City and County of San Francisco

District Attorneys Investigative Assistant (#8132)

$36.16-$46.15 Hourly / $6,268.00-$7,999.00 Monthly / $75,218.00-$95,992.00 Yearly


Under supervision, performs a wide variety of paraprofessional investigative and legal support activities in connection with alleged or suspected violations of criminal law.

Distinguishing Features

Positions in this class perform routine paraprofessional field and office investigative and legal research assignments not requiring the expertise of a professional investigator or attorney.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Investigates, collects and compiles case materials and documentary evidence in criminal prosecution under the jurisdiction of the District Attorney.

2. Interviews witnesses and assists the attorney at criminal prosecution.

3. Prepares reports on investigations; assists attorneys in the evaluation of cases for prosecution; prepares items of evidence.

4. Prepares subpoenas and warrants of arrest: assists in arranging, for the appearance of witnesses to present evidence; testifies in court.

5. Investigates, collects and compiles case materials involving various types of criminal fraud including consumer fraud and embezzlement.

6. Analyzes exhibits, witness statements and pleadings pertinent to criminal prosecution; may assemble exhibits and performs such other duties as are necessary during the course of criminal prosecution.

7. Communicates with attorneys, representatives of other governmental agencies and the general public.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: existing, criminal law, legal procedures, modern investigative techniques and methods: presenting and preserving, evidence.

Ability and Skill to: speak and write effectively; analyze criminal legal problems: accept written and oral instruction; deal effectively with attorneys, office personnel, court personnel, representatives of other governmental entities and the general public relating to criminal justice system activities.

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.


Possession of an Associate degree from an accredited college or university


Two (2) years of experience within the criminal justice prosecution system

License and Certification:


Additional experience as described above may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Additional education may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

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.

CLASS: 8132; EST: 1/14/1985; REV: 5/5/2017;