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Investigator, Office of the Inspector General

Central Administration
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Title: Investigator, Office of the Inspector General

Department: Inspector General

Reports To: Inspector General

The School District of Philadelphia is the cornerstone provider of public education in Philadelphia. For forward-thinking administrators and educators, opportunities abound. Over 131,000 students entrusted to the District arrive at school every day with an extraordinary range of needs and aspirations. We are committed to delivering on their right to an excellent public school education, and we are particularly focused on ensuring every student has access to exceptional educational opportunities. Equity is our mandate. Will you join us?




SALARY RANGE: $53,834 - $87,020


Job Summary:

An Investigator in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the School District is expected to conduct advanced level investigations related to allegations of corruption, fraud, criminal activity, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, conflicts of interest and other unethical, illegal or prohibited activities of School District employees and officials, contractors, charter schools and users of School District services and facilities. An OIG investigator is responsible for performing a full range of investigative assignments including difficult, complex, multifaceted, sensitive and confidential investigations. In addition, an Investigator should have a working knowledge of internal controls and processes which can detect fraud and abuse sufficient to evaluate those controls and make recommendations. OIG Investigators are expected to balance and prioritize a significant caseload under the direction of the Inspector General (IG) and Deputy Inspector General, Chief for the School District and the Director of Investigations for the School District.   

Essential Functions:

  • Receives and reviews requests for investigations from the IG, representatives of the School District, and others.

  • Investigates suspected fraud or abuse; conducts internal audits and analyses; analyzes cost reports, and financial records for conformance to governmental accounting standards and other accepted standards for proper internal controls.

  • Determines the priority/scope of and planning for all phases of assigned investigations, including the coordination of investigative analysts, support staff and others.

  • Interviews employees, managers, executives, contractors, vendors, parents, citizens and public officials to determine and analyze facts to conclude whether School District policies have been followed or violated.

  • Interviews witnesses and suspects to obtain information, evidence and admissions or leads.

  • Conducts the surveillance of individuals or locations.

  • Conducts the review of administrative records and reports, financial records and legal documents.  

  • Collects, evaluates and prepares evidence for presentation to prosecuting and agency officials and for introduction at administrative proceedings.

  • Evaluates information to determine the credibility and reliability of employees, individuals and private entities transacting business with the School District.

  • Reviews reports of investigations to determine if requested information has been collected and that findings have been substantiated by relevant facts.

  • Prepares detailed reports of investigations setting forth allegations, findings, evidence and recommendations.

  • Prepares findings, reports, and related documentation for formal presentations.

  • Recommends changes to agency administrative operations in order to prevent future violations and increase program efficiency.

  • Appears in court and at administrative proceedings as a government witness to present testimony and evidence.

  • Works with, assists and/or supervises other law enforcement agents, through participating in joint investigations and other matters of mutual interest.

  • Attends specialized training sessions and conferences as required.

  • Evaluates and examines internal controls and root cause of inappropriate activity and/or waste.

  • Prepares written reports to include recommendations for the District related to the detection, prevention and resolution of activity within the authority of the OIG/SD.

  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Two years of full-time, paid, professional, financial, investigative or law enforcement experience in a criminal justice, civil or administrative agency which has involved conducting financial, white collar or contract compliance investigations.


  • Any equivalent combination of training and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Talent

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of:

○ the scope, application and interpretation of the specific laws and regulations relating to the investigative jurisdiction of the OIG.

○ the rules of evidence, auditing standards, practices and procedures.

○ investigative principles and concepts.

○ software applications such as Excel and PowerPoint.

○ investigative and interviewing methods and techniques.

○ specialized investigative devices and equipment.

○ the functions and jurisdictions of other federal, state and local agencies.

  • Ability to:

○   conduct an accurate, thorough and objective investigation.

○ use excellent written and verbal communication skills.

○ consistently demonstrate sound judgment.

○ be analytical and use analysis to assist in making decisions.

○ consistently meet deadlines and is able to handle several projects simultaneously.

○ use excellent computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet applications and internet research.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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