Electronic Communications Specialist

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on September 15, 2022
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King County is in search of an Electronics Communications Specialist (ECS) who will perform highly skilled technical work as an expert in land mobile radio systems and other electronic equipment, including the 800 MHz Regional Public Safety Communications System, digital microwave networks and supporting computer systems and networks.
Reporting to the Radio Communication Services Manager, the ECS will be responsible for utilizing computer software and electronic test equipment perform system diagnostics, interpret results, and affect rapid repair of electronics equipment and support equipment for the WAN network which controls the trunked radio system, associated microwave network and other communication systems and equipment.  The individual will use a combination of logic, analysis, experience, and wisdom to make sound, timely decisions to solve problems determining required systems support and repair action needed on mobile, portable and base station radios, microwave and multiplex terminals, digital paging system equipment, legacy VHF and UHF radio system equipment, emergency power systems and RF site support equipment.
As an Electronics Communications Specialist, you will need to relate well to all kinds of people representing Radio Communications Services in building solid customer relationships with internal and external stakeholders, partners and governmental agencies. You will be comfortable working alone on tough assignments, using a variety of ways to get things done while acting with the customer in mind. Encouraging collaboration, you will be seen as a team player who is a direct, truthful individual and can be counted on to hold things together during tough times.
King County
As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations' history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all residents, regardless of their race or income. These qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.
King County Department of Information Technology
KCIT is providing the building blocks for many of the region's most critical services. As the business solutions partner, we collaborate with the 18 County departments and agencies to develop products and services that better serve the needs of our customers and our communities. To learn more about KCIT, please visit: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/it.aspx
King County offers a robust benefits package to support you and your family in a variety of ways. To learn more about the benefits offered here, please click on the Benefits tab or click here: http://www.kingcounty.gov/employees/.
Work Schedule
The normal workweek for this position is Monday through Friday.  Flexible part time work hours each week between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Shannon Hoeper at shoeper@kingcounty.gov or (206) 263-6957.

Job Duties

  • Serve as technical expert for land mobile radio systems and other electronics equipment, including the 800 MHz Regional Public Safety Communications System, digital microwave network, digital paging system, dispatch console system and supporting computer systems and networks.
  • Utilize computer software to perform system diagnostics, interpret results, document changes in equipment layout and wiring schematics, give technical direction to staff to affect rapid repair of electronics equipment and provide support for the WAN network which controls the trunked radio system.
  • Represent Radio Communications Services in communications with other internal and external governmental agencies.
  • Work with customers, vendors, and the Radio Shop to determine required systems support and repair action needed on mobile, portable and base station radios, microwave and multiplex terminals, and emergency power systems.
  • Work of technical staff; maintains accurate records concerning work hours, labor hours, equipment preventative maintenance and repair and modifications of equipment and facilities.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Successful completion of an AA degree, Vocational training program in Electronics or equivalent experience.
  • Military Electronics training involving communications equipment, analog and digital circuitry, and test equipment usage.
  • Two years of demonstrated experience in two-way land/mobile radio repair and operation.
  • Experience with Motorola SmartNet / SmartZone is preferred.  Experience with Motorola ASTRO 7.x systems is desired.
  • Two years of demonstrated experience in trunked radio systems.
  • Ability to pursue tasks with energy and drive even when times are tough.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment gaining the trust and support of peers, encouraging collaboration, keeping confidences and admitting mistakes. 
  • Ability to make solid decisions looking beyond the obvious solutions to a problem, approaching the work by making connections among unrelated notions.
  • Ability to concentrate on the more important priorities, using his/her time effectively
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with customers, gaining their trust and respect and following through to ensure their needs are met.  
  • Ability to remain cool under pressure and hear people out even if you disagree. Having a range of skills and interpersonal approaches and knowing when to use what with whom.
  • Ability to communicate messages that have the desired effect and to write clear documentation.  
  • Must be able to telecommute and effectively perform assigned duties in a remote work environment when required.

Supplemental Information

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Application Requirements
A completed King County Application and an attached resume is required for consideration, and a Cover Letter is strongly encouraged.

The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified applicants.
Union Status: 
This position is represented. IBEW L77

(For internal use only: 
Classification: Electronic Communications Specialist- 8308100)

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you authorized to work in the United States?
  • Yes
  • No
Does your authorization require sponsorship now or in the future from an employer or other source? (This does not preclude you from being considered for this position.)
  • Yes
  • No
Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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