STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: COMMUNICATIONS AND WARNING OFFICER
Class Code: 2085-21 Date Established: 10-04-76
Occupational Code: 7-5-3 Date of Last Revision: 12-28-01
BASIC PURPOSE: To plan strategies relating to the design of communication and warning systems for disaster response, and monitor the implementation of programs designed to counter future threats.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Prepares program definition studies describing the scope and anticipated yield associated with the planned acquisition and installation of communications systems.
· Develops planning studies defining short, intermediate and long range requirements for communication and warning systems for response to disasters ranging from radiological incidents to floods, hurricanes and other man-made and natural disasters.
· Evaluates the capabilities and limitations of a wide range of communication and warning systems in order to correct deficiencies and improve system performance capabilities.
· Formulates operational plans and strategies for the activation of radio stations participating in the Emergency Alert System on either a selective or statewide basis.
· Prepares networking strategies designed to identify primary, secondary, and lower level signal pathways to municipalities statewide utilizing frequencies assigned to the Office of Emergency Management, other state agencies, or sheriff departments.
· Solicits, evaluates, and makes recommendations for technical proposals for electronic systems received from commercial sources.
· Works cooperatively with state and local departments on the design and/or organization, maintenance and operation of emergency communication systems.
· Supervises the initiation and management of work orders with commercial sources for the repair and maintenance of communication systems.
· Initiates applications for the initial licensing and/or renewal of licenses for communication systems and authorizes other state agencies, local government, and law enforcement agencies to transmit on these frequencies.
Skill: Requires skill in developing formats and procedures for special applications OR in investigating and reviewing the use of equipment and data for a specialized function.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact: Requires responsibility for achieving direct service objectives by assessing agency service needs and making preliminary recommendations for the development of alternative short-term program policies or procedures. Errors at this level result in incomplete assessments or misleading recommendations causing a disruption of agency programs or policies.
Supervision: Requires direct supervision of other employees doing work which is related or similar to the supervisor, including scheduling work, recommending leave, reviewing work for accuracy, performance appraisal, or interviewing applicants for position vacancies.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in a controlled environment with minimal exposure to disagreeable job elements and little risk of hazard to physical or mental health.
Physical Demands: Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication: Requires summarizing data, preparing reports and making recommendations based on findings which contribute to solving problems and achieving work objectives. This level also requires presenting information for use by administrative-level managers in making decisions.
Complexity: Requires coordinating a combination of diverse job functions in order to integrate professional and technical agency goals. This level also requires considerable judgment to implement a sequence of operations or actions.
Independent Action: Requires objective assessment in analyzing and developing new work methods and procedures subject to periodic review and in making decisions according to established technical, professional or administrative standards.
Education: Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university with major study in telecommunications, computer science, electronics, business administration or social sciences. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Four years' experience in the area of telecommunications or public safety planning. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
License/Certification: Valid New Hampshire driver's license. Must be able to obtain a U.S. Government Secret Security Clearance upon hire.
For appointment consideration, Communications and Warning Officer applicants must successfully participate in a structured interview measuring possession of knowledge, skills and abilities identified as necessary for satisfactory job performance by this class specification. The structured interview is developed and administered, according to Division of Personnel guidelines, by representatives of the state agency in which the vacancy exists.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of two-way radio communications procedures. Knowledge of FCC rules and regulations. Knowledge of the operation of teletypes, radios and other communication equipment. Knowledge of budgeting procedures. Knowledge of methods of organization and planning. Knowledge of governmental structure and resources. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to operate and make minor repairs to communications equipment. Ability to construct system design concepts of new communication and warning systems. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with governmental officials at all levels, ham radio operators and other private and public communications personnel. Ability to make decisions in accordance with the established rules and regulations of the agency. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 05/10/02