Job Posting: Special Investigator

California State Auditor's Office

Special Investigator

$4,802.00 - $7,476.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 3/5/2020

Job Description and Duties

What is the position?

Under the authority granted by the California Whistleblower Protection Act, the California State Auditor conducts investigations into improper governmental activities by state agencies and employees in response to complaints received from state employees and members of the public.  As the special investigator, you will gather and evaluate information regarding complaints, participate in investigations to substantiate whether an improper governmental activity has occurred, take complaints from members of the public, and perform special projects as assigned.  You will work independently and as part of a team to complete timely investigations.  

What will you do?

  • Review and analyze complaints to assess whether they are within the jurisdiction of the California Whistleblower Protection Act and whether an improper governmental activity may be proven through further investigation.
  • Seek and obtain information from complainants, subjects, witnesses, and governmental entities.
  • Work as a team member and independently to create investigation plans, locate and interview witnesses, locate and obtain evidence, and prepare detailed published investigative reports.
  • Analyze and organize evidence, and make sound judgements about whether additional evidence is needed to support investigation findings.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and accurate documents; prepare subpoenas; analyze and organize evidence; and make recommendations for the disposition of complaints.
  • Prepare evidentiary materials for referral to other agencies; track and obtain agency responses to investigations.

    Minimum Requirements

    You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

    Additional Documents

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Special Investigator
    $4,802.00 - $5,678.00 L
    $5,481.00 - $6,798.00 M
    $6,015.00 - $7,476.00 N
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Permanent, Full Time
    Work Week:
    Monday - Friday

    Department Information

    Who are we?

    Californians rely on us—the California State Auditor—to ensure the effective and efficient use and management of public funds and programs. We provide nonpartisan, accurate, and timely assessments of California government’s financial and operational activities. Our work results in truthful, balanced, and unbiased information with recommendations for actions that lead to improving government operations.
    Department Website:

    Special Requirements

    Any applicant receiving a conditional job offer will be subject to a background check, fingerprinting and an inquiry to the California Department of Justice to disclose criminal records prior to appointment. State Auditor’s Office employees are excluded from collective bargaining.

    Selection Process
    The California State Auditor is part of the merit-based California civil service selection system. The civil service selection system consists of two simple steps: exams and hiring. This job announcement is part of the hiring step in the process. Details on taking the Special Investigator examination can be found on
    CalHR's website.

    Even if you have not taken the exam, you can apply for the position but must complete the exam process prior to participating in a hiring interview.

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

    Final Filing Date: 3/5/2020

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

    Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
    Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

    How To Apply

    Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

    Address for Mailing Application Packages

    You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

    California State Auditor's Office
    Attn: Human Resources
    621 Capitol Mall, Ste. 1200
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    CA State Auditor's Office--Human Resources
    621 Capitol Mall, Ste. 1200
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Required Application Package Documents

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
    • Resume is required and must be included.
    • Statement of Qualifications - A one page statement highlighting your experience that demonstrates how you qualify for the position.
    • Other - A one page cover letter.

      Failure to submit all required application documents may result in elimination from the hiring process.
    Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

    Desirable Qualifications

    In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

    Who are you?

    • You have experience performing or assisting with investigations.
    • You have demonstrated analytical abilities and experience applying complex legal criteria to factual situations and/or sifting and reviewing voluminous records and other documents to draw conclusions.
    • You have strong interviewing skills, including the ability to elicit information from persons who may be upset, defensive, or uncooperative.
    • You have experience evaluating conflicting witness statements and evidence to distinguish truth from falsehood
    • You have demonstrated ability to work in a small team or independently, depending on the assignment.
    • You have demonstrated ability to work on multiple assignments and complete work with competing deadlines.
    • You have demonstrated ability to handle, review, and keep confidential sensitive information.
    • You have high ethical standards with a flexible, positive, self-motived, conscientious attitude.
    • You have the ability to receive written and verbal feedback from peers and management.

    Why should you join us?

    • You want to work in a professional environment with a team dedicated to making a difference for Californians and future generations.
    • You have diverse investigation experience and a background in criminal justice, fraud prevention, or similar education or training.
    • You are detail oriented, focused, organized, dependable, and able to work with a high degree of independence while exercising sound judgment. 

      Contact Information

      The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

      Department Website:
      Human Resources Contact:
      Lynne Gaal
      (916) 445-0255

      Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

      EEO Contact:
      Kristina Gin
      (916) 445-0255 ext: 500
      California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

      Equal Opportunity Employer

      The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

      It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

      Application Methods:
      Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
      By Mail