Travis County Texas Telecommunications 9-1-1 Specialist in Austin, Texas

Job Summary

Under general supervision, operates 9-1-1 Telecommunications equipment used in receiving, evaluating, sending and relaying information in response to emergency and non-emergency calls.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the first in a series of three telecommunications-related job classifications within the Public Safety/Emergency Management job family. This classification is distinguished from the Telecommunications 9-1-1 Senior in that incumbents typically specialize in a division/department function and also possess broader knowledge/skills about division/department operation to allow more independence in carrying out responsibilities. May be required to work on rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department. Duties and Responsibilities

  • Answers incoming emergency (9-1-1) and non-emergency calls.
  • Operates emergency telecommunications networks equipment used in receiving and relaying information in response to emergency calls.
  • Refers emergency fire and EMS calls by communicating with persons verbally over telephone and radio equipment. Ensures callers are transferred to appropriate agencies.
  • Maintains telephone contact with callers during critical incidents and updates dispatch card with information pertaining to the call. Keeps caller calm and focused. Controls the call to quickly and accurately obtain necessary information.
  • Operates telephone device for the hearing impaired (TDD) to ensure emergency services is provided.
  • Accesses Language Line to ensure appropriate emergency response.
  • Operates a radio system in accordance with FCC rules and regulations.
  • Dispatches units to various calls for services.
  • Coordinates, performs and controls multiple 9-1-1 communication multiple-simultaneous tasks on demand.
  • Obtains and relays information to patrol officers and staff through telecommunications networks using a Computer Aided Dispatch Terminal (CAD), NCIC, TCIC, and TLETS. Uses log, runs inquiries, researches and enters information, assigns case numbers and maintains databases.
  • Uses laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures for ensuring proper response to the public calls for assistance and inquiry.
  • May interpret maps and other legal location description documents.
  • Obtains appropriate information from calls via 9-1-1 telephone system.
  • Processes information and data in accordance with TCSO policies and legal requirements.
  • May operate a County vehicle for business purposes and under non-emergency conditions.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:

High School diploma or G.E.D. AND one (1) year of telecommunications experience or equivalent, including one (1) year of computer experience;


Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements: None required.

Preferred: Valid Texas Driver's License.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • 9-1-1 concepts and equipment functions.
  • Federal, State, Local and County communications laws, rules, regulations and guidelines.
  • Law enforcement computer databases and telecommunications networks.
  • Basic telephone courtesy and functional knowledge.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages. Skill in:

  • Operating a variety of modern office equipment, including a computer.

  • Both verbal and written communication. Ability to:

  • Gain working knowledge of the physical County geography layout.

  • Communicate clearly, concisely and with professional tact both verbally and in writing.
  • Perform on demand, in a highly stressful environment, while maintaining a professional manner.
  • Perform multiple-simultaneous tasks on demand.
  • React and remain calm under stress and make quick and calm decisions in emergency situations.
  • Understand and carry out verbal and written directions/instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, representatives of outside agencies, other County employees and officials, and the general public. Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 20-40 pounds and pushing/pulling with force up to 20-40 pounds, occasionally. Subject to constant sitting, reaching, talking, audition, and exercise of fine dexterity, occasional standing, walking, climbing, kneeling/crouching, bending/squatting, and gripping/grasping to perform the essential functions. Subject to job related stress and client/customer communications within the confines of the communication center. Work requires 24-hours/7-days a week.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: This position works 10 hour shifts. Works some nights, weekends and holidays. Schedule may change periodically. This area operates 24 hours per day; 7 days per week.

Department: Sheriff

Location: 5010 Old Manor Rd., Austin

Drug and Alcohol Test Required. Criminal, Credit, Driving, Education and Employment Background Check Required.

Salary: $37,024.00 - $46,280.00 Annually $37,024.00 - $46,280.00 Annually

Job Number: 15-03133

Location: Austin, TX

Closing: Continuous

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Sheriff

Agency: Travis County

Address: 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420 Austin, Texas, 78701.

Phone: 512-854-9165