Fire Science Coordinator

Per the NFA Contract, Article 9, TMCC is announcing to all eligible Academic and Administrative faculty that a need exists for a Fire Science Coordinator.


April 17, 2024


The Fire Science Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and managing the Fire Science/ Fire Technology program, ensuring its efficacy and alignment with industry standards. This individual serves as the primary liaison between the College and all students enrolled in the Skills Certificate in Fire Suppression (i.e., Fire Academy), the Certificate of Achievement in Fire Science Technology, and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Fire Technology, Fire Suppression.

Scope of Work

This position is active from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. This assignment is not renewed automatically every year.

Responsibilities and Deliverables

Faculty and Program Management

  • Recruit and orient new part-time faculty on the Fire Science program's philosophy, mission, in-person, and online teaching expectations.
  • Regularly update Director on program needs, outcomes, and changes.
  • Regularly update faculty on program changes.
  • Act as a resource for Part-Time Faculty success. Interfacing with the Program Director to request and implement program specific needs. 
  • Ensure classes are prepared, finalize staffing, course modifications, and textbook orders.
  • Support part-time faculty, ensuring smooth information flow between them, students, and the Program Director/Dean.
  • Share critical academic dates and confirm Fire Science courses are accessible to students each semester.
  • Strategically plan course schedules, avoiding overlaps and conflicts with other Fire courses at TMCC and the training facility, to maximize enrollment and student progression.
  • Coordinate with the Program Director on periodic curriculum reviews, adapting to industry demands and ensuring alignment with transfer opportunities.
  • Train on the CIM Courseleaf software.
  • Update Academic Advising about course or schedule modifications.
  • Coordinate with TMCC Assessment and Planning for course assessment tracking.
  • Participate in community engagement to promote the Fire Science program.
  • Develop marketing materials in collaboration with TMCC Marketing and Communications.
  • Organize and oversee Fire Science Program Advisory Committee meetings, re-establishing the committee as necessary.
  • Preserve all relevant program documentation.
  • Foster strong relationships with local and state Fire Science agencies to achieve mutual goals.
  • Represent TMCC in suitable professional organizations, e.g., National Fire Protection Association, Fire Science Association.

Student Engagement

  • Facilitate student success by guiding them to college resources if needed.
  • Strategize and execute recruitment plans.
  • Support declared majors in their academic journey.
  • Guide students on the recommended Fire Science course sequence.
  • Collaborate with Admissions and Records for student documentation related to the Fire Science program.
  • Disseminate program updates, course changes, and job opportunities to students, including alumni.
  • Facilitate student internships, partnering with the TMCC internship office and Fire Science industry contacts.


The Fire Science Coordinator must have a Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as Fire Science, Emergency Management, or Public Safety from an accredited institution. A minimum of five years in Fire Science or a related field, with two additional years in a supervisory/management capacity is essential. Experience in Northern Nevada's Fire Science sector is an advantage.


6 units of Release time or stipend in Fall 2024, 6 units in Spring 2025, and the equivalent of 6 units in summer ending June 30, 2025.

Reports To

Mike Schulz, Director of Public Safety

Application Process

Interested faculty will submit a letter of interest describing special qualifications and background information no later than 5 p.m. on April 30, 2024.

The letter should be addressed to Mike Schulz, Director of Public Safety. Note: Administrative faculty must include a documented plan for separation of the additional assignment work from regular work time.

Selection Process

The Life Science, Allied Health & Public Safety Division Dean will notify applicants of the hiring decision on or before May 1, 2024.