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SPD is hiring dispatchers – Apply now

Job:   9-1-1 Police Communications Dispatcher I 
Status:    Full Time
Shift:   Rotating Shifts ~ Mandatory Overtime
Filing Dates:    Sunday January 30, 2011 to Tuesday February 15, 2011
Salary:    $22.66 to $26.30         
                  (Lateral Positions DOE) 
Unit/Location:   West Precinct / 810 Virginia Street

Primary Responsibilities:  When people call for help… “Take the Call!” 
Have you always wanted a job that really makes a difference? There are few jobs more important than being a 9-1-1 Dispatcher. In an emergency, your voice is the first heard by somebody in need, and your skills save lives. The Seattle Police Department is actively recruiting highly motivated, positive, people-oriented candidates for our state-of-the-art 9-1-1 call center (the busiest call center in the state)!  If you have excellent computer skills, can multi-task in a multi-media environment and have a stable work history The Seattle Police Department wants you to “Take the Call!”  Entry-level dispatchers start at over $47,000 per year plus an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision. Upon successful completion of an extensive and intensive training program, employees in this classification may compete for promotional opportunities to Police Communications Dispatcher II (up to $63,000), Dispatcher III (up to $71,000),  Chief Dispatcher (up to $78,000) and then Police Dispatcher Supervisor (up to $83,000).  Must work rotating shifts (day, swing, and graveyard) weekends, and holidays.  Must be available to work mandatory overtime assignments as required.  Applicants must pass a comprehensive background check.

Required Qualifications: Equivalent of one-year police communications dispatching experience, or in public safety dispatching, military or air traffic communications, call center communications, or related background. Must work rotating shifts (day, swing, and graveyard), weekends and holidays. Must be available to work mandatory overtime assignments as required. Applicants must pass a Seattle Police Department keyboarding test at 40 words per minute, a work related multi-media performance test, and a comprehensive background investigation including a psychological evaluation. Candidates must pass a hearing and vision screening by a City approved doctor. The most competitive candidates will be asked to present a typing certificate passing at 40 WPM in order to be considered for an interview.

Desired Qualifications: Associate’s Degree, certification or college credits in communications, computer technology, public relations or other related fields. The most competitive candidates will have a stable work history that involves communicating with the public in fast-paced surroundings and under difficult conditions. Ability to successfully demonstrate techniques in conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation, working in a high-pressured and structured environment. Exemplary oral and written communication skills, and deal tactfully and courteously with callers.

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How to Apply: If this is the year you don’t want a new job, but you want a new career; “Take the Call!”