Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Public Defender Investigator II

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Recruitment #19-8577-01

Introduction

THIS IS A PROMOTIONAL EXAM

 YOU MUST BE AN ALAMEDA COUNTY EMPLOYEE TO APPLY

 

THIS IS A NEW PROMOTIONAL ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended.  Qualified applicants must be current county employees and have completed the equivalent of six months of continuous service following a regular appointment in the Alameda County classified service by May 10, 2019 A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments.

 

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Departmental by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. 


Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted online.

DESCRIPTION

THE DEPARTMENT

The Alameda County Public Defender's Office provides the highest quality of indigent criminal defense by vigorously advocating for the rights of individuals facing criminal charges in adult and juvenile court.  Our mission is to zealously protect and defend the rights of clients through compassionate and inspired legal representation of the highest quality, in pursuit of a fair and unbiased system of justice for all. The Alameda County Office is one of the oldest Public Defender offices in the nation, chartered in 1927 by Earl Warren who later became Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Today, our team of more than 100 attorneys, 20 investigators and 40 support staff handle approximately 40,000 cases per year providing innovative, holistic defense services for Alameda County residents. In 2012, the office was named the "Best Law Firm" in the East Bay by the Alameda County Bar Association.

 

For additional information, please visit: Alameda County Public Defender.


THE POSITION

This is the entry-level professional class in the Investigator series. Under the close supervision of a Senior Investigator or the Chief Investigator, incumbents learn and perform a wide range of investigative duties, including the investigation of misdemeanor and felony cases, including complex felonies. Incumbents may be assigned as a secondary investigator to assist Public Defender Investigator IIIs in homicide cases, and may assist with the training of Public Defender Investigator Is and Investigative Interns. This class is distinguished from the lower-level class of Public Defender Investigator I in that the latter functions in a training capacity, and performs less complex investigative duties. This class is distinguished from the next higher-level Public Defender Investigator III class in that the latter independently investigates a full range of cases from routine misdemeanors to complex felonies and capital homicides as the primary investigator.


For more detailed information about the job classification, visit:  Public Defender Investigator II (#8577)

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EITHER I  
Experience:  Two years of full-time experience in the class of Public Defender Investigator I in the Alameda County classified service.  
OR II
Education:  Successful completion of 60 semester, or 90 quarter, units from an accredited college or university, which included the equivalent of at least 24 semester, or 36 quarter, units in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Forensics or a closely related field such as Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, or Journalism.  

 AND  
Experience:  The equivalent of three years of full-time experience conducting investigations in criminal defense work.  

Substitution:  Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Forensics, or a closely related field such as Political Science, Sociology, Psychology or Journalism from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience in Pattern II.   

License:  Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License is required.   

Special Requirements:   

Ability and willingness to work irregular hours as individual investigations demand. Must be at least 21 years of age. Ability and willingness to travel out of town, state or country, and stay overnight to complete job assignments.

Must provide fingerprints for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record. Depending on the nature of the conviction, a criminal record may result in disqualification.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

THE MOST SUITABLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL POSSESS THE FOLLOWING COMPENTENCIES:

Knowledge of: 
  • Interviewing techniques and procedures, skip tracing techniques, and California State laws as they relate to the service of subpoenas and the treatment of witnesses. 
  • California criminal court structure and procedures.
  • The purpose and organization of the Public Defender's Office.
  • Techniques employed in diagramming and making demonstrative evidence to be presented in court.
  • The subpoena process.
Abilities: 
  • Establish rapport with a great variety of people, judge the credibility of witnesses, and be objective in fact-finding.
  • Diagram crime scenes.
  • Operate a camera (digital or otherwise).
  • Maintain composure and professionalism under stressful conditions.
  • Keep accurate records and write clear, concise and grammatically correct reports.
  • Organize and manage a full misdemeanor caseload.
  • Communicate effectively with the public, and coworkers, including attorneys and other staff members.
  • Locate and record police radio dispatch calls, video, and other electronic evidence.
  • Interview effectively and analytically.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING STEPS:


1.     A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process. 


2.     An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises. 


CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION COMPONENTS


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness, and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN:

Deadline For Filing:

Friday, May 10, 2019

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Friday, May 24, 2019

Oral Examination*:

Week of June 3, 2019


*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


      WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing.  Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.   For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website www.acgov.org/hrs.  

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

Conclusion

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.org and alamedacountyHR@acgov.org as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

 

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

 

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox.  If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

 

Ximena Burns, Human Resources Analyst 
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda 
(510) 272-6463; e-mail 
Ximena.Burns@acgov.org 
www.acgov.org/hrs


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer