Chief of Investigations

  • March 07, 2018 8:31 AM
    Message # 5900383
    Billy Petty (Administrator)

    The City of Austin has posted a job for Chief of Investigations in the Office Of the City Auditor:  Additional information can be found at:

    Posting Title Chief of Investigations
    Job Requisition Number COA077816
    Position Number 101275
    Job Type Full-Time
    Division Name Office Of The City Auditor
    Minimum Qualifications

    Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a field related to the job, plus five (5) years related experience, two (2) of which must have included management and/or supervisory experience

    Masters degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Economics or other related field may substitute for one year of the non-managerial experience

    Licenses or Certifications:

      Minimum of 2 related certifications, one of which must be the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

    Second certification can be one of the following:

    • Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP)
    • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
    • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

    And a valid State of Texas Driver’s License

    Notes to Applicants

    The Chief of Investigations manages all aspects of the fraud hotline program including the receipt, recording and referral of all allegations, conducting investigations of fraud, waste, and abuse, managing and coaching staff, and presentation of information supporting the City’s ethics structure. Key responsibilities include providing service to elected officials, employees, members of the public, and outside agencies as well as managing and developing staff to conduct high quality investigations and maintain the credibility of the Office of the City Auditor.

    When completing the City of Austin employment application:

    A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Be sure to provide job title and employment dates for all jobs you wish to be considered.

    A résumé is required, but will not substitute for a complete employment application. Please include contact information from previous employers.

    A cover letter is also required. In the cover letter candidates should describe, in concise detail, their interest in this position and highlight any prior experience that is relevant to this position.

    When completing the City of Austin employment application, any gaps in employment must have an explanation and dates of unemployment. Work experience listed must include month, year and a verifiable Supervisor or Human Resources phone number.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Each individual who submits an Application as provided in the Municipal Civil Service Rules and meet the Minimum Qualifications for a Competitive Position shall be considered a Candidate for that Position. Employees, in Good Standing, who are Candidates within the Department or division that the Position resides in and who meet the Minimum and Preferred Qualifications (if any) of the Position will be included in the initial interview.

    This position will require a pre-employment Criminal Background Investigation (CBI).

    If you are identified as a top candidate, verification of your education, which may include High School graduation or GED, undergraduate and/or graduate degrees, will be required.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Please note that the Department may close the job posting at any time after 7 days.

    Pay Range



    Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm (Hours may vary based on business needs)

    Job Close Date 
    Type of Posting External
    Department Office Of The City Auditor
    Regular/Temporary Regular
    Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
    Category Professional
    Location 201 W. Cesar Chavez St., Ste. 200 Austin, TX 78701
    Preferred Qualifications

    Experience managing investigations in a local government environment.

    Investigative expertise involving complex legal, financial, or IT related violations in a government environment.

    Experience testifying in criminal or civil proceedings to support investigative results.

    Advanced degree in Law, Business, Accounting, or Public Policy/Administration.

    Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

    Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

    1. Provides service to elected officials, employees, representatives of outside agencies, and members of the public by providing accurate, complete, and up-to-date information in a courteous, efficient, and timely manner  

    2.  Manages all aspects of the fraud hotline including the receipt, recording, and referral of allegations, conducting investigations of fraud, waste, and abuse, managing and coaching staff, and presentation of information supporting the City’s ethics structure 

    3. Manages all aspects of investigative, audit, and non-audit services for assigned engagements, including: planning, budgeting, scheduling, risk assessment, methodology, fieldwork, work paper review, report writing, quality assurance, and presentation of results and recommendations for engagements as applicable  

    4. Prepares and/or reviews reports to insure that key integrity violations are sufficiently supported and documented in a well-organized, logical, and clear manner

    5. Manages the preparation of investigative and audit reports in compliance with applicable standards 

    6. Assists or conducts oral presentations and representation to elected officials, appointed officials, state agencies, management, employees, vendors, contractors and the public as required including the review of written presentations and recommended improvements in organization, logical presentation, and clarity as well as content 

    7. Develops employee development plans to ensure staff competency necessary to meet or exceed including continuing professional education required for licenses and certifications.

    8.  Serves on committees, associations, and task groups as assigned  

    9.  Maintains the credibility of the office, assisting with the office’s quality assurance function, ensuring that the standards of objectivity and independence are maintained, the office’s status as a regional and national auditing leader is maintained, and all staff adhere to the ethical standards required by the profession and the City of Austin

    Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
    Manager – Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities, including selection, training, evaluation, counseling and recommendation for dismissal
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.



    Knowledge of investigative and fraud examination principles

    Knowledge of Council of Inspector Generals on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Quality Standards for Investigations 

    Knowledge of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Fraud Examination Manual

    Knowledge of Generally Accepted Governmental Auditing Standards (GAGAS)

    Knowledge of performance measurement principles

    Knowledge of audit related quantitative methods

    Knowledge of investigative and audit project management

    Knowledge of process improvement methodologies

    Knowledge of City and Office of the City Auditor personnel policies and procedures and the ability to effectively apply them

    Knowledge of management principles and practices applicable to government functions, programs and processes

    Knowledge of applicable internal control frameworks

    Knowledge of Information technology concepts

    Skill in oral and written communications in a local government setting

    Skill in decision-making with specific emphasis on professional auditor judgment

    Skills in analytical and conceptual practices

    Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with elected officials, management, other employees and the public

    Ability to maintain high ethical standards in difficult situations

    Ability to resolve issues and overcome obstacles needed to achieve objectives

    Ability to treat City employees, representatives of outside agencies, and members of the public with courtesy and respect

    Ability to maintain a professional presence and demonstrate sound judgment in answering questions



    Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

    City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

    Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

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