Senior Investigator

US Government, Office of Independent Investigations

What this job is about:
The Senior Investigator will be an integral and collaborative member of a diverse investigation team that conducts complex high-profile investigations. In this role, you will investigate police use of deadly force incidents using a fair, thorough, transparent, and competent approach.
 
What is OII?
In 2021, the Washington State Legislature created the Office of Independent Investigations (OII), captured in RCW 43.102. This is in response to the demand for change from the community over citizen deaths resulting from encounters with law enforcement. The law requires these use of deadly force investigations to be truly independent of the involved law enforcement agency.
 
OII will define a new approach to investigating use of deadly force incidents by removing conflicts of interest and improving accountability, transparency and the public’s confidence. Doing so will strengthen the relationship between police and the community while building public trust and promoting effective policing.

 What you’ll do: 

  • Respond to the scene of law enforcement incidents involving the use of deadly force which results in death or serious bodily injury. 
  • Subject to 24-hour availability and must be willing to work non-standard hours, including long shifts, rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends, as required.
  • Organize and analyze case facts and evidence to determine the course of the investigation using appropriate investigation methods and procedures.
  • Adhere to legal requirements and responsibilities when gathering and preserving evidence to be used to conduct a fair, thorough, and transparent investigation.
  • Identify, collect, and preserve evidence for the purpose of substantiating facts. 
  • Conduct in-person interviews with involved law enforcement officers, witnesses, and others relevant to the investigation.
  • Gather and digitally record statements of fact pertinent to the investigation, which may include interviews of an adversarial nature.
  • May be required to act as a liaison to affected family members and members of the community during critical incidents.
  • Research and obtain records and documentation related to personnel, medical information, and other evidence.
  • Gather, review, and evaluate police reports, medical documents, collision reports, death certificates and any other related documentation.
  • Coordinate with federal, local, and state law enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders regarding investigations.
  • Coordinate with Medical Examiners and Coroner’s offices to gather relevant information relating to the incident, including attending autopsies of deceased parties.
  • Follow up with any leads received by law enforcement and the Office of Independent Investigations.
  • Document all investigative activities using a case management system, as per OII business rules and standards.
  • Objectively analyze, focus, resolve, and report on relevant investigation issues employing a full range use of investigative methods and procedures; to include conducting research using the internet and other databases. 
  • Manage, organize, document and complete a case load of investigative assignments in accordance with established priorities and standards of quality as established by OII. 
  • Protect confidentiality of Criminal Justice Information (CJI) data.
  • Complete all training required regarding criminal investigations, community relations, and other training as required by RCW 43.102.060. 
  • May be required to testify in court, and/or legal hearings.
  • Safely operate a state assigned vehicle to conduct field work.
  • Train or assist with training of other Investigators and provide ongoing mentoring as needed.

 
Required Qualifications: 

  • Five years’ experience leading major crimes investigations, with a focus on leading homicide investigations in a law enforcement, criminal justice, or government agency. 
  • Knowledge of Washington practices, including laws, policies, and procedures related to criminal law, criminal investigations, and policing. Significant knowledge of comparable practices outside of Washington can be substituted for this requirement.
  • Experience using data and information to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form conclusions and make decisions.
  • Extensive experience managing a caseload, to include prioritizing cases, and managing multiple, long-term, assignments.
  • Knowledge of the rules of evidence/chain of custody necessary to protect the integrity of evidence that law enforcement gathers during an investigation.
  • Knowledge of police oversight and importance of training to understand the impact and effect of racism in the investigation and know how to use an antiracist lens to conduct independent investigations work.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including sensitivity, empathy, discretion, and tact when dealing with those impacted by investigations and sensitivity to issues related to culture and gender. 
  • Ability to interpret relevant laws from the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) or Washington Administrative Code (WAC) pertinent to the mission of OII.
  • Ability to read and write English and write detailed and comprehensive incident reports.

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to conducting investigations, to include, but not limited to, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, and social services. 
  • Two years’ experience leading homicide and/or major crimes investigations, including forensic investigations and/or crime scene investigations.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, and experience working in quasi-judicial and judicial environments. 
  • Experience using social media and other electronic means to conduct an investigation. 
  • The director shall consider the relevant experience and qualifications of the candidate including the extent to which they demonstrate experience or understanding of the following areas:
    • Behavioral health issues.
    • Youth cognitive development.
    • Trauma-informed interviewing. 
    • De-escalation techniques and utilization. 

 Conditions of Employment:
 

  • Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. Please reach out to the HR Office if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.

 

  • Before you can be hired, you must pass a pre-employment background and credit check. This includes fingerprinting, mental health evaluation, and a polygraph examination.

 

  • Must be able to respond 24/7 state-wide as required as part of an on-call team. Ability to work on-call duty for two-week periods. 

  • Must successfully complete a required training program to ensure the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities are obtained.

 

  • Safely operate a state assigned vehicle to conduct field work.

 
 
Application Process
How to Apply
 
Interested? We would love to hear from you. Click “Apply” at the top of this page to start your application (you can save the application and come back to it, if needed). Please include the following:
 

  1. A letter of interest that describes your specific qualifications, and elaborate on any experience or knowledge of the following:
    • Behavioral health issues.
    • Youth cognitive development.
    • Trauma-informed interviewing.
    • De-escalation techniques and utilization. 
  1. A current resume that details your applicable experience and education.
  2. A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.

 
We will directly contact the top candidates to interview for this position. Because we base our selection on the information you provide, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the required and desirable qualifications we described above.
  
Questions? 
 
For questions about this recruitment or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email William Penzo at TalentAcquisition@ofm.wa.gov. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
 
The Office of the Governor is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam-era veterans are encouraged to apply. If you need accommodations or help in the application process, or who wish to receive this job announcement in an alternative format, you may call 360-725-0158 or dial 711 to reach the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf system.
 

Special Note: This position is exempt from civil service rules. 
For more information, please see WAC 357-19-195.

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