1251 Background Investigator

Recruitment #PEX-1251-101465

Introduction

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this position may close at any time, but no earlier than 5pm, November 20, 2019.

 

Appointment Type

This is a Permanent Exempt appointment not to exceed three (3) years. This position is exempt from Civil Service Commission rules pursuant to the City and County of San Francisco, Charter Section 10.104, and incumbents are considered “at will” and serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

 

ORGANIZATION:

The San Francisco Police Department is committed to excellence in law enforcement and is dedicated to the people, traditions and diversity of our City. In order to protect life and property, prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime, the department provides service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision. The San Francisco Police Department established in 1849, enforces the law and investigates crime in San Francisco, including the San Francisco International Airport. The organization has grown into a nationally known police department providing law enforcement services to one of the most recognized cities in the United States. The department operates 10 district stations, a crime lab and a training academy.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Under general direction, the Background Investigator coordinates, directs and conducts background investigations for candidates under consideration for employment. The Background Unit manages the investigation process which includes verifying identity, education, employment history, criminal record, credit history and will include interviews with family, friends and relatives. This position will work with both sworn officers and other civilian employees, as well as work independently.

 

POSITION DUTIES:

        Reviews applications for completeness and directs candidates to provide additional information if needed; obtains proper information release documents.

        Conducts background interviews with candidates to review and collect required documentation; confirms candidates meet the minimum qualifications of the job classification.

        Conducts background investigation using tact and discretion; confirms information provided by candidates; makes inquiries to assist in determining credibility of statements; interviews references, including family, personal to include law enforcement and gathers evidence in order to provide a body of information for analysis; reviews local, state, and federal criminal databases; may conduct home visits and/or neighborhood checks which can include travel to locations outside of the county and/or outside of the state as necessary.

        Conducts follow-up investigations regarding any negative information or discrepancies; conducts discrepancy interviews.

        Summarizes and explains progress and results of investigations with applicants and/or supervisor.

        Regularly prepares lists and records accounting for status of assigned investigative caseload.

        Maintains records, files, data and supporting documentation for each case handled; preserves evidence in a secure manner for evaluation and analysis; adherence to established customs and procedures regarding control and custody of records, including evidence.

        Analyzes information and evidence resulting from investigative activities drawing logical and objective conclusions; prepares written background investigation reports; confers with hiring managers; makes recommendations regarding suitability for employment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

 

Experience:

Two (2) years of experience performing employment investigative work in a government or contract investigative agency.

 

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid California driver license.

 

Substitution:

Additional experience as described above may substitute for the required degree on a year-for-year basis. One (1) year is equivalent to thirty (30) semester units / forty-five (45) quarter units.

 

Verification:

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

 

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Tony Chow, by telephone at (415) 837-7383, or by email at Tony.Chow@sfgov.org. 

Selection Plan

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire:

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

 

Applications will be reviewed for relevant qualifying education and experience. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the interview process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed an invitation to interview. Qualified applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified of the exact date, time, and place of the interview.

 

Background Investigation:

Prior to employment with the San Francisco Police Department, a thorough background investigation will be conducted to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment. The investigation may include, but not be limited to: criminal history records, driving records, drug/alcohol screening, and other related employment and personal history records. Reasons for rejection may include use of controlled substances and alcohol, felony conviction, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to work with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations or other relevant factors. Candidates may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening, and must clear Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting. Criminal records will be carefully reviewed; candidates who do not report their complete criminal records on their applications will be disqualified. Applicants will be fingerprinted.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Conclusion

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities Applicants with disabilities who might need accommodations during the application and selection process should contact the SFPD ADA Coordinator Penny Si at (415) 837-7221.

 

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:

Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

 

Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

 

Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Benefits

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 


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