Investigator 4 - Private Investigators
State of Washington - Olympia, WA

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The Investigator 4 (Inv 4) is a member of the Public Protection Services section which is responsible for administering and enforcing laws to establish minimum levels of experience and qualifications for registration and licensure, developing and administering valid examinations, maintaining standards of practice, and taking disciplinary action to assure consumer protection.

This position manages and directs an investigative and audit program including financial audits, serving the Bail Bond, Private Investigator and Security Guard licensing programs. By design, this investigative/audit program ensures a consistent response to industry and consumer concerns and complaints by providing a platform to process alleged infractions by licensed/unlicensed practitioners.

Essential duties include:
  • Developing procedures, controls and administrative systems pertaining to investigative and audit activities
  • Directing implementation of new methods and revised techniques for investigations
  • Functioning as the principle advisor to the Administrator and Assistant Administrator on all matters involving investigations and audits
  • Planning and directing the development and implementation of the program’s annual and biennial budget
  • Initiating requests for subpoenas
  • Testifying in administrative hearings as a witness to facts established in the course of investigations
The Inv 4 carries a personal caseload of financial audits and investigations. This position applies knowledge of applicable statutes, industry practices and professional standards as a basis for conducting relevant fact-gathering to conduct investigations and audits. The Inv 4 also writes accurate and concise investigative report summaries for use by management and/or assistant attorneys general.

The Inv 4 directs and oversees the work of three professional Investigators to ensure they conduct objective and complete investigations. This position participates in the development and oversight of their training to ensure their productivity and success and initiates personnel corrective action as needed.

  • Five years of experience auditing financial records


  • Five years of experience performing investigations involving personal backgrounds, unfair or deceptive business practices, insurance casualty claims, or similar topics


  • Five years of Washington State Investigator 3 experience

  • Two or more years supervisory experience that includes hiring, training and corrective action
  • College level course work that includes 20 semester or 30 quarter hours of college-level accounting
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word to include creating, formatting, editing, previewing, printing and saving documents
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Excel to include creating modifying, printing, and formatting spreadsheets, finding and replacing data, and working with basic sorting tools and functions
Preferred Qualification
Additional consideration may be given to applicants who meet the qualifications and also have experience testifying in disciplinary hearings in a clear and knowledgeable manner

Supplemental Information:

To be considered for this position, please submit the following through the online recruitment system:

1. Your completed full work history. Please complete all sections of the electronic application template. (Other résumés and attachments will not be reviewed or considered)

2. Provide at least 3 professional references including names, professional titles, and current phone numbers in the "References" section of the profile template.

3. Your completed supplemental questionnaire.

Applications will be reviewed for evidence of the required qualifications, competencies and preferred qualifications. Your work experience must clearly describe how you qualify for this position and must support passing answers to the supplemental questionnaire. Your application will also be evaluated for quality and completeness as part of the screening process.

NOTE: To take advantage of veteran’s preference, applicants must do the following:
  • Email DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or signed verification of service letter from USDVA
  • Use a subject line of “Inv 4 – Vet’s Preference”.
  • Include your name in the message as it appears on the application you submitted through the system.
  • Send to
Preference will not be granted until service documents are verified. Documents must be received by announcement deadline.
This position is in a collective bargaining unit. As a condition of employment, you will be required to become a union member or pay a fee as outlined in the Master Agreement.

The act of submitting application materials is considered affirmation that the information provided is complete and truthful.

Prior to any new appointment into DOL, a background check will be conducted.

The candidate pool certified for this recruitment may be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.

Other Information
The Washington State Department of Licensing celebrates a diverse workforce. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all terms and conditions of employment. We encourage all qualified persons, including members of protected groups under applicable state or federal law, to apply for our open positions.

We are committed to providing equal access to our services. If you need accommodation, please call 360-664-1484 or TTY 360-664-0116.

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