911 Communications Dispatcher II - Lateral (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Dispatch and Telecommunications Information Technology and Communication Services
  • Salary: $7,189.87 - $8,992.53 Monthly USD

Job Description


Calling all EMS/FIRE and LAW ENFORCEMENT Dispatchers!
If you are currently an experienced public safety dispatcher, we want you!

Applicants must have current experience as a public safety dispatcher.

This posting was amended on September 21, 2021, to provide updated information on the Office of Public Safety Communications.

Want to be the best? Then come work with the best:

The Office of Public Safety Communications dispatches for police, fire and medical throughout San Mateo County including the cities of San Carlos, Millbrae, Half Moon Bay, Daly City and East Palo Alto. We offer a progressive entry level and continuing in-house training program, fire incident dispatch, and law enforcement tactical dispatch programs, as well as many other career development opportunities and programs.

Our new dispatch facility is top notch and provides all the tools for dispatchers to be successful. The Regional Operations Center boasts state of the art consoles and communication systems, including a brand-new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. We value personal wellbeing and offer an onsite gym, Quiet Room, and full kitchen for the use of our employees. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of light into the Communications Center.

You know you love being a dispatcher- after all, it's the hardest job you'll ever love. Consider dispatching for San Mateo County!

The Ideal Candidate will have:
  • Knowledge of Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) operation.
  • Knowledge of basic computer use in a business office and Communications Center environment.
  • Ability to operate various types of communications equipment including public safety telephones, two way radio systems, data terminals and other related technologies.
  • Ability to utilize available resources.

NOTE: The successful incumbent MUST be willing to work day, swing, graveyard, rotating, holiday, and weekend shifts including preplanned and last minute mandatory overtime.
Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is one year of experience working as a communications dispatcher or related position with a public safety agency within the last three years.

A Public safety agency is defined as an agency that receives and processes emergency calls for service for police, fire and/or emergency medical services. Other types of emergency call center experience such as, but not limited to, road service, security, or basic life support ambulance should apply as entry level Communications Dispatcher I or Calltaker.

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.
  • Public safety entities who provide emergency services within the County of San Mateo.
  • 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.
  • Operate various types of communications equipment including public safety telephone and data terminals and other related technologies.
  • 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.
  • Prioritize and determine an appropriate course of action based on a given set of circumstances.
  • Perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Listen, understand and relay information via radio, 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.
  • Participate in Communications Center teamwork while maintaining assigned job responsibilities and duties.
  • Anticipate and adapt to fluctuating workloads in the Communications Center.
  • Communicate and receive 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 standard text/data on electronic screen or computer terminal teletype printouts and variety of maps.
  • Hear in an open space and noisy environment with static or weak transmissions and/or telephone conversations.

Other Requirements:
  • 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.

Anyone may apply. Thorough and detailed responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to the standard San Mateo County employment application. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of a scored relevant Training and Experience (T&E) evaluation (weight: 100%) based solely on the candidates' responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who receive a passing score in the T&E evaluation will be invited to a departmental interview. Because of this screening process, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the next phase of the examination process. Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Subsequent phases of the selection process include a departmental hiring interview, background investigation, psychological evaluation, polygraph test, and medical examination. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time and place of the tests. Applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: 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: http://jobs.smcgov.org/ to apply.

The County of San Mateo may require that all employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccine or comply with weekly COVID-19 testing. Employees hired into specified health care facilities and other high-risk settings where there is potential for frequent COVID-19 exposure to staff and highly vulnerable patients are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For more specific information, please refer to the County's COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Policy .

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: Ximena Burns (04052019) (Communications Dispatcher II - V048)

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map