Confidential Investigator – Special Investigations
NYC Department of Education - New York, NY

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Please Note: Position only open to internal NYC Department of Education employees.

Multiple Positions Available

Position Summary: The Confidential Investigator will have wide latitude for independent action and decision, in the performance of highly confidential and sensitive investigations into allegations of corruption, misconduct, and/or other illegal, unethical, or improper activity by Department of Education employees. The Confidential Investigator will be expected to: conduct victim, witness, and subject interviews; interact with union representatives; author comprehensive reports of his/her findings; and testify, when necessary, at administrative hearings and/or trials. Performs related work.

Reports to: Associate Director of the Office of Special Investigations

Direct Reports: N/A


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.

Interprets rules, regulations, codes and policy for the guidance of the investigating staff.

May be assigned to the Oversight Unit with the following responsibilities:

Provides oversight and investigative guidance to Principals/supervisors who conduct investigations on the office’s behalf.

Reviews the Principal/supervisor’s findings to determine whether the investigations were thoroughly and properly conducted, and provides feedback when necessary.

Interprets regulations for Principals and Supervisors as it relates to investigations of alleged misconduct.

Determines when investigations are deemed closed and advises on appropriate disciplinary action.

Qualification Requirements:

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 or as law enforcement officer conducting criminal, special victims, white collar crime and/or administrative investigations.

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, or education and/or experience equivalent to the above.


Ability to complete comprehensive written reports detailing the results of each investigation.

Ability to interview students and adults.

Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Word.

Must possess a valid New York State Driver's License and be willing to travel to Department of Education facilities throughout New York City.


Proficient in Microsoft Office (Access, Excel and PowerPoint) and other widely used computer programs.

Experience utilizing Guidance Encase Forensic Software.

Experienced in examining computer hardware including the removal of computer hard drives.

Experience or working knowledge of the public sector and/or interest in public education.

Strong strategic thinking, attention to detail, and ability to proactively identify key issues.

Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

Highly organized in order to track large amounts of case-related data.

Ability to maintain chain of custody of all evidence gathered during the course of investigations for possible criminal or administrative prosecution.

Compiles and validates statistical data for management reporting.

Ability to develop investigative database search parameters for in-house case inquiries and press requests.

Salary: $65,000

(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 through January 18, 2013.

NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability.


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

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