The Supreme Court of Ohio, Office of Disciplinary Counsel seeks applicants for the position of Investigator. The Office investigates and prosecutes grievances filed against attorneys and judges about ethics violations, charges of substance abuse and incapacity due to mental health. The Office also investigates and prosecutes allegations involving the unauthorized practice of law. The Investigator assists the Office in investigations of all alleged unethical and criminal activities on the part of attorneys and judges in the state; collects and reviews factual information from documents and interviews; locates involved parties; and serves as a liaison with various criminal justice agencies in the state. The position is based in the Columbus office but requires extensive and frequent driving in and around Ohio.
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Conducts interviews of grievants, respondents, and witnesses involved in investigations; locates involved parties throughout the country; travels to conduct interviews; prepares investigative reports summarizing findings; works directly with staff attorneys, which includes attendance at hearings; understands and implements their investigative goals.
Identifies, locates, and researches various documents pertinent to the investigation; reviews documents for applicability and accuracy; selects documents that may be important to the case and provides copies for the Disciplinary Counsel.
Serves subpoenas issued by the Board of Commissioners on Grievance and Discipline throughout the state; arranges for out-of-state subpoena delivery as necessary; relays official filings with the Supreme Court. Takes possession of abandoned attorney files and delivers them to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel or a designated offsite storage facility.
Responds to questions from the public or other interested parties; answers questions relating to the status of investigations, Disciplinary Counsel rules and procedures, and the like; refers unusual questions to the appropriate staff member.
This position is regularly exposed to sensitive information and the incumbent is expected to keep all such information strictly confidential.
Requires a minimum of five years of direct experience in conducting investigations. Requires a demonstrated ability to locate people who do not want to be found and to secure sensitive information from potential witnesses, judges, and attorneys.
Understanding and prior experience with the attorney and judicial disciplinary process is preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or similar field or equivalent combination of formal education and experience is preferred.
Requires a valid driver’s license and the ability to work extended hours as needed, including frequent in-state and occasionally overnight travel.
Requires strong research skills with print and online resources; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated understanding of and familiarity with legal terminology, documents and legal procedures.
Must be able to perform a variety of assignments with minimal direction using a high degree of independent judgment, handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously, adjust to changing demands and ensure deadlines are met. Data entry skills and attention to detail are critical. Successful candidate must possess ability to work effectively with all levels of the office staff and its constituents, including the public, attorneys, and judges and their staff; tact and discretion in oral and written communication is required. Professional and courteous demeanor is essential. A high degree of confidentiality is required.
Must have experience with Microsoft Office products, principally Outlook and Word.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds regularly and transport heavy legal files.
*Special Requirements: This position is regularly exposed to sensitive information and the incumbent is expected to keep any such information strictly confidential.
This is an exempt, unclassified position that reports to Disciplinary Counsel. Normal work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. An attractive benefits package is offered, including medical, dental, vision, OPERS retirement plan, life insurance, flexible leave time and optional participation in a deferred compensation plan. Starting annual salary range is $55,224 to $59,072.
The Supreme Court of Ohio is an at-will employer that seeks to attract, employ, and retain highly skilled and motivated individuals, attempts to maintain staff continuity for the efficiency of its operation, and desires to foster and maintain an ethical, professional, and impartial work environment. Pursuant to Adm. P. 4 (At-Will Employment), no person shall be offered or denied a position of employment with the Court, and no employee shall have the employee's employment terminated based upon political party affiliation, political activity permitted under Adm. P. 17 (Employee Code of Ethics), or other partisan considerations.
To be considered for this opening, candidates must apply online at www.careers.ohio.gov and submit all of the following on or before Sunday, July 7, 2013:
· Complete demographic information;
· Attach a cover letter including your salary request;
· Attach a resume;
· Attach the names and contact information for three professional references; and
· Complete the supplemental questionnaire.
In response to your application, this system will send you a confirmation email. Interviews will be scheduled as soon as practical. We will contact you if you are selected for an interview. Please do not duplicate your application and please, no phone inquiries. You may check the status of this position on our website at: http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/Employment/Default.aspx .
The Supreme Court of Ohio is an equal employment opportunity employer that supports an alcohol and drug free, and a weapons and violence free, work environment.
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