Telecommunications Agent I - Switchboard

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Location:  US:PA:Hershey

Work Type:  Full Time

FTE: 1.0

Shift: Varied
Hours: Float 1st/2nd Shift




The Telecommunications Agent or Switchboard Operator will be hired for a Day/Evening Shift float position. These customer service positions play an integral role at Penn State Health to create a calming and informative environment.

The Telecommunications Agent team provides 24 hour a day, 7 days a week telephone communication and paging assistance throughout the Institution, including the Hospital, Medical Group, College of Medicine, and across all on- and off-campus locations. This is a high level customer service position that handles both non-emergency and emergency calls. The telecommunication agent is responsible for operating and updating an independent computer database, including entry of physician On-Call schedules. He or she will activate emergency procedures used campus-wide for all types of medical and non-medical emergencies. While working the switchboard he or she will provide personnel information, pager assignments, on-call information, department locations and hours, etc. to callers.  The customer service agent will connect callers to requested destination. When needed, report issues with telephone system and paging system and provide after-hours troubleshooting assistance to IT or outside vendors as requested.




High School Diploma plus 1 year of job related experience required.




Excellent customer service, communication, computer and problem solving skills required.

Ability to understand and follow procedures required.

Ability to respond calmly in emergencies required.




Previous call center experience preferred.

Previous experience in a medical environment preferre



If chosen for this position, you may be required to pass a Post Offer Employment Physical Exam in accordance with the measurements listed in the Work Task Analysis (WTA) report.  This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position.  All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position's responsibilities.


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Union: Non Bargained