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PURPOSE OF POSITION
The Train Dispatcher will dispatch trains, other vehicles/equipment that travel on the rail, and protect individuals who work on or near the track. Dispatch is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year operation that can be fast paced and challenging at times. The scheduled hours of this position vary and will include days or nights any day of the week, including holidays.
The Dispatching Operations Division is covered under the United States Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). The RRB is an independent agency in the executive branch of the federal government. All dispatchers are covered under the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act. SCRRA Dispatchers, in addition to dispatching Metrolink trains, dispatch Amtrak’s intercity trains, and BNSF and UP freight trains on SCRRA territories. The majority of the SCRRA network is Central Traffic Control (CTC) with some track warrant (TWC) territories. SCRRA also has implemented Positive Train Control on its CTC territories.
This is a classified position represented by Amalgamated Transit Union per the Collective Bargaining Agreement dated February 8, 2019 – December 31, 2022.
TO APPLY: This is a continuous recruitment with the first review of applications beginning* April 16, 2022. *Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.
This job description is not part of a job series
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED
Receive general oversight from departmental supervisory roles.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties listed below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of responsibilities.
Control and direct the movement of trains, authorizing occupancy of the main track and sidings for train operations, track inspection and maintenance personnel.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Education and Experience
High school diploma or equivalent GED.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Position requires work in a normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, or temperature. Based on job duties, work may also be conducted in outdoor environments, at construction sites, railroad track and right-of-way environments, and warehouse environments, with possible exposure to individuals who are hostile or irate, moving mechanical parts, and loud noises (85+ decibels, such as trains, heavy trucks, construction, etc.). Telecommuting may not be available for this classification.
Following a review of resumes and/or applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. Eligible applicants will be notified of the exact time and place of assessments and interview. Candidates will be interviewed to determine their relative knowledge, skills and ability in job related areas. Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a reference check, including degree verification and criminal records check provided through SCRRA.
Internal Candidates: Employees with active discipline as defined in the HR Policy No. 5.3 Positive Discipline Program and/or with performance that does not meet the standard for “meets expectations” as defined in the Performance Planning and Appraisal Process may be precluded from consideration and placement in the position.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the SCRRA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
The SCRRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EEO/ADA
SCRRA offers a choice of twelve (12) medical plan options provided through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). You may choose from nine* (9) Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans and three (3) Indemnity/Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans.
For the plans with the highest premiums, PERS Care PPO and Anthem Traditional HMO, SCRRA contributes 80 percent and you contribute 20 percent of the premium for you and your eligible dependents. For all other plans, SCRRA contributes 90 percent and you contribute 10 percent of the premium for you and your eligible dependents.
You may waive coverage if you are covered under another group health plan; you must provide proof. Once you waive coverage, you will only be allowed to enroll during Open Enrollment or within 60 days from the date on which your other coverage is no longer available (proof is required). If you elect to waive coverage, you will receive $300.00 per month taxable earnings, paid in two installments of $150 each on the first two paychecks of the month. A retiree or an employee who is a spouse, child, or any other eligible dependent of another SCRRA employee is not eligible for the opt out/cash in lieu credit if he/she is covered under a SCRRA health plan. Eligibility begins the first of the month following hire date or qualifying event.
SCRRA offers two dental options provided by Delta Dental. Under the DeltaCare (HMO) program, you must select a contract dentist within their network to perform your dental services. If you require treatment from a specialist, your contract dentist will handle the referral. Many services are covered at no cost to you. A co-payment applies for other services.
The Delta Preferred Option (DPO) plan allows you to visit a dentist of your choice, change dentists at any time, go to a dental specialist of your choice, receive dental care anywhere in the world, and save on out-of-pocket expenses when you visit a DPO network dental office. SCRRA pays the full premium for coverage of you and your eligible dependents under both plans. Eligibility begins the first of the month following hire date or qualifying event.
SCRRA offers two (2) vision plans through Vision Service Plan (VSP), providing coverage for eye examinations, prescription eyewear and contact lenses through network providers. You have the option of seeing out-of-network providers, but full reimbursement is not guaranteed.
VSP has contracted with many laser surgery facilities and doctors, offering you a discount on PRK and LASIK surgeries.
If you enroll in the VSP Basic Plan, SCRRA pays the full premium for coverage of you and your eligible dependents. If you enroll in the VSP Buy-up Plan, which offers enhanced vision benefits, you pay the difference between the cost of the Basic Plan and the Buy-up Plan.
FLEXIBLE SPENDING PLAN:
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) allow for the deferral of pre-tax dollars to be used for reimbursement of eligible medical and dependent care expenses. You can set aside up to $2,750 for health care expenses and $5,000 per family for dependent care expenses annually.
GROUP LIFE INSURANCE:
SCRRA provides for an amount equal to one times your annual salary, rounded to the nearest $1,000, to a maximum of $200,000. Your life insurance benefit will reduce to 65% at age 65 and 55%
at age 70.
IRS regulations require that the portion of Group Term Life (“G.T.L.”) insurance benefits provided to you by SCRRA, which exceeds $50,000, be added to your Federal, State, and Medicare taxable earnings for W-2 reporting. This amount is reflected on your pay statements each pay period in the “Other Benefits and Information” section.
In addition, SCRRA offers a voluntary plan, which may be purchased in increments of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000 without evidence of insurability (initial enrollment period only) and up to 5 times your salary to a maximum of $500,000 with evidence of insurability. Dependent life options are also available. The voluntary plan is portable; you may retain it if you leave SCRRA and pay the premium.
ACCIDENTAL DEATH & DISMEMBERMENT:
SCRRA provides for an amount equal to one times your annual salary, rounded to the nearest $1,000, up to a maximum of $200,000. Your AD&D insurance benefit will reduce to 65% at age 65 and 55% at age 70. In addition, SCRRA offers a voluntary plan, which may be purchased in increments of $10,000, subject to a maximum of the lesser of 5 times your annual salary or $500,000. Dependent AD&D options are also available.
UNEMPLOYMENT AND SICKNESS BENEFITS:
The Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) offer a number of benefits in the event of a disability, death or temporary unemployment and sickness while working. Dispatching employees receive these benefits based on a two Tier formula described under Railroad Retirement Annuity Formula Components. The first tier is based on railroad retirement credits and any social security credits an employee has acquired. The amount of the first tier (Tier I) is calculated using social security formulas, but with railroad retirement age and service requirements. The second tier (Tier II) is based on railroad retirement credits only, and may be compared to the retirement benefits paid over and above social security benefits to workers in other industries.
LONG TERM DISABILITY:
SCRRA offers paid coverage for income replacement of 60 percent of monthly earnings subject to a maximum benefit of $7,500 per month up to age 65. In order to qualify, you must be on disability for 90 days. (Note: there is a pre-existing condition clause in this program.) Eligibility begins the first of the month following hire date or qualifying event.
SCRRA offers the following employee-paid voluntary benefits, provided by Aflac:
9/80 ALTERNATIVE WORK SCHEDULE: SCRRA offers a 9/80 Alternative Work Schedule (AWS). During a 10-day work period, you work eight 9-hour days, one 8-hour day and have one day off. Your day off can be Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Approval from your supervisor is required to participate in the 9/80 AWS program.
SCRRA observes ten (10) holidays a year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
PAID TIME OFF:
SCRRA provides employees with Paid Time Off (PTO) for vacations, illnesses, injuries, medical/dental appointments, religious holidays, personal business and emergencies as follows:
0-4 years of service – 25 days
5-6 years of service – 30 days
7 years of service – 32 days
8 years of service – 33 days
9 years of service – 34 days
10-14 years of service – 35 days
15-19 years of service – 38 days
20 or more years – 42 days
At the CEO’s discretion, prior service at a public transportation or public agency, or rail transportation company may be counted towards an employee’s total service years to increase the employee’s PTO accrual rate. To be considered, Human Resources requires that a written request along with verification and confirmation of the years of service be provided prior to the start of employment with SCRRA. Human Resources will provide the final determination on behalf of the CEO.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: SCRRA offers you and your immediate and dependent family members confidential counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for family, personal, work-related and substance abuse issues through the EAP. You are entitled to a telephone session(s) with a trained EAP professional to assess the nature of the problem and provide a referral for additional assistance, if needed. Services also include three (3) face-to-face counseling sessions per family member per six (6) month period.
HEALTH ADVOCACY SERVICES:
SCRRA offers you and your eligible dependents free health advocacy services through Health Advocate. You are entitled to unlimited calls with trained professionals who can help you navigate the healthcare and insurance systems.
Dispatching Operations employees receive retirement-survivor and unemployment/sickness benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA). These programs provide income protection during old age and in the event of disability, death or temporary unemployment and sickness. The 2020 Tier I tax rate is 6.20 percent of earnings for employees and 6.20 percent for employers for retirement, and 1.45* percent for Medicare hospital insurance. The maximum amount of an employee’s earnings subject to the Tier I tax is $137,700. The Medicare hospital insurance tax is applied to all earnings. The 2020 Tier II tax rate is 4.90 percent of earnings for employees and 13.10 percent for employers. The maximum amount of an employee’s earnings subject to the Tier II tax is $102,300.
Unrepresented employees hired before* 11/1/18 and represented (ATU) employees hired *before* 3/1/19: *You will be eligible for medical coverage when you retire if your separation date and retirement date are within 120 days of each other. SCRRA pays the same amount for retirees as it does for active employees, which is currently 80 or 90 percent of the applicable premium, depending on the plan.
Unrepresented employees hired on or after* 11/1/18 and represented (ATU) employees hired *on or after* 3/1/19*: *You will be eligible for medical coverage when you retire if your separation date and retirement date are within 120 days of each other and you have a minimum of 10 years of credited CalPERS service, five of which must be performed at SCRRA. SCRRA pays a percentage of the state annuitant contribution rate** in accordance with the vesting schedule below:
10 years of CalPERS Service – 50% Contribution
11-19 years of CalPERS Service – 50%, plus 5% for each additional year of service.
20+ years of CalPERS service – 100%
**The state annuitant contribution rates for 2020 are: $767 (Single), $1,461 (Two Party) and $1,868 (Family).
401A PLAN: Employees hired before 2/8/19: The Authority will contribute 5 percent of your base earnings to a money purchase plan. You will be 100% vested in the plan upon reaching 5 years of vesting service.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN (457)
You are eligible to set aside a portion of your current income without paying taxes on that money until it is received later during retirement when taxes may be lower. In 2020, you can
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $19,500.00 per year