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Minimum Qualifications PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate for this position will share OPWDD’s commitment to advocating on behalf of people with developmental disabilities as well as advancing and enhancing services and supports. Further, such candidate would possess a deep understanding of the investigatory principles and practices involved in protecting individuals with special needs.
Additionally, the candidate will have at least eight years of field investigative experience, including practical experience conducting undercover operations.
Experience should include:
• Utilization of electronic surveillance equipment;
• Knowledge of evidence collection and preservation techniques;
• Knowledge of Federal and State statutes regarding search and seizure and evidence preservation;
• Experience working with law enforcement agencies at the Federal, State, and local levels, and working on large scale, multiple–agency criminal investigations;
• Experience providing expert testimony and working closely with various District Attorney Offices;
• Experience working with criminal justice and non-criminal justice agencies such as financial institutions, Federal agencies, etc.
The candidate must demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills and a clearly demonstrated ability to plan and execute strategic decisions. The candidate must possess the ability to produce precise written and oral summations of investigative activities and results, and must be cognizant of OPWDD employee protections as outlined in current labor agreements. The candidate should be able to evaluate policies for effectiveness, develop and implement data collection tools, and develop or modify policies based upon data analysis.
Duties Description POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Office for People With Development Disabilities (OPWDD) is seeking to fill the Chief of Investigations position to lead the Office of Investigations and Internal Affairs (OIIA). OIIA conducts investigations and reviews of instances of alleged abuse/neglect and/or other reportable incidents and/or notable occurrences involving individuals receiving developmental disabilities services. Additionally, OIIA conducts investigations into allegations of OPWDD employee misconduct involving potential fraud and corruption. These activities are conducted in conjunction and cooperation with other investigatory and law enforcement entities including the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center) and the Office of the State Inspector General (OIG). Reporting to the Executive Deputy Commissioner, the Chief of Investigations serves at the executive level and is a member of the agency’s Leadership Team.
OPWDD has the responsibility and oversight of a comprehensive and integrated system of person centered services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. This encompasses administration of a $5 billion annual budget serving approximately 136,00 individuals with developmental disabilities through a state-wide workforce of 20,000+ and provider work sites in every county of the State.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Chief of Investigations, directs investigations statewide involving allegations of abuse, neglect, reportable incidents, and/or notable occurrence involving individuals with developmental disabilities in cooperation and consultation with the Justice Center. Additionally, the incumbent directs investigations of employee misconduct which may include the misuse of state vehicles, time and attendance abuse, and misuse of OPWDD computer systems or other such activities that may constitute State employee corruption or fraud in cooperation and consultation with OIG. In this capacity, the incumbent directs a staff of more than 70 investigators assigned to six regional offices throughout the State. The position works closely with OPWDD’s Office of Employee Relations, Legal Counsel and Office for Information Technology Services. In addition to the outside agencies referenced above, the Chief Investigations will also work with the Office of the State Attorney General, the Office of the State Comptroller along with local, state and federal law enforcement entities including the New York State Police, the FBI, and local prosecutors’ offices in an effort to coordinate investigations and ensure the protection of individuals with developmental disabilities and that individuals who engage in misconduct, abuse, and/or neglect or appropriately held accountable for their actions.
Duties include, but are not limited to: ensuring that cases are investigated ethically; using acceptable investigatory practices that are legally defensible and are also completed in a timely and efficient manner; conducting or assisting with investigations, including interviewing witnesses, interrogating suspects and writing investigative reports; serving as the agency’s expert investigator by providing high level and operational investigatory policy advice, ensure that OIIA operations, policies, and procedures adhere to acceptable practices, and providing testimony and other oral and written information regarding the agency investigatory operation; and serving as the liaison, and primary lead with outside law enforcement and investigatory entities.
Additional Comments Please note:
• 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
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