Investigator: Chicago Illinois Deadline: May 9, 2019

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Deadline: May 9, 2019

Salary: $53,736 Annually

Job Description:

Under supervision, performs at the entry level, investigating complaints relating to Chicago Fire Department personnel involving allegations of official misconduct, residency violations, criminal activity or violations of the City of Chicago Personnel Rules and/or the Chicago Fire Department Rules and Regulations, Policies and Procedures.  
  • Interviews complainants, witnesses and employees to gather facts necessary to thoroughly investigate allegations of misconduct and violations personnel and administrative rules.
  • Conducts site visits to collect physical evidence and perform basic analysis or work records and related documents.
  • Uses photographic and video equipment in conducting investigations and surveillance work. 
  • Updates and maintains case management records to report on the status of assigned investigations.
  • Assists senior investigative staff in the conduct of criminal, large-scale and complex investigations, as required.
  • Prepares detailed reports summarizing the investigations conducted, including findings.
  • Conducts background investigations on all Chicago Fire Department new hires and incumbent personnel, as required.
  • Participates in the 24/7 on-call rotation to respond to citizen complaints and/or incumbent drug testing pursuant to labor agreements and Department General Orders for Fitness for Duty issues or Motor Vehicle Accidents.
  • Administers drug and alcohol tests to applicants, candidates and incumbent employees, as required. 
  • Testifies in court, at arbitrations and/or administrative hearings, as required
  • Performs related duties, as required.
NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.
LOCATION:  3510 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL  60653 /Citywide
HOURS:        Variable
DAYS OFF:   Variable 
NOTE: This position requires the availability to work all shift schedules


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Human Resources or a directly related field, plus one year of work experience in the conduct of investigations of criminal or fraudulent activity OR one year of work experience in the performance of fact finding analyses and investigative research and reporting, or a combination of education, training and experience.
A valid State of Illinois driver’s license is required
Disclaimer – “Accredited” means any nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or law school where the applicant is enrolled in or has completed an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Juris Doctorate degree program.
Education & Employment Verification – Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diploma must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.
NOTE: You must provide your transcripts or diploma, valid U.S. Driver’s License, professional license, or training certificates, at time of processing, if applicable.
NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered). If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.
NOTE: Candidates must pass a background investigation, drug screen and other pre-employment procedures as determined by the Chicago Fire Department.
Selection Requirements
This position requires applicants to complete an interview.  The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position will be selected.
Preference may be given to candidates possessing the following:
  • Previous work experience gathering facts and writing detailed, narrative reports
  • Proficiency in the operation of photographic, video and editing equipment
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Willingness to work all shift schedules
VETERANS PREFERENCE: The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge.  Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented.  In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?”  In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service.  For Veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationary stating dates of service and character of service.  For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationary verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application.  Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference. 
Evaluation:  Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application.  Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant.  No second party applicants will be accepted.
Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.
If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY).   Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.
City of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Military Friendly Employer
City of Chicago                                                      Department of Human Resources
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor                                            Soo Choi, Commissioner
Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59 pm C.S.T.  Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59 pm CST on May 9, 2019. No exceptions will be made.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.


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