911 Communications Dispatcher I

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Oct 01, 2020
Full Time Dispatch and Telecommunications
  • Salary: $73,590.40 - $82,243.20 Annually USD

Job Description


Feel a sense of pride and fulfillment every day! Are you seeking a challenging, yet rewarding and gratifying career that's more than just a job? The County of San Mateo invites you to begin a career in which your commitment and outstanding contributions will add significant value to public safety every day.

The County of San Mateo Public Safety Dispatch is immediately looking to fill several 911 Dispatcher I positions.

911 Dispatchersperform more routine duties of radio dispatch for law enforcement, fire and ambulance services. In addition, incumbents are expected to learn the more difficult or responsible duties typically assigned to the position in the next higher class of 911 Dispatcher II. 911 Dispatcher I candidates will demonstrate the proven ability to work in a fast paced environment while performing multiple crucialtasks simultaneously.

Rarely will you ever get a chance to meet the hundreds of people who call for help, yet they'll depend on your voice, your directions, and your knowledge to get through an emergency. No day is ever routine - one call may be a minor traffic accident, while the next is a frantic voice screaming for help. Both will be depending on your calm, firm voice and direction until help can arrive. Using state-of-the-art equipment and training, you'll provide the excellent service and security people have come to expect from San Mateo County Public Safety Communications.


Successful Dispatchers shall demonstrate excellent verbal, reasoning, memory, and perceptual abilities. As such,at aminimum, Dispatchers require completion of the POST Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery (POST Dispatcher Test) with a minimum T-score of 52 within one 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.

Test results from other training organizations will be accepted so long as they meet the California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) requirements for public safety dispatching.

For more information about the County of San Mateo Office of Public Safety Communications, visit our website at https://911dispatch.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 receiving and processing calls while involved in performing multiple tasks simultaneously.

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.
  • 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 interprettext/data on electronic screen or computer printouts 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, graveyard, 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 the POST Dispatcher Test with a minimum T-Score of 52 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.

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(04052019) (911 Communications Dispatcher I - V050)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map