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Telecommunicator

Pay: $22.06 an hour

Job Type: Full Time

Department/Division: Police Department

DESCRIPTION

HOURS OF WORK: Telecommunicators are scheduled to work per bargaining unit agreement.  Evening, night, holidays, and weekend work is part of a scheduled workweek.  FLSA Classification is non-exempt.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK: Under the administrative direction of the Police Chief or designee, this individual receives, monitors, transmits and relays calls for emergency services; operates emergency telephones, radio, and related teletype equipment; maintains records of all communication transactions; obtains and processes confidential records and related information commonly used in criminal investigations and related situations.

ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK:

  • Receives calls for emergency fire, police, ambulance, paramedic and related services; relays emergency calls to appropriate agencies for response.
  • Receives non-emergency calls
  • Provide pre-arrival instructions for medical emergencies (Emergency Medical Dispatching)
  • Prepares and maintains a complete record of calls received and communications related to each call.
  • Operates telephone, radio and teletype terminal; obtains and processes confidential information used in criminal investigations.
  • Monitors all public safety radio channels; maintains information regarding the location and activities of public safety personnel; responds to requests for information and /or assistance from public safety personnel.
  • Maintains log of vehicles services as public safety personnel call in information.
  • Performs other related duties assigned by the Chief of Police or his designee.

SIGNIFICANT RESPONSIBLITIES:

  • Clear speaking voice free from speech impediments.
  • Ability to perform duties effectively and efficiently under emergency stress situations.
  • Ability to be certified as a Law Enforcement Agency Data Systems (LEADS) Operator.
  • Ability to operate modern telecommunications equipment accurately and efficiently.
  • Ability to maintain confidential records and reports.
  • Ability to react courteously, calmly and effectively to citizen requests and calls for emergency services.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate detailed logs, records and reports.
  • Ability to work a rotating shift or a steady shift as assigned.
  • Ability to learn and follow established federal, state, and local laws governing public safety policies and procedures.
  • Ability to learn, operate and be certified as an enhanced 911-system operator.
  • Ability to write legibly and spell correctly.
  • Ability to effectively listen and communicate.
  • Ability to prepare and compile departmental data for use in various types of reports.
  • Ability to work independently, confidentially, and efficiently without direct or continued supervision.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with the general public and fellow employees.
  • Ability to pass vision and hearing exam with or without accommodations.
  • Appear and testify in court when subpoenaed.
  • Run the voluntary overtime and mandatory overtime “turn sheets”.

 

REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION:

  • Ability to pass oral interview to determine communication skills.
  • Requires high school diploma or general equivalency degree.
  • Must be certified in Emergency Medical Dispatch, LEADS, and CPR.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience in dealing with the general public on a one-on-one basis.
  • Working knowledge of the geography of the City of Mt. Vernon.
  • Ability to organize duties and produce results in a timely manner.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Strict confidentiality in daily duties.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background security and credit check.

PHYSICAL: 

  • Use non-verbal auditory sources of information.
  • Regular and consistent attendance at work. 
  • Maintain physical fitness level to perform all essential job functions.

RESIDENCY:

  • Residency within the limits of Jefferson County is required of all City Employees.