Inspector General (Exempt)

Website City of Oakland Police Commission

The City of Oakland is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity, inclusion, and equity. Oakland has a long history of activism around issues of justice and equity. Both oppression and this resistance to oppression have shaped the city’s historical roots and the lives of its residents to this day. As public servants to one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we strive to develop employees who understand the harm and impacts of systemic inequity to create lasting, meaningful outcomes for everyone. Oakland strives to establish an environment that embraces the richness of culture, community, and individualism of employees.

Why join the City of Oakland Office of the Inspector General Department

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is an independent civilian oversight agency that monitors and audits the Oakland Police Department’s (OPD) policies, practices and procedures. The mission of the OIG is to ensure accountability, enhance community trust, and increase transparency via fair and thorough assessments of OPD’s compliance with the law and departmental policies.

As the Inspector General you will manage and oversee the day-to-day functions of the Office of the Inspector General which includes managing the Deputy Inspector General, the Chief of Audits and Evaluations, the IG Policy Analyst and other staff. The Inspector General is the Department Head and required to present at Police Commission meetings and City Council meetings.


OPD Internal Affairs Division (IAD) and the Community Police Review Agency (CPRA) fall under the jurisdiction of the OIG, which includes performance audits of OPD and CPRA operations, strategic planning, reviews of complaint intake process and/or systems for CPRA and IAD; oversight and training of staff; final review of all reports, findings, analysis and recommendations; and public presentations of OIG reports to stakeholders as well as the members of the public.

We are looking for someone who:

Exhibits Integrity in all that you do. Having strong values, goals and morals to ensure that your work products and behaviors represent the office’s mission.

Displays Accountability. Taking responsibility for individual and department accomplishments or challenges.

Provides vision as the leader of the department. As the leader of a fairly new agency, you must have a vision for the office and the staff to ensure department and professional development goals are met.

Remains transparent and clear while completing and distributing work products. Transparency is a principle of the Association of Inspectors General and provides an opportunity to establish credibility with community and stakeholders.

Exudes confidence when speaking and sharing important information. Speaking courageously even when you are the only one willing to speak out.

What you will typically be responsible for:
Acting as the department head of the Office of the Inspector General.

Ensuring effective communication is displayed both internally and externally.

Overseeing the accurate completion of fair assessments of the Oakland Police Department and Community Police Review Agency.

Establishing audit work plans and strategic plans to guide the work.
Managing the department’s budget.

A few reasons you might love this job:
You will be a part of a growing and dynamic Office of the Inspector General and help in establishing the City as an employer of choice.

Your work will have a direct impact on the Police Commission’s ability to provide important public services to a community with a rich and dynamic history.

You will work with people who are passionate about their craft, care about collaboration, and like to have fun.

You will have excellent learning opportunities to grow and develop your public administration skills and abilities.

As a full-service City, Oakland will continually provide you with daily challenges and variety that keep things exciting.

A few challenges you might face in this job:
You will need to be able to handle multiple tasks with competing and critical deadlines.

You will need to learn to navigate complex laws, policies, and labor agreements that govern the Oakland Police Department as well the Community Police Review Agency.

The effectiveness of your work will require you to foster collaborative relationships with employees, elected officials, boards and commissions, and the public and receive that information even if it may be conflicting.

You will need to provide effective leadership and guidance in a relatively new department with new staff.

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Working for the City of Oakland

Inspector General

Competencies Required:
Fact Finding: Obtaining facts and data pertaining to an issue or question.

Action & Results Focused (Taking Initiative): Initiating tasks and focusing on accomplishment.

Analyzing & Interpreting Data: Drawing meaning and conclusions from quantitative or qualitative data.

Legal & Regulatory Navigation: Understanding, interpreting, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations.

Professional & Technical Expertise: Applying technical subject matter to the job.

Political & Organizational Savvy: Working skillfully with politics, procedures, and protocols across organizational levels and boundaries.

Action & Results Focused (Taking Initiative): Initiating tasks and focusing on accomplishment

Adaptability: Responding positively to change and modifying behavior as the situation requires.

Attention to Detail: Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products.

Displaying Ownership and Accountability: Holding self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.

Establishing Credibility: Doing what one commits to doing and respecting the confidentiality of information and concerns shared by others.

Professional Integrity & Ethics: Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability.

Managing Organizational Complexity: Maneuvering through complex political situations and functions within the organization.

Decision Making: Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner.

Professional Impact: Presenting self as a positive representative of the organization.

Minimum Requirements for Application
Minimum Qualifications

The following qualifications are guidelines, as the appointing authority has broad discretion in filling positions in this classification.


A Master’s degree or Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in public administration, public policy, criminal justice, or a related field from an accredited college or university.


Five (5) years of professional work experience in investigations, auditing, and/or public policy, with three (3) years of professional supervisory experience overseeing an investigative, auditing, and/or public policy department unit or division in a related field that includes experience with statistics and data collection in a public sector entity.  Legal experience and background in law enforcement policy and practice is desirable.

Desirable Qualifications:

Certified Inspector General certificate
Certified Practitioner of Oversight credential
Certified Inspector General Auditor certificate


Individuals who are appointed to this position will be required to maintain a valid California Driver’s License throughout the tenure of employment OR demonstrate the ability to travel to various locations in a timely manner as required in the performance of duties.  Certified Inspector General Certification desirable.



Must pass a thorough background investigation.


Within ninety (90) days of their appointment, the Inspector General shall, at a minimum, receive training described in City Charter section 604(C)(9) and in Municipal Code Section 2.45.190(A) through (F). The Commission may propose any additional training it deems necessary for the Inspector General to perform the functions and duties of the OIG.

Supplemental Information
All applications received will be forwarded to the Police Commission for further consideration.


How to Apply

Submit an employment application, cover letter, and current resume prior to the closing time of the job announcement.  Allow sufficient time to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. You may apply and view current openings by visiting our employment opportunities webpage at

If you do not have access to a computer, there are computer stations available at any City of Oakland Public Library. There are also work stations at the Human Resources Management Department, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Work stations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  Our on-line application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov’s Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time Monday – Friday.

You may also call the City of Oakland Human Resources Management Department during regular business hours at (510) 238-3112 for information; however, we are unable to provide technical support for the online application system.  For recruitment-specific questions, please contact Charlotte Jones, Chief of Audits & Evaluations at

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) considers request for remote (telecommuting) for up to three days per week.  Requests are considered and approved according to the Office’s needs and pursuant to relevant memoranda of understanding and City policies.

Applicants are required to submit criminal history information upon request after receiving a conditional offer of employment. If the requested information is not furnished in a timely manner, applicants will not qualify for further consideration.

The information contained in this announcement is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.
City of Oakland
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza – 2nd Floor

Oakland, California, 94612
(510) 238-3112


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