Background Investigator (Part-Time)

City of Evanston

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Contact Information

Address:

City of Evanston
2100 Ridge Avenue
Suite 1700
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone Number:

  • 847-448-8204

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 12/03/21

Salary:

  • $250 per investigation

    *Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for range.

Sworn Officers:

  • 115

Population:

  • 75,000

Position Details

NATURE OF WORK:

The Part-Time Background Investigator is a highly responsible and autonomous position responsible for facilitating and completing comprehensive pre-employment background investigations for sworn and non-sworn Police positions according to City of Evanston policies, work rules and standards. Under general guidance and supervision of the Evanston Police Department's Office of Professional Standards, the Background Investigator works autonomously, will complete investigations utilizing software, gathering information, and engaging in field work.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignments will include some or all of the following): 

  • Communicates with and directs candidates to supply information through software porta, via email and telephone.
  • Manages processes and facilitates the completion of a final report using candidate submissions.
  • Performs fieldwork necessary for the collection of information including, at times, conduct face-to-face interviews with candidates, neighbors, employers, friends, and family; perform record searches at police agencies, courthouses, educational and financial institutions, and medical/mental health facilities.
  • Reports all obtained information in a clear and concise report in a timely fashion and in the manner prescribed. 
  • Works independently in the field, and remotely from home with minimal guidance and supervision. 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF WORK: 

  • Must 60 credit hours or more from an accredited college or university.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license with a clean driving record, and reliable transportation.
  • Must possess five or more years of professional Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice experience including two or more years of investigations experience.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
    • Ability to interact and communicate in a professional and effective manner with a diverse breadth of individuals.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced changing environment with limited supervision and complete work by the prescribed deadlines
    • Understanding of proper grammar.
    • Ability to organize, schedule, and prioritize work in an efficient manner.
    • Ability to write proficiently using proper spelling, grammar, and syntax.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion in regards to ethics and integrity
    • Must possess excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:

  • Ability to work primarily in a sedentary position occasionally using force to lift, carry or otherwise move objects normally found in an office setting.
  • Ability to work primarily indoors and occasionally be subjected to outdoor environmental conditions – no effective protection from the weather conditions or temperature changes.
  • Per the City of Evanston's Mandatory Vaccination Policy, staff must either be vaccinated for COVID 19 or submit to weekly COVID testing on their own times as a condition of their continued employment.
  • Other Requirements:
    • Must have reliable internet access, and designated professionally appropriate work area to conduct video communication/conferencing.
    • Must have a reliable telephone. 

SUPERVISION:

Work is performed and evaluated under the general direction of the Evanston Police Department's Office of Professional Standards and Leadership staff. The employee is responsible for prioritizing work tasks, and for identifying and utilizing the appropriate resources to resolve a problem or situation and/or research and analyze specific data. Performance is reviewed through observation, completion of projects, status reports, conferences and meetings. Guidance is provided through the City code, departmental policies, city operating practices and procedures, and other resources as applicable to the specific project assigned. Work is evaluated at least annually, with respect to problem solving, customer service, research and analytical skills, written and verbal communication skill, and performance in accordance with this classification standard.

PUBLIC CONTACT:

The Employee has regular and frequent contact with division and department employees, other City employees, the general public and elected officials. regular contact with the general public and representatives of other agencies, and organizations.

SELECTION METHOD:

  • Structured Oral Interview
  • Writing Assessment
  • Background Investigation - Pass/Fail
  • Polygraph - Pass/Fail
  • Psychological Evaluation - Pass/Fail 

To apply for this position, please apply online on or before the closing date of December 3, 2021 at:

www.cityofevanston.org

Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position. Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check. 

The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person's race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity. 

The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-866-5095 (TTY).



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