Fire Program Manager

Job Posted 2/16/2023
Colorado Springs Utilities
Colorado Springs, CO
United States
Category Management
Experience Required
Degree Required
Energy / Utilities / Gas / Electric
$102,000.00 to $113,000.00 Per Year
Job Description

Colorado Springs Utilities is a customer-owned and operated municipal utility, offering the rare distinction of providing four utility services – natural gas, electricity, water, and wastewater treatment – to the Pikes Peak Region.

As our Fire Program Manager, you will lead key programs essential to protecting our critical infrastructure and water supply through your leadership of Utilities' Wildland Fire Team (WLFT), your role in establishing and maintaining relationships with local and regional fire agencies, developing and facilitating fire-specific community outreach programs, and coordinating fire code inspections and remedies for all Utilities' facilities.

How you’ll make an impact:

  • Leading and managing WLFT during emergency fire events, which includes communicating with Utilities' leadership regarding fire-related incidents, resource requests, and WLFT deployment

  • Responding to reported fires at Utilities' watersheds or property

  • Responding to suppression or incident response calls from outside agencies

  • Administering, organizing, and conducting National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) training for WLFT members

  • Tracking, monitoring, and ensuring compliance with required training for all WLFT members

  • Managing and coordinating the Prescribed Fire program to include Agriculture Management prescribed burns and Watershed Management prescribed burns

  • Serving as Utilities' liaison for fire departments and emergency agencies across the city and state

  • Developing and facilitating community outreach and training programs for first responder groups across the state

  • Managing and overseeing facilities' fire code inspections and remedies

  • Developing, overseeing, and managing Intergovernmental Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding related to fire and incident response

  • Managing and coordinating small internal projects that utilize WLFT resources

  • Developing fire restriction and burn ban communications for distribution to the organization

Who you are…

A bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Business, or a related field is highly preferred. Qualified candidates will offer diverse operational leadership experience and demonstrated experience leading key programs, projects, and personnel. Experience and knowledge in firefighting, fire science, forest management, incident response, and/or emergency services are preferred.

Within one year of hire, the successful candidate will be required to obtain the following trainings and certifications.

  • M-410 Facilitative Instructor from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group

  • National Instructor for Federal Incident Command System

  • Fire Officer Training

Additionally, we seek individuals who exemplify the following:

  • Excellent organizational skills related to Program/Project Management

  • Demonstrate integrity, commitment to growth, accountability, and exceptional leadership qualities

  • Ability to create internal and external organizational alignment to ensure the programs we invest in are mutually beneficial

  • An experienced leader that acts as a role model while guiding, developing, and mentoring others within the organization

  • Political savvy, experienced in partnership development (partners, community, government) and relationship management

  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing emergency response plans

  • This position is designated as a first responder for emergencies and will require the successful candidate to pull stand-by and emergency call-outs as operational needs dictate.

Our Commitment to our Employees…

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program.

  • Time Off – Because everybody needs time off to rechargeVacation – New employees accrue 13 days of paid time off to start, while our more tenured employees accrue 24 days per year

  • Personal Leave –3 days per year of personal leave

  • Paid Holidays –10 paid holidays per year

  • Sick Leave – Accrue 12 days of sick leave annually for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase up to 40 hours of additional vacation time

  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you’re done working? The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire

  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $5.00 a month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two dental plans, with in-network PPO preventive care covered at 100% and access to orthodontia coverage

  • Vision – Voluntary plan that covers full vision care services and discounts on LASIK eye surgery

  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare’s Roth IRA and 457 plans

  • Disability Coverage – Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance available for purchase

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more

  • Long-Term Care Insurance (LTC) – Whether it's due to an accident or a serious illness, LTC insurance is available for purchase to help you and your loved ones

  • Life Insurance – Company-paid life insurance and supplemental coverage are available

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  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined within the posted pay range based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate; if there is a single pay rate posted, the job starts at that rate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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E-Verify and Right to Work Notice . Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Colorado Springs Utilities participates in E-Verify. For more information on your rights and responsibilities as an applicant, please visit: . If you have a legal right to work in the United States, there are laws to protect you against discrimination in the workplace. You should know that no employer can deny you a job or fire you because of your national origin. Unless mandated by law or government contract, employers cannot require you to be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident or refuse any legally acceptable documents. If any of these things have happened to you, you may have a valid charge of discrimination that can be filed with the OSC. Contact the OSC for assistance in your own language. Call 1-800-255-7688. TDD for the hearing impaired is 1-800-237-2515. In the Washington, D.C., area, please call 202-616-5594, TDD 202-616-5525 Or write to: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel NYA 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20530.

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Job Type: Business Operations


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