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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Job Opening at the NYC Department of Education Office of Special Investigations - Ethics Optional

The NYC Department of Education is looking for an Investigator

Confidential Investigator – Special Investigations
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Job Description

(Those who previously applied need not re-apply)

Position Summary: The Confidential Investigator will have wide latitude for independent action and decision, in the performance of highly confidential and sensitive investigations into allegations of corruption, misconduct, and/or other illegal, unethical, or improper activity by Department of Education employees.  The Confidential Investigator will be expected to: conduct victim, witness, and subject interviews; interact with union representatives; author comprehensive reports of his/her findings; and testify, when necessary, at administrative hearings and/or trials.  Performs related work.

Reports to:  Associate Director of the Office of Special Investigations

Direct Reports: N/A


·         Conducts complex and special investigations.
·         Assists with the planning of investigative schedules and assignments.
·         Prepares, reviews, evaluates, refers and/or acts upon allegations of wrongdoing.
·         Conducts interviews of all relevant parties to a complaint, including, but not limited to:  the complainant/victim, witnesses, students of varying ages, parents of students, subjects of the investigation, and Department of Education employees.
·         Analyzes complaints of misconduct, develops investigative plans, conducts fact-finding, reviews documentation, conducts related research, prepares relevant correspondence, and submits comprehensive confidential reports of the investigative findings for supervisory review and approval.
·         Makes recommendations as to the appropriate action to be taken prior to and following an investigation.
·         Documents investigative activities and dispositions via the office’s database in a timely and comprehensive manner.
·         Testifies at hearings, trials, and administrative proceedings.
·         Interprets and accurately applies relevant rules, regulations, codes and policies.
·         Interacts and communicates with Department of Education employees and the wider community, in person and via telephone, to intake and/or refer complaints of misconduct lodged against departmental employees.
·         Advises Department employees, school administrators, parents, students, and community members as to the Department’s reporting requirements, and the Office of Special Investigation’s intake and investigative policies, procedures, and protocols.
·         Maintains confidentiality of investigations and of the investigative process.

In addition to the duties and responsibilities described above, may serve as the Office of Special Investigation’s Communications and Compliance Investigator:

·         Acts as the liaison to internal and external legal and law enforcement offices seeking investigative information and/or confidential files pertaining to Department of Education employees.
·         Conducts data analyses to identify trends and/or patterns of misconduct within DOE schools and/or districts.
·         Advises administrators, superintendents, and supervisors within the Office of Special Investigations, the Office of Legal Services, and the department’s central office as to trends and/or patterns of misconduct within DOE schools and/or districts.
·         Conducts internal and/or external trainings on the Office of Special Investigation’s complaint intake procedures, investigative protocols, Departmental reporting requirements, and the disciplinary process.
·         Assists with the organization and archiving of investigative files.
·         Oversees the scheduling of investigative tours.

Qualification Requirements:


·         A four year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and four years of satisfactory full time experience in an industrial or governmental agency in the field of investigation or as law enforcement officer conducting criminal, special victims,  white collar crime and/or administrative investigations, or,
·         A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, or education and/or experience equivalent to the above.


·         Ability to complete comprehensive written reports detailing the results of each investigation.
·         Ability to interview students and adults.
·         Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word.
·         Must possess a valid New York State Driver's License and be willing to travel to Department of Education facilities throughout New York City.


·         Proficient in Microsoft Office (Access, Excel and PowerPoint) and other widely used computer programs.
·         Experience utilizing Guidance Encase Forensic Software.
·         Experienced in examining computer hardware including the removal of computer hard drives.
·         Experience or working knowledge of the public sector and/or interest in public education.
·         Strong strategic thinking, attention to detail, and ability to proactively identify key issues.
·         Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
·         Highly organized in order to track large amounts of case-related data.
·         Ability to maintain chain of custody of all evidence gathered during the course of investigations for possible criminal or administrative prosecution.

Salary: $65,000
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)

Position will be posted until filled. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.
Applications will not be accepted without a resume and cover letter.
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.  Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at
Job Location
NEW YORK, New York, United States
Position Type
New Posting