experience in fire protection topics in any of the following formats: teaching courses, training sessions, conducting professional development workshops, and/or other continuing education seminars
- Teaching/training experience in a post-secondary institution.
- Experience with assessment of student learning outcomes
- Experience with distance learning and/or alternate instructional delivery systems.
The Program Director, Fire Protection Technology 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 responsibilities assigned. The Program Director must be able to:
Department/Job Specific Requirements
2. Respect Diversity
3. Adapt to changing procedures, protocols or assignments.
4. Create and maintain a learner centered environment
5. Communicate effectively
6. Ability to effectively implement and apply technology solutions.
Mandatory GTCC Trainings (upon initial hire) and annual updates as required; other required trainings may be added as needed):
1. Reporting Requirements
2. Discrimination & Anti-Harassment (within 30 days of hire; annual refresher thereafter)
3. Shooter on Campus (within 30 days of hire; annual refresher thereafter)
4. Personal Information Protection (within 30 days of hire; annual refresher thereafter)
5. Ethics and Social Responsibility (within 30 days of hire; annual refresher thereafter)
6. eLearning Level One (before the first day of the first semester teaching)
7. eLearning Levels Two and Three for instructors who teach online or hybrid delivery methods (before the first day of the first semester teaching)
Specific Departmental Requirements:
Stay abreast of CDC standards for employees, students, and visitors.
1. Physical Requirements
a. Hear and see
b. Stand extended periods of time (up to 4 hours)
c. Lift up to 50 pounds unassisted.
d. Stoop, bend, squat, lift, reach overhead
e. Use and manipulate law enforcement equipment according to industry standards
f. Participate in and demonstrate physical aspects of law enforcement work and physical training
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 drivers license and acceptable driving record