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Communications Officer (Dispatcher) - Archive

Classification:  C0312
Department:UO Police Department
Salary:$12.24 - $17.58 Per Hour
o The University of Oregon Police Department (UOPD) invites applications for a full-time Communications Officer (Dispatcher). This search will be used to fill future vacancies.
o The UOPD Communications and Emergency Response Center (CERC) operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a protective services position, qualified candidates must be capable of maintaining consistent attendance at all times. UODPS is transitioning to a sworn police agency over the course of the next five years. The selected candidate must be available to work all shifts to include weekends, holidays, and mandatory overtime as needed. Shift differential of $.75 per hour paid for evening and weekend hours. Additional overtime hours may be available.
o Employees who have completed the Basic Telecommunicator course at DPSST are eligible for differential of 10% over base rate.
o This is a classified position represented by SEIU local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.
o University of Oregon positions that are at least half-time are eligible for excellent benefits, including health and dental, employer-paid retirement, sick and vacation leave, and tuition benefits for employee or an eligible dependent.
o Due to budgetary shortfalls, the person appointed to this position will be required to take unpaid furlough days between date of hire and June 30, 2013.
o This recruitment is open to any applicant who meets the qualifications listed below.


Required qualifications:

* At least one year in a law enforcement telecommunicators' capacity or similar communications-based experience.
* Ability to read, write, spell and speak in clear concise English; candidates fluent in a second language highly regarded.
* Ability to maintain composure and work effectively during high stress situations.
* Ability to conduct self in a professional and respectful manner.
* Ability to follow directions and university administrative policies, procedures, and guidelines.
* Ability to prioritize and multi-task effectively in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment.
* Ability to effectively operate and monitor campus fire, life safety, and security systems, including video surveillance images.
* Valid driver's license, good driving record, proof of insurability, and ability to operate a vehicle in order to make deliveries and/or to support the operational needs of the department.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills and a sensitivity to effectively interact with a highly diverse campus community.
* Ability to work effectively with persons from diverse socio-economic and racial backgrounds.
* Ability to maintain legible handwriting and accurate keyboard skills (approximately 40 words per minute).
* Ability to pass a full background assessment that includes: criminal history, driving record history, personal history, prior employment history, physical examination, psychological examination.

Please indicate your clerical skills on the attached skill code sheet.


This position consistently interfaces with University of Oregon Police Officers, using multiple communication devices. In addition, Public Safety Communications Officers operate and monitor various alarm, emergency notification, surveillance and communications systems with in the UODPS Communications and Emergency Response Center. Communications Officers may also be assigned to field-based tactical dispatching roles to support large campus events. Duties include:
... answering multi-line phone and responding to alarms, and dispatching Public Safety Officers, police, fire, or ambulance and/or student patrol as appropriate; responding to campus Public Safety Officers' requests for information on status of persons and property (e.g., driver's license checks, wants and warrants, automobile ownership); accessing the Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) or other telecommunication equipment to obtain and relay information; monitoring fire and police agencies radio frequencies to be aware of activities that may effect campus; launching the UOAlert! text messaging and other emergency notification systems; answering general requests for information from the public; maintaining radio call logs, noting time, location, and action taken; checking reports for accuracy and enter information into computer-based log.
... assisting with the administration of the UOPD ARMS computer-aided dispatch and reporting system, providing file and database management for public safety via handwritten and computer-generated reports; data entering documents; producing reports and responding to requests for information; providing reports to Director/Chief or Deputy Director/Deputy Chief and other command staff on incident call status and other matters; gathering statistics and preparing Clery Act annual reporting document; conducting driver record checks for internal insurance requirements; providing support for evidence, property, and records functions, including receiving documents and materials, data entry, court services (delivering citations and report submission), and document filing.


Position is fast paced and can be stressful. UOPD Communications Officers must be able to maintain composure and professional presence while accurately gathering and giving emergency information to the public and officers. The job requires sitting for long periods of time and much of the time is spent at video display terminals.


To assist us in making the selection for this position, please respond to the following questions on a separate sheet of paper. Number your responses to correspond to the questions and describe experience and training related to each item. Make sure experience and training described in your responses are included on your application.

1. Please describe the personal qualities, training and experience that make you well-suited to serve as a Communications Officer (Dispatcher) for the UO Police Department.

2. Describe your experience using two-way radios, alarm receivers, CCTV systems, computers, software applications, multi-line telephones, and other office equipment, giving specific examples.

3. Describe an instance during your previous employment when you were extremely busy with the day's activities were constantly being interrupted, and then you had to deal with an unhappy or disgruntled customer/individual. Include in your answer if you were able to maintain your composure, while continuing to provide excellent customer service, and how?

4. The UO Police Department is a 24 hour, 7 day per week operation with employees assigned to various shifts. Have you worked in a previous position that required unexpected overtime and rotating shifts? If not, how do you expect such an assignment would impact your family obligations and life outside work?

5. All employees must pass a comprehensive background investigation for access to local, state and national criminal records systems. This will involve a criminal history check, and interviews with prior employers, personal references, family members and neighbors. Are you aware of any issues that may preclude you from employment? Please be forthright, and list any issues that may preclude you from employment.


Online submission is the preferred method. Create an account at:
Human Resources Job Application Form (Online)

Paper submission can be made by printing the form at:
Human Resources Job Application Form (PDF)

You must also fill out a skill code sheet for this position. You can pick one up at Human Resources or print one out at http://http://hr.uoregon.edu/jobs/skillcode

Mail or hand deliver the paper application and all relevant materials, including the answers to the supplemental questions, by 5:00PM on the closing date to:

Human Resources
677 East 12th Ave., Suite 400
5210 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5210

The UO Human Resources application must be filled out completely, with a signature or it will not be accepted. Make sure to keep a copy of your application packet for job interviews.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.