Probation Division Director I – Background Investigations – Extra-Help

US Government, Probation Department (PRB)

Do you have experience conducting law enforcement background investigations? 
Join the County of Sonoma Probation Department as a Background Investigator.

Starting salary up to $68.20/hour* 

As a Probation Division Director I – Extra-Help in the Backgrounds Unit, you will conduct thorough and complete law enforcement background investigations in accordance with POST requirements, and in accordance with department policies, applicable laws, and procedural requirements. Responsibilities will include:

  • Reviewing applications/personal history statements (and other required materials to determine suitability as both peace officer applicants and nonsworn candidates) for completeness and directing applicants to provide additional information if needed
  • Conducting investigative interviews by contacting applicants, applicant personal references, and applicant employment references and developing and pursuing lines of inquiry
  • Gathering, verifying, and analyzing personal, professional, credit/financial, and educational documents; contacting other law enforcement agencies, government agencies, and professional organizations to obtain and verify information
  • Researching, obtaining, and reviewing data from various databases and information systems to verify information and/or check for inconsistencies related to applicant information
  • Preparing letters, reports, and written summary of findings; analyzing investigation results and drawing logical and objective conclusions, conferring with hiring managers, and making assessments regarding suitability for employment
  • Responding to requests for information, assisting outside agencies to provide background information regarding previous applicant background investigations, answering applicant questions, referring requests or questions to managers, as appropriate
  • Attending training sessions, seminars and conferences 
  • Training and advising staff, as needed

As an Extra-Help Probation Division Director I, you will perform background investigations and may be assigned additional tasks, projects, and assignments to support Probation Department operations. This position requires the ability to travel to interview sources for home/neighborhood checks and may travel within and out of county in order to review files at other agencies/departments to verify information.

The ideal candidates will bring a compassionate demeanor to cultivate an environment of stability, trust, and motivation, and possess:

  • Significant experience working in a law enforcement field
  • Experience and skill in conducting backgrounds for law enforcement agencies
  • Superb abilities to build rapport with candidates to elicit the information needed for the department, receive sensitive information from candidates, and treat all candidates with dignity and respect
  • Familiarity with Peace Officer Bill of Rights
  • Experience working with diverse and marginalized populations
  • Ability to make decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, collaboration, and judgment
  • An understanding of institutional and structural inequities and experience in interrupting and correcting these
  • Problem-solving, time management, and advanced writing skills


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve-month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill multiple extra-help Probation Division Director I – Background Investigations in the Probation Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list. The Civil Service title for this position is Probation Division Director I.

Effective 5/8/23, individuals who possess United States citizenship or status as a permanent resident alien, OR have the legal authorization to work in the United States under federal law, will be considered to meet the citizenship minimum standards for this position.   

*Salary is negotiable within the established range.

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