Job Title: Analyst, Investigations (Investigator)
Office: Office of the General Counsel
Date Posted: 4/5/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $58,374 - $65,847
NTE Date: N/A
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for providing expert advice of counsel and legal representation to DCPS' Chancellor, Central Office, principals, and other school-based staff to help ensure that all DCPS students, regardless of background or circumstance, receive a world-class education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life. Major practice areas in OGC include: Labor and Employment, General Practice, and Litigation, which includes Special Education due process litigation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
The Labor Management & Employee Relations (LMER) work group is responsible for supporting DCPS on a wide range of employee relations matters, including but not limited to: ensuring compliance with EEO laws; facilitating the proper implementation of progressive discipline; assisting employees with workplace problems; collaborating with unions to resolve issues and address concerns; working with managers to ensure compliance with all laws, regulations, and policies; scheduling meditations and hearings to address grievances; investigating allegations of misconduct by employees, contractors, and volunteers; and conducting background investigations to determine suitability for DCPS employment and service providers.
The Analyst, Investigations (Investigator) is responsible for conducting investigations of DCPS employees, contractors, and volunteers in administrative investigations which may have criminal implications. The Investigator is responsible for various activities vital to the overall security of our students and is an important member of DCPS's central office security personnel.
The Analyst, Investigations (Investigator) will report to the Manager, Investigations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
- Conducts investigations by interviewing complainants, witnesses, and subjects to obtain statements associated with employee misconduct allegations against DCPS employees, volunteers, and contractors.
- Collects, evaluates, and analyzes statements, camera footage, and other evidence as necessary during the investigation to make determinations if an allegation of employee misconduct is substantiated or unsubstantiated.
- Prepares appropriate investigative reports that will be used in employee disciplinary hearings and assists in conducting suitability assessments for continuous DCPS employment or services.
- Liaises with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies during administrative investigations that have criminal implications.
- Testifies in hearings and court proceedings when applicable; and assists with background investigations to determine eligibility of current and future DCPS employees, contractors, and volunteers to interact with students in accordance with federal and local regulations.
- Assists supervisor in preparing presentations on mandated reporting procedures and making appropriate notifications to both external and internal stakeholders concerning employee misconduct.
- Deals effectively with juveniles and maintains good relations with school personnel and the local community police during the investigative process.
- Bachelor's degree and one year of experience OR two years of experience (no degree requirement).
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- Working knowledge of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, criminal rules of evidence, constitutional rights, search and seizure procedures, arrest authority, courts, administrative procedures, and DCPS Directives.
- Knowledge of District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, Title 5, Rules of the Board of Education, and the Superintendent's Directives Issuance System (SDIS).
- Ability to organize tasks, to provide investigative procedure oversight, to manage a complex case load, and to prioritize investigations based on contractual restraints.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to document investigative procedure, produce final reports with recommendations, and testify during hearings.
- Knowledge of and skills in communications to engage with DCPS stakeholders, obtain evidence through interviews, and brief supervisor on case outcomes and status.
- STUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
- COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
- EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
- EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
- TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
- JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.