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City of Des Moines Emergency Radio Communications and Equipment Supervisor in Des Moines, Iowa

Emergency Radio Communications and Equipment Supervisor

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Emergency Radio Communications and Equipment Supervisor


$42.43 - $53.71 Hourly


Des Moines, IA

Job Type

Regular Full-Time



Job Number



8/2/2021 5:00 PM Central

Occupational Group

Civil Service

Location of Vacancy

Des Moines Police Department



Selection Method

An education and experience rating will be completed on all qualified applicants. Those applicants deemed most qualified may be scheduled for an oral examination. Qualified applicants with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply must inform this office by the application date.

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Distinguishing Features of the Class

Supervises technical staff in the planning, construction, installation and maintenance of emergency radio communication systems and related electronic equipment; assigns or performs directly related work as required. The principal function of an employee in this class is to oversee communications personnel in maintaining effective working radio and electronic equipment. The work is performed under the supervision of the Chief of Police but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. Supervision is exercised over the work of employees in the radio shop. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other leaders and employees of City departments, area agencies, schools, businesses, etc., and the public. The principal duties of this class are performed in both a general office environment and an outdoor work environment, with some exposure to high voltages.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university or technical school with an Associate's Degree in Radio Communications, Electrical Engineering or a related field; and

  • Considerable experience in emergency radio communications maintenance operations, including some supervisory or leadership experience; or

  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications

  • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen;

  • Possession of a valid Iowa driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility;

  • FCC General Class Radio Telephone License within 6 months of appointment;

  • On-call status.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Directs communications and electronic technical staff in the installation, maintenance and implementation of radio communication systems, emergency warning equipment and related City systems;

  • Organizes repair and installation needs, assigns work to designated personnel and monitors completion of tasks;

  • Provides direct technical advice to communications personnel in the upkeep of all related equipment;

  • Coordinates the implementation of communications with other City departments through meeting with departmental personnel, identifying needs and providing technical expertise on the specifications needed;

  • Maintains professional relationships and agreements to facilitate multi-jurisdictional solutions to emergency radio communications;

  • Researches, plans and implements improvements in radio systems and equipment including modifications to existing vehicles and radio facilities;

  • Administers the radio replacement program;

  • Monitors the operation of the City radio communication systems for proper operation and compliance with Federal Communication Commission, (FCC), rules and regulations;

  • Serves as a City-wide consultant on communication and technical issues;

  • Maintains records of all operations functions and bills appropriate parties as necessary;

  • Troubleshoots technical, hardware and installation problems;

  • Orders communications replacement parts and maintains database of equipment used;

  • Prepares annual budget for radio equipment and administers the operating and replacement budgets;

  • Maintains renewal process of FCC licenses and stays abreast of changes in FCC rules and regulations;

  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;

  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;

  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;

  • Investigates and responds to citizen questions, comments and complaints in a courteous and timely manner;

  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;

  • Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.