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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 429E
Category: Legal Services

Class Series Concept

Refer to AGO Investigator/Analyst specification.


Supervisors are responsible for full-scope supervision of AGO Investigator/Analysts and AGO Senior Investigator/Analysts.  Responsible for supervision of all investigative matters, to include sensitive, joint, and complex investigations.  Performs ongoing and regular functions in hiring, training and developing staff, assigning and evaluating work, taking corrective action and effectively recommending disciplinary action.  Recommends subordinates for high level, complex case assignment.  Oversees and leads the most sensitive cases as well as the more complex multi-agency or multi-jurisdictional cases.

Typical Work

Selects and develops staff, assigning and evaluating work; takes corrective action and effectively recommends disciplinary action;

Administers the AGO Performance Management Program within their unit, which includes completion of Position Description Forms, Performance and Development Plans, and Recognition Award recommendations; provides employees with ongoing feedback concerning their performance;

Directs or investigates cases having extreme sensitivity due to high profile nature or issues and/or persons involved, possible political impacts, and/or elevated media interest. These special assignments are made based on experience and subject matter expertise, and are not of the routine nature;

Develops, revises, reviews, and presents recurring formal investigations and analysis training to the criminal justice community, law enforcement, other state agencies, AGO staff, and/or citizens groups;

Supervises organizational improvement projects requiring extensive experience and knowledge of the AGO organization and operations, such as strategic planning, policy and procedures, work performance measures, process improvements, and measures designed to increase unit cohesiveness;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: investigative techniques and practices; principles and methods of effective interviewing and interrogation; operation of the judicial system; elements of proof; rules of evidence; trial testimony; case analysis; report writing; ethical conduct; principles of supervision, lead and/or other designated specialty areas as appropriate.

Ability to: independently plan an investigative strategy and carry out complex investigations in accordance with the rules of evidence; analyze the relevance, reliability, credibility and admissibility of obtained evidence; interpret and apply state and federal laws and regulations and case precedents; establish rapport with, and gain confidence of, law enforcement, hostile and reluctant witnesses, business community and client agencies/entities; write and speak clearly, concisely and accurately; organize and submit timely and accurate investigative reports; apply the rules of evidence and/or rules of arrest, search and seizure; gather and analyze specific types of data; research and interpret technical, professional, business and financial records; use a computer to access, analyze and organize information; create and maintain an atmosphere of integrity, respect and objectivity throughout the legal process; work under pressure with continually shifting case priorities and deadlines; maintain strict and complete confidentiality.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions require a Bachelor’s degree and ten years of experience conducting investigations, which include the authority to independently plan and conduct investigations in civil or criminal cases. At least two of these years must include supervision of investigators. Additional qualifying investigative experience may substitute year for year for education. Applicants may be required to go through an extensive background check and may be required to have a valid driver’s license. 


Five years experience as an AGO Senior Investigator/Analyst.

Class Specification History

New class: Adopted 8/13/2015; effective 8/14/2015.