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Investigative Analyst

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 strong communication skills and a willingness to assist the public.
  • You are detail oriented, organized, dependable, and able to work in a challenging environment.
  • You desire an annual salary range of $42,588 - $69,264.

What is the position?

The Investigative Analyst (Staff Services Analyst) is usually the first point of contact for the Whistleblower Hotline callers and plays a critical role in the investigative process. Specifically, the Investigative Analyst gathers information from whistleblower complainants and witnesses about alleged improper governmental activities, obtains preliminary evidence through various means, and analyzes the information gathered to make recommendations to the manager of investigations about whether to initiate an investigation, make a referral to another governmental agency, or take no action. The information the investigative analyst obtains is often highly sensitive and confidential in nature.

What will you do?

  • Answer telephone calls to the Whistleblower Hotline about matters that may or may not fall within the State Auditor's investigative jurisdiction under California law.
  • Apply advanced interviewing techniques to elicit information from a diverse population of callers and potential witnesses.
  • Evaluate and analyze the content of calls, letters, and complaint forms submitted through the State Auditor's website to determine whether the complaints involve potential improper governmental activities.
  • Research federal and state law and state policies to determine whether an alleged activity may be improper.
  • Collect and analyze information to determine whether an improper governmental activity has occurred.
  • Design and complete spreadsheets using programs such as Microsoft Excel to assist with the analysis and summarization of information gathered.
  • Draft correspondence to obtain additional information relevant to a complaint or to ask another entity to take action regarding a complaint.

Who are you?

  • You have experience handling telephone calls from a diverse population.
  • You have strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • You have experience performing analysis of data, including statements from complainants and witnesses.
  • You have strong interviewing skills, including the ability to elicit information from persons who may be upset, defensive, or uncooperative.
  • You have demonstrated an ability to work on multiple assignments and complete your work with competing deadlines.
  • You have demonstrated an ability to handle, review, and keep confidential sensitive information.
  • You have the ability to work in a small team or independently, depending on the assignment.
  • You have ethical standards with a flexible, positive, self-motivated, conscientious attitude.

How do I join?

The California State Auditor is part of the merit-based California civil service selection system. To complete this process, you must do the following:
  • Take the State exam for this position. You can find details at this link on CalHR's website. If you are a current state employee with transfer eligibility, you can skip this step. If you are not a state employee, or your state classification is not eligible to transfer, you must take the exam to be considered for the position.
  • Submit a completed State of California job application (STD. 678) and your resume.
  • Provide answers to the following two questions. Create a document using a word processing application such as Microsoft Word, and limit your responses to one page using single spacing, 12 point Times New Roman font, and one inch margin on all sides. Your responses will help us determine who to interview for the position. We will not consider applications that do not include responses to the questions.
  1. Describe a situation where you were responsible for completing multiple projects with short deadlines that required in-depth research and analysis. What did you do? What was the result? What might you have done differently?
  2. Describe why you believe you would be a good fit for this position.

You can submit your complete application package 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. Additional hires may be made from this bulletin if positions become available. Failure to submit the required documentation may result in disqualification from the hiring process.

The Fine Print:

The office has a hybrid telework program that allows employees to work from home when their work is conducive to a telework environment.

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.