5322 Graphic Artist

Police Forensic Sketch Artist

Recruitment #PBT-5322-059665



5322 Graphic Artist

(Police Forensic Sketch Artist)


This is a Position Based Test conducted in accordance with

 Civil Service Commission Rule 111A.

 Interested applicants are encouraged to FILE IMMEDIATELY.  Receipt of applications will be cut off, suspended or closed when there are a sufficient number of qualified applicants.

Location: The Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street, Crime Scene Investigations

 Shift: Monday- Friday. 8:00AM - 5:00PM.  Please Note: The candidate is required to be available for recall, overtime, including nights and weekends in the event a drawing is necessary to assist in the identification/arrest of a suspect posing a significant, immediate threat to public safety.


The Police Forensic Sketch Artist is a non-sworn employee of the San Francisco Police Department. Under direct supervision of sworn personnel the Police Forensic Sketch Artist is responsible for: creating freehand art sketches of victims ,witnesses, suspects and stolen property such as jewelry, rings and other personal items to aid in the identification of such persons and items; interviewing victims and witnesses also designing and preparing final drawings, sketches and  exhibits used for forensic investigative presentations/reports, multi-media and public information.


The candidate’s duties are, but not limited to, the following in the Forensic Specialty:

1. Creates freehand art sketches of victims and witnesses also sketches of stolen property such as jewelry, rings watches etc. using composite art sketches as investigative tools to aid in the identification, apprehension and/or elimination of suspects, victims and witnesses; creates sketches, when possible, from surveillance videos and photographs and alters or modifies likenesses to aid in the identification of victim, witnesses or suspects.

2. Creates three-dimensional reconstruction (sculptures) from physical data of decomposed or partially decomposing human remains for the purposes of forensic identification.

3. Creates two-dimensional reconstruction (drawings) from decomposed or partially decomposing human skeletal remains for the purposes of forensic identification; creates two-dimensional age-progression as investigative tools for the identification/apprehension of missing children and/or wanted fugitives; refers of computer-aid programs and manuals such as those produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited children.

4. Conducts interviews with crime victims and witnesses at the Thomas Cahill Hall of Justice or at the victim's home which could be in any San Francisco location to create freehand drawings or sculptures of criminal suspects, following the ethics and special sensitivity guidelines outlined in the Mission Statement of the Forensic Art Unit.

5. Consults with criminal justice specialists and medical doctors to render likeness of suspects and victims.

6. Provides expert testimony on identification during criminal trials.

7. Creates small-scale models of crime scenes using computer-assisted architectural programs such as AutoCad and Architectural Desktop.

8. Works with the community on art projects designed to reduce violence and crime.

9. Prepares sketches, graphs, charts, posters, diagrams, final drawings, exhibits and photographs using rough sketches or in consultation with staff members to be used in court or in public presentations. 

10. Complete required training courses (i.e.: POST classes) to obtain POST certification.   Some of these courses will require travel.

11. Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


1.  Possession of Associate in Arts degree (two year degree) from an accredited college or university with coursework in graphic art or design.   AND

2.  One (1) year of professional experience as an artist specializing in human portraits of a diverse



Additional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis (one year of experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester/45 quarter units of college coursework).


In addition to the Minimum Qualifications listed above, this position has additional requirements.  In order to qualify for this position, applicants must meet the following Special Conditions: 

·         Possess a valid unexpired California “Class C” driver license with a safe driving record.

·         Ability to lift a minimum of thirty (30) pounds


Desirable Qualifications

1.       Two (2) years of full-time non-probationary, verifiable work as a sketch artist for a law enforcement agency.

2.       Excellent time management skills  and diligence to complete high priority projects

3.       Possess basic computer skills.

4.       Possess a four year degree in art from an accredited college or university.

5.       Procuring artist related equipment and preparation of an annual budget for such items.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement 5322 (PBT- 5322- 059665) 
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Ada Dupree, by telephone at (415) 558-2463 or by email at Ada.dupree@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

Screening Applications (Weight Qualifying)

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience and education.  Additional mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidate’s qualifications.  Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Applications meeting the minimum requirements are not guaranteed advancement in this class.


Training, Experience and Supplemental Questionnaire:  (Weight: 100%)

The information provided by candidates on the job application, requested verification, if required, and the Supplemental Questionnaire will be evaluated to determine the knowledge, skills and abilities in job related areas which may include , but are not limited to ability to apply graphic art processes, techniques, and ability to draw from memory or from a photograph; ability to create freehand art sketches of the human face/physicality also sketches of stolen property such as jewelry, rings watches etc. You will be required to produce a minimum of five (5) or up to ten (10) examples of sketch artist work product and discuss submitted samples in addition to creating a freehand art sketch as part of the oral interview selection procedures.


Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List:
The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of six months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.


Prior to employment with the San Francisco Police Department, a thorough background investigation will be conducted to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment. The investigation may include, but not be limited to: criminal history records, driving records, drug/alcohol screening, and other related employment and personal history records.  Reasons for rejection may include use of controlled substances and alcohol, felony conviction, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to work with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations or other relevant factors. Candidates may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening, and must clear Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting. Criminal records will be carefully reviewed; candidates who do not report their complete criminal records on their applications will be disqualified. Applicants will be fingerprinted.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process.  Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.


Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this process must contact Penny Si by phone at (415) 553-1343 or if hearing impaired, (415) 558-2407 (TTY), or by e-mail to penny.si@sfgov.org as soon as possible.

Position Based Testing:

Veteran’s Preference:

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Terms of Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule.  Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director.  Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: 
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:

Exam Type:   CPE
Micki  Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Issued:  April 23, 2013

Recruitment ID Number: 059665

POL/AD / (415)558-2463

 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply

An Equal Opportunity Employer











Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, typically a 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

Powered by JobAps