Job Details

Background Investigator (Administrative Specialist III)

City of Portland, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 08/23/2019

The Portland Police Bureau is seeking a qualified Background Investigator to join their team.

This recruitment will remain open until 100 applications have been received or until the posted closing date, Friday, August 23, 2019, whichever comes first. Applications received after the 100 application limit has been reached will not be included in this recruitment process.

Background Investigators are responsible for performing professional assignments in support of law enforcement background investigative functions.

Responsibilities include:
•Conducting personal history; and
•Employment and credit reviews when applicable to determine the suitability of police officer candidates and Police Bureau employees.

Duties include:
•Conducting objective investigative interviews with applicants using an equitable lens;
•Obtaining relevant information from previous employers and personal references;
•Utilizing a variety of law enforcement and/or other secure systems to obtain confidential information;
•Accessing and reviewing other public and private records as necessary;
•Preparing fact-based written reports detailing investigative results;
•Traveling occasionally;
•Conducting neighborhood checks to fulfill background investigations; and
•Occasionally participating in recruitment activities such as attending various local and/or regional job fairs and community events.

These positions also guide successful police candidates through the entire hiring process. Incumbents in this position may also be required to respond after regular working hours and on weekends. Out of town travel is required.

A background in police work or experience conducting investigations for a law enforcement agency is desirable, but not required.

Applicants must also possess the ability to successfully pass an in-depth background investigation.
Why join the City of Portland?
The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage are available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family. The City of Portland also participates in PERS, the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.


Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:
1.Knowledge of and experience as an investigator or experience as a highly skilled interviewer, working with policies, procedures, rules, directives, and applicable laws affecting law enforcement investigations and processes;
2.Ability to collect, evaluate, and interpret data, either in statistical or narrative form, using current technology tools or resources, and reach logical fact-based conclusions while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with all legal requirements;
3.Ability and experience planning and conducting interviews with candidates for employment, references, representatives of other agencies, and the general public while clearly and concisely articulating relevant information into an objective investigative report;
4.Ability to write grammatically correct and comprehensive reports, organize in-depth case files, communicate clearly in writing and orally, and present investigative findings in an objective manner in writing and orally to small groups;
5.Ability and experience in working successfully in a team environment while developing and maintaining effective working relationships with customers, other staff, union representatives, public officials, the general public, and representatives of other agencies.

Applicants must also possess:

•The ability to successfully pass an in-depth background investigation.


An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in your cover letter and resume weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection. Some positions may require those placed on the eligible list to complete and sign a criminal background statement before being considered for employment.

Recruitment Timeline:
•Position Posted: 08/12/19 - 08/23/19
•Applications Reviewed: week of 08/26/19
•Selection Interview(s): Week of 09/09/19

Please note: All timelines are approximate and subject to change.


Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional résumé and cover letter online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
•Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained, which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
•Your résumé should support the details described in your cover letter.
•If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to your supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Applications for this position will be accepted, online, until 100 completed applications have been received, but will close no later than 11:59 PM, on August 23, 2019, whichever comes first. Do not attach materials not requested. Applications received after the 100 application limit has been reached will not be included in this recruitment process. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.

Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below no later than the closing date of this announcement.

Teresa Dahrens, Senior Human Resources Analyst
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-4516

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

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