Job: Court Investigator (Open and Promotional)

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Job Title:Court Investigator (Open and Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Wed. 05/24/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$34.89 - $43.47 Hourly
$6,047.60 - $7,534.80 Monthly
$72,571.20 - $90,417.60 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
Please Note:  Due to a clerical error, the Job Announcement listed two recruitment closing dates (May 17 and May 24).  In order to correct this error, the closing date will be May 24, 2017.  The Application Screening will occur on May 25, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Court Investigator.
Court Investigators are responsible for: conducting investigations of individuals who are the subject of petitions for conservatorship or guardianship in the court, preparing reports, and making recommendations to the court in probate conservatorship and guardianship cases. Investigations include personal interviews, facility visits, criminal and child abuse background screenings, review of fiduciary accountings, report-writing, and evaluation of conservators' administration. This position requires a thorough knowledge and understanding of applicable laws and court procedures, the ability to maintain effective working relationships with court officials, professionals and the public, and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Candidates must have the ability to be flexible in the hours worked based upon the availability of the clients.

The Ideal Candidate will:
  • Have actual and related experience conducting investigations on a full time basis
  • Have a working knowledge of casework in a social service setting
  • Have experience with probate, probation, social services, gerontology, mental health, and cognitive and developmental disabilities
  • Have a thorough understanding of issues that affect people with disabilities, the elderly, children, and families
  • Have the proven ability to work independently and prioritize and organize work efficiently to meet deadlines
  • Be able to problem-solve complex and sensitive issues
  • Understand and maintain confidentiality
  • Be able to maintain a high level of professionalism while meeting with a diverse population
  • Have an understanding of court processes
  • Have knowledge and experience in accounting


Applicants for positions in this classification must have the following minimum qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in criminology, social science, nursing, or a related behavioral science
  • A minimum of one year (two years preferred) of experience conducting investigative work
Knowledge of:
  • Legal provisions of the Probate and related codes
  • Principles, methods and objectives of individual casework investigation
  • Laws relating to legal rights of individuals
  • Administrative procedures of the Superior Court
Skill/Ability to:
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with court officials, professionals and the public
  • Prepare clear and comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
Other Requirements: 
  • Possession of a valid California class C driver's license, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority
  • Candidates must consent to fingerprinting

Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply.  Current Superior Court of California, San Mateo County, employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help, or temporary position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Responses to the Supplemental Questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment Application Form. Failure to submit supplemental responses will result in the removal of your application from the process.  (Please be complete, yet concise, in your responses.  The information contained in your responses will be used in the application screening process.)

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online through the San Mateo County website. Click on the 'Apply Online' button above or below or go to to apply.

In case of a high volume of applications, the Court reserves the right to limit the number of candidates interviewed to the most highly qualified based on a review of the submitted application package.

The examination will consist of an interview (100%) which may include a written and/or performance exercise(s) given before, during or after the interview. All examinations will be given in Redwood City, California, and all applicants must participate at their own expense.

Final Filing Date for Applications: May 24, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
Application Screening (tentative): May 25, 2017
Panel Interview (tentative): June 6, 2017
The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Analyst: Chet Overstreet (Court Investigator - Superior Court-Unclassified - X136)

Keywords: legal, investigator, investigations, court, law

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