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Security Operations Dispatcher (MPS Operations)

City of Boston

City of Boston

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2024

Security Operations Dispatcher (MPS Operations)

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Property Management
Regular Full-Time
Boston City Hall
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Reporting to the Shift Supervisor, the Security Operations Dispatcher (Municipal Protective Services Operations) is an essential emergency operations position responsible for receiving emergency and non-emergency calls and signals for service over the telephone, computer, and radio. The Security Operations Dispatcher uses established protocols to process alarms and dispatch appropriate public safety resources. MPS Operations interacts daily with other operations and public safety dispatch centers in answering and transferring calls and incident information and maintaining communications with field personnel.

Municipal Protective Services (MPS) Operations is a 24/7, 365-day operation supporting over 600 City of Boston properties and facilities - maintaining radio communications and operations for MPS Security Officers and Supervisors and monitoring intrusion and fire alarms across all City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, and Boston Public Library locations.

The City of Boston Property Management Department's (PMD) mission is to manage, maintain, repair, and provide security for the City's municipal buildings, including City Hall and Faneuil Hall; to preserve the useful life of City facilities and reduce operating costs through effective preventative maintenance measures.


● Processes incoming and outgoing emergency and non-emergency signals from alarm monitoring software consistent with established protocols and procedures.
● Provides clear and relevant information to field and operations personnel in response to received alarm signals or calls.
● Communicates with Municipal officers, law enforcement, fire, and EMS units as necessary to ensure the safety of people and property.
● Provides daily feedback to the Shift Supervisor regarding the operation of the Dispatch Center, recommends changes to policies and procedures, and promptly reports incidents or issues affecting the continuity of operations.
● Speaks, works, and otherwise communicates effectively in high-stress and time-sensitive situations.
● Maintains a familiarity with the general geography of the properties and communities served to dispatch Public Safety Personnel effectively.
● Maintains an effective and positive working environment.
● Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

● High School Diploma (or equivalent).
● Two (2) years of professional experience in security operations, public safety dispatch, telecommunications, or call center operations, including facilities, equipment, technology systems, and management practices, is preferred.

● Knowledge of accepted call handling practices for public safety call takers, emphasizing professionalism and customer service, is preferred, including familiarity with the principles and practices of radio communications and the appropriate policies and procedures used in public safety dispatching.
● A basic understanding of the operational needs of public safety responders when receiving dispatch information is preferred.
● Must complete training initiatives and certifications for call receiving and dispatching within six months of hire, including Emergency Telecommunicator Certification (ETC) through the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED), and CPR Certification
● The ability to operate various technologies, including modern computers, radio & telephone systems, and monitoring software such as SIS Alarm Center.
● The ability to work independently with minimal supervision and in a busy and fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and competing demands on time.
● The ability to quickly process information from multiple sources (verbal, text, and video), keep information clear, make quick decisions based on minimal information, and accurately recall information on demand, especially names, numbers, and incident details.
● Deal with sensitive information discreetly and professionally and carefully follow prescribed rules, regulations, and procedures.
● Be able to work in a shift-work environment with variable hours of work and schedule and be available for overtime as needed.
● Proficiency in languages other than English is preferred.

Work Environment & Physical Requirements
● Essential employee status
● Call back and overtime required.
● 24/7 operations with work scheduled on days others consider holidays.
● The ability to operate personal computers, view computer screens, alarm monitors, and CCTV monitors, and listen to radio and telephone communications for long periods is required.
● Sitting or standing at a stationary workstation for extended periods is required.

Union/Salary Plan/Grade: SEIU/NP1-16
Hours per week: 40


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The City of Boston is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Therefore, qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category.

The City of Boston has played a role in causing and perpetuating the inequities in our society. To break down these barriers, we are embedding equity and inclusion into everything we do.

We define equity as ensuring every community has the resources it needs to thrive in Boston. This requires the active process of meeting individuals where they are. Inclusion is engaging every resident to build a more welcoming and supportive city. We are building a city for everyone, where diversity makes us a more empowered collective.