8556 Chief District Attorney Investigator

Recruitment #PEX-8556-100893



Appointment Type: This is an exempt appointment. Pursuant to the City & County of San Francisco Charter, Section 10.104.13, any person occupying a position under exempt appointment shall not be subject to civil service selection, appointment and removal procedures. Exempt employees shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.


Department Background

The San Francisco District Attorney's Office (SFDA) is the top law enforcement agency within the City and County of San Francisco enforcing all its laws to ensure the safety of the public at large and the support of all victims of crime. SFDA collaborates with the City’s diverse communities and law enforcement agencies to make San Francisco safe. Our office engages in public education and crime prevention efforts while maintaining the traditional role of investigating, charging, and prosecuting all criminal violations occurring within the City and County of San Francisco.


SFDA’s Bureau of Investigations (DAI) is composed of sworn peace officers who work closely with our prosecutors to prepare and organize cases for court.


DAIs work in either the Trial Preparation Unit or the Special Prosecutions Unit within the SFDA’s Office. Investigators within the Trial Preparation Unit work closely with trial attorneys in the criminal division to supplement investigation in cases or, in some instances, build cases from the ground up. Their work ranges from serving subpoenas, reviewing and preparing criminal history reports, to conducting interviews of key witnesses and identifying and tracking down key pieces of evidence. Investigators assigned to the Special Prosecutions Unit provide similar types of support for cases involving fraud, public integrity, justice integrity, elder abuse, environmental, and consumer fraud.


Investigators also perform a variety of other duties, including but not limited to witness protection and relocation in cases where there is significant threat of retaliation; responding to family child abductions; conducting forensic analysis of computer and electronic evidence, and providing dignitary protection for high profile individuals.


Position Description

With general direction from the District Attorney, The Chief District Attorney Investigator will direct, plan, organize and oversee all functions of the Bureau of Investigations. Additionally, the Chief Investigator may participate in investigations of unusual complexity or of a highly confidential or sensitive nature. The essential duties include but are not limited to:

  • Supervises and participates in a wide variety of criminal and intelligence investigative activities; plans, assigns and coordinates the work of personnel assigned to the Bureau of Investigation in the District Attorney's Office.
  • Interprets, enforces, and coordinates policies and procedures relating to the investigative activities of the Bureau; makes reports and recommendations to the District Attorney; may assist the District Attorney in developing new methods and policies regarding investigative matters.
  • Assists and oversee investigators providing support to attorneys preparing and presenting criminal cases in court; advises attorneys on the presentation of physical evidence; testifies in court as an expert on criminal investigative matters.
  • Participates in the preparation of the budget for the Bureau of Investigation; compiles data and makes recommendations on personnel and equipment needs; oversee and implement management strategies aimed at providing excellent services within the confines of the Department’s budget.
  • Evaluates investigative personnel and makes recommendations to the District Attorney on recruitment, hiring, promotion and discharge of investigative personnel; develops and institutes training programs for investigators.
  • Establishes and maintains liaison with other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies; represents the District Attorney at conferences and seminars relating to a variety of criminal justice system activities.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

A) Possession of some combination of education of the collegiate level in criminology, penology, police science or a closely related field and responsible criminal investigative experience totaling ten (10) years, of which (2) years must include supervisory experience; AND

B) Possession of California P.O.S.T. Peace Officer Basic (or higher) Certificate (pursuant to California Penal Code Section 830.1); AND

C) Possession of a valid California Driver’s license prior to appointment, and meet and maintain driving requirements for the City & County of San Francisco.

Desirable Qualifications:

Knowledge of the Peace Officer Bill of rights Act (POBRA).


Security clearance is required as a condition of employment. Candidates for employment with the District Attorney's Office are required to undergo a background investigation to determine suitability for employment in the classification and department. Failure to maintain security clearance may be the basis for termination from employment with the District Attorney's Office.

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

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


You can also watch this video for further assistance with our online application system:



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.


All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower evaluations. A resume does not substitute for the employment record section of the application. This section must be completed.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the recruitment analyst, Richard Ng, by email at richard.ng@sfgov.org



All applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application, recruitment and /or departmental process. 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. For additional information regarding verification, refer to this web URL: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#verification

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.


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


2. Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to present additional material at the time of appointment and/or at a later date.


3. For general information concerning City and County of San Francisco employment policies and procedures, please refer to this web URL: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process


4. For Right to Work policy, please refer to this web URL: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#identification


5. 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.


ISSUED: 02/21/2020






DAT/RN 628-652-4041

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.

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