Investigator I

Applications accepted through December 15, 2017.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree.  A valid State of Illinois driver’s license is required, as well as the availability to work any duty watch.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  At least one year of experience in the conduct of investigations of criminal or fraudulent activity.

 NOTE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE INDIVIDUAL APPLYING. NO SECOND PARTY APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  THE OFFICE OF  INSPECTOR GENERAL REQUIRES THAT ITS EMPLOYEES BE NONPARTISAN AND FREE FROM CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.

DUTIES:

  • Interviews complainants, witnesses, and employees to gather facts in order to investigate cases of alleged official misconduct and violations of personnel and administrative rules by city employees and contractors
  • Conducts stationary and mobile surveillance
  • Gathers and Performs analyses of work records and related documents (e.g., time sheets, activity reports, financial statements)
  • Uses photographic and video equipment in the conduct of surveillance work to observe acts of misconduct (e.g., fraud, residency violations)
  • Prepares reports of investigative activities conducted, including findings of waste and inefficiency of city programs, and makes preliminary recommendations for discipline and improvements to departmental operations
  • Testifies in court, at arbitrations, or in hearings on investigation findings
  • Updates and maintains case management records to report on the status of assigned investigations
  • Assists senior investigative staff in the conduct of criminal, large-scale and complex investigations as required

 WORKING CONDITIONS

  • General Office environment
  • Exposure of outdoor weather conditions
  • Exposure to hazardous situations (e.g., surveillance work in isolated locations)

 EQUIPMENT

  • Standard office equipment (e.g., telephone, printer, photocopier, fax machine, calculator)
  • Computers and peripheral equipment (e.g., personal computer, computer terminals, hand-held computer, modems)
  • Two-way radio
  • Photographic and video equipment

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to walk and stand for extended or continuous periods of time
  • Ability to access locations where alleged criminal activity or misconduct has occurred

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND OTHER WORK REQUIREMENTS

 Knowledge

Some knowledge of:

  • Investigation and inspection methods, techniques, practices, and procedures
  • Evidence collection and analysis methods, practices, and procedures
  • Record keeping and report preparation methods, practices, and procedures Knowledge of applicable City and department policies, procedures, rules, and regulations

Skills

  • ACTIVE LEARNING – Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • ACTIVE LISTENING – Give full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate, and not interrupt at inappropriate times
  • CRITICAL THINKING – Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • COORDINATION WITH OTHERS – Adjust actions in relation to others’ actions
  • JUDGEMENT AND DECISION MAKING – Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one

Abilities

  • COMPREHEND ORAL INFORMATION – Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • SPEAK – Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
  • COMPREHEND WRITTEN INFORMATION – Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
  • WRITE – Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
  • RECOGINIZE PROBLEMS – Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
  • REASON TO SOLVE PROBLEMS – Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense

 ANNUAL SALARY:                    

  • Range: $56,568 – $77,304 (annual increases)
  • Starting $56,568; Post successful six-month review $59,448

TRAVEL AND SCHEDULE:

  • Travel outside Chicago is not required.
  • Standard work hours are 8:30am-4:30pm, flexibility permitted.

 RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT:  Employees must be a resident of the City of Chicago and proof of residency is required at the commencement of employment.

Apply for the Investigator II position here: Investigator I Application