Apply now Job no: 505438
Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 470900 - Police
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Support Staff
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Handles routine and emergency radio, telephone and 911 calls for service following special or written instructions for transmitting and routing calls.

Salary Grade:  09

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Mississippi State University Police Department is charged with providing for the safety of all the students, faculty, staff, and guests who attend class, work, live, and visit our campus, and with the security of university buildings and property. The department provides a comprehensive array of law enforcement services through a dedicated staff of more than 34 sworn, state commissioned police officers and 16 full-time support personnel. All MSU Police Officers are certified by the Mississippi Peace Officers Minimum Standards Commission and have the same authorities and must meet the same expectations as law enforcement officers in any community. MSU Police Dept. is accredited by both CALEA and the MS Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

Area of Specialization:

Campus Law Enforcement

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Monitors police base station radio networks. Receives and disseminates information verbally is a clear and concise speaking voice to University Police Officers and personnel of the University Police Department. Enters information into computer via keyboard to respond to officer's request for information Monitors and responds to activation of campus-wide electronic sensor alarms. Oversees the emergency 911 service for the university taking appropriate action concerning police, fire, or medical assistance. Maintains daily telephone contact with all segments of the general public and campus community. Must be available to work rotating shifts. Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent. Must be able to pass a written assessment. Completion of a certified Telecommunications Operator course within one year of employment. Must be available to work rotating shifts. Ability to speak in a clear and concise voice. -or- Any equivalent combination of related experience and/or education approved by the Department of Human Resources Management.

Preferred Qualifications:

Vocational or college courses in mass communications. Previous experience as a telecommunications operator in a law enforcement or emergency 911 service. Completion of a certified Telecommunications Operator course.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent verbal & written communication skills. Ability to handle stress, multitask, and prioritize tasks as necessary. Above average computer skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Dispatcher positions work rotating 12-hour shifts so must be able to work nights and weekends.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must pass a written online assessment to be considered for this position. Upon receipt of your application via, we will email you with additional information regarding scheduling for the required assessment.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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