School Board Investigators

This is a standardized position description for non-law-enforcement investigators, designated for use in any District of Columbia Government department, office, or agency.
This position description depicts the generalized duties and responsibilities of a senior non-law enforcement investigator, responsible for conducting and handling administrative and civil investigations related to allegations of irregularity, fraud, conflict of interest, and impropriety. Evidence of criminal activity developed during the course of an investigation is referred to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction for further action or the United States Attorney or DC Attorney General. This investigator is distinguished from a criminal investigator by the following criteria: the investigator (1) does not have arrest powers; and (2) is not authorized to carry a weapon.
Plans, organizes, conducts, and manages complex investigations of violations of District of Columbia Government laws, statutes, regulations, policies, and instructions, as well as Federal laws and guidelines. Provides clear, concise and persuasive briefings to management as to the status of investigations. Responsible for the timely resolution of assigned matters and delivering the results by either live testimony or written report, or both.
Identifies violations, investigates wrongdoing, preserves evidence, ensures the Constitutional rights of suspects and witnesses during investigations and presents findings to the necessary and appropriate authorities for action and/or prosecution. Determines methods of obtaining, preserving, and presenting evidence, ensuring conformance with “Rules of Evidence” statues. Testifies in court and before appropriate authorities regarding investigation activities.
Independently develops and conducts investigations and analyzes information arising from allegations of irregularity, fraud, conflict of interest and impropriety. Assists with providing direction, guidance and assistance to junior investigators.
Coordinates investigations with other regional and Federal law enforcement agencies. Responsible for investigations that are long-term, complex, and/or have District of Columbia, interregional, or nationwide scope. Locates uncooperative/hostile witnesses and successfully effectuates service of subpoenas, summonses, and other legal processes.
Drafts thorough and complex reports of investigation. Develops and delivers briefings. Makes recommendations regarding violations of law, regulation, and/or abuses and deficiencies that were contributory to offenses. Monitors and may assist with the progress made toward implementation of corrective action.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
In-depth knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodology regarding civil and administrative aspects of law and their application in investigative skills and techniques.
Thorough knowledge of investigative procedures, including the ability to plan, organize and conduct overt and convert investigations.
Thorough knowledge of policies, procedures, regulations and statues that relate to investigative duties.
In-depth knowledge of the rules of evidence and the skill to collect and preserve evidence.
Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships, including hostile and/or uncooperative witnesses/clients.
Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of individuals with varying backgrounds.
Knowledge of and ability to understand the impact of external and internal influences upon the discipline(s), activity, or action being investigated.
Knowledge of, and proficient in the use of operating a personal computer (PC), utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc., in order to perform necessary research, maintain records and produce recommendations and a willingness to learn new technology associated with assigned work tasks.
Work assignments are outlined by supervisor, who provides minimal instructions on technical aspects of the work, and provides guidance only in regard to unusual circumstances and possible focus of investigation.
The incumbent works independently, except in the aforementioned unusual conditions. Results of the work are reviewed for accomplishment of overall objectives and for quality of recommendations and judgment.
Guidelines include laws, procedures, regulations, and statutes; judicial and administrative decisions, rules of evidence, the Privacy Act, precedent cases, internal administrative operating policies, procedures, and objectives.
Assignments may pertain to any of the categories of irregularity, fraud, conflict of interest, impropriety, and citizen complaint for which the respective office provides investigative support. The broad range of activities requires many different and unrelated processes and methods,
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and the exercise of considerable discretion and ingenuity in their interpretation. Assignments may require working with fragmentary, dated or cold information and conflicts in witness statements. Requires development of pertinent evidence to support or deny allegations.
The purpose of the work is to collect information, analyze, and investigate administrative and civil allegations of irregularity, fraud, conflict of interest, and impropriety relating to District of Columbia Government agencies, programs, and/or activities.
The work product affects a wide range of agency programs and activities, trade practices, private businesses, and professional persons.
Personal contacts are with District of Columbia Government agencies, other law enforcement agencies, the public, professional organizations, representatives of private businesses, corporations, and financial institutions, health care and insurance providers, applicants and licensees, personnel in other regulatory organizations, citizen’s complaint groups, and other members of the staff.
The purpose of contacts is to provide, clarify, obtain, exchange, and interpret information; to conduct investigations, and to advise officials and management. Contacts with some persons of interest may be strained and may require the use of considerable tact and skill to elicit the information required to sustain and/or bring closure to the investigation.
The work may require considerable standing, walking, climbing bending, crouching, stretching, reaching or similar movements while conducting investigations. There may be a need to lift and carry moderately heavy objects. The work may require the use of ladders, photographic and imaging equipment, etc.
The majority of the work is performed in an office which is adequately heated, lighted, and ventilated, but investigations may require coordination and travel to other District of Columbia Government locations, including field locations either indoors or outdoors. Additionally, the work may require visiting private corporations, health care facilities, private businesses, insurance companies, private residences, financial institutions, accident sites, crime scenes, and the examination of deceased remains.
A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record may be required for some positions.
A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, psychology, business law, or other closely related field, and at least two (2) years of related experience or an equivalent combination of at least six (6) years of relevant education, training, and experience is required.

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