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Is there a candidate prescreening process?
Qualified candidates must first pass a verbal and numerical assessment before further consideration.
What are the required qualifications?
- A strong work ethic and impeccable integrity
- Excellent organization, time management, communication, and typing skills
- An undergraduate degree or at least four years of professional work experience
- Ability to obtain and maintain a favorable suitability determination from the OPM, as well as Top Secret security clearance eligibility
- Must pass a mandatory drug test
- Ability to work independently from home with high-speed Internet (LAN line required, wireless unauthorized) and your own personal computer that is compatible with Microsoft applications (e.g. Word, Excel)
- A current driver's license, a reliable personal vehicle for daily travel, and the ability to travel up to 75 percent of the time for business
- Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time
How can I obtain the OPM credentials required to become a Background Investigator?
You must be selected for a Level I Background Investigator position in order to be sponsored for a Single-Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). Additionally, you'll need to successfully complete a four-week OPM New Investigators Training (NIT) course that will provide you with the required OPM credentials.
How long does it take to obtain a favorable suitability determination by OPM?
If you have an active Top Secret security clearance (or above), the OPM can typically grant a favorable suitability determination within 24 to 48 hours. If you have a Secret, NACI, or Public Trust clearance, or no clearance at all, it will typically take OPM 60 to 120 days to grant a favorable suitability determination.
What does the OPM New Investigators Training (NIT) entail?
The New Investigator Training course is challenging and fast-paced. The first stage of training is two weeks of web-based training taken from your home. Training for weeks three and four may differ depending on customer needs and other criteria. It may entail travel to our training facility in Chantilly, Virginia, and/or additional training with you mentor. Students must pass all required exams before proceeding with the final phase of training, which consists fo field work with the support of a mentor, typically in your home area.
How much does training cost?
You are not responsible for the cost of training and related lodging. However, you will need to pay upfront for your travel costs, which will be reimbursed.
Do I get paid while in training?
Yes. While in training, you will be paid the hourly rate cited in your offer letter.
Can I take the training while I am awaiting a favorable security determination from OPM?
No. Course material contains proprietary information, and therefore you must be cleared by OPM prior to training.
- What is the pay for a Level I Background Investigator?
Is there any paid vacation, paid holidays, or sick leave?
Yes, you are entitled to 10 annual paid holidays and will accrue 10 paid vacation days over the course of a year. There is no paid sick leave.
If I start out as a Level I Background Investigator, how long will it take for me to advance to a Level II?
While meeting or exceeding performance metrics is the overriding factor, the typical time frame is 12 months.
Is there a clear career path within the investigations field?
Background Investigators may advance to Level II, III and IV if production and quality metrics are met. Additional opportunities for advancement include management positions such as Section Leads or Regional Managers, as well as positions in Investigations Oversight, Review, Training and other functional areas.
I believe that I meet all the qualifications, but I haven't been contacted. Why?
Many applicants do meet the minimum qualifications; however, our recruiters must review hundreds of applicants and select the most qualified candidates to move forward in the hiring process. Because of the heavy volume of applicants, we are not able to give individual considerations or status updates.
Why do I not see a consultant position listed?
CACI doesn't hire consultants or (independent contractors) as Background Investigators. However, we hire part-time investigators who work 20 hours per week and are eligible to maintain their contract status with OPM vendors.
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How do I request Reasonable Accommodation?
CACI is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all facets of employment, including the employment application and selection process. If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online application system, please visit our Contact Us page to request accommodation.
- How can I contact the CACI Recruiting Department?