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Communications Officer (on call, as needed)

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dickinson College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

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Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number S00495
Position Title Communications Officer (on call, as needed)
Working Title
Position Number
Pay Grade/Category
Position Type Non-exempt

Division and Department Information

Division Student Development
Department Public Safety

Posting Information

Job Summary/Basic Function

A Communications Officer receives messages via telephone, TTY, radio, or fax and transmits the information to the appropriate resources. Related clerical work will also be assigned. The Communications Officer works independently in accordance with established guidelines.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Receives calls of routine and emergency natures from students, staff, and others with accuracy, speed, and confidence. Gathers sufficient information to assure an appropriate response.

Monitors College video surveillance systems, emergency telephone lines and fire/intrusion/panic alarms.

Exercises sound judgment to evaluate each situations circumstance and prioritize the need for immediate or emergency service.

Dispatches the assistance of appropriate services such as public safety, facilities management or other departmental personnel; or local, state, or federal public safety or health organizations. Determines the level of response which may be necessary.

Maintains a log of daily calls, completes related reports, and performs other general office work. Cleans and maintains the equipment and work area.

Operates a two-way communication system.

Processes and maintains transportation fleet requests, usage records, and parking registrations.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

A high school diploma is required. Excellent communication skills including the ability to speak clearly and listen effectively are essential. Must be able to work independently and work well with others. Must be able to remain calm, act quickly, and exercise good judgment in emergency situations. Familiarity with two-way radios, data entry, and related communications experience is essential. Prior knowledge of emergency practices and procedures is preferred. Must be able to multi-task and be computer literate. Must be dependable and be available for additional coverage with limited notice. In the event of an emergency situation, may be required to remain at the communications desk past usual work shift

Physical Demands

Work Schedule

Advertised Work Schedule
Number of hours/day
Number of hours/week
Proposed Start Date 02/06/2017

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 01/27/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Application Review Begin Date 01/30/2017
Is this a Temporary Position? No
Full-Time/Part-Time Other
If Full-Time, please specify Other
If Part-Time, please specify Not Applicable
EEO/Diversity Statement

The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.

Supplemental Questions

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  1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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    • Craigslist
    • CASE (Council for Advancement & Support of Education)
    • Consortium for Faculty Diversity
    • Employee Referral
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • Jobs at Dickinson (http://jobs.dickinson.edu)
    • Monster Jobs (monster.com)
    • Newspaper/publication
    • Patriot News
    • Radio
    • Referral from Dickinson staff, faculty, friend or family member
    • Sentinel Newspaper
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Yahoo Jobs
    • The Guide
    • ScholarlyHires.com
    • Other Website
    • Other
    • Inside Higher Ed

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application