District Investigator

Oak Park and River Forest High School - Oak Park, IL (30+ days ago)4.1

Position Type:
Support Staff/Residency Confirmation Officer

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Oak Park and River Forest High School

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Job Title: District Investigator
Reports to: Registrar/Residency Coordinator
Terms and Conditions: Part-time, 12-months. Maximum 600 hours per year. Flexible schedule required.
Salary: $40 per hour. $100 monthly reimbursement for cell phone and auto mileage.

Oak Park and River Forest High School, or OPRF, is a comprehensive public high school located in Oak Park, Ill., a suburb eight miles due west of downtown Chicago. We are a one-school district, with the majority of our students coming from two sender districts, River Forest Public Schools District 90 and Oak Park Elementary School District 97. We offer more than 200 courses, a variety of programs for students with special needs, 75 clubs and activities, and 29 competitive sports. We prepare our students well for post-secondary success, with an average ACT composite score of 24 and a 94% graduation rate.

Oak Park and River Forest are communities that highly value diversity. OPRF is a founding member of the national Minority Student Achievement Network, and our school is racially and economically diverse, with about 44% of our 3,300 students identifying as African-American, Hispanic, multiracial, or Asian. Our villages have long embraced the LGBTQ community, and we have a significant mix of homeowners and renters.

We seek faculty and staff who have high expectations for all students, and who value student voice in education. As a school, we are particularly focused on closing opportunity gaps for our students of color.

OPRF is an equal opportunity employer that provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. OPRF’s goal is to increase its representation of people of color.

Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 is a progressive district that is focused not only on our tradition of excellence but our future. The District prides itself in offering our students a comprehensive 9-12 college and career readiness curriculum and a rich arts education program. Our students are curious, creative, and they come ready to learn. More than 90 percent of our students go on to college.

Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 believes that we can “become an ever-improving model of equity and excellence that will enable all students to achieve their full potential.” We can accomplish this through dedicated teachers, staff, and administration who build relationships with students and have high expectations for themselves and their students. We believe in planning for and providing the academic and developmental support students need to meet those expectations. We further believe that every student can learn through exposure to academically challenging content, feedback during learning, and the educator’s knowledge and skill.

Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 is a great place for those who are interested in an environment that supports creativity, leadership at all levels, innovation, a focus on professional and curriculum development, and the best practices of instruction. We are currently seeking individuals to join our team where we enable all students to achieve their full potential every day.

Background in law enforcement preferred; two years of college with knowledge and experience in investigative techniques; computer proficiency essential; excellent communication skills and the ability to maintain positive working relations with school staff and other individuals required to complete investigations such as landlords and staff in associate school districts and other school districts, as well as being familiar with the Oak Park- River Forest communities; and a valid IL driver's license and proof of automobile insurance.

Job Summary:
The primary responsibility of the District Investigator is to investigate families that seek to establish residency or guardianship status within the Oak Park and River Forest High School attendance areas. The District Investigator is also responsible for providing documentation of the investigations and written reports to the Registrar/Residency Coordinator, Assistant Principal for Student Health and Safety, Principal, Superintendent and Board of Education. The District Investigator will attend and give testimony at both internal and external residency hearings as necessary.

Job Functions:
1. Conduct thorough investigations related to the verification of family residency through the use of techniques such as surveillance, conducting home visitations as appropriate, verifying residency with landlords, verifying home ownership and leases along with using public data bases and records.
2. Prepare detailed residency reports for the school administration and Board of education that outline the details of the residency/guardianship investigation.
3. Meet with parent/guardians and school administrators regarding residency and/or guardianship.
4. Work closely with the Registrar/Residency Coordinator and other District administrators to identify potential residency/guardianship investigations and respond to and document other sources of residency information from school staff, parents, students and anonymous sources.
5. Maintain office hours in the school for the purpose of meeting with parents/guardians and school staff; make necessary phone calls and public data base queries.
6. Knowledge of the Illinois School Code pertaining to residency, as well as knowledge of the McKinney-Vento Act (Homeless Act).
7. Other appropriate duties as needed in conducting residency investigations.

Physical/Visual Demands:
Physical and visual demands of the position are consistent with standard office conditions. No non-standard lifting or visual acuity expected.

Environmental Conditions:
School building and facilities and student residences are the standard environmental conditions.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive listing of the duties performed in this position. The individuals currently holding this position perform additional duties and additional duties may be assigned.

Oak Park & River Forest High School District 200 (OPRF) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position description should not be considered to contain every function/responsibility that an individual may be asked to perform by his/her supervisor. Employees are expected to perform other related functions as assigned.