Public Safety Telecommunicator - #182771

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Posting NumberSHRA624PQuick Link for Internal Postings TitlePublic Safety TelecommunicatorCompetency LevelJourneyWorking TitlePublic Safety Telecommunicator - #182771DepartmentEmergency ServicesPosition Summary

The Department of Emergency Services serves the Western Carolina University community and associated public safety agencies 24/7/365. Public Safety Telecommunicators provide emergency and non emergency communications and dispatch services for the WCU Police Department, WCU EMS, WCU Emergency Management, Counseling and Psychological Services, Parking Services, Cat Tran (transportation), and other university departments. Under the direction of the Emergency Communications Manager, Public Safety Telecommunicators perform a variety of duties following established guidelines which promote the safety and well being of the campus community. Primary accountabilities include dispatching all radio calls; receiving and responding to incoming telephone and radio communications; determining the nature of calls and deploying the appropriate emergency and non-emergency personnel and equipment; providing direction and guidance to callers reporting police, fire or medical emergencies, and other incidents. Public Safety Telecommunicators have access to confidential and sensitive university and criminal justice records and systems and utilizes a variety of criminal justice systems and university databases in support of department and university operations. Telecommunicators are required to maintain a high level of confidentiality and have the ability to keep/follow guidelines, rules, and federal laws pertaining to access and dissemination of information (i.e. FERPA, HIPPA, DCI/NCIC, and university personnel and student information records). Excellent communication and customer service skills are employed when interacting with students, staff, faculty, the public, and officials from external agencies. Good judgment, confidentiality, problem solving, and the ability to make quick decisions are critical components of this position. Public Safety Telecommunicators must be comfortable in a highly technical environment and skilled computer users. This entails operating various communications equipment in a highly technical environment, including multi-channel two-way radio system/console, the Division of Criminal Information System of North Carolina (DCI)/National Crime Information Center Computer terminal (NCIC), ProQA Emergency Medical Dispatch software, multi-line telephone system and TDD unit. Responsible for monitoring, responding, initiating, and programming computer based radio, security, voice recording, emergency notification, weather, and camera surveillance systems. Telecommunicators monitor fire, intrusion, panic/duress, and maintenance alarms; makes decisions concerning building access, access card use and authenticity, arming and disarming intrusion alarm systems, and reporting fire/elevator/emergency callbox trouble alarms. Provides primary communications interface with University and non-university agencies and units; monitors appropriate local area police, fire and EMS radio frequencies and keeps University Police Officers, WCU EMS, WCU Emergency Management, and other personnel apprised of conditions affecting University operations. In accordance with established procedures and policies, exercise independent judgment when handling routine or emergency calls: refer actions requiring deviation from departmental policy to appropriate command level staff. Candidate must be highly skilled in the use of computers and office equipment. Must have the ability to type accurately, the ability to react calmly, quickly, and decisively in emergency situations, the ability to obtain, summarize, relay information, and communicate effectively both orally and in writing. May be requested to perform job related tasks other than those specifically presented. Must have the ability to work shift work and holidays, as the Emergency Communications Center operations are 24/7/365.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position

Knowledge of Western Carolina University campus and local community, knowledge of two-way radio systems and 911 call processing procedures including emergency communication operations. Knowledge of computer operation. Skilled in telephone operations. Skilled in customer service. Skilled in computer operations. Skilled in effective communications. Skilled in effective employee relations. Skilled multi-tasker. The ability to speak clearly. The ability to operate effectively under high-stress, emergency situations. The ability to manipulate the controls of a multi-line telephone system. A complex multi-channel two-way radio system, and a computer and its peripherals. The ability to read and comprehend manuals, directives, instruction sheets, general orders, and other documents of direction or instruction. The ability to work in a diverse environment with a demonstrated history of sensitivity to the needs of the community his position serves. The ability to work as part of an emergency response team.

Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma or equivalency and demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work. Requires certification as a Division of Criminal Information computer operator or the ability to achieve certification within 45 days of employment. Some positions may require Basic Telecommunicator Certification in accordance with the provisions of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission or the ability to achieve certification within one year of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

One year as a public safety/911 telecommunicator or two years serving in a public safety position i.e. firefighter, police officer, EMT, etc.
Certification in DCI, Division of Criminal Information System of North Carolina.
Certification in EMD, Emergency Medical Dispatch through the Academy of Emergency Dispatch.
CPR certification.

Anticipated Hiring Range$31,200Position TypePermanent Full-TimeNumber of Hours per Week40Number of Months per Year12Salary Band Range$24,140 - $45,652Salary GradeFor administrative purposes during the implementation of Career Banding this journey level position is considered a Salary Grade 61. Posting Text

Open Date10/10/2019Close Date10/24/2019Open Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must apply online in order to be considered.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of references (with complete contact information).

Applicants must upload a DD-214 if claiming Veteran’s Preference.


If no applicants apply, who meet the required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Competencies and Training and Experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Effective October 1, 2015 all new hires into positions subject to the State Human Resources Act (SHRA) will serve a 12 month probationary period as defined by the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. List of references
Optional Documents
  1. DD-214
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Posted: 10/12/2019
Application Due: 10/24/2019
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