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SC Department of Public Safety Communications Specialist III in Statewide, South Carolina

Job Responsibilities The ideal candidate will possess strong customer service skills, the ability to work independently, and advanced multi-tasking skills in order to listen, talk, read, and type simultaneously with accuracy. Receives and dispatches information to DPS enforcement personnel and other agencies over two-way radio systems, telephones, teletype, computer aided dispatch, and fax machine. Maintains computer aided dispatch (CAD) documentation of all radio transmissions, accident call in reports, teletype reports, SLED/CJICS, NLETS, and NCIC transactions. (This is the primary means utilized for documentation of information received.) Receives calls from citizens requesting assistance for traffic accidents, reckless drivers, road rage, disabled motorist, attempting to contact troopers, and other road conditions that require emergency response. Provides information on road and weather conditions and best routes to travel. Retrieves information from computer terminals for driver's license and vehicle registration, both in-state and out-of-state. Inquires to determine possible stolen vehicle, wanted and missing persons, and stolen gun reports. Directs law enforcement officers to traffic accident scenes or any other type of situation requiring response. Reads maps to find locations to relay to troopers in locating incidents. Maintains recorder system, notifying personnel of any malfunctions. Acts as backup for Emergency Preparedness Division in receiving notification from Nuclear power plants and Nuclear facilities of any potential unplanned or accidental release of radioactive material. Upon notification, immediately notifies Bureau of Radiological Health and the Emergency Preparedness Division. Receive calls for DOT and DOR from the public requesting information and/or assistance after normal working hours. Working Conditions: This position works in an office type setting and may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting for prolonged periods and the ability to maintain composure in emergency and stressful situations. Minimum and Additional Requirements A high school diploma and entry-level work experience with voice communications systems or central switchboard operations, or an acceptable equivalency approved by the Division of State Human Resources. An associate degree in a technical communications discipline may be substituted for the required experience. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be a US Citizen and at least 18 years old. Must have a valid driver's license. Applicants must have the ability to convey and interpret oral and written communications to and from law enforcement officers and the general public. Applicants must have the ability to type and operate a computer or quickly acquire typing and computer skills. Applicants must possess the ability to solicit accurate information in an emergency situation. Applicants must possess the ability to remain calm and make quick decisions during stressful situations and emergencies. Applicants must have the ability to relate well with the public over the telephone. Applicants must possess the ability to read a map. Applicants must have the ability to pass and maintain National Crime Information Center (NCIC) certification. Applicants must possess a high degree of independence in completing the work with accountability for their own actions and decisions in the absence of a supervisor. Applicants must be able to work at a fast pace where quick sound decision making is necessary. Applicants must be able to work 12-hour rotating shifts including nights, weekends, holidays, and irregular hours on short notice. Applicants must be able to provide immediate response to emergency situations and determine required action in a calm manner. All applicants will be required to participate in a background investigation to include; criminal history check, driving history, history of drug use, employer & reference check and a polygraph examination. NOTE: If any Additional Requirements are listed above, applicants must also meet those Additional Requirements to be considered for the position. Preferred Qualifications Experience in a customer service environment. Entry-level work experience with voice communications systems or central switchboard operations. Additional Comments This position REQUIRES the employee to work rotating shifts which includes days, nights, weekends and holidays. The South Carolina Highway Patrol operates four regional Tele-Communications Centers. Tele-Communications Centers are located in Blythewood, Greenville, Florence and Charleston. Applicants must select which center they are applying for in the supplemental questions portion of the application. Only Tele-Communications Centers with current vacancies will be listed in the supplemental questions. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), or national origin. The department prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), or national origin. Salary: $27,527.00 - $50,930.00 Annually Location: Statewide, SC Job Type: FTE - Full-Time Job Number: 101775 Residency Requirement: No Class Code: BA30 Position Number: 00000000 Normal Work Schedule: Other Normal Work Schedule (Other): Rotating Shifts Pay Band: Band 4 Hiring Range - Min.: $31,657.00 Hiring Range - Max.: $36,563.00 Opening Date: 03/12/2021 EEO Statement: Equal Opportunity Employer Agency Specific Application Procedures: ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE. ALL CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES WILL BE THROUGH ELECTRONIC MAIL. Agency: State of South Carolina Department of Public Safety Address: SCDPS/OHR P.O. Box 1993 Blythewood, South Carolina, 29016 Phone: 803-896-0274