Part-time, Fire Service Instructor

Position Overview

This position is responsible for instructing a variety of fire and emergency services courses offered by Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI). This position will serve as the lead instructor, assistant instructor, or safety officer for subject areas based on experience, credentials, and qualifications. This position coordinates and collaborates with program coordinators and managers and directly reports to an assigned training program coordinator or manager.

Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute is a unit of KU Lifelong and Professional Education (LPE) housed on the Lawrence campus. The Institute was created in 1949 by Kansas legislature with the mission to train and credential Kansas firefighters in local jurisdictions. The Institute serves fire departments and firefighters through a “traveling instruction service,” providing hundreds of training and certification events each year in counties across the State of Kansas.

The mission of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute is to provide accessible, comprehensive training and credentialing for fire and emergency response personnel to promote health and safety in Kansas communities.

Job Description

70% - Lead instructor

  • Serve as lead instructor, assistant instructor, or safety officer (if qualified) for KFRTI programs and courses.
  • Coordinate scheduled courses with the host department to provide a safe learning environment for students.
  • Coordinate with KFRTI Drivers to deliver equipment, props, and trailers for training.
  • Lead contract instructors during multi-training program deliveries.
  • Adhere to the KFRTI Instructional Methodology during course delivery activities.
  • Complete and return instructional resources and documentation to KFRTI.
  • Manage safety and mitigage risk during training delivery.
  • Attend quarterly scheduled meetings.
  • Represent KFRTI and KU in all functions of this job in a professional, respectful, and customer-friendly manner.
  • Frequent Travel by car; expected travel time is 75-100%
20% - Certification Test Site Management and Transportation of Training Equipment
  • Manage KFRTI Certification Testing sites, including Evaluators.
  • Drive Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute non-commercial vehicles and deliver non-commercial trailers and equipment. Note: must have a valid CDL to drive or transport commercial equipment.
10% - Other Duties as Assigned
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director or their designee.

Position Requirements

  1. Part-time Instructors may accept or decline requests for instruction; however, Part-time Instructors are expected to remain active and instruct a minimum of 80 hours each calendar year.
  2. Part-time Instructors agree to attend an 8-hour training and information sessions at least once per year. Sessions will be offered in-person and online.
  3. Part-time Instructors desiring to “Lead” instruct live fire training courses are required to successfully complete:
    • NFPA 1403 Live Fire Training Evolutions through International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) or through Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute.
  4. Contract Instructors understand and accept the following Instructor Code of Professional Conduct:
    • Create a positive learning environment for all students.
    • Treat all students with dignity and respect.
    • Manage safety and mitigate risk within the training environment.
    • Promote an environment free of inappropriate racial, ethnic, religious, political, or sexual comments or jokes.
    • Exercise prudence in their use of language.
    • Maintain student’s privacy and confidentiality (FERPA).
    • Instruct courses using competency-based instructional methods as defined by KFRTI.
    • Teach courses to meet the course objectives and learning outcomes set forth by KFRTI.
    • Keep up to date on the topics they are registered to teach.
    • Report to KFRTI any negative or harmful classroom dynamics that occurred during the delivery of a KFRTI class.
    • Always support the mission of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute and serve as a positive ambassador of KFRTI and The University of Kansas.
  5. Part-time Instructors agree to return completed course documentation (Course Record, Attendance Roster, Registration forms, etc.) and/or Certification Exam Documentation within two days (48 hours) of the completion of the event.

    Required Qualifications

    1. High school diploma plus five years progressive experience conducting/ providing fire service training.
    2. Incident Command System Training: ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800
    3. IFSAC and/or Pro Board NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II certification
    4. IFSAC and/or Pro Board NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I certification
    5. Three years of fire and emergency services Instructional experience (80 hours per year) in the subject(s) to be taught.
    6. IFSAC and/or Pro Board Certification and/ or other best practices, research-based credential in the subject(s) to be taught, if applicable.
    7. Physical ability to perform the tasks associated with the instruction and evaluation processes.
    8. IFSAC and/or Pro Board NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor II certification required within one year of hire.
    9. IFSAC and/or Pro Board NFPA 1521 Fire Department Safety Officer Certification required within one year of hire.
    10. Successful Completion of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute Training Methodology: Best Practices in Firefighter Instructors orientation course within one year of hire.

    Preferred Qualifications

      1. IFSAC and/or Pro Board (or) FDSO Certification or National Fire Academy course completion for NFPA 1521 Fire Department Safety Officer Certification
      2. Three years with KFRTI as a contract Instructor teaching a minimum of 80 hours each year.
      3. Consistent record of positive course and instructor evaluations from students.
      4. Demonstrated willingness to stay apprised of current, relevant research data and evolving best practices for subject areas
      5. IFSAC and/or Pro Board NFPA 1403 Live Fire Instructor certification (or) International Society of Fire Service Instructors Live Fire Training Instructor credential (or) KFRTI KS Live Fire Instructor course.
      6. Associate or bachelor’s degree.

    Additional Candidate Instructions

    A complete application consists of:
    • A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met
    • Resume
    • 3 Professional References
    • Upload copies of relevant certifications regarding the required and preferred qualifications
    • Complete "supplemental application" that will be mailed to each candidate.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • Initial application review will begin Monday April 8, 2024. Applicants will be hired on an ongoing as needed basis.

    Contact Information to Applicants

    Benjamin Green, Fire & Rescue Program Manager
    Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute,
    Jayhawk Global,
    University of Kansas

    Advertised Salary Range


    Work Schedule

    Various. Part-time Instructors accept requested training in the State.

    Application Review Begins

    Monday April 8, 2024

    Anticipated Start Date

    Wednesday May 1, 2024

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    Posting Information

    • Posting ID:  27362BR
    • Department:  CED-KS Fire & Rescue Training
    • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
    • Assignment:  On-Site
    • Reg/Temp:  Regular
    • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
    • Review Begins:  08-Apr-2024

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