Emergency Dispatcher (Lateral)

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Sep 07, 2018
Full Time Dispatch and Telecommunications Emergency Management Public Safety
  • Salary: $47,320.00 - $57,532.80 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position


This recruitment is being conducted to fill vacancies for Stanislaus Regional 9-1-1 and establish an eligible list to fill future vacancies.

Bilingual Applicant's are encouraged to apply.
Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online applicationformat or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer.If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOVat 1-855-524-5627.

The tentative schedule for testing in 2019is as follows:

Please note these dates are tentative and subject to change. You will be notified to each testing event with seven(7) days prior to the actual test date.


Stanislaus Regional 9-1-1 provides twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week public safety emergency dispatch service and is the answering point for the 911 telephone system. Dispatching is provided for 22 Law Enforcement and Fire agencies within Stanislaus County.


The Emergency Dispatcher performs basic dispatching duties at an assigned operating position. This classification is expected to be fully trained and to possess the skills,knowledge and abilities necessary in the operations of the 9-1-1 emergency telephone system and the computer-aided dispatching system. Emergency Dispatch provides twenty-four hours a day, seven-days a week public safety emergency dispatch service, and is the focal point for the 9-1-1 telephone system. Shifts are day, evening and nights, rotating every four months. The 12-hour work schedule consists of working a three-day work period followed by a three-day regular day off period. This position is subject to shift,weekend, overtime, mandate, and on-call assignments. Performs related duties as assigned.



Vacation Accruals - this incentive may allow for a lateral transfer to start County employment with a vacation accrual rate higher than entry level employees. This policy would not front load any vacation leave time for lateral candidates, but would provide the ability to recognize that a lateral candidate is earning vacation leave at a higher rate than entry level employees in their current position. Lateral candidates may be placed within Stanislaus County's existing vacation accrual schedule closest to their current vacation accrual rate, but they may not exceed the vacation accrual rates they are currently earning.

Sick Leave Accruals - this incentive may allow to offer a lateral transfer to front load the equivalent of six months of sick leave accruals (48 hours) at the start of the first pay period following the date of hire. The lateral transfer would not accrual any additional sick leave until they have completed six months of service. This incentive is intended to provide some continuity of sick leave benefits for candidates who are considering transferring employment to Stanislaus County and losing an existing bank of accrued sick leave benefits.

Typical Tasks
  • Receives and screens complaints and requests for assistance at the 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Dispatch Center;
  • Procures accurate and timely information needed to classify and dispatch user agencies;
  • Classifies complaint types and enters data into the computer aided dispatch system;
  • Determines appropriate response and course of action in accordance with established policy, procedures and codes;
  • Dispatches personnel and resources by phone, computer, and/or radio communications equipment;
  • Provides information to field units, the public, and other agencies;
  • Monitors field units and emergency systems;
  • Relays calls and information to other appropriate agencies in or out of the Stanislaus County 9-1-1 system; and
  • Acts as a trainer at an assigned position, in the classroom, or as directed.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)
  • Quickly and accurately follow written and oral instructions;
  • Learn rules and regulations quickly and interpret them correctly;
  • Reason clearly, analyzing situations rapidly and accurately in order to quickly adopt an effective course of action;
  • Dispatch public safety equipment in a coordinated manner;
  • Speak clearly and concisely using proper English;
  • Hear and distinguish between several voices at the same time while acquiring and retaining the information;
  • Spell correctly using proper English;
  • Function efficiently and calmly under pressure;
  • Type accurately at a minimum speed of 35 (net) words per minute;
  • Rapidly and accurately operate complex computerized equipment;
  • Read and understand maps;
  • Monitor multiple CRT screens simultaneously;
  • Properly use a headset;
  • Be independently competent during limited staffing hours;
  • Pick up and carry manuals and directories weighing up to 12 pounds;
  • Sit continuously for long periods of time during a twelve hour shift; and
  • Neck movement is required when performing job tasks such as viewing the keyboard, mouse, monitor screens, reading, research, page turning and handwriting.
  • The techniques, procedures and methods used in the operation of a public safety communications center;
  • The use and proper care of radio, telephone and other job-related equipment;
  • Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations pertinent to public safety operations;
  • The location of major streets, highways, rivers, public places and geographical landmarks within Stanislaus County; and
  • The general functions of the Sheriff's Department, city police, fire departments and other public safety agencies.
  • Graduation from high school or possession of the high school level General Education Development (GED) Certificate; AND
  • Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, mentioned above. An example is dispatching experience in a computer-aided public safety dispatch center.
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.
All offers of employment will be contingent upon individuals passing an extensive background investigation required by the Department of Justice because of computer access to confidential criminal information.

Applicant screening, in addition to the minimum qualifications, will focus on the following desirable categories. Please list any desirables you may have within the "Additional Information" section of the online application.

  • Notwithstanding a training period, twelve (12) consecutive months of public safety dispatching experience in a fast-paced environment at time of appointment.

Application and Selection Procedures

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Emergency Dispatchers Bargaining Unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classified position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months for a total of eighteen months. The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.


The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s).

Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.


Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application form. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.


Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Describe the special test arrangements you require in the "Additional Information" section of the application form.

Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening and job-related background investigation.
Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.


Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.


Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this flyer to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understandings, and such information prevails over information contained in this flyer. Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Personnel.
The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at http://www.stancounty.com/riskmgmt/ under "Disability Management".

Closing Date/Time: Continuous