Investigator - Office of the Inspector General

City of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

Job Description


An Investigator in the OIG is expected to work at an advanced level conducting investigations into allegations of fraud, government waste, corruption, misconduct, unethical conduct and other illegal or prohibited activities of City employees and officials, contractors and users of City services and facilities. An OIG Investigator is responsible for performing a full range of investigative assignments either as a team leader or alone, including difficult, complex, multifaceted, sensitive and confidential investigations. OIG Investigators are expected to balance and prioritize a significant case load under the direction of the Inspector General (IG), First Deputy Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General.

SALARY - $55,000 - $65,000 per year


Initiating Investigations

Reviewing requests for investigations from the IG and representatives of other City departments and agencies;
Determining the priority/scope of investigations
Planning for all phases of assigned investigations, including the coordination of investigative analysts, departmental integrity officers and support staff;
Gathering Information

Interviewing employees, managers, executives, contractors, vendors, citizens and public officials to determine and analyze facts to conclude whether City or departmental policies have been followed or violated;
Interviewing witnesses and suspects to obtain information, evidence and admissions or leads;
Collecting and evaluating evidence in order to establish the nature and extent of alleged improprieties
Conducting or leading the surveillance of individuals or locations;
Conducting or leading the review of administrative records and reports, financial records and legal documents;
Collecting, evaluating and preparing evidence for presentation to prosecuting and agency officials and for introduction at administrative proceedings.
Evaluating Evidence and resolving investigation

Evaluating information to determine the credibility and reliability of employees, individuals and private entities transacting business with the City;
Reviewing reports of investigations to determine if requested information has been collected and that findings have been substantiated by relevant facts.
Recommending objective outcome and resolution based on the findings of the investigation.
Communicating Results

Preparing detailed draft and final reports of investigations setting forth allegations, findings, evidence and recommendations;
Preparing findings, reports, and related documentation for formal presentations;
Recommending changes to agency administrative operations in order to prevent future violations and increase program efficiency;
Appearing in court and at administrative proceedings as a government witness to present testimony and evidence.
Cooperation & Supervision

Working with, assisting and supervising other law enforcement agents, through participating in joint investigations and other matters of mutual interest;

Knowledge of:
The scope, application and interpretation of the specific laws and regulations relating to the investigative jurisdiction of the OIG;
The rules of evidence;
The objectives of various types of investigations;
Investigative and interviewing methods and techniques;
Specialized investigative devices and equipment;
The functions and jurisdictions of other federal, state and local agencies;
Common personal computer software, such as Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint

Personal Attributes:
Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully, very outcome focused, steadfastly pushes self and others for results;
Decisive, able to process facts and circumstances and make quick decisions;
Relates well to all kinds of people, uses diplomacy and tact, builds constructive relationships;
Can orchestrate multiple activities at once, uses resources effectively and efficiently;
Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all, is seen as a team player and is cooperative, encourages collaboration;
Accurately scopes out length and difficult of tasks and projects, sets objectives and goals, measures performance against goals, evaluates results;
Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems, probes all fruitful sources for answers, can see hidden problems, is excellent at honest analysis.


Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university minimum
Law degree or other graduate level degree preferred
At least 3 years of relevant experience in investigative work including experience as a paralegal or legal assistant, probation officer or law enforcement is preferred
Accounting experience preferred
Valid PA Driver's license required

Additional Information

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Application without this information may not be considered.

Successful candidate must be a City of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670. For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: