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Special Investigator Final Filing Date: March 5, 2020
Sacramento, California

Special Investigator

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.

Why should you join us?

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?

Who are you?

How do I join?

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 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. To be considered for the position, submit a completed STD. 678 statement of qualifications (a one-page statement or letter highlighting your experience that demonstrate how you are qualified for the position) via your CalCareer account or by mail:

California State Auditor
Human Resources Office
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 1200
Sacramento, California 95814

Current state employees with eligibility are encouraged to apply. Training and Development assignments will be considered. Failure to submit all required application documents may result in elimination from the hiring process.

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The Fine Print:

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. 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 state 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.