Job Description


Performs formal and informal investigative work related to employment, legal, business, fiscal, property, and student affairs of the District.

Typical Duties

Plans and conducts investigations of various transactions, operations, and events involving fraudulent activities, fraud control, vulnerability assessments, internal control, inspections, and operational surveys at locations throughout the District.

Secures facts and develops evidence from all sources to establish the extent and nature of fraudulent activities or improprieties being investigated.

Conducts interviews of individuals who are material to an investigation.

Examines a wide variety of records, procedures, and systems of internal control to detect fraudulent activities or improprieties.

Testifies regarding investigative findings before courts and other administrative proceedings.

Serves subpoenas and other official documents and papers.

Confers with and advises District staff on matters under investigation and promptly reports critical information to appropriate District staff.

Collaborates with auditors on designated investigations.

Writes reports containing descriptive, analytical, and evaluative content.

Conducts fraud awareness training for District employees.

Answers Whistle Blower Hotline calls and maintains records.

Conducts and/or participates in the investigation of Whistle Blower Hotline calls.

Participates in conducting and reporting on internal audits at locations throughout the District on an as needed basis.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Investigator is responsible for performing formal and informal investigative work related to employment, students conduct, legal matters, fiscal matters, business transactions and operations, and property issues of the District.

An Auditor conducts complex internal operational, performance, compliance, and financial audits for the District.


General supervision is received from a classified or academic administrator or his/her designee. Work direction may be exercised over staff assigned to an investigation.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles and techniques of investigating

Rules of evidence

Scope, application and interpretation of the laws, rules, and regulations related to investigative work including fraud and whistle blowing

Basic principles, theories, and practices of auditing and internal controls

Specialized sources of information used in the course of conducting investigations

Organization and functions of various operating units of the District

Capabilities of computer applications and hardware used in investigative work

Ability to:

Independently perform thorough and complete investigative work

Adapt investigative methods, techniques and procedures to specific situations

Apply laws, rules, regulations, and policies related to the assigned areas

Gather facts through a variety of methods including but not limited to investigation, interview and observation

Understand and analyze a variety of business, contractual, commercial, legal and District records

Exercise sound thinking and judgment in evaluating the validity, reliability, relevance and/or credibility of individuals, documents, records and other forms of evidence

Organize and prioritize work to meet schedules and deadlines

Write clear, logical, impartial, and properly documented reports and communications

Communicate clearly and effectively in person

Maintain the confidentiality of investigative records and proceedings

Maintain a demeanor that builds respect and creates a willingness to cooperate with investigative efforts on the part of others

Maintain effective relationships with District staff and information contacts

Keep accurate records and files

Travel to various locations to conduct investigative work

Entrance Qualifications


A bachelors degree from a recognized college or university. Specialized coursework and training in investigative strategies and techniques are desirable. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A valid Certified Fraud Examiner certificate issued by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is desirable.


Three years of full-time paid experience as a fraud investigator or law enforcement officer conducting investigations. Experience in conducting investigations of alleged fraud, waste, and abuse in a public agency is desirable.


A valid Class “C” California driver's license.

Travel to locations throughout the District is required.


  • Medical and dental insurance and vision care plans are provided for employees and their dependents.
  • A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided free of charge for each employee.
  • New employees receive 12 full-pay days and 88 half-pay days of illness leave.
  • At least 15 paid holidays per year.
  • Vacation days accrue annually beginning at 10 days and increasing incrementally to 24 days depending on years of service with the District. Vacation days for management and confidential positions begin at 15, 20, or 24 days.
  • Other paid time off includes: bereavement leave, personal necessity leave, court subpoena, and jury duty.
  • Employees become members of the Public Employees Retirement System. Employees are also covered by Social Security.
  • Employee Assistance Program

Selection Process

The examination process may consist of one or more parts which may include a training and experience evaluation, written test, performance test and/or oral interview.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


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