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Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Non-Sworn (Administrative Positions)

(2) Assistant Program Specialists - TEMPORARY FULL-TIME


The Portland Police Bureau is hiring two temporary full-time Assistant Program Specialists to serve as Background Investigators in the Bureau’s Personnel Division.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The first review of applications will occur on October 13, 2014. Therefore, at the bureau's discretion, application materials received after October 13, 2014 may not receive consideration.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and professional resume to:

Portland Police Bureau – Personnel Division
1111 SW Avenue, Room 1542
Portland, Oregon 97204
Attention: Lieutenant Art Nakamura

Or, by email at:

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Background Investigators are responsible for performing professional assignments in support of law enforcement background investigative functions. Responsibilities include conducting personal history, employment and credit reviews to determine the suitability of police officer candidates and Police Bureau employees. Duties include conducting investigative interviews with applicants, obtaining relevant information from previous employers and personal references; utilizing a variety of law enforcement and/or other secure systems to obtain confidential information; accessing and reviewing other public and private records as necessary; preparing written reports detailing investigative results and recommending a course of action; traveling occasionally; conducting neighborhood checks to fulfill background investigations; and occasionally participating in recruitment activities such as attending various local and/or regional job fairs and community events. This position also guides successful police candidates through the entire hiring process.

Position Requirements: 

To Qualify:
• Applicants must possess and specifically address in a cover letter and resume the following: 
• Knowledge of investigative principles and practices;
• Ability to collect, evaluate and interpret data, either in statistical or narrative form;
• Ability to organize, analyze, evaluate and decipher data and form sound, logical, fact-based conclusions; 
• Ability to analyze, interpret, explain and apply relevant laws, regulations, ordinances and policies;
• Ability to prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence and other documents appropriate to the audience;
• Ability to work collaboratively in small team environment;
• Ability to carry out assigned responsibilities with initiative, independence and creativity while exercising sound professional judgment and problem-solving skills.