OFFICE INVESTIGATOR-FORENSIC

Anoka County, MN - Anoka, MN

Full-time
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Office Investigator-Forensic
Working to serve the community in their greatest time of need, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office (MMEO) strives to provide answers to the families and loved ones of those gone. We speak for the deceased through hard work, respect, and diligence. We have several opportunities for positive people with strong communication skills to join our team as the first point of contact for the public and our partners. This role provides around-the-clock, seven days per week coverage for the office. Provide resources and direction to funeral home personnel, families of decedents, medical professionals, donation agencies, law enforcement, field investigators and others whose responsibilities bring them in contact with the MMEO. Assist forensic pathologists by performing office investigations, accept or decline jurisdiction for deaths that occur under jurisdiction of the MMEO, direct field investigators by phone while at the death scene to accomplish their job tasks efficiently and accurately and respond to death scenes if necessary. Full and part-time positions are available. Shifts include evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays.

These positions are located at the MMEO state of the art facility in Ramsey. Four full-time benefit-eligible positions and two part-time positions are available.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY): Duties and Responsibilities
These examples are not all inclusive and are intended to be illustrative of primary responsibilities of an Office Investigator-Forensic.
Answer phone in Investigations Department.
Dispatch Field Investigators to death scenes. Discuss cases with field investigators (deciding jurisdiction, confirming actions taken on scene, assisting field investigators with all scene questions).
Answer death calls from all counties/agencies under MMEO jurisdiction and complete case reports for all non-scene investigations.
Review, correct, and complete scene cases submitted by field investigators.
Ensure that authorizations for autopsy paperwork on private/hospital cases are completed and that payment for private cases is received prior to autopsy.
Identify and interview appropriate individuals to obtain relative medical and psychosocial history of decedent and the immediate history of events surrounding the death.
Request medical records and review for completeness; request records for identification purposes.
Assist families with paperwork when requesting private autopsy; communicating clearly and compassionately with families when discussing autopsy/toxicology findings, answering questions, releasing property, etc.
Review cremation authorizations; approve and/or follow-up on cases not approved.
Complete preliminary autopsy reports and forward to appropriate agencies daily.
Facilitate body intake and release; release evidence to law enforcement.
Respond to death scenes as necessary.

REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Qualifications
Associate degree or higher in physical, biological, or social science OR high school diploma or G.E.D. and two years of experience as a death investigator.
Ability to communicate effectively with grieving families, law enforcement and medical professionals.
Ability to lift up to 75-100 pounds and to maneuver cadavers unassisted in excess of 200 pounds with or without accommodation.
Ability to obtain American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) certification within two years of employment.
Valid driver's license and insured vehicle available for business use.
Must successfully pass driver's license and criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications
Bachelor's degree or higher in physical, biological, or social science.
Previous experience employed by a medical examiner's office, funeral home/cremation service, medical clinic/lab or law enforcement agency.
Current ABMDI certification.

Knowledge of:
Medical terminology.

Skill in:
Computer equipment (including processing, spreadsheets, and databases).
Writing, recording, and compiling material for accurate reports.
Effective verbal and written communication.

Ability to:
Work alone in an unsupervised environment.
Operate digital camera.

Work Environment:
Most work is performed in a medical office environment oftentimes independently. Position also includes accepting and releasing cadavers and performing inventory of decedents personal property. May require travel and inspection of death scenes in a variety of weather and conditions.
GRADE LEVEL: Salary
Anoka County Salary Schedule, Grade B010
Normal hiring range: $19.10-$19.67 per hour.
2019 full salary range: $19.10 to $28.93 per hour. Career potential up to $31.77 per hour.
After successful completion of an initial hire probationary period, eligible for an initial hire probationary period increase.

Hours
Full-time and part-time; 24-40 hours per pay week.
Work schedule for full-time positions are 10 hour shifts scheduled during day, evening and overnight hours including every other weekend. Part-time positions are scheduled 10:00 PM - 8:00 AM Thursday through Monday every other week.
Schedule may vary based on business needs and at supervisor discretion.

Selection Process
The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a review of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The most qualified candidates will be invited for an oral exam or interview.

Additional Information
Include responses to all supplemental questions with your application no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date of the position. Resume and cover letter submissions are accepted but are not required. The resume cannot be used in lieu of the application.

If you have a disability that would prevent you from testing for a position under standard conditions or if you wish to submit Veteran's Preference information, please notify Tracey Rivard, Anoka County Employee Relations Department at 763-324-4314 so that every reasonable effort can be made to accommodate you.