Position Summary: The Disciplinary Investigator, Field Support Centers (FSC) supports the Senior Field Counsels, Principals, and Instructional Superintendents in investigating and collecting evidence in legal and labor matters related to employee misconduct and incompetence. This includes the preparation of documents and written reports in conjunction with administrative proceedings. Performs related work.
Reports to: Senior Field Counsel, Office of Legal Services
Direct Reports: N/A
Key Relationships: Works collaboratively with the Senior Counsels to ensure an efficient and systematic approach to service delivery. This entails working as a liaison to City, State, and Federal agencies as well as the Office of Legal Services, Division of School Support Services, investigative personnel, Field Support Centers, principals, and instructional superintendents.
- Examines and analyzes employee records and documents, case files, and legal filings necessary to respond to requests for disciplinary hearings; makes recommendations as to course of action.
- Assists attorneys in case preparation, including drafting charges, maintenance and preparation of documents, and evidence gathering.
- Ensures timely notification of charges to employee to comply with labor agreement deadlines so that disciplinary hearings can proceed according to schedule.
- Coordinates disciplinary hearings, evaluates tenure status of pedagogic employees, and responds to inquiries as a point of contact for principals.
- Assembles data, records, evidence, and reports.
- Manages and maintains case databases and generates case reports.
- Prepares written and statistical reports for the Senior Field Counsels and maintains a calendar to assist in investigations.
- Analyzes and evaluates records and documents, case files, and legal filings in connection with various administrative proceedings involving the Department of Education, e.g., human rights complaints, administrative grievances, labor proceedings, and other investigations as assigned by the Senior Field Counsels.
- Assists in the investigation, preparation, and presentation of written reports and materials regarding issues of student disciplinary cases, complaints, or inquiries from school staff and parents.
- Maintains case records, prepares reports, and analyzes personnel records.
- Manages and maintains computer database of cases for the unit.
- Responds to legal and labor inquiries from administrative officials at various DOE offices and schools.
- Serves as point of contact for FOIL (Freedom of Information Law), school based investigations and self-insurance requests.
- Conducts legal research to assist Senior Field Counsels.
- A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and four years of satisfactory full-time experience in one or more of the fields of accounting, auditing, inspection, investigation, personnel, administration, and security or in a major operational area of the employing agency; or
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college; or
- Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” or “2” above.
- Experience as a legal assistant and/or paralegal.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Strong writing and organizational skills.
- Efficient legal research skills.
- Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat, Westlaw, and other software.
Salary: $50,596 - $61,095
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not earn less than their current salary.)
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.
* New York City Residency is NOT Required *
We encourage all applicants from the New York City tri-state area to apply.
DOE Non- Discrimination Policy
It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.