Security Screening Investigator


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Closing Date 2022-02-09
Reference Number 21-968-07-186
Job Category Experienced
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens
Location Toronto, Ontario
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Salary Range $73,970 - $89,970
Status Indeterminate (permanent)
Language Requirement English Essential (Toronto)
Bilingual Imperative BBB (Halifax)

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CSIS is at the forefront of Canada's national security system and we proudly represent the best Canada has to offer.

We recruit talented individuals who are committed to Canada’s values, energized by meaningful work, and looking for opportunities to explore their maximum potential. Working at CSIS is more than just a job.

Our role is to investigate activities suspected of constituting threats to the security of Canada and to take measures to reduce these threats in accordance with well-defined legal requirements and Ministerial Direction. 

Job Summary

Conduct security screening investigations and interviews of CSIS applicants for employment as well as for other branches of government, in accordance with the instructions of Security Screening Branch, National Headquarters (NHQ) according to established standards and procedures. 

Prepare, convoke and conduct rigorous interviews with references in order to shed light on elements that may raise security concerns, in support of the security assessments for CSIS.

Research, analyze, assess, and corroborate relevant information. Work with the appropriate section within CSIS when there is a link to an active investigation, and collaborate with the section in the preparation and conduct of interviews.  

Consult and follow relevant CSIS and Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) policies and guidelines.

Prepare interview reports with rigour, relevance and accuracy in a timely manner. The reports must be precise, complete and concise.


  • Undergraduate degree and two (2) years of experience
  • College diploma and four (4) years of experience

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada. 

If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense through a recognized credential assessment service.

Note: Any higher level of education could be recognized as experience.


  • Experience in conducting interviews* for assessment purposes and for the purpose of making recommendations; and/or, experience in investigations for assessment purposes and for the purpose of making recommendations.
  • Experience in the production of detailed reports and formulation of recommendations.

*Preference will be given to those with face to face interviewing experience.


  • Experience in conducting interviews in an intelligence or security capacity 
  • Experience working in areas related to intelligence or security matters
  • Specialized courses obtained in relation to advanced interviewing skills, especially in an intelligence or security capacity


  • Analytical skills
  • Communication
  • Judgement
  • Organizational skills/multitasking
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Professionalism

Conditions of Employment

May be asked occasionally to conduct interviews outside of core work hours and off-site.  As such, a driver’s license is required: valid and permanent* Canadian driver’s license (mandatory).   

*Permanent Canadian driver’s license is defined as a G Class (Ontario) or minimum of a Class 5 (remainder of Canada). G1, G2, Class 7, Class 6, Learner’s etc. will not be accepted. 


Occasional day trips and overnight travel may be required from time to time.

**Halifax: Regular trips to the District offices (Fredericton, NB and ST. John’s, NFLD) are required.

While we continue to explore opportunities for flexible work arrangements, the majority of work in our organization must be done in the office and cannot be performed at home.

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Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.



Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

As a separate employer, CSIS has implemented a Directive on COVID-19 vaccination that is consistent with the overall Government of Canada approach to the COVID-19 vaccination of public servants. Applicants to this staffing process should be aware that all employees of CSIS are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act. As such, all persons to be appointed to CSIS will be required to attest to their vaccination status no later than on their first day of employment.   

CSIS is committed to building a workforce that is truly representative of the Canadians it serves by cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. This will be achieved by increasing employment equity group representation (including persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and women) at all levels within the organization through hiring and talent management practices. We will also ensure that appropriate accommodations are made (e.g., specialized equipment, changes to physical workspace) to provide employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. In support of achieving a greater, diverse and skilled workforce, we strong encourage those individuals who belong to one or more of the employment equity groups to self-identify when applying. 

Should you require accommodation in relation to a disability, please tell us at the beginning of the selection process. This information will be kept confidential. 

The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.
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