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Special Investigator

Date Posted: Jun 12, 2024

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Special Investigator 

Location: Office of the Inspector General (OIG)   

Reports to: Inspector General 

Salary: $60,094 - $92,873

Bargaining Unit: N/A 

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Telecommuting Eligibility: Eligible for telecommuting up to 60% (up to three (3) days per week)

 

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is seeking a Special Investigator to join the Investigations team. The ideal candidate will be responsible for performing a full range of investigative assignments including difficult, complex, multifaceted, sensitive, and confidential investigations. They should possess knowledge and understanding of how to conduct investigations involving allegations of criminal and administrative matters; utilizing both traditional and sophisticated investigative techniques. 

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: 

  • Applicants must possess and provide evidence of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university, preferably in criminal justice, law, business administration or other relevant field. Advanced degree (i.e. Masters) and/or certification in fraud-related investigation or other training related to the field is a plus, provided that the minimum degree requirement is met.
  • Successful completion of MCOLES. 

Experience: 

At least 10-15 years of fraud investigation experience is required. ¿Demonstrated knowledge of interviewing and document analysis. Effective interpersonal communication skills, verbal and writing skills, including report writing. (Interview will include a writing project). Strong computer skills, including proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite of products and PeopleSoft applications. 

Essential Functions:

Under the direction of the Inspector General, the Special Investigator shall: 

  • Examine allegations of irregularities, fraud, collusion, conflicts of interest, financial mismanagement and improprieties on the part of District employees, contractor personnel and vendors doing business with the District; and in accordance with the Principles and Standards issued by the Association of Inspectors General.P

  • Proactively apply knowledge of current fraud schemes to develop an investigative plan as well as identify areas of risk for fraud, waste, and abuse.  

  • Conduct investigative and process interviews of complainants, witnesses, and subject personnel. 

  • Examine a wide variety of records, procedures and systems of internal controls to detect fraudulent activities or improprieties; secure evidence and prepare statements of fact for possible referral for internal discipline, and/or search warrants for referral to law enforcement for criminal prosecution. 

  • Ensure investigations are handled with tact, discretion and professionalism; to maintain confidentiality of evidence gathered. 

  • Develop and prioritize a heavy case load; ability to manage multiple projects at a time. 

  • Prepare clear, concise and conclusive investigative reports; setting forth the allegation(s), findings, evidence and offering recommendations, for review and approval by the Inspector General. 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of traditional and sophisticated investigative techniques, including knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, practices, and procedures. 

  • Coordinate development and maintenance of confidential sources, cooperating witnesses and other resources who assist in initiating cases and providing information identifying instances of fraud, waste and abuse. 

  • Conduct the surveillance of individuals or locations as deemed necessary to gather evidence. 

  • Perform special projects and prepare various forms and reports on behalf of the Inspector General. 

  • Perform related duties as assigned by the Inspector General. 

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire. 

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered. 

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested. 

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or detroitk12.org/compliance. 

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