District Attorney Investigator* (Part Time)

$40.80 - $52.74 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Jul 30, 2020
Part time Government Legal

Job Description

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Please Note: The application deadline may be extended to expand the pool of qualified candidates. Any recruitment timeline changes will be communicated to all who have initiated an application process or have submitted an application.



Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees) and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.

?Employees must work a minimum of 30 hours per week to receive full benefits. Employees working 20 - 29 hours per week are eligible for medical benefits for themselves and family members. Medical plans cover the employee and all eligible dependents (including spouse/domestic partner and/or children) at a reasonable cost.

This is a part time County position represented by the Peace Officers Association.

Competitive compensation package:

Hourly Pay Rate: $40.80 - $52.74

Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below. 

Generous paid time off package

  • Vacation accrual schedule based on years of service
  • 9 paid holidays and 2 personal days per year
  • 8 hours per month sick leave accrual for full time employees, prorated for part time employees, based on hours worked

Employer paid 6% PERS retirement contribution

  • A Choice of Medical Plans with Vision and Prescription Drug Coverage
  • A Choice of Dental Plans
  • Chiropractic Coverage and Alternative Care Benefit
  • Robust wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
  • A variety of optional benefits (see Benefits section below)
  • Longevity pay

Peace Officers Association (POA) Part Time Benefits

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  • Are you passionate about helping others?
  • Do you want to make a difference in our community?
  • Are you an experienced criminal investigator with a strong law enforcement background?
  • Do you have exceptional analytical and organizational skills?
  • Do you have creative problem solving skills?
  • Do you have a personal commitment to putting ethics into action by holding yourself to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, and objectivity?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, we want you to join our team as a Part Time (28 hours per week) District Attorney Investigator at the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office. If selected for this position, you will be assigned to the work in the Family Support Division with supplemental duties in the Domestic Violence Unit. In this role, you will will participate in and assist with conducting and coordinating the investigation, analysis and evaluation of criminal cases to be prosecuted or presented to the grand jury. Additionally, you will be involved in interrogating and questioning witnesses, analysis and evaluation of police reports and other evidence, assisting Deputy District Attorneys with case preparation and extradition of fugitives as well as have an opportunity to perform other duties as necessary, based on the District Attorney Office business needs. In this specific assignment, you will be tracking and locating persons for the purposes of family support enforcement as well as monitoring high risk domestic violence offenders. You will also be a member of the Clackamas County Interagency Major Crimes Team.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • At least seven (7) years of experience as a sworn police officer with at least two (2) years of criminal investigation experience at the Detective level or in a Prosecutor’s Office
  • Current/active Basic Police Officer certification issued by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST)
    • (Please note: the status of the certification will be verified and confirmed through DPSST to determine if this requirement is met.)
  • Basic knowledge of or familiarity with firearms and ballistics, crime lab procedures, and forensic pathology and autopsy procedures
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with emotional or upset individuals
  • Strong interpersonal skills that translate into all of the following:
    • Ability to handle a wide range of situations and circumstances effectively, positively, and professionally, and to maintain composure in difficult, stressful, and quickly emerging situations
    • Exercising tact, good judgment and diplomacy, especially while working with people who are experiencing complex emotions
    • Strong analytical, organizational and prioritization skills
    • Effective problem solving skills
    • Collaborative, team-oriented approach to work
    • Ability to be flexible, self-motivated, and work independently 
  • Must be available for call back or call out to respond to crime scenes that occur outside normal work hours/days
  • Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. Learn more about the County's drug testing policy.
  • Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check
  • Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.  Learn more about the County's driving policy

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • More than seven (7) years of experience as a sworn police officer with more than two (2) years of criminal investigation experience at the Detective level or in a Prosecutor’s Office
  • First Aid Certification
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (C.P.R.) certification

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference:  If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Creates a Respectful and Safe Environment by promoting a working environment and culture in which employees and all the youth, families, and victims we serve feel physically and emotionally safe and able to express themselves without repercussion. The ideal candidate is committed to serving diverse populations, and recognizes that all youth, families, and the victims we serve must be treated with dignity and respect, and must not experience discrimination, bias, or a lack of equity in services. These diverse populations include, but are not limited to, people of all races, ethnicities, and national origins; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people; individuals with physical or mental disability; people of all ages, religions, genders, political affiliations, veterans; and people of various socio-economic statuses.

Embodies “SPIRIT” by demonstrating a commitment to the Clackamas County core values of Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Individual Accountability, and Trust in their work (Clackamas County Core Values).

Builds Relationships by sustaining cooperative working relationships with internal and external customers, partners, and stakeholders.

Commits to Teamwork and Collaboration through team unity by working effectively towards a shared goal, encourages sharing of information, productive problem solving, and putting team success first.

Demonstrates Excellent Customer Service by anticipating, assessing, and responding effectively to the needs of the diverse youth, families, and victims we serve.

Embraces Continual Learning by displaying an ongoing commitment to, and takes ownership for, learning, self- improvements, and demonstrating willingness to grow within the job as technology and organizational changes demand it.

Honors Confidentiality in compliance with privacy laws and in accordance with the District Attorney's Office standard practices and procedures, where sensitive information is used with utmost discretion and only for the purpose of fulfilling employment obligations and business needs of the organization.

Values Technology & Use of Electronic Systems appropriately and effectively for the processing and distribution of information, supports the implementation and use of technology in the workplace.

Seeks to Problem Solve as evidenced by using critical thinking and analytical skills, identifies alternative strategies bringing a solution- focused approach to address challenging or difficult solutions.

Engages in Self-Management as demonstrated by the individual’s ability to manage and continually improve their own performance through thoughtfulness, self-awareness, self-motivation, personal accountability, and the ability to develop strategies to effectively manage tasks.

Puts Ethics into Action by holding himself, herself, or themselves to a high standard of professional, honest, and objective behavior in all dealings with or about victims, witnesses, Law Enforcement Agents, defense attorneys, Judges and Court staff, stakeholders, community partners, and service providers. Maintains professional relationships and appropriate social, emotional and physical boundaries at all times with all persons District Attorney's Office is entrusted to serve.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducts investigations; interviews witnesses, suspects, defendants and law enforcement personnel; responds to crime scenes; analyzes evidence findings, reviews law enforcement reports and other records and documents; prepares written reports on findings.
  • Assists Deputy District Attorneys with trial preparation; gathers, assembles and reports facts, statements, affidavits and other information for use in legal actions; obtains additional witnesses and/or evidence; testifies before Grand Jury and in court concerning investigative findings; serves subpoenas; coordinates training for Major Crimes Team members; works with other agencies on cases that involve several jurisdictions or investigative disciplines.
  • Receives and evaluates law enforcement reports/investigations and complaints; examines evidence to determine if it supports criminal charges; ensures all investigative leads have been exhausted; makes recommendations as to whether case meets standards for prosecution.
  • Initiates and responds to extradition requests; files fugitive complaints with other states; supervises the return of fugitives; makes travel arrangements and dispatches agents to escort fugitives; coordinates the return of fugitives to other states.
  • Conducts background investigations and written reports on findings for employment purposes within the District Attorney’s Office.


Duties outside the office setting require walking, standing, squatting, bending, balancing, fine motor control, and may involve exposure to slippery and/or uneven surfaces, adverse weather conditions, and unpleasant elements at crime/death scenes.


This Part Time position works 28 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Friday. Incumbents must be available for call back or call out to respond to crime scenes that occur outside normal work hours/days. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.



Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.

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The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office is required by state law to represent the state in felony prosecutions, misdemeanor prosecutions, grand jury proceedings, mental commitment hearings, child support actions, family abuse prevention hearings, and juvenile delinquency and dependency hearings.

Learn more about Clackamas County District Attorney's Office

As the elected district attorney of Clackamas County, I am proud to lead a team of legal professionals who work every day to serve the interests of justice through vigorous and impartial prosecution of those who commit crimes in Clackamas County. Whether it is a high profile crime that garners the public's and media's attention, or a low-level misdemeanor offense, our office recognizes that every crime is important to at least one individual, the victim. We are dedicated to thorough and efficient service to victims, witnesses, law enforcement and the general public.

Ensuring that the interests of justice are met is not easy. But it is always the goal of the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

John S. Foote
District Attorney

Guiding Principles:

  • To honor diversity and to treat all persons with respect.
  • To involve victims and community partners in creating an effective and responsive department. To strive to be innovative leaders in the field of criminal justice.
  • To honor victim’s rights and interests throughout all phases of the justice system; to invite victim’s participation in determining how to meaningfully address harm.
  • To foster open communication and team work in a supportive work environment. To demonstrate ethical and honest behavior in all that we do.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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Application Process

Help with the Application

If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or e-mail us.  Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).


Request Veterans' Preference

Learn more about the County's Veterans' Preference


Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date.  You may request an accommodation during the online application process.