Emergency Communications Dispatcher, FOP

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

Are you a highly-motivated detail-oriented multi-tasker who enjoys working with a diverse team of people? If so, you could be a perfect fit for the Emergency Communications Dispatcher 1 for the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Public Safety. Under the direction of a higher level supervisor, you would operate communication equipment to dispatch personnel and equipment for Public Safety’s Police Division. If you have experience operating emergency communications equipment and are interested in one of the best benefits packages in the area, please read on.

As one of the largest employers in the region, the University of Cincinnati offers a generous vacation and benefits package including tuition remission for all eligible full and part-time employees, their dependents, and spouse or domestic partner. Additional professional development opportunities are available through Communiversity along with unlimited access to E-Learning courses. A variety of retirement options are offered including an opportunity to participate in a traditional pension plan as well as optional supplemental retirement plans. Very cost-effective healthcare and dental plan options are available accompanied by health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, and employee assistance programs. Employee discounts are offered through numerous organizations including the Campus Recreation Center, University Athletics, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium, US Bank Arena, Cincinnati Bengals, and the University Bookstore. Please visit www.uc.edu/hr/benefits to discover all of the benefits offered.

This position will support the University’s mission and commitment to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff and all other activities. The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity and inclusion as core values that empower individuals to transform their lives and achieve their highest potential. By using talents of people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, this vibrant, urban research university demonstrates its commitment to creating a community that values the contributions of all its members.

Essential Functions

  • Operate radio, telephone and computer equipment at base station. Coordinate communication operations for Law Enforcement, Facilities Management, Fire Inspectors, Fire Alarm Technicians, Parking Services, and Student Health.
  • Receive and record telephone calls; receive and transmit communication dispatching personnel and equipment to all UC campuses.
  • Operate equipment and enter data/queries into the appropriate computerized system; monitor and perform all functions for RCIC/LEADS; monitor computer operations and transmit messages; monitor proprietary alarm systems, radio systems, and environmental control computer; monitor multiple screens and operate equipment simultaneously.
  • Maintain radio, teletype and other required records.
  • Operate with a headset or handset for radio and phone functionality
  • Required to work all shifts, weekends, and holidays throughout training period. After training period, may require working rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

High School Diploma/GED

Required Experience

Six (6) months computer or keyboarding, and at least one year extensive telephone experience is required. Must obtain Regional Crime Information Center (RCIC) certification, APCO PST 1 certification, and Priority Dispatch IAED EMD certification by end of one year probationay period.

Additional Qualifications Considered

Telephone experience within a public safety setting

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • May require working rotating shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • Sitting - Continuously
  • Talking - Continuously
  • Hearing, listening - Continuously

Career Path

An Emergency Communication Dispatcher 1 will be eligible for promotion to Emergency Communication Dispatcher 2 provided the employee completes all requirements of Emergency Communication Dispatcher 1, have good performance reviews and satisfactorily complete probation, meet minimum qualifications of Emergency Communication Dispatcher 2, and is in good attendance standing. The employee must submit a written request to progress to the next level.

Application Information

You must indicate on your resume, materials evidence of having the experience, skills, and/or education required for this title. Please document all dates of employment, description of relevant duties, and full-time/part-time status. The complete resume will be the sole criteria used by Human Resources to determine eligibility, which will be based on the minimum qualifications. Must pass background investigation, psychological assessment, and polygraph examination.

Subjects & Weights:    100% training and experience as detailed on the resume. 

Are you eligible to receive Ex-Veteran Credit? You must have a DD214 stating that you received an Honorable Discharge. In order to receive the additional credit for your military service, you must do one of the following with your DD214:

1) Attach a copy of the DD214 to your application.
2) Fax a copy to our office within 3 days after the closing date. Our fax number is 556-9652.
3) Bring a copy to our office within 3 days after the closing date. We are located at the University of Cincinnati, University Hall, 51 Goodman Dr., Suite 340

FOP represented position.
Pay Grade: 7
Starting hourly rate: $27.05
Post-Probationary rate: $28.39



Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


REQ: 92700 


Emergency Communications Dispatcher, FOP

Date:  May 18, 2024

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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