Investigator, Social Justice Section (#2020-15; Closing Date: 11/21/2019)

District of Columbia - Office of the Attorney General - Washington, DC

Requisition No. 2020-15

Grade and Series: CS-1810-12

Salary Range: $82,326

Promotion Potential: None

Duration of Appointment: Career Service - 13-month Term Appointment

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Opening Date: October 31, 2019

Closing Date: November 21, 2019

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Local 2401 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for the District of Columbia works to protect and defend District residents, enforce District laws, and provide legal advice to D.C. government agencies. Karl A. Racine leads OAG as the first elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Reelected to a second term, AG Racine has pledged to continue our work to vigorously protect our residents, advance the District’s interests in court, and become recognized as the nation’s most effective and respected public law office.

This position is located in the Office of the Attorney General, Public Advocacy Division, Social Justice Section and will focus on housing enforcement matters.

The Investigator:
Assists with witness interviews, including drafting reports of interviews;
Conducts research of potential targets of our investigation, and basic legal research; assisting in the drafting of documents, including requests for information from the targets of our investigations and other sources of information;
Reviews and assists with digesting documents produced by the targets of our investigation;
Researches the ownership of entities that are under investigation; locating witnesses; assisting with the selection of targets for D.C. housing codes compliance reviews;
Assists with locating victims of housing violations; assisting with litigation tasks, including assistance with depositions and testifying at trial; assisting with site visits;
Assists with compliance review for settlements, including reviewing remedial measures taken by targets, compliance reports and interviewing witnesses; and supporting our community outreach and engagement efforts.
Performs other related duties as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelors degree or above in a related field is preferred. Applicants must have at least four (4) years of specialized experience. Specialized experience is past investigative experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM's Qualification Standards. However, in order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

TIME-IN-GRADE RESTRICTIONS: Must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

SUBMISSION OF RANKING FACTORS: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors by submitting responses in the relevant area provided on the application questionnaire. Please describe specific achievements, experience, education, training, etc. that demonstrates the degree to which you possess the job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge.


Ranking Factor #1: In-depth knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodology regarding aspects of law and their application in investigative skills and techniques.

Ranking Factor #2: Thorough knowledge of investigative policies, procedures, regulations, statutes, rules of evidence and the skill to collect and preserve evidence. Ability to recognize, develop, and present evidence, both orally and in writing, that reconstructs events, sequences, and time elements and establishes relationships, responsibilities, and liability in a manner that meets the requirements of law.

Ranking Factor #3: Skill in interviewing, identifying, analyzing, and evaluating pertinent management data, financial information, or other materials on internal investigations, programs, and functional areas relevant to complex cases. Ability to plan, organize and conduct overt and covert investigations.

Ranking Factor #4: Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with individuals of varying backgrounds, including hostile and/or uncooperative witnesses/clients.

Ranking Factor #5: Knowledge of various software packages (e.g. Microsoft Word MS Power Point, and Excel), sufficient to create documents in final form, such as written reports, charges, graphs and tables. Must be proficient, able to perform research on the Internet, and in Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw. Extensive experience with MS Excel, including creating spreadsheets with pivot tables and formulas.

OTHER INFORMATION: A background investigation will be conducted.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should apply via Jobvite by 11:59pm of the closing date indicated above.

PRIORITY CONSIDERATION: Candidates who are eligible for the District of Columbia’s Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation), and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia’s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

RESIDENCY PREFERENCE AMENDMENT ACT OF 1998: A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Education Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), or an attorney in the Excepted Service (series 905) who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District residents’ applications, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Applicants claiming Veterans’ Preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, genetic information, or political affiliation.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, genetic information, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.