Special Agent I (Certified) -Lateral

Salary Statewide: $71,400

Hire Date: May 25, 2023 – Start Date: May 30, 2023

Join A Team Crafted of Virginia’s Top Shelf Talent!

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority is recruiting for qualified (DCJS) Department of Criminal Justice Services Certified Virginia Law Enforcement applicants for the position of Certified ABC Special Agent I.

The statewide salary for the Certified Special Agent I will be $71,400 with a hire date of May 25, 2023 and start date of May 30, 2023. All candidates will be hired as Law Enforcement III / Special Agent I.

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority is seeking ABC Special Agents in the following locations.

Region 2: Lynchburg

Region 5: Fredericksburg

Region 8: Chesapeake (Must Reside in Eastern Shore)

Region 8: Chesapeake (May Reside outside of Eastern Shore)

Region 9: Charlottesville

Applicants must provide up to three counties/cities where they are willing to accept assignment, or indicate willingness for duty assignments. The Authority will make every effort to assign hires to the preferred locations based on Authority needs.

Three time recipient of Bureau of Law Enforcement Receives NLLEA Award (2020, 2017 and 2002)

Are you looking for flexibility and work life balance?
Are you tired of shift work or rotating shifts?
No shift work – normal work days are Monday-Friday, however some weekends, on call and holidays maybe deemed necessary to complete investigations and/or special assignments.
Candidates receive a take home car, equipment and uniforms upon hire
Robust Career Progression Program
Robust Tuition Reimbursement up to $5,000.00 per fiscal year for graduate and undergraduate courses

Our values are Accountability, Service, Integrity, and Performance Excellence.

Our Mission
Virginia ABC generates a reliable stream of revenue for Virginia and promotes public safety through the responsible sale and regulation of alcoholic beverages.

Our Vision
To bring good spirits and excellent service to Virginia.

Our Values
Accountability – Service –Integrity – Performance Excellence

We offer:

Excellent work/life balance
Average work week is 40 hours
14 paid Holidays and PTO earned every 2 weeks worked
Affordable Healthcare with employer contributions; See benefits package
Virginia Retirement System VRS benefits
College Tuition Reimbursement program

Authority employees continue to be covered under the Commonwealth’s benefits and VRS. However, Authority employees are exempt from the Virginia Personnel Act and the Virginia Public Procurement Act. To find out more about VA ABC visit our website:

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority Special Agents provide specialized law enforcement services for the Commonwealth of Virginia enforcing criminal law and regulations of the ABC Board governing the manufacture, sales and use of alcoholic beverages.

Job Duties:

Specific duties include: initiating, planning and conducting moderate to complex investigations, making arrests for violations of alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, fraud and financial fraud statutes, testifying in state and federal courts and serving as an Agency advocate.
Additional duties involve preparing and presenting disciplinary cases to ABC Hearing Officers and performing special assignments such as instructor, electronic surveillance technician or becoming a member of a local, state or federal task force.

Conducting inspections of ABC licensed businesses to insure compliance with required statutes and regulations. Educating and informing ABC licensees, other government entities and the public at large on the subject ABC laws and regulations. Providing support to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as required.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

Must be at least 21 years of age on date of hire
VA Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Law Enforcement Officer -Police Officer Certification with prior experience as a sworn Police Officer
Working knowledge of law enforcement procedures/practices and business law practices
Experience employing investigative methods and techniques
Experience obtaining, compiling, analyzing and presenting relevant evidence to management, prosecutors and criminal/administrative courts
Experience with the use of a personal computer and Microsoft Office: Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel, Word
Experience using defensive techniques and firearms
Ability to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle
The demonstrated ability to work independently, and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to analyze complex and voluminous information
Ability to reconstruct business records/audit trails
Public speaking and presentation skills
Time management skills

Preferred Qualifications:

An undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, Business or Public Administration, Accounting, Finance, Sociology or a related field.
3.5 GPA or higher
Master’s Degree
CFE, Certified Fraud Examiner
CPA, Certified Public Accountant

As an expedited hiring process, various documents may be requested during the hiring process which may include:

A completed notarized Authorization of Release Form
A Pre-employment questionnaire

Required Trainings:

All VA DCJS Certified Officers will be required to attend 4-6 weeks of Training in Richmond and a minimum of 12 weeks of Field Training.

Required Assessments:

All applicants must be eligible to obtain a valid driver’s license by time of employment, pass a thorough background investigation to include credit history check and perform all essential job functions.

Applicants must also meet vision requirements of no more than 20/200 uncorrected vision in either eye, able to meet requirements for a color vision test and successfully complete a medical examination, polygraph and psychological evaluation.


**Selected candidates will have successfully completed a detailed background investigation which includes good character & reputation, educational achievements, prior work experience and credit history as established by the background investigation but is not limited to: a polygraph examination, medical examination, psychological evaluation and police record.

Career Progression:

Virginia ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement does have a career progression plan in place and Special Agents may be eligible for salary increases upon successful completion of the career progression periods.

VA ABC is a Military-Friendly Employer, is V3 Certified, and embraces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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