Investigator II

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website City Colleges of Chicago

City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college system in Illinois, is made up of seven colleges and five satellite sites, providing more than 70,000 students each year access to a quality, affordable education.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office within the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) with the authority to conduct investigations regarding waste, fraud and misconduct by any officer, employee, member of the Board; any contractor, subcontractor, consultant or agent providing or seeking to provide goods or services to CCC; and any program administered or funded by the District or colleges.

Recommendations made by the OIG as a result of its independent investigations and audits serve to promote economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity in the administration of the District’s programs and operations.


Under general supervision, an Investigator II conducts more varied and involved investigations involving allegations of waste, fraud and misconduct by the District’s officers, employees, members of the Board, agents and contractors, as well as audits/ reviews of CCC programs and operations.

At the II level, Investigators are experienced, seasoned professionals, with experience in conducting investigations and/or audit/reviews, perform related duties as required.


Conducts investigations varying in level of complexity and difficulty. Performs various investigative activities to include the review and analysis of data, conduct of surveillance, collection of evidence, and preparation of reports.
Participates in the conduct of large scale and extensive audits/reviews to evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls in protecting CCC’s resources, and assessing the compliance and performance of programs, operations and processes.
Interviews complainants, witnesses and subjects to gather and verify facts, or to corroborate evidence as part of investigations.
Conducts site visits to gather physical evidence and examines work records and related documents.

Investigator II

Gathers evidence through surveillance activities.
Reviews and analyzes extensive data and records to determine whether evidence of waste, fraud, misconduct or mismanagement exists.
Prepares detailed reports on actions taken during all phases of an investigation or audit/review (i.e. document review, fact finding analysis, interviews, surveillance).
Uses photographic and video equipment in the conduct of surveillance work to observe criminal activities or acts of misconduct (e.g., fraud, residency violations).
Maintains case records and reports on the status of assigned cases.
May provide guidance to less experienced Investigators in the conduct of investigations, audit/reviews, and surveillance activities.
Testifies in criminal and civil court and at administrative hearings regarding investigative findings.

Positions with Accounting and Finance degrees:

In addition to the above:

Combines accounting knowledge with investigative skills to perform financial analysis and forensic auditing duties in support of investigations involving fraud, misappropriation of assets, or mismanagement of funds.
Analyzes business and audit risks related to financial and operational processes and systems.
Performs quantitative and qualitative data analysis using technological tools and forensic audit techniques to assess the effectiveness of accounting controls and the efficiency of operations.
Investigates financial impropriety by conducting forensic research to trace funds, and in-depth analysis of documents including financial statements and accounting records.

Investigator II

Positions with a J.D. and assigned to the Legal Unit:

In addition to the above:

Conducts legal research and analyses of ethical and legal implications, rules violated, and related legal issues and draft sections of case summary reports.
Participates in the preparation and drafting of investigative summary of reports of completed investigations and audits to provide the Chancellor, Board of Trustees, and executive staff with a case summation as well as findings and recommended corrective actions.


Report to: Supervising Investigator and/or Assistant Inspector General


Education, Training and Experience

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration or Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Accounting, Finance or a field related to a position’s specific area of assignment
Some positions may require a Juris Doctor from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school
Some positions may require three years of work experience in conducting financial and operational audits
A minimum of Two years of work experience in performing fact finding analysis and investigative research and reporting
Investigative work experience in an Inspector General’s Office, law enforcement agency, or with a branch in the military is highly desirable
High ethical standards
A combination of education and experience will be taken into consideration based on the applicant’s credentials
A valid State of Illinois driver’s license
Designation as a Certified Inspector General (CIG), Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI), a Certified Inspector General Auditor (CIGA), Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS), or comparable certification is highly desirable
Must be computer proficient with knowledge of a variety of software programs, including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Investigator II

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

Knowledge of District’s policies, procedures, rules and agreements
Knowledge of applicable federal, state and municipal laws and regulations regarding fraud and criminal and civil violations
Knowledge of investigative practices, procedures, and reporting standards.
Knowledge of investigative research and interviewing techniques
Knowledge of GAAP
Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
Excellent writing, research and presentation skills
Excellent organizational skills
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to work within a culturally diverse environment
Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in handling sensitive situations
Ability to work with a high degree of professionalism
Ability to work independently or as part of a diverse investigative team.

Working Conditions

General office environment
Travel to various colleges across the District as well as other relevant locations


Standard office equipment including computers and peripheral equipment
Surveillance and related investigative equipment

Physical Requirements

Physical ability to operate a personal computer and related office equipment
Occasional lifting of 10 to 20 lbs. (e.g. documents, case files, physical evidence)

Worker Characteristics

Initiative – Demonstrate willingness to take on responsibilities and job challenges
Innovation – Requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems
Adaptability/Flexibility – Be open to change and to considerable variety in the workplace
Judgment and Decision Making – Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
Analytical Thinking – Analyze information and use logic to address work issues

We offer: excellent health and welfare benefit package and long-term savings and investment programs including 403(b) & 457(b) Investment Plans and a pension plan with the State University Retirement System (SURS) Plan. Generous vacation, holiday, personal and sick days, and tuition reimbursement. For a more detailed overview of benefits, please visit the benefits page of our website.

Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6 months of hire.

We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Thank you for your interest in City Colleges of Chicago!

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