Chief Investigator

US Government, 250 Health & Human Services

Do you have at least 2 years of investigation experience? Do you have supervisory experience? The Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) seeks you as the Chief Investigator!  In this role you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Investigations section of the OME.  The Investigations section is responsible for the investigation of all deaths falling under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Medical Examiner under Utah Code 26-4-7, including initial scene response as well as coordinating transportation of decedents, evidence processing, identification of decedents, and follow-up investigation to aid in the determination of cause and manner of death.  In addition, you will supervise and direct eight full-time, 19 part-time, and over 70 contract employees with these investigations. As the Chief Investigator you will not be required to respond to situations that involve threats to public safety. If you are not currently ABMDI certified you will need to become certified within 2 years of hire. Due to the nature of this position, compliance to the Utah Department of Health and Human Services Employee Immunization policy is required. Travel is required.
Principal Duties 
As the Chief Investigator you will:

  • Supervise subordinate employees with development of position-specific training plans, individual performance plans and coordination of work, work product and equipment use for part-time and contract employees.
  • Oversee statewide scene investigations which include researching and gathering information, interviewing witnesses, and writing investigative findings as documentation for the Utah Medical Examiner Database; and the determination of jurisdiction of deaths reported to the OME.
  • Assist medical examiners/forensic pathologists with complete documentation of evidence, report and records gathering and evaluation, and other requests as needed.
  • Coordinate investigations with outside agencies.
  • Develop and maintain investigation standard operating procedures and educate and train investigative staff on the content.
  • Responsible for quality assurance/improvement efforts within the investigations section.
  • Be familiar with laws and regulations regarding death investigation in Utah.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, agency rules and standards, accreditation guidelines, etc.
  • Respond to incoming questions and complaints, provide information as allowed by law, explain policies and procedures, and facilitate resolution of issues as they arise.
  • Coordinate the timely scientific identification of all unidentified decedents that fall under jurisdiction of the OME, under the direction of the assigned medical examiner.
  • Serve as the OME contact for issues related to body transportation from death scenes.
  • Provide consultation and serve as a resource for part-time and contract investigators statewide.
  • Maintain OME vehicles, trailers, and death scene response tools and resources.
  • Facilitate information exchange between investigators and organ and tissue donation coordinators to allow for timely donation of organs and tissues.
  • In coordination with the Chief Medical Examiner, be responsible for mass fatality planning and response, including coordination of annual training exercises.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Has 5 years of experience as a medicolegal death investigator with supervisory experience.
  • Has a fellowship-level certification by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).
  • Has strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Has a medical degree or training (PA, NP, RN, paramedic, EMT, etc.) and current certification.
  • Has a Master’s degree in forensic science, medical/nursing, science, or business management.
  • Has experience with case management software and data analysis software.
  • Has experience with federal grant applications and management.

Why You Should Join Our Team
This is an opportunity to make a difference. Along with the satisfaction of overseeing the important investigations by the OME you will receive great health and retirement benefits, such as, generous paid time off so you can have a positive work life balance. Click here to view a summary of all the benefits we offer.

The Agency 
To learn more about the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Medical Examiner, click here.

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