Communications Officer 1 / Dispatcher Series (Applicant Pool 2020+)

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  • United States
  • 04 Jan, 2021

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Description ****CURRENTLY HIRING FOR: _**_ ***** Bellevue, Yakima, & Wenatchee ****CENTERS ONLY ***** This recruitment will be used to establish an agency _applicant pool_ for our eight Communications Centers statewide. Our Centers are located in Tacoma, Bellevue, Yakima, Spokane, Vancouver, Wenatchee, Marysville, and Bremerton. ****Are you looking for:**** * **Excellent benefits?** * **Career growth opportunities?** * **An opportunity to make a difference in your community?** * **A culture of respect, commitment and trust?** * **An opportunity to be part of a team of dedicated professionals responsible for providing safety and security to the citizens of the State of Washington** * **Employment opportunities that recognize military veterans and/or military spouse per Governor Executive Order 19-01?** **Other Opportunities:** * _**Qualification for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For information on this program click on **_**_Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program_**_**.**_ As an employee of the Washington State Patrol, you will be part of a team of dedicated professionals responsible for providing safety and security to the citizens of the State of Washington. Troopers patrolling the highways are the most visible part of this agency. However, there are over 1,200 civilian employees who serve behind the scenes supporting the agency mission. To name just a few, we have: * 911 dispatchers who are the critical vital link between calls for assistance and emergency response; * Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers that work to inspect commercial vehicles to ensure safe and efficient travel on public highways; * Deputy State Fire Marshals who help prevent fires in homes and workplaces; * Forensic Scientists who process evidence that assists in prosecuting criminal cases; * IT Specialists who leverage technology to enhance and sustain business processes, public safety infrastructure, and statewide emergency communications * Records staff that process criminal information to ensure crimes are reported accurately so that offenders do not end up working with vulnerable people * Administrative staff who provide exceptional customer service and respond to information requests while ensuring the agency runs smoothly and efficiently For more information about a career in communications, we encourage you to view this video: * * * * * * * * * * **_Apply today and join us in providing "Service with Humility"!_** Duties The Communications Division employees are true first responders and are the lifeline for our Troopers and many contracted agencies. Located in eight communications centers throughout Washington State, Communications Officers provide around-the-clock professional emergency support to the WSP, federal, state, local and tribal agencies. Communications Officers answer 911 calls and initiate emergency services to meet the needs of the public and officers in the field. **Communications Officer 1 [Entry Level & Lateral Entry] - Salary: $4,047 to $5,295 **nthly**)** A Communications Officer 1 will receive training in law enforcement and emergency communications operations and procedures, transmitting, receiving, and relaying information concerning public safety and law enforcement activities to, from, and between State Patrol mobile units and stations, other State, county, and Federal law enforcement agencies, and the public by means of radio, multi-line telephone systems, computer terminals, private line intercom systems, and other telecommunications devices. In a Communications Center, a Communications Officer 1's primary responsibility is to to efficiently multi-task technologies answering emergency 911 and business phone calls, entering and updating calls for service and self-initiated activity into a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Computer system and transmitting and receiving radio communications from field personnel. These critical responsibilities are the lifeline for officers in the field and the first contact with the public who report emergency situations requiring police, fire or medical response. **Communications Officer Assistant [Call Taker] - Salary: $3,216 to $4,188 (**monthly**)** A Communications Officer Assistant's primary responsibility is to efficiently answer emergency 911 and business phone calls and enter/update calls for service into a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. **(_Available in Bellevue only_)** An **additional 5% Geographic P**ay is authorized for the **Bellevue Communications Center only**. Qualifications Successful Communications Officers come from many backgrounds. We emphasize strong communication skills, the ability to build effective working relationships, and a strong desire for professional development. **_REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION_:** * ____High school graduate or GED equivalent.____ * _____Typing speed of 40 wpm_____ **_PERFORMANCE STANDARDS_: ** * Work weekends, days off, holidays, and rotating shifts; e.g., continuous five-work-days-per-week shifts that rotate each 28 days to a different schedule of regular days and hours per week. * Have dexterity of hands and fingers to operate standard office equipment, including a computer keyboard. * Ability to respond to visual and sound stimuli with a high degree of accuracy in a timely manner. * Ability to distinguish colors. * Have adequate hearing and visual acuity to successfully perform the essential job functions. * Ability to effectively communicate orally (using radio equipment) and in writing. * Ability to effectively communicate with and assist upset, confused, or otherwise distressed customers due to heightened emotions. * Comply with departmental grooming standards; e.g. short hair (off uniform collar), short and clean fingernails, etc. * Willing to work long, extended or adjusted hours and respond on short notice to work. * Accept counseling and guidance from supervisors. * Accept responsibility for issued equipment. * Refrain from lying, cheating, or stealing. ***HIRING STANDARDS:*** **Drug Standards:** Drug possession/usage beyond these standards disqualifies you for employment with the WSP. "Possession" is defined as having actual physical control of any illegal (non-prescribed) drug for personal use with the intent to commit a crime "Use" is defined as trying, testing, or experimenting, which includes, but is not limited to, tasting, smoking, injecting, absorbing, sniffing, or inhaling * No use or possession of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs (except for Marijuana/Hashish) over five (5) times combined. This standard applies to synthetic versions of Schedule 1-5 drugs. Marijuana cannot be regarded as legal until federal law regards it as legal * No use or possession of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs (except for Marijuana/Hashish) in the last three (3) years. This standard applies to synthetic versions of Schedule 1-5 drugs * No use or possession of Marijuana/Hashish within the last one (1) year, regardless of age * No use or possession of Opiates or Heroin, regardless of time frame * No injection of any non-prescribed illegal drugs, regardless of time frame * Use of non-prescribed medication for medical-related purposes may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Human Resource Division (HRD) Commander * No trafficking, selling, offering to sell, or transporting for sale of any illegal drugs, regardless of time frame * No drug use or possession of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs (except for Marijuana/Hashish) after submitting any law enforcement application * No drug use or illegal possession of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency (including military law enforcement) * No intentional inhalation (huffed) of any aerosol or substance (nitrous oxide, whippets, paint, glue, DXM, etc.) in the last three (3) years Examples of Schedule I-V Drugs include, but are not limited to: * Schedule I (RCW 69.50.204) – Examples could include: Codeine, Heroin, Morphine, Ecstasy, LSD, Peyote, GHB, Methaqualone, Marijuana/Cannabis, etc. * Schedule II (RCW 69.50.206) – Examples could include: Opium, Cocaine, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Depressants, Hallucinogenic substances, etc. * Schedule III (RCW 69.50.208) – Examples could include: Stimulants, Depressants, Hallucinogens, Ketamine, Anabolic steroids, Hallucinogenic substances, etc. * Schedule IV (RCW 69.50.210) – Examples could include: Barbital, Diazepam, Fludiazepam, Halazepam, Lorazepam, Phenobarbital, etc. * Schedule V (RCW 69.50.212) **Conviction Standards:** Any conduct deemed to impede the ability of the WSP to effectively fulfill its responsibilities; causes a lessening of public confidence in the ability of the WSP to perform its mission; or does not equate with the high ethical standards expected by the public of law enforcement agencies will result in disqualification. * Have no felony convictions * Have no misdemeanor convictions involving DUI, use or possession of firearms in the commission of a crime, crimes of violence (i.e., domestic violence, assault, sex crimes, etc.), or controlled substances. * No DUI regardless of time frame. This includes reduced charges related to DUI convictions. * Other than those identified above, misdemeanor convictions over the age of 21 may be considered on a case-by-case basis, provided they did not occur within the last three (3) years. Final approval will be determined by the HRD Commander * Misdemeanor convictions under the age of 21 may be considered on a case-by-case basis provided they did not occur within the last three (3) years. Final approval will be determined by the HRD Commander * No more than two (2) convictions of major moving violations (Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving 2nd Degree, etc.), within the last ten years For this purpose, the term "conviction" shall include any disposition adverse to the subject, except a decision not to prosecute, a dismissal, or acquittal; provided, however, that a dismissal entered after a period of probation, suspension, or deferral of prosecution or sentence shall be considered a disposition adverse to the subject. Any applicant with a history or conviction of domestic violence shall be eliminated as an employee candidate. Supplemental Information ***The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The agency will verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers will be cause for rejection of potential employment. *** **_APPLICATION PROCESS_:** For any email communications regarding this recruitment, please be sure to **_check your "spam" folders!_** Due to the unique hiring process for our applicant pools, it is not unusual to** experience lengthy delays in communication **or notification of your application status. We appreciate your patience and look forward to considering you for a position with the WSP. Applications will be accepted electronically at If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact Melodie Wulfekuhle at (360) 628-6650 (preferrred) or (360) 704-2307 or **_SCREENING_:** The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time. Candidate evaluation will be ongoing. It will be to the applicant's advantage to submit application materials as soon as possible. The candidate evaluation and selection process will include a preliminary screening of application materials for qualifications, clarity and completeness. The applicants who meet or exceed the required qualifications and possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge, and training may be invited for interviews and testing by one or more panels. **Communications Officer 1 - Only ** ***G.I. Bill Education Benefits:*** Candidates entitled to G.I. Bill education benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may qualify for a supplemental monthly check while participating in an on-the-job training program. The Communications Officer 1 positions with the Washington State Patrol are positions that require on-the-job training. To learn if you are eligible for these benefits please call the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at (888) 442-4551. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact Melodie Wulfekuhle at (360) 704-2307 or **_**TESTING & HIRING PROCESS**_:** 1. **Complete on-line application **through 2. Successfully pass the** CritiCall hands-on skills test. **These tests are conducted at each Communications Center and at the WSP Headquarters in Olympia. This includes, but is not limited to tests related to typing speed and accuracy, reading comprehension, data entry and accuracy, call summarization, memory recall, prioritization and map reading. 3. Successfully pass an **oral interview. **This is based on current employment needs at selected Centers 4. Successfully pass a **pre-employment polygraph examination and background investigation** 5. A conditional offer of employment may be made to successful applicants - pending current employment needs at selected Centers 6. Successfully pass a departmental **psychological examination and interview** 7. Successfully pass a departmental** hearing and vision examination** ****_POLYGRAPH & BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION_: **** Prior to a hire, a polygraph examination and background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. Applicants are required to sign release of information forms and will not have access to any investigative materials, files, or results. The Washington State Patrol has strict guidelines relating, but not limited to, personal and employment characteristics, arrests, convictions, and illegal drug usage, etc. During the polygraph examination, candidates are required to sign an assessment sheet and participate in an oral interview process to verify responses to the Personal Background Evaluation, the Personal History and Background Questionnaire, and a Pre-Employment Interview. **Untruthful or misleading answers or omissions will be treated as a falsification which will be cause for rejection of potential employment.** **_TRANSCRIPTS_:** Education verification is part of the selection process. If selected as a top candidate, position required and/or applicant specified education will be verified. Please do not send these transcripts at the time of application. If you are selected as a top candidate you will be contacted by the Human Resource Division and asked to provide transcripts at the appropriate time. **_OTHER INFORMATION_:** Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or assessment process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 704-2317. Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384. **_The Washington State Patrol actively supports Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in the workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer._** *Salary:* $4,047.00 - $5,295.00 Monthly *Location:* Multiple Locations Statewide, WA *Job Type:* Full Time - Permanent *Department:* Washington State Patrol *Job Number:* CO1 Series 2020+ *Closing:* 6/30/2021 11:59 PM Pacific *Agency:* State of Washington *Address:* View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504 *Phone:* View Posting for Agency Contact *Website:*