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Oregon Statewide Interoperability Program - Public Safety Communications Specialist (PSCS)

Posted: 4/26/2022
Salary: $4,819 - $7,287
Location: Salem, OR

Job Description:

What You Will Do
Provide technical assistance to the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), who manages interoperability efforts across the state of Oregon.  Provide expertise in both the technical and operational aspects of interoperability, involving complex public safety radio networks, NG-911, traditional voice wireless and wired networks as they related to statewide alerts and warnings.  Serve as system administrator for the OR-Alert system and provide technical input on alerts and warnings strategies across the state. Analyzes, evaluates, and reports on current and emerging technologies including broadband networks, land mobile radio, Next Generation 911, and Alerts and Warnings. Create and maintain a database inventory of all public safety communications assets, infrastructure, and systems in use in the state; create and maintain GIS files of the same. Manage requests for use of wireless frequencies and channel plans for national interoperability frequencies.

Position will provide support, advice and consultation to Interoperability staff, agency personnel and workgroups and related to the technical aspects of plans and feasibility of operations. This includes providing technical support and expertise to the State Interoperability Executive Council on the State Communications Interoperability Plan, annually update two to three of the seven regional Tactical Interoperable Communications Plans and staff the SIEC Technical and Broadband Committees. Assist with implementation of a Training and Exercise program and certification of communications unit leaders and technicians for field operations and develop tools for public safety agencies. Maintain and manage the Oregon Tactical Interoperable Communications Field Operations Guide. Serve in Emergency Support Function #2 Communications emergency response role during statewide emergencies, deploy cache emergency communications equipment as required.

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The Benefits of Joining Our Team
The State of Oregon offers a competitive and affordable health and benefits package, including excellent medical, vision and dental coverage, paid holidays off, and personal business leave, as well as paid and accrued vacation leave and sick leave. In addition to standard medical benefits and employee leave, the state also provides additional optional benefits, such as basic life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and childcare expenses.

What We Are Looking For

Four (4) years of information systems experience in: Information Systems

An Associate's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field, OR completion of a two (2) year accredited vocational training program in information technology or related field; AND two (2) years of information systems experience in: Information Technology

A Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related field may substitute for all the above.

Candidates who are the most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • Makes independent decisions on the scope and timelines of several projects supported by ECD and/or the SIEC.
  • Edit and update the SIEC website with relevant technical information in conformance with SIEC general direction and DAS policies
  • Prepare for SIEC meetings in conformance with Oregon Public Meetings and Records laws.
  • Independently analyze various technologies and recommend public safety communications investments to the SWIC and SIEC for inclusion in the Governor’s budget.
  • Analyze and recommend policies and procedures related to operability and interoperability of land mobile radio, public safety broadband, FirstNet, Next Generation 911, and Alerts and Warnings affecting many agencies.
  • Time and personal resource allocation for assigned projects and stakeholders.
  • Schedule resources necessary for assigned projects and activities.
  • Consult with state and local agencies as requested for design, procurement, implementation and integration of complex communications systems.
  • Develop state COMU training program.
  • Develop web based TICFOG along with its ICAM and app store policies and procedures.
  • General understanding of the components and life cycle of major elements of a public safety communications ecosystem
  • Understanding of operability and interoperability of public safety communications systems
  • Knowledge of developing and reviewing public safety mission critical communications systems
  • Knowledge of computing technology, networks, radio, public safety data and broadband, E-911/NG-911, alerts and warnings, wireless network communications
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Experience presenting projects and solutions for technical and operational communications issues to a non-technical audience.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practice, concepts, methods, techniques, operational requirements, standards, tools, materials and equipment used in the development, design, operation, and maintenance of voice and data communication systems.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, databases and web site management.
  • Working knowledge of the federal, state and local rules, regulations and guidelines pertaining to the operability and interoperability of public safety voice and data communications systems.
  • Experience in the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System (NIMS)

The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

How to Apply

Your candidate profile, cover letter, and resume are the perfect place to display your interest in the position and highlight the skills and experience you will bring, making you the best candidate for the position. Submissions are screened for consistency of information and communication skills at the professional level (attention to detail, spelling, grammar, etc.).

  • Current State of Oregon employees - You must apply through your employee Workday account. At the time of application, please attach your current cover letter and resume
  • External Applicants - Please visit the State of Oregon job opportunities web-page to submit your application for the position, which includes your current cover letter and resume