911 Communications Calltaker

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Customer Service Emergency Management
  • Salary: $58,884.80 - $73,590.40 Annually USD

Job Description


The County of SanMateo,Office of Public Safety Communicationsislooking for positive, professional, mature, enthusiastic, flexible, and responsible individuals for 911 CommunicationsCalltakerpositions.

911 Calltakersperform a variety of telephone and computer aided operational duties in performing call taking of law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical dispatch (EMD) calls, and other public service agency calls including non-emergency and business-related calls.

911 Communications Calltaker is an entry level classification. It is distinguished from 911 Communications Dispatcher I in that latter also performs radio responsibilities in addition to call taking. Additionally, the incumbent in the 911 Communications Dispatcher I is expected to learn the more difficult or responsible duties typically assigned to the position in the next higher class of 911 Communications Dispatcher II. In order to promote to the 911 Communications Dispatcher Series, incumbents in the 911 Communications Calltaker classification must apply for the position when it is available and successfully pass recruitmentand examination for said position.

To be considered for this position, you must have:
  • Completed the POST Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery (POST Dispatcher Test) with a minimum T-score of48 within one year of date of application OR taken and passedthe 'CritiCall'exam withinone year of date of application. All applicants are responsible for obtaining and submitting their own test scores at the time of application.For candidates seeking alocal resource for testing, please contact TheSouth Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (The Academy) at www.theacademy.ca.govand self-enroll to take the required test prior to applying for this position.Test dates are limited so please contact The Academy as soon as possible.

South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium
San Mateo, CA: 650-574-6466
San Jose, CA: 408-270-6458
Please note, you must register online at www.theacademy.ca.govfor a test session.

NOTE: The Dispatch Academy certification does NOT satisfy the testing requirement.

For more information about the County of San Mateo Office of Public Safety Communications, visit our website at http://911.smcgov.org.
Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is a minimum of one year experience with customer service contact.

Knowledge of:
  • English language, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Customer service and interpersonal communications principles.
  • Computer operation and use in office and Communications Center environments.
  • Basic principles in communicating by means of face-to-face contact, telephone and/or data terminals.
  • Various resources within the County in order to provide referrals to the public and public safety agencies.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Speak, read and write English clearly.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Comprehend, interpret, relay and document information via telephone, computer software/ data terminals or other related technology.
  • Screen and interpret general data and filter relevant information.
  • Learn and operate Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Systems and other related technology.
  • Read and interpret various mapping devices and relaying pertinent information.
  • Work under pressure, exercising good judgment and common sense while making sound decisions in emergency situations.
  • Perform multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Listen, understand and relay of information via telephone and in person.
  • Remain calm and controlled under stressful periods while projecting a professional demeanor.
  • Establish and maintain positive and courteous working relationships with customers, the community and co-workers.
  • Work with the Communications Center team while maintaining assigned job responsibilities and duties.
  • Anticipate and adapt to fluctuating workloads in the Communications Center.
  • Communicate and receive constructive feedback and opinions to affect change.
  • Access and refer to information using available resources.
  • Read, interpret, understand and follow written and oral instructions and/or information.
  • Remain seated for long periods of time.
  • Read and interpret text/data on electronic screen or computerprintouts and variety of maps.
  • Hear in a noisy environment while communicating via telephone or face to face.

Other requirements of the position:
  • Successfully complete a pre-employment medical examination and be subject to polygraph testing.
  • Follow strict drug use standards and guidelines.
  • Possess good moral character and psychological suitability as determined by a thorough background investigation, including fingerprinting and psychological evaluation.
  • Be willing to work day, swing, nights, rotating, holiday, and weekend shifts.
  • Be willing to work 12 to 16 hours per day.
  • Be willing to accept overtime assignments, including last minute spontaneous mandatory assignments.

Anyone may apply. Proof of completion of either the POST Dispatcher Test with a minimum T-Score of48 OR passing scores on the "CritiCall"exam within the last year must be attached at the time of application. Responses to the supplemental questions must also be submitted. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required application materials.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to https://jobs.smcgov.org to apply. All exams will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day.
County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact:Mandy Singh(03032020) (911 Communications Calltaker)

Job Address

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