Police Telecommunicator/Dispatch

Northern Illinois University Police Department

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Contact Information

Address:

Northern Illinois University Police Department
395 Wirtz Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone:

  • 815-753-9033

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 02/05/23

Salary:

  • Starting: $19.67/hour ($40,913.60 annualized)

    Most starting dispatchers make closer to $50k a year with Holiday Pay.

    The position also includes longevity pay increases, and as a union position, sees consistent annual pay increases.

    There is a paid 10-week training program which must be completed in order to successfully assume the role as a dispatcher.

    This position comes with a significant benefit and retirement package, so it should be looked at as more than just a paycheck, and more as something you can get a retirement from through the state of Illinois.

    Benefits:

    • Dental insurance
    • Employee assistance program
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Paid time off
    • Parental leave
    • Retirement plan
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Vision insurance 

    We pay for all uniform items.

Sworn:

  • 54

Population:

  • 22,000 students

Position Details

MULTIPLE POSITIONS

Police Telecommunicator/Dispatch:

https://employment.niu.edu/postings/68863

THESE ARE OVERNIGHT POSITIONS UNTIL YOU GAIN SENIORITY.

This position closes on 2/5/2023.

You may or may not be contacted by HR prior to that date. If you follow the link above (or Copy / Paste if necessary, into your BROWSER bar), it will take you to NIU's Human Resources webpage. You can read the details of the position and click, "Apply for the Job" in the top right corner. Applying for this position will require more than one trip to DeKalb Illinois, USA, for testing and interviews. While I can answer general questions about the job itself (sent to me via email only), all hiring aspects are coordinated through Human Resources, AFTER you officially apply for the job through the link. 

If selected for hire, we will conduct a background check, which will include you providing a credit history report and a diploma or transcripts for your highest education level. Get them now just in case. Please fully read the HR job description link, as it will answer many of your potential questions.

Some basics however....

Our dispatchers currently work 12 hours a shift, with a 4-hour block on Wednesdays. The 12-hour shifts equate to only working half the year, for full years pay. You average 3.5 days a week on 12's. There are many OT opportunities for events like football games or shift coverages.  

We are a very diverse department serving a very diverse community. Customer service is of the utmost importance to us. If all of this sounds good, go to the website and apply so HR can schedule your testing process and interview.

We have 3 positions open right now.

We very much look forward to filling these positions and welcoming you to the NIU family. Best of luck!

Schedule:

  • 12 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Holidays
  • Night shift
  • On call
  • Overtime
  • Weekend availability 

COVID-19 considerations:

No COVID restrictions.

Application Question(s):

Do you have any direct dispatch experience? Does not have to be in emergency services.

Are you able to work over night? These will be overnight positions until you gain seniority.

Education:

High school or equivalent (Required)

Work Location:

One location

To Apply:

https://employment.niu.edu/postings/68863



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