Senior Investigator

Website Los Angeles Unified School District

There are currently two (2) vacancies, one in each of the following:

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (OIG) The Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) mission is to help Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) achieve its core mission by promoting a culture of accountability, transparency, collaboration and integrity through the performance of audit and investigative services designed to drive continuous improvement, support effective decision making and detect and deter waste, fraud and abuse. The OIG is a member of the Education Fraud Working Group, which includes local, state and federal law enforcement partners. The office’s vision is to be a proactive and highly capable Inspector General organization that contributes to the quality of public education in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Office of Investigations conducts investigations of waste, fraud, and abuse to safeguard District resources, programs, and operations. These investigations are designed to detect and prevent fraud and abuse by identifying systemic weaknesses in areas of program vulnerability that can be eliminated through corrective management actions, regulations, legislation, or by pursuing criminal convictions and monetary recoveries through the judicial and administrative processes.

STUDENT SAFETY INVESTIGATIONS TEAM (SSIT) The Student Safety Investigation Team (SSIT) performs administrative investigations, which involve incidents of suspected child abuse (sexual and egregious non-sexual allegations) when the suspect is a LAUSD employee and the alleged victim is a LAUSD student. The SSIT’s responsibility also includes providing consultation and support to Regional/Divisional staff with incidents that impact student safety. The Team also serves as a liaison with law enforcement in criminal matters that involve LAUSD employees.

About the Position:

The Senior Investigator leads and provides work direction to an investigative team and/or conducts investigations into complex or sensitive administrative investigations assigned by the Office of the Inspector General or the Student Safety Investigations Team. Individuals working in these positions will also assist management in planning, directing, organization and reviewing the activities and functions of either the Inspector General’s Office or Student Safety Investigations Team.

The ideal candidate has:

– Experience providing work direction and guidance to staff responsible for conducting and participating in investigations into potentially criminal and non-criminal cases.
– Solid professional experience and proficiency conducting investigative interviews of witnesses, suspects, custodians of records, and public and private persons of all levels.
– Expertise conducting thorough investigations, recognizes relevant and material information, effectively analyzes and interprets data; maintains confidentiality of evidence gathered.
– Investigative technical knowledge of federal, California state, and local criminal civil laws and rules of evidence.
– Experience with the use and application of investigative techniques, appropriate surveillance, and electronic equipment use, proper evidence collection and interviewing techniques and plans; and ability to coordinate all investigative activities within policy and organizational directives.
– Ability to maintain the confidentiality of investigation records and proceedings and exhibit integrity in his/her position.
– Professional presence to provide courtroom testimony in court proceedings related to findings of investigations.
– A professional certification such as the Certified Fraud Examiners Certificate and/or competition of a professional industry courses and/or specialized professional trainings, e.g. the Federal Police Academy, Computer Forensics Examiners course, or related.


EDUCATION: Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor’s degree.

Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis, provided that the requirement of a high school diploma or equivalent is met.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of law enforcement experience conducting investigations or four (4) years of experience conducting internal investigations of alleged fraud, waste, and abuse in a public agency.


Insurance: 100% District-paid premiums for your choice of several medical, dental, and vision for you and your dependents; and life insurance plans.

Retirement: Membership in the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS).

Vacation: Two weeks to start.

Paid Holidays: 13 days.

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