Job Req ID:  113858

Background Investigator/Applicant Processor

Johns Hopkins University Public Safety is seeking highly motivated individuals to work as Background Investigators/Application Processors. The Applicant Processor/Background Investigators work in a team environment and report to the Assistant Director of Background Investigations and Compliance, in Human Resources.

The Johns Hopkins University Police Department (JHPD) will be embracing the principles of 21st Century Policing; such as building on evidence-based best practices for community policing, building trust and legitimacy with all community partners, and focusing on officer wellness and safety.


The position will be pivotal in the hiring of JHPD officers who will provide effective community-focused policing that is supportive of our students, faculty and staff who are all deeply committed to the pursuit of intellectual excellence in a safe, secure learning environment.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the administrative process of setting up applicant background investigation files.
  • Conduct METERS, NCIC LInX and other law enforcement records checks.
  • Conducts applicant law enforcement database checks; NCIC, CJIS, LINX, and METERS
  • Coordinates and schedules applicants for the polygraph examination.
  • Coordinates and schedules applicant Livescan fingerprinting.
  • Prepares the applicant file for background investigation assignment.
  • Assist with applicant concierge assistance throughout the hiring process.
  • Coordinates with third-party service providers to schedule the medical (CDS) and psychological examinations.
  • Coordinates and facilitates criminal history fingerprints for the purpose of Maryland Police Training Commission certification.
  • Review correspondence and answer inquiries related to the background process.
  • Maintain applicant background investigation files; and assist in coordinating testing of applicants.
  • Provides customer service to applicants, other law enforcement agencies, and internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinates and schedules applicant Livescan fingerprinting.
  • Conducts investigations, which includes conducting interviews to obtain information concerning the applicants background, past working history, past education and addresses, criminal background to determine whether applicant meets guidelines for positions.
  • Conduct background investigations by interviewing employers, co-workers, neighbors, law enforcement officials, military personnel, members of the candidate’s family and personal references.
  • Examines various records and documents in order to ascertain relevant information.
  • Documents all information gathered.
  • Interprets and applies applicable laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  • Prepares various reports.
  • Reviews completed background, interview documentation, checking for inconsistencies, errors, omissions, falsifications and minimum requirements to ensure accuracy and completion.
  • Prepare detailed and complete interview statements for each person being interviewed in order to allow a reviewer to draw reasonable and logical conclusions about the prospective candidates.
  • Prepare documentation for inclusion into a results of investigation package organizing all investigative material in accordance with established procedures.
  • Prepares detailed summary of adverse information based upon objective analysis and evaluation of candidate’s background, and interviewee statements, as measured against requirement standards.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of applicant processing and background investigation processes for law enforcement positions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational, planning, ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally-diverse persons and communities with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Strong coordinating or project management background and proficiency in the development, reports, and display of related information.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with administration and communication tools such as Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Zoom.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in related field.
  • Three years of applicant background investigation experience within a law enforcement and/or security environment or related experience.
  • Additional related experience may substitute for required education and additional related education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Certified police officer with experience in applicant background investigations.



Classified Title: Project Specialist 
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Background Investigator/Applicant Processor   
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD  
Starting Salary Range: $62,300 - $109,000 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon - Fri 9 - 5 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/Eastern High Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​VP for Public Safety Office of  
Personnel area: University Administration 



Total Rewards
The referenced base salary range represents the low and high end of Johns Hopkins University’s salary range for this position. Not all candidates will be eligible for the upper end of the salary range. Exact salary will ultimately depend on multiple factors, which may include the successful candidate's geographic location, skills, work experience, market conditions, education/training and other qualifications. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Education and Experience Equivalency
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines: JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Applicants Completing Studies
Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Background Checks
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate's conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

Diversity and Inclusion
The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

EEO is the Law

Accommodation Information
If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711. For more information about workplace accommodations or accessibility at Johns Hopkins University, please visit

Vaccine Requirements
Johns Hopkins University strongly encourages, but no longer requires, at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine does not apply to positions located in the State of Florida. We still require all faculty, staff, and students to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. This change does not apply to the School of Medicine (SOM). SOM hires must be fully vaccinated with an FDA COVID-19 vaccination and provide proof of vaccination status. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit and all other JHU applicants should visit

The following additional provisions may apply, depending upon campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.
The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

Hybrid: On-site 3-4 days a week