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Investigator IV - Office of Inspector General
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Chicago Public Schools | Chicago, IL
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Job Description

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 360,000 students in more than 600 schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission, we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Five core principles are embedded within these commitments - high quality, rigorous instruction, talented and empowered educators, safety and support, financial stability and collective impact.

Position Summary:

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) serves as the investigative watchdog of CPS. The OIG is seeking to hire a Level IV investigator for its General Investigations Unit. Under direction of the Inspector General and supervision of the Chief Investigator, this investigator will conduct investigations of a complex and difficult nature involving allegations of criminal activity, official misconduct, residency violations and waste and inefficiency by Board of Education employees, contractors and others seeking to do business with the Board of Education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* Coordinate the interview process for large scale investigations and interview difficult or uncooperative complainants, witnesses, and employees to gather facts in order to investigate cases of alleged criminal activity, official misconduct, and violations of personnel and administrative rules by Board of Education employees

* Conduct site visits to collect facts and to perform in depth analysis of gathered evidence and related documents (e.g., statistical reports, financial statements, contracts)

* Use photographic and video equipment in the conduct of surveillance work to observe criminal activities or acts of misconduct (e.g., fraud, corruption, residency violations)

* Assist less experienced investigators in the conduct of investigations and surveillance activities

* Prepare reports of investigation activities conducted

* Collaborate with investigative staff in the conduct of criminal, large-scale and complex investigations

* Coordinate investigative activities with sworn law enforcement

* Testify in court, at arbitrations or hearings on investigation findings

* Update and maintain case management records in order to report on the status of assigned investigations

* Assist in the training of entry level staff on standard and specialized investigative methods, procedures and techniques

* Function as lead investigator on large scale investigation cases, as required

* Perform additional ad hoc duties as assigned

Knowledge and Skills Required:

* Refined judgment with the ability to manage highly sensitive and confidential information

* Strong skills in the areas of conflict resolution, problem solving techniques, interviewing, and investigation

* Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills demonstrated by the ability to analyze information and facilitate resolution of difficult challenges, including the ability to handle issues of complex and extreme sensitivity

* Demonstrated superior ability to write concise, logical and analytical reports to convey complex issues

* Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks, manage multiple deadlines and work independently while maintaining high levels of organization

* Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse constituents, including children, parents, faculty, staff and law enforcement

Minimum Qualifications:

* A valid State of Illinois driver's license

* Flexible availability during non-operating hours

* Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

* Minimum of five years of work experience in the performance of fact finding analysis and investigative research and reporting work, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

Residency Requirement:

As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their CPS hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.