1822 Investigator

Administrative Analyst

Recruitment #PEX-1822-108211

Introduction


1822 Investigator

Appointment TypePermanent Exempt, Full Time – This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

Announcement has been amended to extend the filing date and allow for additional applications. Applicants who already applied will be included in the applicant pool and need not reapply.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

The San Francisco Ethics Commission was created directly by the City’s voters with the passage of Proposition K in November 1993. Through its 24-member staff, the Commission is responsible for the independent and impartial administration and enforcement of laws related to campaign finance, public financing of candidates, governmental ethics, conflicts of interests, and registration and reporting by lobbyists, campaign consultants, permit consultants, and major developers. The Commission has an operating budget of roughly $4.8 million also administers a $7 million Election Campaign Fund that provides partial public financing for qualified candidates for City elective office.

Our mission is to practice and promote the highest standards of integrity in government. We achieve that by delivering impactful programs that promote fair, transparent, and accountable governmental decision making for the benefit of all San Franciscans. With public service a public trust, our aim is to ensure that San Franciscans can have confidence that the operations of the City and County and the decisions made by its officials and employees are fair, just, and made without any regard to private or personal gain.

The Ethics Commission is committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining and a diverse, collaborative, and high performing staff of individuals whose individual experiences, knowledge, and talents collectively drive achievement of the Commission's unique mission in San Francisco city government. We honor and value diversity, inclusion, and engagement, and are committed to promoting racial equity and to creating and sustaining a work environment that reflects and engages the diversity of our communities. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commission provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or any other protected category.

ABOUT THE TEAM

To fulfill the Ethics Commission’s oversight mandate as an independent administrative enforcement agency, the Enforcement Division is charged with ensuring fair, thorough, and timely investigations and case outcomes that serve as an effective deterrent and promote accountability in government. The Division has responsibility to identify, investigate, and remedy unlawful conduct within the scope of the Commission’s jurisdiction. The Division’s four investigators are responsible for investigating alleged violations of the law to ensure allegations are fully and objectively evaluated and that those who violate the law are held publicly accountable for their actions, which can include imposition of monetary penalties levied by the five-member Ethics Commission as provided for under the law.

In an era that has challenged the public’s faith in government, the oversight and accountability work of the Enforcement Division plays a vital role in supporting the Ethics Commission’s core mission to help build trust in governmental institutions.

ABOUT THE ROLE

The Commission is seeking an Investigator with solid analytical and investigative skills, exceptional judgment, and a demonstrated commitment to accountable government to perform complex, sensitive, and detailed investigative analyses and professional-level investigations. As a member of the Enforcement team, the Investigator also will play a central role in implementing critical streamlining and business process improvement measures addressed in findings and recommendations of the August 2020 Budget and Legislative Analyst Performance Audit of the Ethics Commission, including to reduce timeframes for resolving investigative matters while also ensuring the fairness, quality, and thoroughness of the Commission’s investigations.

This position reports to the Ethics Commission's Director of Enforcement. As with all positions at the Ethics Commission, the Investigator must be willing to forego involvement in all local political activity while a member of the Commission staff.

Important and Essential Duties

Essential duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Evaluate complaints, evidence, and law, including to identify matters that may be subject to treatment under criteria established for streamlined administrative resolution program.
  • Perform complex, sensitive, and detailed research and analyses of issues and policies pertaining to alleged violations of government ethics, conflicts of interests, campaign finance, lobbying, retaliation, and public disclosure laws.
  • Conduct investigations of alleged violations of government ethics, conflicts of interests, campaign finance, lobbying, retaliation, and public disclosure laws.
  • Gather and evaluate a wide range of information and source documents to elicit factual information and evaluate compliance with laws within the Commission’s jurisdiction, including through investigative research and interviews.
  • Analyze data and information to identify facts and develop empirically-based conclusions, including about any patterns of non-compliance.
  • Develop investigative findings and recommendations based on analysis conducted.
  • Prepare and present verbal and written reports of investigative findings and recommendations.
  • Develop, negotiate, and present written stipulated settlements for Commission adoption.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain protocols and tools to track investigative workload, timelines and objectives, including key program indicators to monitor, evaluate, and report on progress toward program goals.
  • Assist in other program-management related duties as assigned, including in preparation of Division reports and resource planning.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with other staff teams as appropriate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of legislation, regulations, and administrative processes to support effectiveness and enforceability of laws in practice.
  • As assigned, participate in Commission meetings and engage with other City departments as needed in support of enforcement-related programs and operations.
  • Under general direction, may supervise or serve as lead worker to clerical, technical staff and/or subordinate professional staff, depending on assignment.
  • Abstain from local political activities, disclose personal economic interests, and comply with outside employment restrictions.

HIGHLY DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

During the selection process the following desirable qualifications may be used to identify applicants selected to become a job finalist.

  • A Master's degree in public administration, business administration, public policy, or a related field of study.
  • Prior professional-level investigative experience planning and performing complex research and analyses and developing well-supported findings and recommendations.
  • Prior professional experience working on matters involving governmental ethics, campaign finance, lobbying issues or in related areas of government oversight.
  • Prior professional experience working in an oversight, regulatory, administrative, or law enforcement agency.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and complete projects of high quality and on time, including effective use of organizational systems to regularly track and report on progress toward established goals and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

1. Possession of a graduate degree (Master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university; and one (1) year full-time equivalent experience performing professional-level analytical work, as described in Note A; OR

2. Possession of a graduate degree (Master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university with major coursework as described in Note B; OR

3. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and two (2) years full-time equivalent experience performing professional-level analytical work as described in Note A; OR

4. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework as described in Note B and one (1) year full-time equivalent experience performing professional-level analytical work as described in Note A;

SUBSTITUTION: Applicants may substitute up to 2 years of the required education with additional qualifying experience in budget analysis, financial analysis and reporting, legislative/policy analysis, or contract/grant administration. One year (2000 hours) of additional qualifying experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester units/45 quarter units.


Notes on Qualifying Experience and Education:

A. Qualifying professional-level analytical experience must be in one or more of the following functional areas: complex budget analysis, development and administration; complex financial/fiscal analysis and reporting; development of complex contracting systems and administration of competitive bid processes and complex contractual agreements; development and evaluation of complex management/administrative policy; complex grant administration and monitoring; complex program evaluation and planning; complex legislative analysis; complex economic analysis; or other functional areas related to the duties of positions in Class 1822, where the primary focus of the job is complex professional-level analysis for evaluation, recommendation, development and implementation of major programs and functions of department/organization. Analytical experience equivalent to the duties of Class 1820 is considered qualifying.

B. Coursework applicable to a baccalaureate or higher degree in specialized subject matter areas such as public or business administration, management, business law, contract law, public policy, urban studies, economics, statistical analysis, finance, accounting or other fields of study closely related to the essential functions of positions in Class 1822.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Essential knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Knowledge of methods and principles used in investigative/legal research and analysis.
  • Experience planning and performing investigative research and analysis.
  • Experience gathering a wide array of source data on complex issues to identify relevant facts and evaluate compliance with applicable laws and policies, including by eliciting factual information through investigative interviews.
  • Ability to objectively evaluate testimonial and documentary evidence, and to independently apply a broad knowledge base, strong reasoning skills, and sound judgment.
  • Ability to read, understand, and accurately apply provisions of complex laws to facts and discern instances or patterns of non-compliance.
  • Orientation to detail and ability to synthesize analyses and to develop findings and recommendations that are supported by strong research.
  • Ability to structure and write investigative reports and other documents with appropriate supporting analyses that present clear and concise findings and recommendations.
  • Ability to prepare and make clear and concise presentations.
  • Computer and data analysis skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (in particular Excel), are required. Familiarity with PowerBI, Tableau, or other statistical/analytics tools is a plus.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, exercise initiative, and complete multiple competing projects within established timeframes while also ensuring accurate, high-quality work products.
  • Ability to develop and maintain organizational systems to ensure effective tracking and reporting toward program goals and objectives.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships that foster engagement and creative problem-solving as a member of a diverse staff team.
  • Ability to work comfortably within an open government environment while also maintaining confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to work objectively in a politically sensitive environment and a willingness to forego all local political activity.
  • Ability to exhibit professionalism and respect in politically sensitive and highly visible contexts.
  • Ability to exercise tact, sound independent judgment, and the highest standards of integrity in carrying out duties.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

PLEASE NOTE: In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement. 

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

IMPORTANT: 
All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications 
MUST be included in your application by the filing deadline. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applicant 
MUST attach the following documents online through Jobaps at time of application filing; however, resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. 

1.     Resume (Upload through “Resume” tab)
2.     Statement of Interest (Upload through “Other” tab) - Statement of Interest that details your interest in the Investigator position and describes your relevant investigative skills and experiences, including any related to accountable government or public integrity.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Kristin Hadley, by telephone at (415) 551-8949 or by email at kristin.hadley@sfgov.org.

 VERIFICATION

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

NOTE Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

 Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. Only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

 Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

 ** Please note that due to ongoing COVID19 public health restrictions all candidate interviews will take place online using remote technology. In addition, subject to further official notice from the City and County of San Francisco, the successful candidate should expect to perform their duties working fully remotely at least through June 30, 2021, however any City employee may be called in for Disaster Service Work duty or to work on site subject to the City’s and Department’s established Health and Safety protocols. In such instances, employees may be required be on site with 24-hours’ notice.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Conclusion

General Employment Information:

Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process

Terms of Announcement:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

Reasonable Accommodation Requests:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

Copies of Applications Documents:

Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam records and will not be returned.

Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Appointment Type: Permanent Exempt (PEX)

Issued: December 11th, 2020

 

Carol Isen

Acting Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: PEX-1822-108211

ETH / KAH / kristin.hadley@sfgov.org

Benefits

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 



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