PUBLIC SAFETY RESERVE DISPATCHER, Part-Time
with Full-Time potential
$18.65 per hour
FIRST REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS ON FEBRUARY 25, 2019
FIRST TEST DATE TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 18, 2019
**A typing certificate must be submitted with your application or faxed to (209) 538-5710
To operate a computer aided dispatch (CAD) and radio system, receiving calls and dispatching public safety equipment and personnel, and maintaining public safety records and reports.
Serves as a relief Public Safety Dispatcher. The Reserve Dispatcher performs the routine tasks and duties assigned to Public Safety Dispatchers working on-call and subject to various shifts and workday assignments including nights, weekends and holidays.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives immediate supervision from sworn or other supervisory personnel.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· Receive emergency and non-emergency telephone calls from the public and other jurisdictions.
· Dispatch police personnel and equipment in response to such calls; transfer fire and medical communications to appropriate agencies.
· Relay emergency and non-emergency information to public safety personnel in the field.
· Relay information to other agencies as required; search and relay warrant information.
· Monitor multiple radio frequencies; maintain status of public works units, as necessary.
· Maintain accurate record of location and status of public safety units.
· Monitor security cameras and monitors for the various city facilities.
· Assist public safety personnel in data collection or transmission.
· Perform clerical duties related to public safety operations such as data entry, filing, answering phones and assisting the public.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
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.
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.
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 35wpm (words per minute).
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.
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 a specified time period.
Two years of increasingly responsible clerical experience that includes customer service in an environment with frequent interruptions.
Those applicants who meet the employment qualifications will be contacted via email regarding next steps in the recruitment process, a comprehensive multitasking test that assesses memory recall, map reading, spelling, sentence clarity, reading comprehension and data entry. Testing may be limited to the number of seats allowed in the testing center. Those candidates who achieve a passing score on the multitasking test will be invited for a panel interview. Successful candidates from the interview will be placed on an eligibility hiring list for hiring consideration.
Offers of employment will be subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background check, fingerprint clearance, physical examination, psychological evaluation, including a drug test. An additional condition of employment includes employment verification and authorization to work in the United States, by completing the I-9 verification form designated by the USCIS.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Communications switchboard, including computer-aided systems, desktop and laptop computers including word processing software, copy machine, fax machine and two-way radio system.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit for extended periods, talk and hear radio and telephone conversation without aid. The employee is occasionally required to walk. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT - The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. The office is a low-light environment. The type and nature of calls can create periods of extended stress.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
If you are a qualified individual with a disability as defined by the ADA and you need reasonable accommodation to participate in any of the examinations administered by the City of Ceres, you must notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date or review date for the specific job. Official documentation of your functional limitations to support your request may be required.
THE CITY OF CERES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY
- Excellent multitasker
For more information about Public Safety Dispatchers and resources, follow this link:
This position is part-time, on-call as needed. It is not eligible for City benefits other than those afforded by Federal and State Law.
Must submit typing certificate with application or fax to (209) 538-5710 by close date. A typing certificate must be dated within one year of applying with accuracy at a minimum of 35 wpm.
Strict standards are in place and rigid background investigations are conducted for these positions of authority and trust. The list of issues that can disqualify you in your background check is long and distinguished. Here are some common background check disqualification factors which often prevent candidates from moving forward in the process:
- Serious misdemeanors
- Past or current drug use
- Credit issues
- Dishonorable discharge from military service
- Falsification or untruthfulness on the application
- Poor work history (terminations, unsatisfactory performance, etc.)
- Past or current gang affiliations
- Undetected crimes
- Problematic driving history
- Unethical behavior
- Domestic violence
- Felony Convictions
Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive or exhaustive list, but rather the more common issues that will cause disqualification. Please review the above list carefully before applying.