Investigator II

Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 05, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Investigator II

District Office

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 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.
  • 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 database of 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 asses, or mismanagement of funds.
  • Analyzes business and audit risks related to financial and operational processes and systems.
  • Performs quantitative and qualitative data analysis using sophisticated technology 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.

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 writes sections of case summary reports.
  • Participates in the preparation and drafting of summary 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 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
  • 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)

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

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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