Background Investigator (Top Secret Clearance required)

GEM Technology

$5,000 sign on bonus! $5,000 relocation!

$1,500 employee referral (paid after employee has completed 60 days of employment)

Current TS security clearance and must be capable of obtaining SCI access that includes a requirement to pass a security CI polygraph exam.




The Background Investigator reviews investigation request documentation for accuracy and completeness, and processes e-QIP packets for federal and contractor employees. They initiate the paperwork for background investigations, review the information submitted by the applicants, and correspond with the applicants for clarifying information. They are responsible for data entry requirements associated with each record, creating case files, forwarding cases for processing, and submittal of the e-QIP packet to be reviewed and forwarded to the OPM.

Functional Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct support and service to the administration of the FBI Security Program by participating in the direction, from inception to completion of the less complex security assessment investigations conducted by FBI Field Offices (FOs) and rendering appropriate adjudication recommendations regarding the same.
  • Conduct, review and analyze a variety of interviews internal and external to the organization.
  • Subjects of investigations range from FBI applicants, contract / access applicants, and other persons requiring security clearances or access to FBI spaces.
  • Provide support, analysis, and research into complex problems and processes relating to Personal Security.
  • Complete written reports and / or oral presentations utilizing critical thinking and analysis skills.
  • Advise supervisor of potentially controversial matters or those matters with far reaching implications.
  • Distribution and update of personnel security documentation files.
  • Responsible for security of program data and materials.
  • Processing security clearance and BI documentation in preparation for adjudication.
  • Summarize data and compose necessary correspondence to appropriate FOs for initiation of investigation, outlining background of individual cases, advising of information obtained from research and analysis and define security concerns.
  • Issue guidance for the initiation of investigation, setting forth leads which are to be addressed in compliance with existing Federal standards and FBI policy.
  • Coordinate with FOs for the submission of investigation information.
  • Examine and critically analyze investigative reports and correspondence from the FOs for conformance to administrative requirements as to format and content, and to ensure the investigation is adequate, denoted leads have been sufficiently covered, and procedures have been conducted in accordance with FBI regulations and policies.
  • Note inadequacies and transmit additional instructions to the field, recommending additional investigation and / or the elimination of unproductive procedures.
  • Recommend the need for polygraph examinations and / or interviews based upon analysis of all data available. Compose appropriate communications to pertinent FBI HQ Divisions and FOs to initiate same, setting forth any specific guidance which should be followed in regard to same (i.e., particular areas in question which need to be resolved; special qualifications desired of interviewer; etc.).
  • Determinations and resulting communications are subject to review and approval by the Government lead.

Position Requirements:

Applicants selected for this position will be required to follow the federal agency COVID-19 protocols including attesting to their vaccination status. Those who attest to being unvaccinated may be subject to on-going testing for COVID-19 and required to follow increased safety protocols. Increased safety protocols due to COVID-19 remain fluid and are subject to change.

This position requires candidates to have a current Top Secret security clearance and must be capable of obtaining SCI access that includes a requirement to pass a security CI polygraph exam.

Experience Requirements:

  • BI II: Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience or Associate’s Degree with four (4) years’ experience. Two (2) years of experience in the personnel security investigative or investigative analyst field, including developing and writing Reports of Investigation that form basis for creation of investigative and / or adjudication record.
  • BI III: Bachelor’s Degree with five (5) years’ experience in the personnel security investigative or investigative analyst field.

Experience conducting and interpreting database checks, credit reports, and searches for information related to personnel security matters.

Experience performing routine office administrative support functions.

Demonstrated analytical ability to critically review and analyze various types of incoming material and investigative reports to discern potential security vulnerabilities and to identify viable investigative leads.

Proficient computer skills to include:

· Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

· Use of Internet to conduct research and / or open source checks in aid of investigations

· Experience with various Federal LE and IC IT systems for conducting automated record checks.

· Knowledge of and experience with use of applicable commercial and Federal Government database systems.

· Experience performing database searches for information related to personnel security matters.

Experience performing multiple administrative tasks dealing with databases queries, filing, processing mail and performing audits.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience to conduct established Federal Government standards for investigations, BIs, and security investigations relating to suitability and security standards.

Position Preferences:

Demonstrated understanding of the following security – related / investigative guidelines:

  • Federal Investigative Standards (FISs)
  • Security Executive Agent Directives (SEADs)
  • Executive Orders (EOs)
  • U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (US CFR)

EEO/Drug Free Workplace Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Our company takes affirmative action in support of its policy to and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Our company maintains a drug-free workplace. All offers of employment will be contingent on applicant passing a pre-employment drug screen.

Salary Notes:

Salary ranges are provided based on location and commensurate with experience at each level of the position.

BI II – Huntsville, AL – $54,000 (with health benefits) – $56,000 (without health benefits)

BI III – Huntsville, AL – $63,000 (with health benefits) – $66,000 (without health benefits)

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $54,000.00 – $66,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Application Question(s):

  • What is your desired salary level?
  • Have you had polygraph administered in last 5 years?
  • Are you willing/able to relocate to Huntsville, AL to support this role?
  • Do you require health benefits coverage?
  • Have you worked for the FBI in the past 2 years? If yes, have you contacted the FBI Office of Integrity and Compliance (OIC) about this opportunity and received approval for post-government employment with GEM?


  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)


  • Background Investigative: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Adjudication: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Clearance Processing: 2 years (Preferred)
  • e-QIP: 2 years (Preferred)

Security clearance:

  • Top Secret (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

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