Public Safety Emergency Communications Specialist - Grade 15

Montgomery County Government - Gaithersburg, MD4.0

Full-time$40,000 - $66,000 a year
EducationSkills
Position will be filled at the Public Safety Emergency Communications Specialist I level, Grade 15.

Applicants will be required to indicate the name of any referring employee into this online recruitment system at the time of original application.

This position is assigned to the Department's Emergency Communications Center ( ECC ) which is located in Gaithersburg and Rockville, Maryland. The Communications Specialist is responsible for delivering quality emergency communication services to the public, as well as providing accurate and timely dispatch support to police officers and fire rescue personnel. The Communications Specialist has a unique responsibility in a fast-paced environment that requires careful attention to detail, multi-tasking, and good communications skills. Major duties include answering 9-1-1 emergency calls, and dispatching police officers and fire rescue personnel to respond to calls, using a computer system known as (CAD) Computer Aided Dispatch.

This position has a very extensive upward mobility career ladder as indicated below:

Employees will receive Proficiency Advancement to Public Safety Emergency Communications Specialist (PSECS) II (grade 17) after achieving check-off as a multi-discipline public safety call taker with at least five (5) months experience as a PSECS I with a 10% increase in salary.

Employees will receive Proficiency Advancement to Public Safety Emergency Communications Specialist III (grade 19) after achieving check-off in a single discipline public safety dispatch with at least five (5) months experience as a PSECS II with a 10% increase in salary.

Employees will receive Proficiency Advancement to PSCS IV (grade 20) after achieving check-off in all disciplines public safety dispatch with at least fourteen (14) months experience as a PSCS III with a 5% increase in salary.

Employees will receive Proficiency Advancement to Senior Public Safety Emergency Communications Specialist (grade 21) after 24 months as a PSECS IV with a 5% increase in salary.

Applicants must have the ability to:
  • perform work assignments at different work locations when required;
  • work holidays, weekends and shifts during days, evenings or midnights;
  • accept last minute changes in their schedule and work mandatory overtime;
  • work under close supervision, and daily evaluation of performance, especially during training;
  • demonstrate good customer service skills including dealing calmly and respectfully with irate and angry customers over the phone; and
  • work under constant electronic surveillance as all telephone conversations and radio messages will be recorded.
TESTING PROCESS

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications confirmed by OHR/Police will be scheduled for written examination. All who pass the written examination will be scheduled for computerized examination. All who pass the computerized examination will be scheduled for structured interview. As a result of structured interview applicants will be rated Well-Qualified or Qualified. Well-Qualified applicants will be placed on the eligible list.

SELECTION PROCESS

All applicants must successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation, psychological evaluation, medical examination and drug/alcohol screen. Additionally, each applicant will be scheduled to observe a full performance Public Safety Emergency Communications Specialist for two (2) hours in the Emergency Communications Center.

NOTIFICATIONS

Applicants will be notified of a test date, time and venue via email prior to test date. Please check your SPAM folders regularly. They will be notified via email or telephone for all other steps in the testing and selection phases.

Additional Employment Information
OHR reviews the minimum qualifications of all applicants, irrespective of whether the candidate has previously been found to have met the minimum requirements for the job or been temporarily promoted to the same position. This evaluation is based solely on the information contained in the application/resume submitted for this specific position/IRC.

Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email to special.accommodations@montgomerycountymd.gov . Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws.

Montgomery County Government also provides hiring preference to certain categories of veterans and veterans/persons with a disability. For more information and to claim employment preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference .

Minimum Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience: One (1) year of post high school responsible work experience involving public contact.
Education: Completion of high school or High School Certificate of completion recognized in the State of Maryland .
Equivalency: None.

License: Upon Completion of Probationary Period: Possession and maintenance of CPR certification; Law Enforcement Dispatch, Fire Dispatch, and Emergency Medical Dispatch Protocol System certifications; State of Maryland Emergency Medical Dispatch license; METERS/NCIC certification must be obtained by the completion of the probationary period.

Preferred Criteria
Resume must include information specific to the preferred criteria listed below. Make sure that your resume references your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the preferred criteria. Ideally, the preferred criteria should be addressed in a separate section in your resume. The system only allows for one document to be submitted so your preferred criteria must be part of the resume.

No preferred criteria for this position .

If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.

All applicants will be reviewed by OHR to determine whether or not they meet minimum qualifications for the position. All applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be reviewed and rated by subject matter experts based on the Preferred Criteria. Based on the results of Preferred Criteria evaluation, applicants will be rated and placed on the Eligible List as either "Qualified" or "Well Qualified." The highest rated applicants will be placed on the Eligible List and may be considered for interview. Employees meeting minimum qualifications who are the same grade will be placed on Eligible List as a "Lateral Transfer" candidate and may be considered for interview. Note: In the event there are 10 or fewer minimally qualified candidates, all will be placed on the Eligible List as Qualified and Hiring Managers will be required to interview a minimum of five candidates. For "seniority" jobs (as shown in Article 8), resumes will be reviewed and rated by subject matter experts based on the Preferred Criteria.

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