Job Details

Investigations Coordinator

City of Portland Auditor's Office, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 10/25/2019

Opens: Monday, October 7, 2019
Closes: Friday, October 25, 2019
Salary Range: $72,530 – $131,248

The City Auditor’s Office is seeking a quick-thinking, detailed-oriented public servant with good judgment to coordinate investigations of police misconduct allegations and make case-handling decisions in the Independent Police Review division.

Independent Police Review (IPR) is the civilian side of the City’s police accountability system. IPR reports to the elected City Auditor, who is independent of the Mayor and City Commissioners. This structure is critical to ensure that police misconduct complaints receive the appropriate investigative resources before the Chief and Police Commissioner make their final decisions about an officer’s conduct or cases are closed for insufficient evidence. With 16 staff positions, it is the largest division in the Auditor’s Office.

IPR is the central intake location for police misconduct complaints, conducts investigations, and monitors all cases investigated by the Police Bureau’s Internal Affairs unit. IPR and Internal Affairs share investigative responsibilities. IPR generally investigates misconduct complaints involving high-ranking officers; vulnerable populations, such as children or people experiencing homelessness; and large events, such as street protests. IPR uses complaint trends as the basis for policy reviews of the Police Bureau and makes recommendations for systemic change.

Responsibilities of the Investigations Coordinator include:

• Supervising a lead investigator and seven staff investigators;
• Ensuring consistency in investigations;
• Participating in investigative planning by ensuring timely progression of cases through the process;
• Reviewing information gathered during the intake phase to make case-handling decisions, such as referrals for further investigation or closure;
• Reviewing investigative files for completeness and findings for accuracy and appropriateness;
• Conferring with the IPR Director and Deputy Director about high-risk or sensitive cases; and
• Monitoring investigations conducted by Internal Affairs, including officer-involved shootings.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to fairness in police accountability matters, knowledge of sound investigative procedures, and an ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds.

To Qualify
Three documents are required for a complete application: 1) a resume, 2) a cover letter, and 3) a brief writing sample. Omitting any of these documents will disqualify potential applicants from consideration.

1) Resume
List professional and relevant volunteer experience; education and training; and the time periods for each. If you speak more than one language or have specialized skills, please list them.

2) Cover Letter
Describe how you meet the following minimum qualifications, which are required to be successful in this position. Where possible, connect items in your resume to demonstrate how you meet these qualifications. It is advised that you use the numbered list below to ensure you respond to each item. Skipping any of the items will disqualify your application from further consideration, so please complete your cover letter with care.

1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent;
2. Six years of progressively responsible experience involving analysis, planning, organizing, and/or evaluating programs, including two years in a supervisory role; or a combination of equivalent education and experience;
3. Ability to analyze complex or technical issues and problems, evaluate alternatives, and recommend policies, strategies and effective courses of action as they relate to administrative investigations;
4. Ability to exercise independent judgment, problem-solve, and take initiative within established procedures and guidelines;
5. Ability to communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively, both orally and in writing; prepare concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence, and other documents;
6. Ability to analyze, interpret, explain, and apply relevant laws, regulations, ordinances, policies, and procedures;
7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with managers and staff, elected officials, government representatives, and others;
8. Ability to supervise a multicultural workforce, promote an equitable workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex services.

If you meet these preferred qualifications, please briefly describe how in your cover letter.
• Experience conducting or supervising administrative, employment, or criminal investigations in a government agency.

3) Writing Sample
Prepare a written statement describing your experience or participation with diverse groups, exposure to equity issues and any actions to resolve them, and steps to make public or work spaces inclusive. Examples may include but are not limited to the following:

• Experience as a member of a historically underrepresented group in government decision-making;
• Experience living, working with and/or interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities;
• Experience ensuring equitable and inclusive workplace operations and program outcomes.

If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this position.

Hiring Process
Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample through the City of Portland's online application system. Emailed, mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Application materials will be reviewed to determine if candidates meet the minimum qualifications listed above. To successfully pass the initial screening process, you must ensure that your cover letter addresses each numbered point and includes examples that illustrate your experience and expertise. It is advised that applicants organize their cover letters using the numbered list to ensure each is addressed. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be eligible for an interview.

Your cover letter and resume should be no more than five pages combined. Your writing sample should be no more than two pages. Please do not attach materials not requested.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of this recruitment.

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 and/or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for. Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

Additional Information
This position is in the Classified Service. It is subject to Auditor’s Office Administrative Rules for Human Resources, City Code, and City Charter.

The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage are available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family. The City of Portland participates in PERS, the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System. For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click Benefits Information | The City of Portland, Oregon.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application. It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting an accommodation, the requests must be made to the Recruiter(s) named below no later than the closing date of this announcement.

If you have questions about how to apply or require any assistance in submitting your application, please contact:

Andrew Bryans, Administrative Specialist
(503) 823-4079

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