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Administrative Office of the Courts

Business Unit: 24400

Background Investigator #00033420-24400, Full-Time, TERM in Albuquerque, NM

# of Positions: 1

Opening Date: 01-11-2021 - Close Date: 01-25-2021

Job Pay Range: $19.616 - $24.520 per hour

Target Pay Range/Rate: $23.294 per hour

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court is recruiting for a Full-time, TERM, Background Investigator #00033420 position for the Background Investigation Division in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A shift differential of $1.00 per hour is paid for hours worked between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. Employee in this position may be required to work rotating shifts, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and on days the Court is closed due to inclement weather. Work is performed at the Courthouse or at the Metropolitan Detention Center. GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Acting under general supervision conducts background investigations on persons charged with criminal offenses and presents appropriate recommendations to the court regarding conditions of release. Finalist(s) will be subject to criminal background checks.

Essential Tasks: Currently this position is funded through June 30, 2021. Under general supervision, conduct background investigations on persons charged with criminal offenses, open charge misdemeanors, felonies or those indicted by the grand jury, including in-depth background investigations using NCIC checks and national criminal justice resource contacts. Ascertain community, family and employment ties as well as social, and psychological profiles to provide the Court with an accurate portrayal of the defendant and make oral recommendations on conditions of release at bond hearings and bond arraignments. Present justification to challenges of those recommendations. Carefully weigh flight risk, taking into consideration the safety of the community. May act as Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) for the division for NCIC certification purposes. Maintain NCIC manuals and assists other court personnel with accurately obtaining criminal histories in accordance with NCIC procedures. Maintain NCIC logs for audit purposes. Conduct interviews of persons charged with felonies and, if necessary, persons charged with misdemeanors, in order to acquire the information needed to commence the background investigation process. Organize and prepare monthly and annual statistical reports on arrests, releases and court appearances to justify funding for, and evaluate the effectiveness of, the pretrial program. Have the ability to get along with others and to work under stress. May perform other duties as assigned in order to meet the operational needs of the Court. A more comprehensive copy of the job description is available at or may be obtained in the Human Resource office of the Metropolitan Court.

● The Background Investigator is responsible for interviewing offenders to obtain and verify necessary background information to conduct a thorough criminal history background investigation.
● Provides detailed reports to the court including recommendations for release.
● Recognizes patterns of drug, alcohol, and anger issues and make appropriate recommendations for referrals to community treatment providers.
● Assesses offender’s threat level to self and others.
● Completes detailed offenders behavioral profile by contacting references and verifying information provided by offenders regarding employment, home, work, and school status.
● Contacts and interviews victims.
● Makes appropriate recommendations for release and bonds based on criminal history.
● Defends developed release or program recommendations and challenges to those recommendations.
● Prepares written reports including detailed chronological criminal history, conditions of release, treatment referrals and future recommendations.
● Attends court proceedings as necessary and present defendant profile and criminal history information and conditions or release recommendations to the court.
● Provides release information to judges, involved parties and community members.
● Documents all interactions with defendants in the case management system and maintains current case files.
● Compiles and reports statistical data.
● Communicates with District Attorneys and other members of government and court agencies.
● Participates and attends conferences, training and community outreach or educational programs related to court programs.
● Performs scheduled and unannounced site visits (home, work, school, or other location) to
obtain or verify background information.
● Serves as the Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) and ensure compliance with security
● Other duties as assigned.

The successful applicant should demonstrate knowledge of the state statutes, rules, and constitutional rights governing release and bail eligibility for defendants; third party releases, community safety concerns, and recidivism; criminal behavior patterns and profiles; investigative techniques utilizing national, state, and local investigative resources and interviewing procedures; New Mexico law, civil and criminal procedures, and sentencing guidelines; court rules, policies and procedures, operations and structure; misdemeanor and felony arraignment proceedings and bail and bond processes; court supervision program; case management and legal terminology; substance abuse, mental health counseling and treatment, drug screening methods and equipment; mediation techniques and conflict resolution; NCIC (National Crime Information Center) procedures; and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The following functions are representative, but not all-inclusive of the work environment and
physical demands an employee may expect to encounter in performing tasks assigned to this job.
Work is performed in an office or court setting. A valid driver's license and travel may be required.
The assigned work schedule may include nights, weekends, holidays and overtime. The employee
must regularly interact positively with co-workers, clients, the public, and judges and justices.

* This job description is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions performed

● Medical/Dental/Vision/Rx, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance Programs,
employee assistance program (EAP) []
● State paid life insurance, supplemental and dependent life insurance
● Optional flexible spending accounts for medical, day-care, and travel expenses
● Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Leave, up to eight (8) weeks
● Ten (10) paid holidays
● Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
● Lifetime Defined Benefits Retirement Plan []
● Flexible work schedules and alternative work locations*
● Free health care, Rx, lab work at facility (Stay Well Health Center) in Santa Fe, NM
● Bilingual compensation*
● Training and career development opportunities
● Higher education opportunities and educational leave
● May qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
● May receive overtime holiday or shift differential pay*
● May receive physical fitness leave*

*these benefits vary by job classification or need*


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Social Sciences, Counseling, or a directly related field.
  • Education Substitution: Four (4) years’ of directly related or relevant experience may substitute on a year for year basis.
  • Experience: Three (3) years’ experience conducting background investigations or a related field.
  • Experience Substitution: None.
  • Other: Must obtain and maintain National Crime Information Center (NCIC) certification within six (6) months’ of hire.
TO APPLY: Submit a New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment or a Resume and a Resume Supplemental form and proof of education to:

Application forms:
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Resume Supplemental Forms:
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Human Resource Division
401 Lomas NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Telephone: (505) 841-9819
Fax No: (505) 222-4823