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Posted September 3, 2019 by Ms. Nicole Duvall

Our Manager, Engineering & Technical Services uses his/her considerable knowledge and vast experience in the fire sprinkler industry to support AFSA members, who rely on this individual to assist them in successfully carrying out their work. We are seeking a talented professional who wants to be part of an innovative, growing technical team serving fire sprinkler companies and individuals in the United States and throughout the world.

Details Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Assists with managing on-site day-to-day operations.
  • Provides verbal and written informal interpretations for AFSA members; reviews others’ work for technical accuracy.
  • Instructs Beginning Fire Sprinkler Planning School and other training programs offered through the AFSA Technical Services Department. 
  • Creates content for new educational programs, and updates content, such as with eCampus, to ensure accuracy and relevancy of material being presented. Works collaboratively with other Subject Matter Experts, as needed. 
  • Presents seminars and webinars on various topics.
  • Answers technical questions from AFSA members and staff.
  • Drafts articles and provides information for AFSA publications, including digital media.
  • Serves on committees and panels, including NFPA technical committees.
  • Possesses functional knowledge of building codes and industry standards.Assists with editing/writing specifications; provides input on standards, as requested.
  • Prepares and presents technical reports.
  • Promotes AFSA and interfaces with educational institutions that have Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology programs.
  • Enhances AFSA’s reputation and the fire sprinkler industry as a whole through performance of job responsibilities. Reflects Association’s values at all times, including promotion of open shop, merit-based fire sprinkler contractors.
  • Updates job knowledge and technical expertise by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, participating in technical organizations, and obtaining certifications in area of expertise.

  

Key Competencies & Skills:

  • Performs high-quality work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work well independently, as well as part of a team.
  • Capable of performing management functions, as directed.
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Mathematical aptitude; engineering calculation and simulation software desirable.
  • Prioritizes tasks and meet deadlines through effective time management.
    • Strong troubleshooting and critical thinking skills.
  • Member service-oriented; passionate about helping members succeed.
    • Computer-proficient (Microsoft Office Suite; fire modeling and other advanced software desirable).
  • Commitment to excellence and professionalism.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Fire Protection Engineering *
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) preferred but not required. 
  • NICET Level III or IV certification preferred but not required. 
  • Requires minimum of 5 years as an engineer (OR a minimum of 10+ years’ direct-related work experience). Experience working with local AHJs is highly desirable.

*Relevant experience equivalent to that typically taught in a 4+-year program may be considered in lieu of a degree.

 

Working Conditions:
AFSA Headquarters is a professional office located in Dallas, Texas. This position requires the individual to be based on-site at our Dallas HQ. 

Some travel required, mostly domestic U.S.


Salary & Benefits:

A competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with education, skills, and experience. A generous benefits package will also be provided, with additional company perks, such as paid parking.  

To Apply:

This position is slated to begin immediately following conclusion of successful search. 

Please provide the following items in PDF form by Monday, September 23, 2019 to: resume@firesprinkler.org

  • A cover letter detailing your experience and why you would like to play a key role in advancing the mission of AFSA in the years ahead. Please include your salary requirement and ability to relocate if not already located in the Dallas area. 
  • A resume, which includes your education, professional experience, achievements, and organizational involvement.

Posted August 30, 2019 by Ms. Nicole Duvall

As a key contributor in the creation and implementation of AFSA’s strategic plan, the Vice President, Membership & Communications is responsible for achieving desired outcomes through determining operational priorities and managing day-to-day operations in the functional areas of membership and communications, which includes marketing, public relations, advocacy, social/digital, as well as key involvement with AFSA’s Association Management System (AMS) and Information Technology Services. Responsible for a dedicated team focused on serving members, carrying out AFSA’s mission, and delivering on revenue objectives, the ideal candidate will have expertise in membership marketing and communications, strong business acumen, and a proven record of leading with integrity and recognizing the value of collaboration. The Vice President currently supervises the Director of Communications and Director of Marketing, along with overseeing two managers, two specialists and one coordinator.

As a valued part of the executive team entrusted with leading AFSA into its next successful ventures as it approaches its 40thyear, thisposition reports directly to the President & Chief Executive Officer. 

The Vice President, Membership & Communications also assists with related activities associated with AFSA’s charitable arm--the Center for Life Safety Education (CLSE).

Details

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Contributes to the development of the Association’s strategic plan and its operational plans. Works collaboratively with executive and senior leadership to ensure that membership, communications and marketing programs, and AMS/IT services, continue to build, sustain and support AFSA’s strategic plan.
  • Directs overall operations of the Membership Department and Communications Department, including day-to-day management of membership, communications and marketing staff. 
  • Provides guidance on emerging trends in the areas of association membership, marketing and communications, as well as environmental scanning on changes occurring in the fire sprinkler industry, to help shape strategies that increase growth and drive revenue.
  • Develops and recommends items in preparation of the annual budget in the functional areas of membership, marketing, communications, along with key input on the Association’s AMS and IT needs. Monitors and manages the organization’s resources within budget parameters.
  • Obtains feedback and analyzes market conditions to implement, revise, and strengthen AFSA’s membership offerings along with identifying opportunities for member retention and growth. Is directly involved in member recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Identifies opportunities and programs to engage members and other stakeholders. Also, oversees the development and success of AFSA Chapters in achieving operational goals.
  • Creates strategic communications plans, processes, and products including oversight of message development, editorial content, digital and video production. Ensures AFSA publications and other vehicles maximize value to AFSA members and provide additional revenue streams to the Association.
  • Oversees public relations/media relations, including PR strategy and management of campaigns that gain positive exposure for AFSA, its programs, and initiatives. Maintains existing relationships and cultivates new ones with relevant journalists, editorial boards, and other appropriate outlets to generate broader coverage of AFSA’s mission, programs, and priorities. Ensures organizational consistency in all aspects of communication.
  • Directs AFSA’s marketing, branding, media and promotion, market research, issues management and crisis communication, and advocacy efforts. 
  • Oversees the strategic alignment, integration and maintenance of critical business systems (AMS, online platforms, and tools) to maintain data integrity, drive member engagement, foster collaboration, increase retention, grow brand awareness, build a knowledge base, generate non-dues revenue, and address business needs. 
  • Supports the President/CEO and other AFSA leadership, including tracking and analysis of membership data/metrics and other key performance indicators through research and other methods that ensure validity and reliability.
  • Acts as staff liaison to various AFSA committees.

Key Competencies & Skills:

  • Experience leading, training and mentoring staff to meet performance standards that support the Association’s strategic priorities. Ability to translate strategic thinking into action plans with demonstrable results.
  • High-level of interpersonal skills and the ability to work with staff and volunteers; isa team-player at all levels throughout organization.Ability to manage change in a positive, inclusive manner. 
  • Demonstrated success in crafting a substantive and cohesive set of messages for an organization, which has been successfully communicated to key audiences and resulted in a measurable difference (e.g., elevated profile, broader visibility, increased funding, or donor support).
  • Strong verbal communication skills to convey membership value proposition to prospective members, current members, other stakeholders, and other audiences.                     
  • Outstanding writing and editing abilities with extensive experience in all forms of communication, from news releases to executive talking points
  • Knowledge and experience with digital marketing, social media, and content marketing. Broad understanding of, and willingness to stay abreast of, digital and traditional technologies, applications, and processes. 
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills; adept at working under tight deadlines and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Understanding of research methodologies, analytic tools, and marketing optimization.
  • Adept at forming and maintaining external partnerships and networks.
  • Experience in developing and managing a budget.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of multi-year strategic planning process to increase value, resulting in growth.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in the area(s) of business, marketing, communications, or related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years in a senior management role; progressive experience in Membership, Communications and Marketing. Supervisory experience required.
  • Experience in an association or nonprofit environment;Certified Association Executive (CAE) preferred (or ability to become CAE-certified within five years).
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite with a solid understanding of AMS and database management systems and marketing and communication tools (e.g., web content management systems, Google Analytics, and other web metrics). Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite desirable.

 

Working Conditions:
AFSA Headquarters is a professional office located in Dallas, Texas--oneof the fastest-growing areas in the United States.Travel required for various meetings, events and activities (including some evenings and weekends) throughout the year.


Salary & Benefits:
This is an exempt salaried position, offering a competitive pay and benefits package, along with providing a work environment where each member of the team is empowered and valued for his or her contributions.

 

To Apply:
To be considered for this opportunity, send a cover letter, including salary expectations (and ability to relocate if not in the DFW area), and a resume by September 30, 2019, to resume@firesprinkler.org

 

AFSA is proud to be an EEO employer, and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to characteristics protected by applicable local, state or federal law, such as race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information or sexual orientation.


Posted August 23, 2019 by Ms. Nicole Duvall

At the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), we’re helping shape a safer future. Our team helps members succeed through education and support to create innovative solutions to help their businesses thrive and make their operations more efficient. We are passionate about saving lives and property.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, AFSA was organized in 1981 to provide merit shop fire sprinkler contractors with training, consulting, communication, representation and other services--all of which have expanded and continue to grow. Membership is open to contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, designers, and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs). AFSA represents companies and individuals in the United States and throughout the world.

Our Vice President, Engineering & Technical Services plays a key role both at AFSA and in the automatic fire sprinkler industry as a technical leader and expert in the field. AFSA members rely on the knowledge and skills of this individual to assist them in successfully carrying out their work. And our team is seeking an individual who wants to lead a talented technical team and be part of the executive staff entrusted with leading AFSA into its next successful ventures as it approaches its 40th year.

Details

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements a strategy for the Technical Department in alignment with our Association’s strategic plan.
  • Supervises AFSA’s Technical Services’ staff to ensure operational success in delivering on our mission.
  • Oversees informal interpretations process and reviews interpretations provided to members by AFSA’s Technical Services Department for accuracy.
  • Lead role in identification and implementation of programs and services offered through the AFSA Technical Services Department, including Design School and Inspection, Testing & Maintenance (ITM) training.
  • Presents and moderates courses, seminars, and webinars on various technical topics.
  • Authors and reviews technical articles for AFSA publications, including digital media.
  • Publishes position papers/technical positions, as needed.
  • Builds professional network of experts with whom to achieve AFSA objectives and fire sprinkler industry goals; provides leads to AFSA staff for authors, speakers, reviewers, etc.
  • Directs AFSA’s efforts on various national fronts relative to codes, standards, legislation, and regulations. Possesses strong knowledge of building codes and industry standards. Plays key role on editing/writing specifications and input on standards.
  • Manages AFSA’s representation on national committees and panels, including NFPA, ICC, UL, etc. Serves on various committees as a key contributor representing the fire sprinkler industry.
  • Prepares and presents technical reports to a variety of audiences, including the AFSA Board.
  • Enhances AFSA’s reputation and the fire sprinkler industry as a whole through visibility as the “technical voice of fire sprinkler contractors.” Reflects Association’s values, including promotion of open shop, merit-based fire sprinkler contractors and other members whom we serve.
  • Stays current on professional knowledge and competencies; increases value to AFSA by participating in relevant professional development opportunities.

Key Competencies & Skills:

  • Competency to direct overall operations of the Technical Services Department and supervise its staff.
  • Ability to inspire a technical team by leading with integrity.
  • Is a team-player at all levels throughout organization.
  • Commitment to excellence and professionalism; sets example for others.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possesses top-notch mathematical aptitude and engineering calculation skills.
  • Servant-leadership mentality; passionate about helping members succeed.

  • Computer-proficient (Microsoft Office Suite; fire modeling and other advanced software desirable).

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering and/or Fire Protection Engineering (FPE). *
  • Masters, or advanced, degree desirable.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) preferred but not required.
  • NICET Level III or IV certification preferred but not required.
  • Requires minimum of 10 years as an engineer (OR a minimum of 15+ years’ direct-related work experience). Experience working with local AHJs is highly desirable.

*15+ years of highly relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an engineering degree

Working Conditions:
AFSA Headquarters is a professional office located in Dallas, Texas. While this position does not require the individual to work from our Dallas HQ, it is preferable. Some travel required, mostly domestic U.S.

Salary & Benefits:

A competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with education, skills, and experience. A generous benefits package will also be provided, with additional company perks, such as paid parking.  

To Apply:

This position is slated to begin immediately following conclusion of successful search. Please provide the following items in PDF form by Monday, September 23, 2019 to: resume@firesprinkler.org

  • A cover letter detailing your experience and why you would like to play a key role in advancing the mission of AFSA in the years ahead. Please include your salary requirement and ability to relocate if not located in the Dallas area.
  • A resume, which includes your education, professional experience, achievements, and organizational involvement.

AFSA is proud to be an EEO employer, and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to characteristics protected by applicable local, state or federal law, such as race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information or sexual orientation.