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Background Investigator
Job Type Part-time
Job Status Sourcing
Date Posted 08/10/2016
Location San Pablo
Start Date August 9, 2016
Company Information San Pablo Police Department
13880 San Pablo Avenue
San Pablo , CA 94806
Website: http://www.sanpabloca.gov
Job Description The Police Background Investigator is a civilian position assigned to the Administrative Services Division of the Police Department.

To perform a variety of professional duties related to conducting pre-employment background investigations of applicants to determine suitability of employment; and performs other and related work as required.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

•Conducts thorough, objective, and complete background investigations into an applicant’s suitability for the position sought in accordance with department policies, applicable laws, and procedural requirements.

•Reviews applications/personal history statements (and other documents, as required to determine suitability) for completeness and directs applicants to provide additional information if needed; obtains proper information release documents.

•Contacts and conducts investigative interviews of applicants, applicant personal references and applicant employment references.

•Develops and pursues lines of inquiry and additional references to corroborate or contradict information.

•Gathers, verifies, and analyzes personal, professional, credit/financial, and educational documents; contacts other agencies, governments, and professional organizations to obtain and verify information.

•Researches, obtains, and reviews data from various databases and information systems to verify information and/or check for inconsistencies related to applicant information.

•Prepares letters, reports and written summary of findings; analyzes investigation results and draws logical and objective conclusions; confers with hiring managers; makes recommendations regarding suitability for employment.

•Responds to requests for information; assists outside agencies when appropriately requested to provide background information regarding pervious applicant background investigation; answers applicant questions; refers requests or questions to managers, as appropriate.

•Attends training sessions, seminars and conferences; trains and advises others as required.

•May be required to travel to interview sources and verify information.

•Participate in a variety of special projects or assignments related to the overall operations of the Department.

•Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, applicants, and the public using principles of good customer service.

This is a part-time regular staff position classification; hence, per the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA), Retired PERS Annuitants are discouraged from applying, as this is NOT a position to perform work of limited duration, nor is there a definite end date to this assignment.
Qualifications Knowledge of:

•Principles and practices of conducting background investigation and research, including interviewing and interrogation techniques, conflict management, and methods and techniques of negotiation.

•Research techniques and analysis using electronic information systems to access data; principles of identification, and report writing techniques.

•Principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting; statistical analysis and data collection.

•Basic computer and modern office automation technology and computer software programs relevant to department operations.

•Relevant federal, state and local laws, codes, and ordinances related to the legal requirements of background investigations and hiring practices of applicants.

•Current issues, literature and informational sources in the field of background investigations.

Ability to:

•Effectively and objectively evaluate suitability of an applicant and prepare sound recommendations based on research and analysis.

•Demonstrate sensitivity of diverse cultures and individuals.

•Work within stringent deadlines.

•Organize, prioritize and perform multiple tasks to complete work.

•Work independently; read, comprehend and interpret complex written materials; perform detailed work with accuracy.

•Exercise good judgment in safeguarding confidential and sensitive information.

•Exercise diplomacy when dealing with people in sensitive situations.

•Operate computers and related software.

•Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

•Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

•Prepare complex written reports in a professional manner.


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Two years performing employment applicant investigative work in a government or contract investigative agency OR four years’ experience as a full-time paid peace officer conducting investigations.


High School graduation or equivalent.

License or Certificate:

- Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

- Completion of a Peace Officers Standards and Training POST approved Background Investigator course preferred. If the selected candidate has not completed said course(s), the selected incumbent must satisfactorily complete this course(s) within one year of hire date. (Date may be extended at the discretion of the Chief of Police)


The work requires a combination of the following physical requirements depending upon a given task, on a given day: 3 to 6 hours of sitting, finger dexterity, light grasping, near vision accuracy; up to 3 hours of standing, walking, bending, crouching, stooping, kneeling, twisting, turning, firm grasping, reaching forward or overhead, pinch grasping, eye-hand foot coordination, driving, depth perception, accommodation, and color vision; up to 2 hours of lifting, carrying or pushing/pulling 10 lbs. or less; up to 6 hours of face-to face contact and verbal contact (conversations or on the telephone).


The work requires a combination of the following mental requirements depending upon a given task, on a given day: interpreting, talking, comprehending and following instructions; simple to complex-reading, writing, and math skills; spatial, clerical, forming, coordinating, analyzing, compiling, computing, copying, comparing, instructing, presenting verbally and in writing, speaking, occasionally driving; perform simple repetitive tasks; to varied complex tasks; maintain work space, relate to other people; influence other people; evaluating; responsibility for hiring recommendations.


Work is generally performed indoors; using a computer and other office equipment; working alone; working around or with others; exposure to moderate office noise. Work is also performed outdoors which requires contacting citizens.
Compensation Salary: $24.80 - $30.14 Hourly
How to Apply Apply through CalOpps. www.calopps.org

Contact Info Tracey Thebodeau
Contact Phone: 510-215-3107

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