Deputy Director State Fire School

Open to State of Delaware Fire School Merit Employees Only

Recruitment #112222-MACZ14-750200

Summary Statement

This position is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating all Delaware State Fire School Training Programs of the assigned Training Administrator staff, and participates in the administration of the Delaware State Fire School. Position is second in command in the operation of the Delaware State Fire School and will act as Director in his/her absence.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Manages and ensures the effective operation of all Fire Training, Emergency Medical Services and Safety Education Programs.
  • Directs and oversees management of the operations of three training facilities statewide and the maintenance and repair of training equipment. Conducts long term planning, operational analysis and priority setting to ensure resources are properly directed.
  • Supervises directly full-time merit staff of all Training Administrator I positions responsible for conducting emergency services training.
  • Plans, implements and evaluates the Instructor Development Training Program, oversees in-house training development team, and monitors/evaluates contractual instructors.
  • Oversees and coordinates program planning and review functions, reviews existing and proposed programs for overall effectiveness in meeting targeted populations and makes recommendations to Director regarding programs, direction and content.
  • Oversees and coordinates that all N.F.P.A. (National Fire Protection Association) certification standards are up-to-date in the lesson plans that are delivered in Delaware State Fire School training programs
  • Participates with the Director in developing and implementing agency policies and procedures, short and long term agency planning, evaluating and implementing emergency services training programs, preparing, justifying and controlling the agency's budget, attending Budget and Joint Finance Committee Hearings and administering grants to ensure the effective management of programs, resources and operations. 
  • Conducts special assignments/projects pertaining to personnel and sexual harassment complaints, grievances, complaints from fire companies, industries, institutions, state and county agencies, and students, regarding instructors, training, and accidents. 
  • Acts on behalf of the Delaware State Fire School Director in his/her absence and is second in command for all Delaware State Fire School operations.
  • Develops, justifies, recommends and controls budget for assigned areas.  Reviews individual Training Administrator's proposed budget requests, makes modifications and approves requests and expenditures.
  • Manages the deployment of Training Administrator I personnel to emergency incidents as requested through the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) or during other disasters; and establishes the on-call schedule.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Deputy Director State Fire School
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Two years' experience in training administration such as planning and establishing training priorities, implementing strategic initiatives, developing and implementing training programs and overseeing the development of training courses and materials.
  2. Two years' experience in developing and analyzing training needs assessments.
  3. Six months experience in budget management and control which includes managing a budget for the purpose of keeping expenditures within the limitations of available appropriations and available revenue and maintaining, monitoring, projecting and controlling a budget within set policies and procedures.
  4. Knowledge of operations management which includes planning, directing, coordinating, controlling and evaluating operations typically through subordinate supervisors.

Additional Posting Information

Applicants may only apply if they are current permanent employees of the State of Delaware Fire Prevention Commission (State Fire Marshal/State Fire School/State Fire Prevention Commission) in a position covered by the Merit System who have completed their initial probationary period.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.