Supervising Investigator

City Colleges of Chicago - Office of the Inspector General

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.


Reporting to the Inspector General, a Supervising Investigator supervises a team of Investigators responsible for conducting investigations of waste, fraud and misconduct regarding the District’s officers, employees, members of the Board, agents and contractors, as well as audits/ reviews of CCC programs and operations.

Supervising Investigator positions also function as Lead Investigators, conducting or leading investigations and audits/ reviews of programs and operations of the most complex and/or sensitive nature, and requiring a high level of expertise. Performs related duties as required.


Supervises the work of Investigators. Assigns cases to individual(s) or a team of Investigators based on the scope and complexity of the investigation of complaints and allegations, or the audit/review of programs and operations.
Monitors the progress of case assignments to ensure investigations and audits/reviews are conducted in a timely, thorough, and accurate manner, and are consistent with the investigative policies, procedures, and standards established by the Inspector General.
Leads investigative teams working on cases of the most complex or sensitive nature. Provides guidance, technical expertise, and direction to staff in the course of conducting investigations and audits/reviews.
Develops strategies for the conduct of large scale investigations and audits/ reviews of programs and operations, and implements work plans, guidelines and procedures for use by Investigators.
Trains lower level Investigators in various areas of investigative work, and processes and techniques for conducting audits/ reviews of internal controls, compliance, and efficiency and effectiveness of CCC programs, operations, and processes.
Conducts interviews and assists Investigators as needed in the interviewing of difficult or uncooperative complainants, witnesses and subjects to obtain information and to gather, verity or corroborate evidence.
Oversees the preparation of detailed reports on actions taken during all phases of an investigation or audit/review (i.e. document review, fact finding analysis, interviews, surveillance, collection of physical evidence, and assessment of compliance, performance, and internal controls).
Writes, reviews and edits case reports of completed investigations and audits/reviews summarizing findings and recommendations for corrective action. Ensures case reports are well-written, accurate, concise, thorough and timely.
Monitors work performance of subordinate staff and conducts performance evaluations. Participates in the interviewing and hiring of Investigator staff.

Report to: Inspector General

Direct Supervision: Investigators I, II and III


Education, Training and Experience

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business of Public Administration, Accounting, or a related field
A Master’s degree or a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from an ABA accredited law school is desirable
Five years of work experience conducting investigations in an Inspector General’s Office, laws enforcement agency, or with a branch in the military
A combination of education and experience will be taken into consideration based on the applicant’s credentials
High ethical standards
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 highly desirable
Demonstrated experience in conducting and supervising large scale and complex investigations involving fraud, misconduct, and mismanagement
Must be computer proficient with knowledge of a variety of software programs, including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
The following generally describes the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time to successfully perform the assigned duties

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 supervisory methods and practices
Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
Excellent writing, research and presentation skills
Excellent organizational skills
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to plan, review, and monitor the work of subordinate staff
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 on investigative cases.
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

Leadership – Demonstrates willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction
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 (positive or negative) 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

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