7368 Senior Communications Systems Technician

Recruitment #TEX-7368-106835


APPOINTMENT TYPE: Temporary Exempt (TEX), this position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. This position has an anticipated duration of up to three years (3) years and will not result in an eligible list or permanent civil service hiring.

WORK LOCATION: Incumbent will conduct the work at the Department of Technology, 200 Paul Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124. However, there will be situations where the incumbent will be required to work frequently at other sites throughout the City of San Francisco as required.

NATURE OF WORK: Requires physical effort required to lift at least 40lbs of equipment in addition to dexterity in use of the fingers in the installation and maintenance of radio and communication equipment, and working at jobs with continual standing, kneeling, and bending. This may also include working in confined spaces and in bucket trucks with high heights. May require working different shifts or any combination of shifts in a work week.


Under direction, the 7368 Senior Communications Systems Technician performs a wide variety of skilled technical maintenance, testing, installation and Repair work on complex wireless and networked communications equipment to support a wide variety of emergency communications systems/projects; supervises the activities of subordinate personnel engaged in such work; maintains records and documentation of wireless network; makes contact with representatives of other city departments, outside agencies and public in connection with radio and communications equipment maintenance.


  • Receives work orders and assigns and schedules work of crews engaged in the maintenance and repair of communication systems and equipment, including transmission facilities; requisitions, issues and maintains records of materials, tools and supplies received and used in communication system maintenance and repair operations; reviews subordinates' time records, estimates, records all materials used and work performed; maintains and implements departmental processes, policies and procedures.
  • Plans, designs, engineers, scopes, estimates, and implement Off-Budget Communication projects.
  • Provide technical and administrative leadership in support of all CCSF Public Broadband Affordable Housing initiatives, SRO Wi Fi, and several related public service broadband projects.
  • Design/Engineer, Estimate, and complete installation to the satisfaction of residents.
  • Compile, prioritize, schedule, implement, test, and maintain broadband to affordable housing units.
  • Work with all CCSF client departments including Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Police (SFPD) and Fire (SFFD) in the installation coordination, troubleshooting, and testing of the new 800 MHz Radio Replacement Project system.
  • Manage city-wide Emergency First Responder Communication System (ERRCS) Bi-directional Amplifier (BDA) Public Safety Radio Interference Mitigation Plan.  Design/Engineer all Commercial Building 800 MHz communications specifications.  Formulate testing procedures/plan, offering technical feedback to installation contractors.  Work closely with the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) and Fire (SFFD).  Provide engineering solutions to new ERRCS City building code requirements. 
  • Maintains and implements various critical infrastructure security systems including alarms and video surveillance.
  • Evaluates performance of subordinates; inspects maintenance and repair work in the field to assure compliance with instructions and departmental methods and procedures.
  • Consults with representatives of other city departments regarding maintenance issues of communication systems; responds to public complaints of radio interference to electronic consumer products; investigates complaints of inoperative communication systems and makes necessary reports.
  • Analyzes equipment for malfunctions and corrects most complex maintenance problems; when necessary, notifies appropriate authorities to make necessary repairs.
  • Ensures that Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations are adhered to in the installation, maintenance and repair of radio and communication equipment.
  • Writes specifications for communications equipment such as model and make of mobile and portable radios, control stations, headsets, and related equipment.
  • Enforces codes for safe practices and provides training and development for subordinates.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Six (6) years of journey level electronics technician experience, which must have included the installation, repair, and maintenance of a broad range of electronic communications systems and equipment; AND

2. Possession of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General-Class Radio-Telephone Operator's License OR an APCO Certificate of Competency (Associated Public Safety Communications Officers) OR a NABER Certificate (National Association of Business and Educational Radio); position at Airport requires FCC license; AND

3. Possession of a valid CA driver's license

SUBSTITUTION: Coursework in electronic communications technology from an accredited college or university may substitute for up to a total of two years of the experience requirement, prorated as follows: one year = 30 semester/45 quarter units.


1. MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Prior to appointment, eligible candidates must successfully pass a medical examination to determine his/her ability to perform the essential function of this job.

2. MEDICAL TESTING: Prior to appointment, eligible candidates must successfully pass the TB testing Process.

3. SECURITY CLEARANCES AND BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: Positions in this classification may require that successful candidates who become eligible for appointment may be required to go through a background investigation to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment in this classification. Factors considered in the investigation may include employment history, use of illegal/controlled substances. Reasons for rejection based on this investigation may include, but not limited to: applicable convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations, falsification of application materials and/or other relevant factors. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination.

4. Prospective and current employees may be subject to DRUG AND/OR ALCOHOL TESTING in accordance with Federal rules and regulations.

The City and County of San Francisco’s Substance Abuse Policy, in compliance with the Department of Transportation Omnibus Transportation Employer Testing Act of 1991 employing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations, requires drug and alcohol testing for employees in “safety-sensitive” positions. The selected applicants for “safety-sensitive” positions will be required to pass a Pre-Employment drug test prior to appointment and shall be subject to Random, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Return-To-Duty, and Follow-Up testing during employment. Prior to appointment to an FMCSA “safety-sensitive position, each applicant who has participated in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program within the immediately preceding two years will be required to sign a consent form authorizing the City to contact his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.”

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed documents/applications will not be accepted.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst at (415) 554-6000.

Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the Agency by phone at (415) 554-6000 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 554-6015 (TTY).


Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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