Background Investigator Job at Hennepin County, Minneapolis, MN

  • Hennepin County
  • Minneapolis, MN

Job Description


The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is seeking a Background Investigator for its Sheriff's Personnel division. This position will coordinate and conduct pre-employment background investigations for the agency, and will work to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws, rules, regulations, and organizational policies and procedures. This includes but not limited to Hennepin County Human Resource Rules, Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, as well as aligning your work with the Hennepin County Core Values.

Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visit employee referral program.

Location and hours:

This position is hybrid and will be performed both on-site in downtown Minneapolis at 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415, and remote as job duties require. The primary work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and may include occasional evenings, holidays, and/or weekends. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements, hires must reside in or relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin.

New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.

About the position type
This is a full-time, limited duration (temporary), benefit-earning position expected to last up to two years, with the possibility of extension.

This position is internally classified as an Administrative Assistant, Senior.
Click here to view the job classification specification.

In this position, you will:

  • Recognize and respect cultural differences and provide culturally appropriate services.
  • Conduct comprehensive background studies on conditionally hired employees.
  • Conduct criminal record checks and interpret results on contractors, providers, medical staff, and volunteers.
  • Interview new hires, previous employers, and references.
  • Provide written summary reports for background studies following comprehensive background studies and present findings to administration.
  • Utilize multiple criminal justice information systems (local, state, and federal databases) as part of the background study process.
  • Conduct fingerprinting of new staff and submit fingerprints through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
  • Perform other administrative projects and duties as assigned.
  • Work collaboratively with other business units, leaders, and staff.

Need to have:

  • One of the following:
    • Eight or more years of experience in general administrative work relating to the management of departmental/organizational operations or in a specialty area appropriate to the position.
    • Bachelor's degree or higher in public administration, business administration, criminal justice, social work, or other field appropriate to the position and four or more years of experience in general administrative work relating to the management of departmental/organizational operations or in a specialty area related to the position. General administrative work is defined as the administration and/or management of programs, policies, and/or budgets.
  • Access to reliable transportation to travel to worksites throughout Hennepin County.
Nice to have:
  • Experience:
    • Conducting criminal record checks, analyzing, and interpreting results.
    • Managing large caseloads.
    • With public speaking/presenting.
    • Researching, reviewing, analyzing, and processing gathered data.
    • Conducting interviews of new hires, employers, references, etc.
    • Accessing, navigating, and utilizing local, state, and federal databases to obtain information.
    • Working with Data Practices Laws.
    • Writing and/or preparing reports.
    • Working with customers or clients from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to:
    • Think critically, exercising sound judgment without constant supervision, following high-level process and practice in a multitude of different work functions.
    • Work with sensitive and confidential information.
    • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
    • Be tech savvy and successfully learn and properly use a variety of digital platforms (to include internal client management systems, Microsoft products, Adobe, SharePoint).
    • Recognize work priorities and deadlines.
    • Manage projects within a team environment and independently.
    • Work independently.
    • Contribute to an inclusive and diverse workplace.

About the department:

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office serves the county's 1.2 million residents. State law mandates most of the sheriff's office duties, including managing the county jail, providing security to the district court, and patrolling the waterways in the county.

The Sheriff's Office also runs specialized initiatives like Criminal Information Sharing and Analysis (CISA), Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF), Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Investigation, Community Outreach and Employee Wellness. The mission of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is: Providing quality professional services while building meaningful relationships that are sustainable within our communities, and with our partners, to ensure justice and safety for all.

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals - that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (log in as Guest).

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.

Your future. Made here.

This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.

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Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience.
Final candidates may be required to complete a background check.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Marita Nguyen

Job Tags

Holiday work, Full time, Temporary work, For contractors, Local area, Remote job, Relocation, Weekend work, Afternoon shift, Monday to Friday,

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