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Chief Investigator - Office of the City Controller

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City of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

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Chief Investigator - Office of the City Controller

1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA


Company Description

With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As an employer, the City of Philadelphia operates through the guiding principles of service, integrity, respect, accountability, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Through these principles, we strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all of our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential.


The Office of the Philadelphia City Controller is the independent watchdog agency of the City of Philadelphia that strives to promote honest, efficient, effective, and fully accountable city government. We address this mission by: providing timely and objective analysis on the availability of funds for all city contracts; preventing inappropriate spending of public funds; and providing objective, timely, and relevant information to city officials, the public, and other interested parties about financial operations of the city, and on ways to improve city operations and the use of public resources.

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Job Description

The Chief Investigator in the Controller's Office Investigations Division is expected to work at an advanced level conducting investigations into allegations of fraud, waste and abuse committed by city employees, officials, citizens and business entities against the city of Philadelphia.

The Chief Investigator is responsible for performing a full range of investigative assignments including complex, time sensitive and confidential investigations. The Chief Investigator is expected to balance and prioritize a varied case load under the direction of the Deputy Controller of Investigations.

The Chief Investigator oversees and monitors all complex financial investigations handled by the team, including identifying and assisting in the acquisition of all necessary legal and financial documents, as well as assisting in the analysis.

Essential Functions:

Conduct objective, fair, thorough, unbiased and timely investigations into allegations of fraud, waste and abuse in a confidential manner

Responsible for determining the priority and scope of the investigation as well as planning for all phases of the investigation

Gather and review administrative records and reports, financial records and legal documents

Interview employees, managers, executives, contractors, vendors, citizens and public officials to determine and analyze facts to conclude whether City or departmental policies have been followed or violated

Interview witnesses and suspects to obtain information, evidence, admissions or leads

Conduct surveillance of individuals or locations when appropriate

Collect and preserve evidence

Ensures sensitive employee information is maintained with the highest level of confidentiality

Synthesize and analyze fact patterns of the information collected during the investigation and produce a professional report with recommendations

Evaluate information and evidence as well as determine the credibility and reliability of employees, individuals, and private entities conducting business with the City in order to resolve investigation

Maintains persistence in obtaining case information not readily available with an eye for details

Prepare weekly updates highlighting investigative action and status

Maintain internal transparent communication regarding assignments through one on one and unit meetings

Prepare detailed reports of investigations setting forth allegations, findings, evidence and recommendations. Reports must be thorough and contain all pertinent information for the case

Review and monitor all complex financial investigations.

Analyze and synthesize voluminous documents

Oversee and work directly with Auditors assigned to the Investigation Division

Regularly update the Deputy Controller of Investigations of case progress as well as make recommendations as to the direction of the investigations

Prepare formal presentations of findings and final reports, and summarize to various audiences

Appear at departmental administrative hearings as well as the Civil Service Commission and present investigative findings

Appear in court as a government witness to present testimony and evidence


Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Business Administration, Accounting or other related fields required;

Completion of a masters, other graduate degree and or certification as a fraud examiner preferred;

Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in investigative work including experience in criminal investigations, background investigations, suspect business practices or insurance casualty claim;

Accounting experience a plus;

Spanish language skills preferred;

Must have a valid Pennsylvania Driver's license

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Proven leadership

Strong interpersonal skills with capacity to collaborate with criminal justice partners and other city agencies

Knowledge, application and interpretation of the specific laws and regulations relating to the investigative jurisdiction of the City Controller, as well as the functions and jurisdictions of other federal, state and local agencies

Knowledge of the rules of evidence

Familiar with the objectives of various types of investigations

Knowledge of Investigative and interviewing methods and techniques

Honest, ethical and discreet

Demonstrable analytical skills

Plans and prioritizes effectively- accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects, sets objectives and goals, measures performance against goals, evaluates results

Can orchestrate multiple activities at once, uses resources effectively and efficiently

Self-starter with ability to work independently and in groups

Relates well to all kinds of people, uses diplomacy and tact, builds constructive relationships

Excellent communication and writing skills

Can handle specialized investigative devices and equipment

Proficient with use of common personal computer software, such as Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint

Additional Information

Successful candidate must be a City of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at (see application details). For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: (please use the apply button below)

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Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States, and the fifth-most-populous city in the United States.As of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 1,526,006, growing to 1,553,165 in 2013 by Census estimates.In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of Pennsylvania Colony. By the 1750s, Philadelphia had surpassed Boston to become the largest city and busiest port in British America, and second in the British Empire, behind London.Philadelphia is known for its arts and culture. The cheesesteak and soft pretzel are emblematic of Philadelphia cuisine, which is shaped by the city's ethnic mix. The city has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city and Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped urban park in the world.Gentrification of Philadelphia's neighborhoods continues into the 21st century and the city has reversed its decades-long trend of population loss.

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