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Emergency Communication Supervisor

Job Details

Full Time
High School Diploma or Equivalent
$40.34 - $46.15 Hourly



Supervise, assign, review and participate in the work of staff responsible for providing public safety telecommunications and dispatch services on an assigned shift; ensure work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; and participate in the daily supervision of communications center operations.


  • Work various assigned shifts, to include nights, weekends, holidays and participates in an on-call rotational schedule.
  • May be responsible for supervising a team assigned by Operations Managers
  • Ensures an atmosphere conducive to a professional work environment is maintained.
  • Administers guidance and direction to direct reports.
  • Makes command decisions concerning complicated and life-threatening situations.
  • Assists in developing operational procedures and ensures direct reports understand and adhere to them.
  • Enforces communication center rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Evaluates direct reports and recommends and/or assists with training. Works with operational personnel to develop employee action plans. Serves as a mentor and builds relationships in an effort to ensure all employees are able to develop and achieve their goals.
  • Engage in frequent interpersonal interactions that are stressful or sensitive in nature.
  • Administers corrective/disciplinary action
  • Accurately identifies, troubleshoots, and reports any equipment malfunctions impacting the communications center.
  • Ensures staffing levels are met to maintain dispatch functionality, covers shifts as needed, and participates in an on-call rotational schedule.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, and review the work of assigned staff; participate in the selection of assigned staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.
  • Establish schedules and methods for providing public safety dispatch services; identify resource needs; review needs with appropriate management staff; allocate resources accordingly.
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives for assigned programs and functions; implement policies and procedures; evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend improvements and modifications. 
  • Operate and maintain communications center equipment including radio systems, computer aided dispatch and emergency 911 telephone equipment; software programs; generate reports from computer aided dispatch and archived tapes.
  • Respond to citizen inquiries, requests and questions regarding public safety telecommunications services, record, and research complaints.
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement:  Prepare and conduct periodic testing and quality assurance to ensure that all staff are proficient in areas of assignment. Confers with other supervisors to identify deficiencies and develops necessary training to address same.
  • Participate in the preparation and administration of the assigned budget; submit budget recommen­dations; monitor expenditures.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records, reports, and logs.
  • Serve as liaison with various public safety agencies to determine telecommunications and dispatch needs, address concerns of users and maintain a cooperative working relationship.
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.
  • May serve as a CTO when necessary.   
  • Other duties as assigned.



Knowledge of:

  • Working knowledge of characteristics of modern public safety telecommunications equipment including computer aided dispatch systems and the ability to troubleshoot operational equipment to include, but not limited to, TRITECH CAD, Positron Phone System (including reporting software), and the radio system.
  • Modern office technology and understanding/proficiency with equipment, including computers and related software applications, to include but not limited to Excel, Microsoft Office, Outlook, CodeRed, PowerPhone, Schedule Express and any other critical systems
  • Working knowledge and ability to detect problems with building maintenance to include, but not limited to, heating and air conditioning units.
  • Thorough knowledge of Adcom911 Policies and Procedures and ability to apply same
  • Principles of supervision and training.
  • Operations, services and activities of a public safety telecommunications and dispatch center.
  • Techniques of questioning for both emergency and non-emergency calls.
  • Dispatching techniques with use of radio system for communicating and receiving information.
  • Customer service principles and problem resolution techniques.
  • Principles and practices of record keeping and documentation.
  • Geographic features and locations within the area served.
  • Operational characteristics of modern public safety telecommunications equipment including computer aided dispatch systems.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local codes, laws, and regulations.

Ability to:

  • Self-Management by setting well-defined and realistic personal goals, monitors progress and is motivated to achieve personal goals.  Manages own time, and completes assignments and tasks as expected in a timely manner.  Deals with stress effectively.   
  • Maintain Operational proficiency in dispatch skills and protocols.  
  • Be Flexible and adapt quickly to changes and willing to adjust schedule for unexpected assignments or to fulfill responsibilities.
  • Remain calm and controlled under stressful situations. 
  • Perform multiple duties while also exercising good judgment and making sound decisions in emergency situations.
  • Display a high level of effort and commitment towards performing work and demonstrates responsible behavior.
  • Provide understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, cooperation, concern, and respect to others. Relate well to people from varied backgrounds and cultures. 
  • Present a positive attitude, professional demeanor and an ability to counsel, coach, and motivate others.
  • Understand and apply the tenets of emotional intelligence to relationships with direct reports, management, agencies, vendors, and citizens.
  • Foster positive relationships.
  • Monitor activities in the communications center and takes appropriate action to ensure excellent service delivery is provided.
  • Ability to effectively communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Geographic knowledge of the area served.
  • Ability to train and assist in personnel training.
  • Functional knowledge and competent in use of NIMS.
  • Effectively utilize modern public safety telecommunications equipment including computer aided dispatch systems and operational equipment to include, but not limited to, TRITECH CAD(Preferred), Positron Phone System (including reporting software), and the radio system.
  • Effectively utilize modern office technology and equipment, including computers and related software applications, to include but not limited to Excel, Microsoft Office, Outlook, CodeRed, PowerPhone, Schedule Express and any other critical systems.(Preferred Software Programs)


            Minimum Requirements

  • Education: High School Diploma or GED, supplemented by specialized training in public safety communications or a related field.
  • Two (2) years of public safety dispatching experience (consecutive or cumulative) at the Lead level or One (1) year of public safety supervisory experience within 911 emergency dispatching center.  Must have previous dispatching experience in police and/or fire disciplines.


  • Valid unrestricted Colorado Driver’s License or Colorado Identification Card
  • CTO Certification
  • CJIS Compliancy
  • EMD Certification (PowerPhone is current certification 2021)


  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check as required.
  • Submit to fitness for duty evaluations if required.
  • Maintain proficiency in all duties of the Communication Center for Call Taking and Dispatching to included but not limited to: ECS I, II, III, Fire Board Channels and Law Enforcement Channels, Service Channel.
  • Successful candidate is subject to a one (1) probationary period.
  • Meet or exceed expectations on yearly performance evaluation.


            Sedentary Work

  •  Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. 
  • Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.  Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are metEmployee may be required to sit for prolonged periods 

Work Environment Conditions

  • Office Environment - works in a clean, comfortable environment. 
  • Some exposure to noise and unpleasant situations.

Required Physical Activity

  • The employee is required to have normal vision.
  • The employee is required to have normal hearing. 
  • The employee is required to be able to speak clearly to effectively communicate and elicit information or give information others.
  • The employee is regularly required to stand, twist, and use repetitive motions in the conduct of work.
  • The employee is required to perform light lifting.

The employee is required to stay calm during stressful situations.