Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 12/20/17
Applications Due: 01/04/18
Vacancy ID: 46222

Position Information

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleInternal Investigator 1 (OPWDD)

Occupational CategoryAdministrative or General Management

Salary Grade18

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $55082 to $68351 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 25%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County Rockland

Street Address OPWDD - Office of Investigations and Internal Affairs

Hudson Valley Office, 7 Wilbur Road

City Thiells


Zip Code10984

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Six years of field investigative or law enforcement investigative experience. Investigative experience is defined as independent investigative experience and includes the following activities: interviewing and interrogating witnesses; collecting and analyzing data and evidence; writing and summarizing case narratives; and testifying at administrative hearings and criminal proceedings. Non-qualifying experience includes tax collections; service as a security guard or officer, or fire and safety inspector; credit verification; auditing; employment interviewing; building surveillance; traffic enforcement; performing routine inspections or surveys.

Substitutions Include:
An Associate’s degree for two years of field investigative or law enforcement investigative experience; OR two years of OPWDD experience for two years of field investigative or law enforcement investigative experience; OR a Bachelor’s degree for four years of field investigative or law enforcement investigative experience. Regardless of any substitution, all candidates must have a least two years of field investigative experience or law enforcement investigative experience.

Duties Description The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has reformed its Incident Management and Investigations systems with the following goals in mind:

• Improve both the timeliness and quality of agency investigations.
• Foster better partnerships with law enforcement agencies.
• Enhance current investigative staffing by introducing trained professional
• Ensure consistency of practice throughout the state.
• Improve investigative independence by providing arms-length oversight of the
investigation and incident management process.


Under the direction of a lead investigator, the Internal Investigator 1 (OPWDD) duties include, but are not limited to:

• Formulate plan, processes and timetables to conduct an accurate, complete and thorough
investigation within OPWDD-specified timeframe.
• Prepare for and conduct interviews and obtain sworn statements on matters arising from
investigations conducted, such as investigations of possible misconduct by agency employees.
• Gather, document and preserve information and evidence related to investigations to support
the outcome of the investigation.
• Write narrative reports to effectively communicate the results of investigations to appropriate
• Work collaboratively with OPWDD facilities, programs and Office of Employee Relations staff
to ensure that investigations are completed in a fair and timely manner.
• Conduct investigations of alleged instances of abuse and neglect and other types of employee
incompetency or misconduct in a confidential manner.
• Interrogate state employees following stipulations of the collective bargaining agreements.
• Make recommendations to supervisor, Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
(DDSOO) and Office of Employee Relations staff regarding possible violations of OPWDD
policy and procedures.
• Provide testimony at arbitration hearings to support the outcome of the investigation.

There is approximately 25% travel associated with this position.
• Licensed medical profession, such as Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Therapist
• Medical Examiner’s Office
• Fraud Investigations or possess an accredited certification in Fraud Investigations

Additional Comments Please note:
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
• Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information

Name Cheryl Cwenar

Telephone 518-473-9689

Fax 518-474-9902

Email Address


Street OPWDD Personnel Office

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229


Notes on ApplyingSubmit cover letter and résumé by January 4, 2018. Please reference the above EOA # 2017-281 in all correspondence.