Whistleblower Investigator

Website Santa Clara County


Whistleblower Investigator – Confidential Administrative
An Equal Opportunity Employer
$55.79 – $67.82 Hourly    $4,463.44 – $5,425.68 Biweekly    $9,670.79 – $11,755.64 Monthly    $116,049.44 – $141,067.68 Annually

ISSUE DATE: 05/05/21

FINAL FILING DATE: 06/14/21. If the Final Filing Date states “Continuous”, the application filing period may close any time after ten business days from the issue date of this job announcement if sufficient qualified applications have been received. Therefore, it is important to submit your application as soon as possible.


Under general supervision of the Chief Operating Officer in the Office of the County Executive, conducts independent investigations of assigned whistleblower complaints.

The Office of the County Executive is seeking motivated individuals who possess the highest level of integrity and honesty and who will work in collaboration and coordination with the Office of the County Counsel. The position is responsible for conducting independent investigations of personnel related complaints. The individual will conduct interviews, prepare comprehensive confidential reports detailing investigations, findings, and conclusions, and make recommendations to the Whistleblower Program and other senior level staff. Additionally, the position will require the ability to work independently and as part of a diverse investigative team on uncomplicated to complex matters. The individual may be asked to document Whistleblower Program protocols, prepare reports for the Board of Supervisors, and assist in the development of policies and procedures.


Assists in developing and documenting Whistleblower protocols;

Adheres to the County’s Whistleblower complaint process;

Conducts inquiries into possible violations of laws, rules and regulations for all matters that fall within the Whistleblower Program’s authorities and responsibilities;

Develops and implements investigative plans for investigations and projects;

Responds to complainants within prescribed timelines;

Assists in identifying training needs, and with the development and provision of comprehensive and effective training programs for all levels of County employees;

Assists in maintaining records relating to investigations;

Gathers and analyzes information, documents and/or other evidence required;

Makes recommendations to the County Executive, and other appropriate parties as needed, regarding actions that should be taken to address identified violations;

Develops and presents written documents that include reports of investigation and memoranda to management;

Develops and presents oral briefings for management and/or the Board of Supervisors regarding findings and the status of complex and/or sensitive investigations;

May supervise professional and/or clerical staff involved in the whistleblower function;

May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required; and

Performs other related duties as required.


Sufficient education, training, and experience, which demonstrate possession and direct application of the following knowledge and abilities:

Training and Experience Note: The knowledge and abilities required to perform this function are acquired through the possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, or a closely related field;

Three (3) years of experience performing whistleblower and/or employee investigations or similar work.

Knowledge of:

Functions of public agencies;

Interviewing techniques;

Modern investigative techniques and practices;

Personnel management principles and techniques, including selection, hiring, supervision, evaluation, discipline, training and staff development;

Methods of identifying, preserving and presenting evidence;

Federal and California laws and regulations relating to Whistleblower programs;

Statistical methods and communication techniques utilized in the presentation of management information.

Ability to:

Conduct needs analyses and surveys regarding whistleblower issues;

Gather, analyze, correlate and evaluate observed facts and evidence;

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including effective public speaking;

Interview victims, witnesses and/or complainants effectively to obtain and clarify information related to the assigned matters;

Analyze new and revised statutes and proposed legislation regarding whistleblower programs and assist in implementing new policies and/or procedures as necessary;

Analyze situations, appraise people, and adopt effective courses of action as necessary;

Establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural workforce and community;

Understand, interpret and apply provisions of Federal, State, and local legislation, rules and regulations pertinent to the administration of programs and policies;

Reason logically and creatively and resolve complex and specialized managerial problems.
VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION: Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received a discharge of other than dishonorable, from the armed forces showing service in any branch of the United States military will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veterans), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination, as applicable by Memorandum of Understanding.

THE EXAMINATION PROCESS: The examination process may include one or more of the following: application review, application appraisal, preliminary competitive rating, performance test, written test, and/or oral interview examination.

This recruitment may require completion of Supplemental Questions in order to evaluate your education, training and experience relative to the required knowledge and abilities for the position you are applying for.

Your responses to the questions may also be reviewed and scored in a Competitive Rating evaluation process based on pre-determined rating criteria. Your answers should be as complete as possible, as no additional information will be accepted from applicants once the Competitive Rating evaluation has begun.

*New Hires shall be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check.

DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: Under California law, all County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers (DSW). In the event of a catastrophic event, County employees may be expected to fulfill emergency action assignments. As DSW’s, they may be assigned to assist in any disaster service activity that promotes the protection of public health and safety and preservation of lives and property.

INFORMATION ON PERS CONTRIBUTION: For new members, salaries above a limitation imposed by federal law (that limit per IRS is $126,291 for 2020): (1) neither the County nor the employee makes contributions to PERS on the portion of salary that exceeds the limit, and (2) the portion of the salary that exceeds the limit is not used by PERS to calculate the retirement benefit. If you were a member prior to January 1, 2013, the limit is $285,000 for 2020.
70 W. Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110
EXAM #21-V1H-A


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