Communications Officer

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Nov 10, 2018
Full Time Dispatch and Telecommunications
  • Salary: See Position Description

Summary

Essential Functions: Please click here to review the essential functions of the position on the job description link prior to applying for the position.

Job Description

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SALARY (UPDATED) :
  • Current: up to $70,608 annually (salary range: $60,996 - $70,608)
  • Effective July 7, 2019: up to $72,552 annually (salary range: $62,676 - $72,552)

Under general supervision, to perform skilled work in receiving incoming calls at the City's Communications Operations Center, including requests for police/fire protection services or information, and dispatching of necessary units and equipment for emergency service through the use of telephone, radio, or other communications equipment; and performs related duties as required.
 
CLASS CHARACTERISTICS:
This is the entry level position in the Communications Officer series. Incumbents of this class are trained in department policies, procedures and systems by higher level communications staff. An employee in this class must be knowledgeable of local government operations, police/fire protection system, and geographical layout of the City. Although work is performed within established policies and procedures, it requires exercise of sound judgment in emergency situations. Supervision and assignments are received from a superior both orally and in writing. Work is reviewed by communications supervisors through observation, monitoring of operations, and review of records and reports.
 
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:
Please click here   to review a list of automatic background disqualifiers for this position.  You must review this information before submitting an application.

All applicants must complete an online City application and supplemental questionnaire. This recruitment may close at any time without notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged.
 
  • THE NEXT APPLICATION REVIEW DATES ARE: MAY 31st, 2019 and JUNE 28th, 2019.
 
Candidates are requested to provide specific information on their education and experience as it relates to the position. Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to, the following components: written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation. Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background investigation, criminal history check (Live scan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen).

ADDITIONAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER:
In addition to completing an online City application and supplemental questionnaire, applicants must also submit the following documents:
  1. A typing certificate (verifying a speed of 45 wpm corrected or better) must be submitted to the Human Resources Division. Please Click Here  for typing certificate requirements and instructions.
  2. Proof of successfully passing the POST Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery (written exam) with a total T-Score of 48 or higher within the last 12 months (copy of your scores on the issuing agency's letterhead).  If you have not taken the test, you may sign up to the test at Golden West College.  Please Click Here for more information.
  3. Applicants who are Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified must submit a copy of their Public Safety Dispatcher Certificate.  Note: this Certificate is not the same as the one obtained from the POST Basic Course, rather it is awarded after completing probation as a full-time dispatcher at a POST participating agency.   Applicants may be eligible to have the written exam waived.
  4. Applicants who have completed the POST Public Safety Dispatcher Basic Course must submit a copy of their Certificate of Completion.

** Please do not submit any other documents other than what is listed above (i.e., resume, etc.), as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process. Do not submit any documents until you have submitted your online application. 
 
The above documents(s) can be faxed, mailed, or personally delivered to:
City of Costa Mesa
Attn: Human Resources Division
77 Fair Drive
P.O. Box 1200
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-1200
Fax (714) 754-4943

TO BE CONSIDERED, THE DOCUMENTS LISTED ABOVE MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION BY THE NEXT APPLICATION REVIEW DATES MAY 31st, 2019 OR JUNE 28th, 2019.
 
 Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Special Instructions

Continuous

Additional Information

PHYSICAL TASKS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the essential tasks and environmental factors for this classification.

Employee accommodations for physical and mental abilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.