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Background Investigator


  • To serve as a Background Investigator of the Investigations Section ("Section") of the Investigations and Enforcement Division ("Division") of the Indiana Gaming Commission ("Commission"), reporting directly to the Director of Background Investigations and the Director of Financial Investigations, as appropriate. The Background Investigator is responsible for conducting all investigatory activities and preparation of all reports assigned to the Section.


  • Work under the supervision of the Director of Background Investigations in conjunction with the Director of Financial Investigations, as appropriate.
  • Provide support to the Commission in ensuring compliance with all applicable Commission policies, directives, administrative rules and state laws.
  • Conduct in-depth background and financial investigations as a team member, team leader, or independently, of assigned riverboat owners, key persons, suppliers, employees, and applicants for licensure.
  • Collect, analyze, and identify information which reflects positively or negatively upon an applicant's suitability.
  • Identify other persons and sources which may possess information relevant to the suitability of an applicant.
  • Prepare standard and non-standard correspondence, document all work performed, and maintain files containing work papers and supporting documentation.
  • Prepare comprehensive investigative reports, or portions thereof, from rough draft to finished product.
  • Prepare expense reports, time-utilization reports, and time sheets for billing and reimbursement.
  • Comply with investigatory schedules, practices, and deadlines.
  • Comply with requested performance appraisal activities.
  • Maintain compliance with all policies and procedures applicable to the Section.
  • Maintain optimum level of professionalism.
  • Maintain close working knowledge of assigned investigations and advise supervisors of their progress and matters of concern to the Commission.
  • Comply with the Case Management System.
  • Work to meet goals as established in the Commission's performance metrics.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with federal, state, and local law enforcement officers as necessary to conduct investigations effectively.
  • Assist in Investigations Section planning.
  • Remain apprised of current regulatory, financial, and law enforcement issues pertaining to the gaming industry.
  • Complete all investigative work and reports with a maximum amount of proficiency, effort, timeliness and accuracy in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures, Case Management System, and Commission standards.
  • Successfully complete training in background investigation techniques, principles, and practices, and conduct simple and complex background investigations.
  • Successfully complete training in financial investigation techniques, including financial, business, and accounting principles and practices and conduct financial investigations.
  • Examine and evaluate personal and business financial records to determine source adequacy and suitability of funds.
  • Work in tandem with the other Section Investigators as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as directed.


  • Bachelor's degree (criminology or related field preferred) or four years of relevant professional experience. Both education and experience can be substituted on a year for year basis.
  • Ability to conduct investigative interviews effectively.
  • Ability to analyze issues objectively and promptly.
  • Ability to learn and utilize financial investigation techniques, conduct financial investigations and refer complex financial investigatory issues to the Financial Investigators.
  • Ability to identify persons and sources which may possess information about a gaming applicant.
  • Investigative training and/or experience.
  • Demonstrated time management skills.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrate adequate proficiency in computer and internet skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with complex situations and investigations successfully.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • No felony convictions.
  • Successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Ability to operate state vehicles in compliance with Commission policy.
  • Adhere to the Commission policy prohibiting Commission employees from gambling or playing any licensed game or gaming device under the jurisdiction of the Commission in the State of Indiana.
  • Successfully pass drug testing as required by the Commission.
  • Comply with the Indiana Office of Technology's Information Security Policies and Minimum Compliance Requirements.


  • Work with and coordinate activities with the Administrative Division and the Financial Investigations Section of the Commission.
  • Maintain positive working relationship with local law enforcement entities in riverboat communities.
  • Work with and facilitate productive relationships with federal, state and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
  • Work with and facilitate productive relationships with applicable regulatory agencies sharing oversight responsibilities of the gaming industry.
  • Work in a professional and courteous manner with all applicants and persons related to the investigations.


  • Work is accomplished primarily in an office environment, but occasional travel throughout the United States and foreign countries may be required.
  • Working hours are normally seven and one-half hours (7.5) per day, excluding meals, but could be extended by the workload and emergency situations.
  • Work is often performed in an accelerated environment and under stressful conditions.
  • Required to perform limited law enforcement and operational duties in a variety of situations, including in the field.
  • Overtime and compensatory time must be approved by the Director of Background Investigations, Director of Financial Investigations, the Superintendent, or the Executive Director.