Communications Officer/Dispatcher

Allegheny College, a small selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Communications Officer/Dispatcher.  The position is a full-time non-exempt position reporting to the Director of Public Safety.  The position works third shift, working 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.

Approximately 1850 students live in eleven residence halls, three apartment complexes and 34 houses that surround the campus. As a member of the Division of Student Affairs, the Communications Officer/Dispatcher is a student-centered professional who has primary responsibility for managing an information and dispatch center for all incoming telephone and radio communications; determining the nature of calls and deploying the appropriate emergency and non-emergency personnel and equipment; providing direction and guidance to callers reporting safety, security, fire or medical emergencies and other incidents; access control; and monitoring video surveillance. The position is responsible for performing a variety of duties following established guidelines which promote the safety and well-being of the college community.

The qualifications for this position include a required high school diploma; an associates or bachelor’s degree is preferred. One year of dispatching experience or one year of experience working in a customer service oriented position is required for the successful candidate. The candidate must also demonstrate a commitment to creating and supporting an inclusive and respectful residential learning community, in addition to demonstrating strong communication, organizational and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of Clery guidelines and reporting a plus.

Allegheny College is a Carnegie I national liberal arts college that ranks among the top 7% of liberal arts colleges in the production of future Ph.D.’s, business leaders and other professionals.  The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits.  The College is located in Northwest Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh, near Lake Erie. The 32nd oldest college in the country, Allegheny celebrated its bicentennial in 2015.  Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of just under 2,000 with students from 41 U.S. states and 47 countries.  Its picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.

Please submit a letter of application, resume, and three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail to  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

posted 5/11/17