Background Investigator

Maricopa County, AZ - Phoenix, AZ3.6

Position Overview
The Background Investigator is responsible for preparing confidential background investigations of applicants under consideration for hire by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office (MCAO) by gathering, compiling, and analyzing relevant information.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Education and/or Experience:
High school diploma or GED required and two (2) years of investigations experience in a legal or law enforcement environment.

Specialized Training, Certifications, and/or Other Special Requirements:
Must currently possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona Driver License by the time of hire. Must be able to obtain Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification (TOC) Level B, within 30 days of hire.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office requires a thorough background investigation of all successful candidates and is authorized to test prospective employees for the presence of illegally accessed drugs. Drug testing is conducted once an offer has been extended and prior to placement.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:Knowledge of:
Report writing techniques in order to prepare clear, accurate, and comprehensive reports.
Law enforcement methods and techniques (i.e. conducting interviews, interrogations, investigations, etc.) to ensure extensive information is provided on background.
Research techniques, statistical analysis, and data collection.
Electronic information systems to access data and prepare reports.

Skill in:
Gathering and evaluating facts and evidence to draw valid conclusions.
Utilizing computer software programs to research information and prepare reports.

Ability to:
Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
Work within stringent deadlines.
Organize, prioritize, and perform multiple tasks to complete job functions in an orderly, efficient manner,
Work independently with minimal supervision.
Perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy.
Exercise good judgment in safeguarding confidential or sensitive information.
Exercise diplomacy when dealing with people in sensitive situations.

Preferred Education and/or Experience:
Preference may be given to applicants with prior experience conducting background investigations.

Working Conditions:
Office and enclosed areas in a fast-paced environment with frequent stressful situations. May require long periods of sitting while completing paperwork, standing and moving about during course of performing duties. May be required to travel to perform certain work functions.
Essential Job Tasks
Communicates with applicants via telephone, email, and in person.
Coordinates the distribution and collection of Personal History Statements from candidates.
Thoroughly researches, reviews and analyzes candidate's prior personal and employment history information.
Develops and analyzes information from interviews with candidates, family members, references, and prior employers.
Develops and analyzes relevant candidate information derived and developed from law enforcement systems, public domain databases, social media websites, etc to check for inconsistencies related to the applicant's background.
Researches criminal justice information and collect pertinent documents, analyzes information, and writes comprehensive reports for review by Executive Staff.
Conducts additional case and data research as required including MVD records, driving history and vital records.
Acts as MCAO contact with candidates to obtain information and answer procedural inquiries related to the background investigation process.
Performs clerical duties including typing and filing.
Maintains the confidentiality and security of sensitive employment files.
Provides secondary staffing coverage for other assigned Bureau personnel as needed.
Selection Procedure
The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable