Minimum Qualifications Six years of field investigative or law enforcement investigative experience. "Investigative Experience" is defined as gathering and securing information and evidence from a variety of sources through independent, non-structured activities including but not limited to the following activities: Interviewing and interrogating witnesses; collecting and analyzing data and evidence; writing and summarizing case narratives; and testifying at administrative hearings and criminal proceedings.
Experience in credit verification; auditing; employment interviewing; building and video surveillance; traffic enforcement; performing routine inspections or surveys will NOT be considered investigative experience.
An Associates degree for two years of field investigative or law enforcement investigative experience; or two years of OPWDD experience for two years of field investigative or law enforcement investigative experience; or a Bachelors degree for four years of field investigative or law enforcement investigative experience. Regardless of any substitution, all candidates must have at least two years of field investigative experience or law enforcement investigative experience.
Types of Investigative experience that could be considered qualifying: Police Detective; Insurance Investigator; Licensed and Registered Private Investigator; Federal Investigator; State Investigator; Municipal Investigator; Child Protective Services Investigator.
Types of Non- qualifying Investigative experience: Routine Police Patrol Work; Security Guard; tax Collector; Credit Checker; Legal Assistant/Attorney; Hotel or store detective, loss prevention officer; Parole or Correction Officer; Fire and Safety Inspector.
Duties Description The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has reformed its Incident Management and Investigations systems with the following goals in mind:
-Improve both the timeliness and quality of agency investigations.
-Foster better partnerships with law enforcement agencies.
-Enhance current investigative staffing by introducing trained professional investigators.
-Ensure consistency of practice throughout the state.
-Improve investigative independence by providing arms-length oversight of the investigation and incident management process.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the direction of a lead investigator, the internal investigator 1 OPWDD duties include, but are not limited to:
-Formulate plan, processes and timetables to conduct an accurate, complete and thorough investigation within OPWDD-specified timetable.
-Prepare for and conduct interviews and obtain sworn statements on matters arising from investigations conducted, such as investigations of possible misconduct by agency employees.
-Gather, document and preserve information and evidence related to investigations to support the outcome of the investigation.
-Write narrative reports to effectively communicate the results of investigations to appropriate parties.
-Work collaboratively with OPWDD facilities, programs and Office of Employee Relations staff to ensure that investigations are completed in a fair and timely manner.
-Interrogate state employees following stipulations of the collective bargaining agreements.
-Make recommendations to supervisor, Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office (DDSOO) and Office of Employee Relations staff regarding possible violations of OPWDD policy and procedures.
-Provide testimony at arbitration hearings to support the outcome of the investigation.
-Licensed Medical Profession, such as Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Therapist
-Medical Examiner's Office
-Fraud Investigations or possess an accredited certification in Fraud Investigations.
Additional Comments Please note:
•As of 10/12/2021 all OPWDD employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to mandatory weekly testing for COVID-19.
•*This location requires the candidate to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of appointment.
•Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
•In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
•OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.