Applications will be accepted until midnight on March 16, 2020
or until a sufficient number of applications are received.
The City of Santa Rosa is looking for enthusiastic and responsible applicants for the entry level position of Communications Dispatcher Trainee. We offer paid classroom and on- the-job training and an opportunity to provide a vital service to the Santa Rosa community.
After completion of the training program your pay scale will increase to the Communications Dispatcher level - for salary details clickhere.
Our 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center is located on the second floor of the Public Safety Building, equipped with a state-of-the-art computer aided dispatch system, including multiple monitors, ergonomically designed furniture, and individual work stations with outside window views. The Communications Center is staffed by a team of 22 dispatchers working 10-hour shifts, handling approximately 250,000 calls for service yearly. Supervision is provided by Communications Supervisors who report to the Technical Services Division Manager.
Communications Dispatchers receive emergency and routine calls requesting police or other emergency services; accurately evaluate and process routine and life-threatening emergency radio and telephone communications. Our 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You are encouraged to talk with a Santa Rosa Police Department representative from the Recruiting Office for detailed information or questions.
SRPD Recruiting Office
The following duties are considered essential for this job classification:
In addition to the duties listed in the Essential Duties Section, each employee in this classification may perform additional duties as assigned. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.
Minimum Experience/Education Requirements:
Ability to: Develop knowledge of standard radio or telephone communications receiving and transmitting equipment; standard broadcasting procedures and rules; operation of common radio dispatch equipment; public safety classification codes; basic provisions of the California vehicle and penal codes.
Ability to speak and hear clearly and precisely on the telephone, on the radio, and in person; exercise good judgment and make sound decisions in emergency situations; effectively communicate with and elicit information from callers who are injured, terrified, under attack, angry, hostile, chemically impaired, and/or suffering from mental illness; listen to lengthy explanations and extract pertinent information for responders; multitask sufficiently to perform a variety of disparate tasks simultaneously and accurately; effectively work independently with a minimum of supervision; work as part of a team; understand the geographic features and streets of the City of Santa Rosa sufficiently to deploy field units efficiently; use a keyboard to enter data at a speed necessary for adequate job performance; understand and follow oral and written instructions; comprehend and make inferences from written material; spell with accuracy sufficient to convey message; operate a computer aided dispatch system, various computer software applications, and other office equipment quickly and accurately; provide general instructions and assistance to new dispatchers; type at least 35 wpm; and satisfactorily complete the Continuing Professional Training requirement set by P.O.S.T., California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
Part I: Written Examination
Applicants considered most qualified based on a screening of applications will be invited to the P.O.S.T. written examination which will demonstrate the required dispatcher competencies. This test is qualifying only and the pass point is a T-Score of 50.
The written examination is scheduled for April 7, 2020 or April 8, 2020 P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Examinee Guide, click HERE.
If you have taken the California P.O.S.T. Dispatcher Exam and received a T-Score of 50 or higher since March 16, 2020 you may waive the written exam requirement. Please attach a verification of the test date and your T-Score to application. __****
Part II: Oral Appraisal Interview
Applicants successful in Part I testing will be invited to the oral appraisal interview with the Police Department. Depending on the number of successful candidates, those candidates scoring highest on the written examination may be invited first to interview. The interview will evaluate training, experience and other job-related qualifications for the position.
Appraisal interviews are tentatively scheduled for November April 27, 2020
Part III: Typing/Keyboarding Skills Test and Background Investigation
Applicants successful through Parts I and II will be scheduled for the background investigation screening process. Before the background investigation is conducted, your typing and keyboarding skills will be confirmed from an audio-administered typing test.
The background investigation is extensive, and will include a police records check, D.M.V. records review, P.O.S.T. Personal History Statement, SRPD. Background Issues Questionnaire, employer reference checks, and Chief's interview and evaluation.
All applicants successful in the background investigation screening will be required to take and pass a City-sponsored medical examination, including a psychological evaluation, following a conditional offer of employment and prior to appointment.
This job is in an emergency communications center at the Police Department. The center is staffed by dispatchers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Incumbents in this classification are required to work various shifts as assigned. Shifts will include nights, weekends, holidays and rotating shifts. Due to the unpredictable nature of 24 hour a day/7 day a week emergency work, it is essential that incumbents assigned to this classification be able to work more than 10 hours in a day and more than 40 hours in a week with little or no notice, in order to maintain operational staffing requirements. Incumbents operate a visual display terminal for extended periods of time, sometimes without the ability to move at will. While the workstations are adjustable to accommodate standing, most incumbents perform the job duties while seated, often for long periods without breaks, and while standing there would be little opportunity for movement at will. Every job function requires real time keyboard entry of data, requiring continuous, repetitive arm and hand movement. Incumbents may also be required to move less than 20 pounds short distances when moving files, property, and supplies. Every job function requires the use of a variety of computers and communications equipment, which requires coordinating movement of more than one limb simultaneously and making fine, highly controlled muscular movements; the ability to hear and understand telephone conversations and radio traffic, and hear alarms and other auditory warning devices; and the ability to read and understand printed material and data displayed on multiple video display monitors.
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