Background Investigator I

Open Date: 08/02/2022

Closing Date: Until Filled

Requisition Number: 018-2022

Department: Gaming

Classification: Full-Time / Non-Exempt

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Location: Valley Center, CA


This position is responsible for ensuring background investigations of the gaming operation licensing applicants selected meet required standards. In addition, this position is responsible for making suitability recommendations for all gaming operation licensed applicants. Process background checks for all newly hired, re-hired, and renewing gaming operation team members by reviewing gaming license applications for completeness and accuracy. Conduct interviews to obtain detailed information regarding criminal and financial records and conduct license, employment, education, and military verifications.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Ensure gaming license applications are complete and confirm/clarify gaps in employment and residences, confirm contact information and assist prospective gaming operation employees with the completion of the gaming license application.
    Make sure all release forms have been signed by applicant.
  • Record keeping of gaming license applicant files, removal of terminated employees from the active investigation file.
  • Interview gaming license applicants and verify or rule out criminal information as factual.
  • Complete a comprehensive report compiling all investigative material in a clear and concise manner. Make gaming license suitability recommendations and submit the report to the Backgrounds Supervisor/Manager for review/approval.
  • Testify and/or present evidence at gaming license hearings regarding any sanctions imposed by the Commission.
  • Serve as liaison with the State, Federal and Tribal regulatory agencies, and any other law enforcement agencies.
  • Report findings to the party under investigation for confirmation or denial of information or data when necessary.
  • Conduct background investigations to determine compliance with National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), Secretarial Procedures, and Rincon Gaming Commission (RGC) regulations and policies and procedures.
  • Conducts electronic searches, which may include criminal and investigative record checks of the FBI database through NIGC, banking and credit history, court records, Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Process fingerprints via Live Scan, when applicable.
  • Manage and prioritize caseload to ensure timely and accurate completion of gaming license background investigations.
  • Review gaming license applicant files and conduct follow-up as needed to ensure all investigative requirements have been met.
  • Demonstrate a high level of professional integrity, ethical conduct, and integrity and maintain confidentiality regarding all matters within the Gaming Commission.
  • Attend meeting and training seminars as required by the Background Supervisor/Manager.
  • Ability to exercise attention to detail and have excellent judgement and problemsolving skills. Must be a team player with strong multi-tasking skills, time management and ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule based on the needs of the department.
  • Superior customer service skills, professional client-centered manner that will uphold the integrity of the Gaming Commission.
  • Work closely with Commission Department Managers and provide administrative support when appropriate.


  • Demonstrates an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment.
  • Adhere to safety standards and regulations of the Tribal Council.
  • Handle all confidential and proprietary information in accordance Rincon Tribal Government and Gaming Commission policies and procedures.
  • Perform other related or non-related job duties as required by the Background Supervisor or Manager.



  • Graduation from a U.S. high school, G.E.D. or equivalent from a U.S. institution, or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate is required.
  • Associates Degree preferred.
  • Gaming experience preferred.
  • Bilingual preferred (Spanish)


The following license and certification are required to be maintained throughout employment and are not subject to waiver:

  • Valid California Driver’s License. Must maintain a satisfactory driving record with the DMV.
  • Ability to pass an extensive background check and obtain a Gaming License.
  • Must be willing to sign a Non-disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement upon employment.


  • Working knowledge of state and local laws that pertain to background investigations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Strong organizational skills and the flexibility and ability to manage time and multiple tasks with little supervision.
  • Successful applicants will be a creative thinker, an energetic self-starter who enjoys new challenges and are able to function comfortably in a fast-paced team environment or independently.


The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package for full-time and qualifying part-time employees. Benefit include the following:

  • Health & Wellness Coverage: Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) Accrual
  • Holidays: Full-time employees and qualifying part-time employees are eligible for eleven (11) full paid holidays, and four (4) half day (4 hours) paid holidays.
  • Comprehensive Annual Performance & Merit Reviews
  • Job Training based on Business Needs
  • Life and Long Term Disability: $100,000 employer paid Life Insurance and Long Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Healthcare and Dependent care reimbursement accounts
  • Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
  • Supplemental Coverage: Disability, Accident, Cancer, Life and Hospital Confinement
  • Retirement: 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match
  • Company Events: Rincon Tribal Government holds great social events for employees and occasionally raffle many prizes.