County of San Diego

Salary: $87,568 – $107,640
Deadline: June 21, 2022

Per County rules, this position is eligible for appointment at Step 1, $87,568.00. County employees are subject to the County Promotion Rule for Step Placement in Accordance with Comp Ord 1.3.5.

The County of San Diego is seeking an experienced litigation investigator to fill an immediate vacancy for Senior Litigation Investigator. This position entails conducting a wide variety of complex investigations relative to the preparation of evidence for litigation in general and tort litigation, juvenile dependency and civil proceedings in the defense of the County of San Diego.

The County Counsel’s Office generally supports remote teleworking and a teleworking schedule with a mix of in-office and remote work may be available in this position.

The duties of this position include collecting, analyzing and evaluating personal injury, property damage and civil liability evidence for claims or litigation; conducting pre-trial investigations to include, but not limited to, locating, identifying, and interviewing principals and witnesses; gathering statements and other factual information; reviewing materials for completeness and adequacy; preparation of representative reports, documents, charts and graphs and assists with the development of demonstrative exhibits. In addition, on the basis of analysis of information and evidence, this position makes recommendations to the attorney and/or claims supervisor on courses of action to take; testifies as needed in court; and conducts special investigations as assigned. In the absence of the supervisor, may also be called upon to oversee and review the work of lower level litigation investigators.

The interviews for this position will take place on July 27 & 28, 2022.

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Minimum Requirements

  1. Five (5) years of full time paid investigative experience in civil litigation, juvenile dependency (involving defense investigative or civil liability), or public liability claims (involving bodily injury, personal injury claims, property damage, and traffic accidents), OR
  2. Six (6) years of full time paid experience involving investigative duties in any capacity as an employee for a public agency, OR
  3. Three (3) years of full time paid experience as an insurance claims adjuster or as a licensed private investigator, AND at least three (3) years full time paid experience performing investigative duties in any capacity as an employee of a public agency.

Notes: Possession of a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency is highly desirable. Experience in training, reviewing and overseeing the work of employees assigned to conduct pre-trial investigations and discovery in tort and civil litigation is highly desirable.

Important Note:  Please attach a legal writing sample of an interview summary or investigative report prepared (with confidential information redacted) at step one of the application process.

Also Required

(1) A valid California Class C driver’s license, or the ability to arrange transportation for field travel is required at time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment in this class. Employees may be required to use their personal vehicle (mileage reimbursed). (2)  Applicants must have a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness. Misdemeanor convictions may be disqualifying depending on number, severity, and recency. Applicants will be subject to a background investigation.


As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position.


Qualified applicants will be placed on a nine (9) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment application and supplemental application questionnaire. Please ensure all information is complete and accurate, as the responses you provide on the supplemental application questionnaire will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.


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