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Once you have completed filling out this application you can bring it to the 911 center at 403 Mose Drive in Sparta. 

White County Emergency Communications District

Telecommunicator Job Description




White County E-911 TELECOMMUNICATOR (Dispatcher)


Reports to





Receives and prioritizes E 9-1-1 and non-emergency telephone calls from the public.

Processes information using a computer-aided-dispatch (CAD) system.

Dispatches appropriate emergency service agencies such as EMS, Police, Fire, Rescue Squad and all other Emergency units.

Monitors public safety units in the field.

Retrieves and enters computer data for emergency response personnel within the service area.

This general description reflects the concept and intent of this position and should not be construed as a detailed statement of all the work requirements that may be inherent to this position.



Receive, screen and prioritize emergency and non-emergency telephone calls for service from the public requiring Law Enforcement, EMS, Rescue Squad or Fire Department attention and relay to Officers or Command Personnel, as appropriate.  Operate a multi-frequency radio and computer-aided dispatch system, accesses teletype, monitors alarm systems, operates playback tape recorders, operates TDD/TTY, operates security devices and other related communication equipment located throughout the 911 Center.

Must condense large amounts of information into readable, sensibly typed remarks in a timely manner and have the ability to recall numerous acronyms and codes essential to appropriate call processing.

Maintains familiarity with the Standard Operating Procedures and appropriate manuals that Provide thorough knowledge of Multi Agency Communications Center operations and procedures.

Evaluates information received and utilizes protocols provided through the computer-aided dispatch system to determine appropriate action or actions to be taken.

Must be certified in TBI / NCIC Query and Entry.

Works rotating shift work during evenings, nights, weekends and holidays and must be available to work extended shifts and be subject to emergency callouts.

Must be able to work effectively in a disciplined environment with close supervision and carry out lawful orders according to policies regardless of personal agreement.

Must continually demonstrate a high level of mental stability and professionalism.

Enters information into the computer at a minimum rate of 30-35 words per minute.

Deals with sensitive information in a discreet and professional manner by maintaining confidentiality.

Maintains a positive customer service attitude at all times with public, user agency members and   co-workers.

Dispatches Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire, Rescue Squad, EMA or other emergency equipment needed in accordance with operational policies and procedures to the location of the call for assistance.

Interpret White County and Sparta City maps as necessary through use of computerized mapping software, wall maps and map books; relay emergency and non-emergency cellular 911 calls received from outside White County to the appropriate agencies using regional geographic knowledge, maps and other resources.

Assist in maintaining computerized Master Street Address Guide (MSAG) and E-911 Database for White County by collecting incorrect E-911 address and data and immediately relay to the Director to handle the problem.

Make rapid, accurate decisions which affect the outcome of other public safety services.

Assists other dispatchers as necessary and when not occupied with primary duties or if occupied with duties of lower priority.

Must be reliable and dependable and report for work on a consistent and predictable basis.

Follow the chain of command per agency policy.

Perform additional duties as directed.



To perform the job successfully, an individual must demonstrate the following competencies

Problems Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully and makes decisions based on research experience and within the scope of their responsibility, Follows chain of command; Develops alternative solutions; Able and willing to comply with all rules, policies, regulations and procedures whether in agreement or not; Follows chain-of-command as needed.

Technical Skills - Records names and numbers rapidly and accurately and to quickly recall details and essential information; Able to use reference materials (books, charts, maps, manuals, etc.) effectively and efficiently.

Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional caller situations; Responds promptly to caller’s needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments; Remains calm, showing empathy, conveying reassurance and instilling confidence in the caller that the dispatcher’s demeanor will result in proper response to their needs.

Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Treats people with respect even when under pressure; Inspires trust by keeping commitments, maintaining confidentiality and supporting everyone’s efforts to succeed; Able to accept criticism objectively and in a constructive way; Maintain emotional control and objectivity while directly involved in high stress situations; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things; Uses work time in an efficient and productive manner; Shares experience with others; Maintain confidentiality in all manners relating to information obtained during the course of employment; Ability to accept criticism objectively.

Communications Oral/Written - Ability to provide a positive representation of Multi Agency Communications Center via personal, telephonic and written means; Speaks English clearly, rapidly, and concisely in a well-modulated voice, and to use good diction; Possess good listening comprehension skills; Hear and clearly understand English over telephone and radio circuits; Responds well to questions; Possess the ability to consistently think clearly; act quickly; and calmly in a wide variety of situations; Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions; Able to read and interpret complex oral and written instructions; Ability to perform several tasks simultaneously; Work as a “team-member” and establish good working relationships.

Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed;

Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness

Ethics - Treats people with respect; even when under pressure; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Supports organization’s goals and values; Comply with all lawful rules, policies, regulations and procedures whether in agreement or not.

Judgment - Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; Deal with abstract situations and apply common sense solutions; Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decisions- making process; Makes timely decisions; Exercise good judgment and make sound decisions when dealing with workplace conflict

Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments; Maintain Multi Agency Communications high standards for professionalism even in the absence of reciprocal behavior.

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thorough quality of work; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality

Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in a timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly

Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events

Attendance/Punctuality - Regular and consistent attendance is a condition of employment; Able and willing to work any day of the week, weekends, and /or holidays; Able and willing to work any shift (days, swing, graveyard, or other variation) and to change work hours when required; Able and willing to attend mandatory training and meetings after normal work hours; Maintains regular and predictable attendance; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time

Dependability - Follows managements direction and takes responsibility for own actions and completes tasks in a timely manner; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; consistently able to get to work at odd times, (days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays)

Initiative - Undertakes self-development activities; Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed; pursues training or development that would enhance productivity.

Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention; Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Work multiple time sensitive tasks and issues in response to visual and sound stimuli with a high degree of accuracy

Ability to type a minimum of 30-35 words per minute while speaking with callers

Knowledge of the geography of all agencies served including the location of streets, important structures and landmarks

Ability to condense large amounts of information into readable, sensible typed remarks and recollection of numerous acronyms and codes essential to various situations.

Ability to get to work at odd times: days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays

Ability to be reliable and dependable and report for work on a consistent and predictable basis

Have knowledge of basic computer data entry



Age, Education and/or Experience

21 years of age or older

High School diploma or equivalent.

Experience receiving, evaluating, transmitting and monitoring emergency requests via telephone

and/or radio for police, fire and medical services

Experience in a customer service position demonstrating extensive telephone or personal

contact with the public

OR any combination of experience and/or training which demonstrates the applicant’s ability to

perform the essential functions of this position and comply with skills, abilities, licenses,

certifications, documentation and work environment requirements listed below.

Work Environment/Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hand to finger, handle, or feel. Approximately 90% of duties performed are in a seated position in a secure Communications Center. There is limited opportunity for physical movement. The employee must reach with hands and arms and talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus. Individuals must sit while observing a computer display screen under low lighting conditions for long, uninterrupted periods of time.

Individuals must be free from physical impairments that with or without reasonable accommodation would interrupt continuous performance of a shift lasting from a minimum of eight hours.

Work up to twelve (12) hours or longer at a time continuously wearing a communications headset that will cover one ear or fit within the ear canal of one ear, and be able to still hear and understand other outside sound sources not coming to the ear piece.

Must be prepared to stay in the Center for the full schedule shift. Uninterrupted lunch and other breaks are not guaranteed.

Must be able to work shift work encompassing a 24 hour day, seven day week; inclusive of days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Employees may be subject to “call back” on short notice. Employees must have a telephone line for 24 hour availability.

Work is performed in a confined environment under high stress and plays a critical role in Public Safety delivery. Must take information from callers who may be excited, abusive, foul mouthed, incoherent, drunk or hysterical.

Other Qualifications

Proof of eligibility to work in the United States of America

Must be able to successfully satisfy a thorough personal history background check, which will include a criminal history check and driving record check. A psychological, medical and polygraph examination may also be required.

Must be able to pass pre-hire and random drug testing

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Valid Tennessee Driver’s license required

Must be able to obtain State Telecommunicator I & II Certification, APCO or equivalent recognized Telecommunicator certification.  

Must be able to obtain TBI NCIC Query & Basic Certification.

Must be able to pass specified EMD training and testing            

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