Public Safety Dispatcher II - Lateral only (2018)

Public Safety Dispatch
Central Valley
Until filled or until 200 applicants
$3,314.00-$4,027.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


2727 3rd Street Ceres, 95307


  Public Safety Dispatcher II 

$3,314 — $4,027 Monthly  

 (paid bi-weekly) 

Open Date:  Friday,  March 9, 2018

Open until filled - first review of applications on March 16, 2018 after 5:00pm


The Position - The City of Ceres is accepting applications for experienced Public Safety Dispatchers.   Under general supervision, Public Safety Dispatcher II, performs a variety of duties involved in receiving, evaluating, prioritizing, and relaying calls for emergency and non-emergency public safety assistance; dispatches appropriate units and coordinates response of emergency personnel; operates a variety of telecommunications equipment including radio, telephone, and computer aided dispatch systems; and performs a wide variety of specialized clerical duties involved in the preparation, maintenance, and release of materials related to law enforcement activities.

This is the journey level class within the Public Safety Dispatcher series performing the full range of dispatcher duties. Positions at this level are distinguished from the Public Safety Dispatcher I level by independent performance of the range of duties, applying well developed program area knowledge, training new employees and implementing new procedures. Positions at this level are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Work is normally reviewed only on completion and for overall results. Positions in this class series are flexibly staffed and are generally filled by advancement from the “I” level or when filled from the outside, require prior experience.




Ideal Candidate


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operations, services, and activities of a public safety telecommunications and dispatch center.

Operational characteristics of modern public safety telecommunications equipment including computer aided dispatch systems and multi-channel radio systems.

Law enforcement and emergency service procedures for responding to and handling reported incidents.

Techniques of questioning for both emergency and non-emergency calls.

Methods and techniques of receiving, prioritizing, and dispatching emergency and non-emergency calls for service.

Functions of the Public Safety Department and other City departments.

Geographic features and locations within the area served.

English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Methods and techniques of telephone etiquette.

Methods and techniques of conflict resolution.

Principles and procedures of record keeping.

Ability to:

Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

Effectively communicate and elicit information from upset and irate callers.

Speak clearly and concisely in an understandable voice via radio and telephone and in person.

Hear and distinguish radio voice traffic within normal levels and over background noise.

Make independent decisions that affect the safety of public safety personnel, citizens, and property such as those involved in determining the urgency of requests received and the appropriate action to take.

Dispatch police units quickly and effectively.

Think quickly, calmly, and clearly in emergency situations.

Perform multiple tasks simultaneously.

Operate a variety of telecommunications receiving and transmitting equipment including radio transmitting communication equipment, teletype equipment, and computer equipment.

Operate specialized public safety computer systems and applications.

Read and interpret maps and other navigational resources and give directions.

Type and enter data accurately at a speed necessary for successful job performance.

Work under pressure, exercise good judgment, and make sound decisions in emergency situations.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Interpret, apply, and explain applicable federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws, codes and regulations including police records retention and dissemination policies and procedures.

Maintain composure, alertness and concentration while working for extended periods of time.

Compile, maintain, process, and prepare a variety of records and reports.

Deal tactfully and courteously with the public reporting emergencies and seeking information or filing a report.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Type at least 35 WPM.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by successful completion of the basic dispatcher course within the specified time period.


Two years of experience comparable to that of a City of Ceres Public Safety Dispatcher I.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid P.O.S.T. Dispatcher Certificate.  Must be submitted with application.


Excellent benefits and compensation for this job classification are administered under the Miscellaneous Bargaining Unit Agreement.

RETIREMENT/Pension: The City offers a generous defined benefit plan pension (membership required) in the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association (StanCERA), as governed by County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 and Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). “Classic members” (currently or within the last six (6) months a member of StanCERA or subject to reciprocity with another eligible retirement plan, eg. CalPERS) are enrolled in the City’s 2% @ 55 plan; final compensation at retirement is based on the single highest year. Non-classic or “new members” are enrolled in the 2% @ 62 plan, and employees are required to pay 50% of the normal contribution rate as prescribed by PEPRA, currently 7.7%, on a pre-tax basis; final compensation at retirement is based on the average of the three highest salary years.

Health: The City contributes toward the combined monthly premiums for medical, dental and vision a maximum of $710, $1,470 or $2,090, dependent on level of medical coverage enrollment. Some of the monthly plan premium options are currently at NO COST  to the employee!  Any employee contributions to health premiums are taken as pre-tax deductions. Employees eligible to waive medical coverage receive $200 per month in additional taxable compensation. Carriers include: Blue Shield HMO, Blue Shield PPO, Kaiser HMO; Stanislaus Foundation Dental and Blue Shield MES Vision. 

Volunteer Benefits: The City contributes an additional $100 per month through a qualified Section 125 plan for the purchase of voluntary benefits (e.g. Life/AD&D, long-term disability, and FSA for daycare and unreimbursed medical expenses). Employee contributions to certain voluntary benefits are taken as pre-tax deductions. If the employee does not utilize the entire allowance for benefits, the City shall contribute the remaining balance to the employee’s deferred compensation (457) supplemental retirement account, Retiree Health Savings or Health Savings Account, as applicable.

Other Benefits & Leave: The City provides an Employee Assistance Program; voluntary options for Deferred Compensation Plan (457); 13 paid Holidays (including one personal day); up to 12 sick days per year and annual vacation leave.

The City also participates in Social Security, which has a mandatory 7.65% contribution for Social Security and Medicare.


Special Instructions

Complete and submit a calopps.org employment application form by Friday, March 9, 2018 no later than 5:00 p.m. for a first review.  Incomplete, late, or applications not on calopps.org employment application may not be considered.

A P.O.S.T. Dispatcher Certificate must be submitted by upload with the CalOpps application.   

The City of Ceres complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make all reasonable accommodations for disabled applicants to participate in employment, program and facilities.

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