Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Training and Education of the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), with wide latitude for independent action and decision-making, the Confidential Investigator Special Investigations Unit Supervisor will be assigned to perform, highly confidential and sensitive investigations into allegations of corruption, misconduct, and/or other illegal, unethical, or improper activity by Department of Education employees. This position will be expected to conduct victim, witness, and subject interviews; interact with union representatives; author comprehensive reports of findings; and testify at administrative hearings and/or trials when necessary. The Confidential Investigator Special Investigations Unit Supervisor will oversee a small team of Confidential Investigators and assign cases to members of their team, monitor individual caseloads, and provide operational support to ensure efficient and timely investigations. Performs related work.
Reports to: Assistant Director for Training and Education
Direct Reports: Confidential Investigators
- Conducts complex and special investigations.
- Plans investigation schedules and assignments.
- Prepares, reviews, evaluates, and acts upon allegations of wrongdoing.
- Makes recommendations as to the appropriate action to be taken prior to and following an investigation.
- Writes comprehensive reports of his/her investigative findings and conclusions for supervisory review and approval.
- Conducts security surveys of agency operations and facilities.
- Testifies at hearings, trials, and court proceedings.
- Advises subordinates on difficult matters, and interprets rules, regulations, codes, and policy for the guidance of the investigating staff.
Unit Supervisor Responsibilities
- Confidential Investigator will be assigned to lead a Specialty Unit with responsibility for:
- assigning investigations to the Confidential Investigators within their unit;
- arranging and organizing unit trainings;
- reviewing first drafts of all investigative memoranda to ensure that the investigations have been completed;
- coordination of regular case reviews with team members;
- overseeing and tracking investigations, e.g., answering questions, helping to strategize investigations, etc.; and
- informing the OSI Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Director regarding investigation assignments.
Testing/Grading/Credit Impropriety Unit
- Investigates allegations of tampering with standardized, state-issued exams (all grades), and allegations of academic policy violations, including improper credit recovery and other grade fixing schemes.
- Serves as the liaison to the Division of Performance and Accountability.
Fraud/Theft/Financial Impropriety Unit
- Investigates allegations of financial mismanagement or misappropriation.
- Serves as the liaison to the Office of the Auditor General.
- Responsible for organizing and overseeing audits.
- Conducts investigations of principals where allegations have been heavily reported in the press, cases that have been expedited at the request of the Chancellor or General Counsel, and cases that require expedition due to the serious nature of the allegation.
- Serves as the liaison to the General Counsel and his Chief Deputy, and to OSI’s Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Director.
- Responds to inquiries from the press office and the Chancellor as requested by OSI’s Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Director.
- Informs the General Counsel and/or his Chief Deputy to whom investigations have been assigned.
- Tracks and oversees cases and timelines.
- Investigates allegations of corruption, misconduct, and/or other illegal, unethical, or improper activity that affects 3-K and Pre-Kindergarten students.
- Conducts victim and witness interviews of 3-K and Pre-Kindergarten students.
- Responsible for identifying, analyzing, and proposing new investigative strategies for interviewing young witnesses.
Pupil Transportation Unit
- Investigates allegations of misconduct occurring on school buses, including corporal punishment and verbal abuse.
- Conducts interviews with both DOE and non-DOE students and witness, as well as contracted vendor employees.
- Monitors Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) computer systems for new complaints; responsible for ensuring that allegations of employee misconduct are routed appropriately.
- Serves as the liaison to the Office of Pupil Transportation senior management.
- 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, auditing, law enforcement, security, inspections, or in a major operational area of the agency in which the appointment is to be made; or
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, or
- Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” or “2” above.
- Candidates must possess a valid New York State Driver's License and be willing to travel to sites throughout New York City.
- Ability to interview students and adults.
- Ability to complete comprehensive written reports detailing the results of each investigation.
Salary: $68,250 - $76,000
(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.)
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.
This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a program. Please indicate in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a program.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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 http://schools.nyc.gov/OEO