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PART-TIME COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Pay Grade: 1217
Hourly Rate: $12.00 to $17.00
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description:
JOB CHARACTERISTICS – Under general supervision, performs highly responsible, specialized work involving the dispatch of calls for service through the police communications system. The employee works within the scope of established Florida State statutes, City of Eustis Ordinances, and the General Orders of the police department. The employee is also expected to exercise considerable judgment and initiative, when required. Part-time communications officers are utilized to fill temporary vacancies of full-time communications officers due to illness, vacation, or other absences which may arise. Part-time communications officers must have a flexible availability schedule. Part-time communications officers may work up to 30 hours each week. EXAMPLES OF MACHINES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED • Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system • Emergency 911 phone and instant playback system; • Emergency 911 computer system • FCIC/NCIC computer/database and printer • TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) • Police communications equipment • General office and computer equipment ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS – • Receives and determines priority level of emergency (911) and non-emergency calls for service • Ensures emergency and non-emergency calls are transferred to the appropriate agencies • Operates the police radio communications network and dispatches police officers to emergency and non-emergency calls for service based on zone assignment and availability • Monitors radio frequencies and maintains contact with officers • Coordinates activities with other City Departments and outside agencies • Enters information in the FCIC/NCIC computer and CAD to receive and send information for vehicle registration, wanted persons and other required information • Makes appropriate and accurate entries into the department’s CAD system related to all calls for service • Answers the telephone and provides information to the public • Performs other related duties as required OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS • Performs clerical work such as filing, typing, compiling reports and records • Assists the City in the preparation for and aftermath of a major emergency such as a hurricane or other storm or disaster, as needed Salary Range – $12.00 – $17.00/hr; Only applicants with the most job-related qualifications will be selected for interview and further consideration. Additional consideration may be given to applicants with more extensive education, training, or experience. Final candidates will be subject to 911 dispatcher skills testing, which includes data entry/typing, call summarization, character comparison, memory recall, spelling, reading, map reading, prioritization skills, and decision-making. Final candidates may be required to pass a drug test and are offered a conditional offer of employment contingent upon satisfactory results of a thorough background check including criminal history, driver’s license check, & medical exam (if applicable). CLOSING DATE: OPEN UNTIL CLOSED BY THE CITY IMPORTANT: The City of Eustis is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, or any other personnel action because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, national origin, citizenship, genetic information or any other factor protected by law. The City provides Veteran’s Preference per FS 295.07. When a preference-eligible applicant receives notice of a hiring decision and believes that he or she was not afforded employment preference in accordance with applicable Florida law and regulation, the applicant may file a written complaint requesting an investigation to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Division of Benefits and Assistance, 9500 Bay Pines Blvd., Room 214, St. Petersburg, Florida 33708. Such complaint shall be filed within 60 calendar days from the date that the notice is received by the preference-eligible applicant pursuant to Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. Applicants claiming Veteran’s Preference must complete a City of Eustis application identifying themselves as an eligible veteran and submit FDVA form VP-1, VP-2, or VP-3 along with documentation, as soon as possible (contact HR for forms). The City encourages applications from qualified individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodation to the extent provided by law. If accommodation is needed for applicant testing, please inform the City, prior to the testing date. Applications must be received or postmarked no later than 12:00 midnight on the closing date. The City may close positions that are posted with an “Open” closing date at any time, without prior notice. While we highly recommend that applicants use our online Job Application Builder, we also have printable applications available for download at www.eustis.org. Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday. For more information, please visit Human Resources at www.eustis.org or call us at 352-483-5472. Under Fla. Law, all application materials are public record and subject to public scrutiny.

Qualifications:
REQUIREMENTS: Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills • Knowledge of the geography, the road network and general locations of businesses, schools and surrounding areas • Significant ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations; ability to work well with others and assist the public cooperatively and courteously • Significant ability to express oneself clearly and concisely in verbal and written form • Ability to learn rules, regulations, policies and procedures of dispatching • Ability to maintain confidentiality • Ability to work rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays • Ability to remain at a city work shelter, before, during and after a hurricane or other storm or disaster when directed. Working Hours – Number of hours will vary. Position requires rotating shifts from 6:00 am/6:00 pm to 6:00 pm/6:00 am. Minimum Qualifications – High School Diploma or recognized equivalent; Typing and basic computer skills required; Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills; Must have the ability to work in a stressful environment; and obtain 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator Certification within 6 months of employment.

Physical Demands:
This is primarily sedentary work. Requires sitting for long periods of time; frequent reaching and bending; good finger/hand dexterity and hand/eye coordination; good eyesight, hearing and speech.


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