Staff Investigator

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent body within the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) whose purpose is to investigate and audit matters concerning fraud, theft, waste, abuse, and misconduct within or affecting CHA. The OIG works to promote integrity and effectiveness in all CHA programs.

The Staff Investigator, with supervision, will be responsible for conducting due diligence in the complaint evaluation process and assisting with administrative and criminal investigations of allegations of waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and misconduct by the Authority’s officers, employees, members of the Board, agents, participants, CHA residents, and contractors doing business with the Authority.


Assist with review and assessment of complaints submitted to the OIG, through due diligence and evidence collection
Gather evidence through a variety of methods including but not limited to site visits, use of photographic and video equipment, open source research, and document requests consistent with policies and procedures set forth by the Inspector General
Conduct investigative interviews of complainants, witnesses, and subjects
Prepare detailed written reports to document all investigative activities conducted during an investigation
Review and analyze extensive data, business records, and financial documents to determine whether evidence of waste, fraud or misconduct exists
Maintain well-organized investigative case files and documentation in OIG electronic case management system
Make recommendations and corrective actions to impacted business unit leadership; share ideas on improving overall efficiencies
Testify in criminal and civil court, at arbitrations, and at administrative hearings
Work on joint criminal investigations with other law-enforcement agencies including but not limited to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, HUD OIG, Social Security OIG, Department of Labor OIG; respond to requests from Prosecutors (County, State and Federal) for successful prosecutions
Perform other duties as assigned and consistent with the department

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university supplemented by one year of experience involving fact-finding analysis and investigative research and reporting work, preferably in an inspector general’s office, law enforcement agency, legal, military, or private sector entity. This position requires strong organizational, time-management, and decision-making skills. A self-motivated individual with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, sound judgment, tact, and discretion in handling confidential information and materials. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the knowledge and understanding of the applicability of relevant federal and state laws and regulations. Experience with computer equipment and software applications, including Word and Excel. A valid driver’s license is required.

Within 90 days of hire, selected candidate will be required to be fingerprinted by an external law enforcement agency. Employment will be contingent upon the results of the fingerprint based criminal history background search.

Salary Range: $65,000 – 70,000

Grade: S7

FLSA: Exempt

Union: None

The Chicago Housing Authority is a proud equal opportunity employer.
We recognize that a diverse and inclusive workplace is a healthy and productive workplace.

All applicants are considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other category protected by applicable law.
Employment with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) does not require City of Chicago (“City”) residency. Non-resident’s of the City are encouraged to apply for any CHA position(s).
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