Occ. Code 6660100

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1, GRADE 18

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2, GRADE 23

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 3, GRADE 25

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 4, GRADE 27

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

Incumbents of these positions investigate reported or suspected violations of law, rule or regulation relating to an agency's enforcement, regulatory, compensation award or licensing program or in support of the States position in various types of legal actions. They use a variety of investigative techniques, including gathering and verifying of information, interviewing witnesses and complainants, reviewing electronic and paper documents, and conducting surveillance and undercover activities to obtain information and evidence. They prepare written reports of their findings, which may be used by agency management and law enforcement in support or defense of administrative, civil or criminal charges, the imposition of fines, penalties or other sanctions, and the negotiation of settlements. They may perform other tasks that support compliance with an agencys laws, rules and regulations and testify at administrative or criminal proceedings. 

 

Investigative Specialists are classified in various State agencies and may have Peace Officer status.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1: performance level; under the general direction of an Investigative Specialist 2 or other higher level staff, independently undertakes investigations requiring extensive knowledge of a wide and varied body of laws, rules or regulations, organized criminal activity, or fraud requiring specialized knowledge and skill; or the legal, educational and medical professions licensed by New York State.  They may represent the agency on joint operations with various federal, State, county and municipal law enforcement agencies, sometimes as a team leader.  They may also make arrests.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2: first level supervisor; under the general direction of an Investigative Specialist 3 or other higher level staff, supervises two or more Investigative Specialists 1, and other staff as assigned; and may be assigned more sensitive or complex investigations requiring greater knowledge and interpretation of the agencys laws, rules or regulations.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 3: second level supervisor; under the general direction of an Investigative Specialist 4 or other higher level staff, supervises two or more Investigative Specialists 2 and other investigative and support staff within a unit, or geographical area. May serve as an assistant director or director of an investigative program.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 4: managerial level; under the general direction of higher level staff, manages and directs the operations of a specialized program or group of investigative units headed by Investigative Specialists 2 or  3 in a central, regional or district office. May also function as director or assistant director of an investigative program.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 3

 

 

 

·       Establishes and implements unit procedures and protocols. Reviews new directives, procedures, and policies to determine the effect on program operations and makes any necessary adjustments.

 

 

 

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 4

 

·       May perform any duty assigned to an Investigative Specialist 1, 2 or 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1

 

Open Competitive: six years of experience in a field investigative position conducting interviews of witnesses and others, taking written statements and affidavits, collecting and analyzing physical and documentary evidence, and preparing detailed written reports of investigative findings.

 

Substitutions: an associates degree in criminal justice or related field may substitute for two years of qualifying experience.  A bachelors degree in criminal justice or a related field may substitute for four years of qualifying experience. Related fields include: law enforcement, police science, criminal justice administration, criminology, criminal investigation, police studies, public justice, forensic accounting, forensic psychology, forensic science, and economic crime management.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 1.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 3

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 2.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 4

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 3.

 

Rev: 1/18

 

Attachment

 

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.


 

PARENTHETIC ATTACHMENT

 

Investigative Specialists perform a wide variety of duties. Investigative Specialist parenthetics are classified when the majority of a given positions duties and responsibilities emphasize a particular specialty or body of laws, rules and regulations.  Candidates may be required to meet the requirements for Peace and or Police Officer status, and physical/medical standards.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1, 2, AND 3 (FINANCIAL FRAUD): these positions exist only in the Department of Financial Services. Incumbents supervise or manage investigations related to the administration and enforcement of the laws, rules and regulations pertaining to alleged fraud involving financial entities. These positions have Peace Officer status.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1, 2, 3 AND 4 (LAW): these positions exist only in the Department of Law. Incumbents supervise or manage the performance of investigations necessary to support the States position in various types of legal actions concerning the laws, rules and regulations of State agencies.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2, 3 AND 4 (MEDICAID): these positions exist in the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and the Department of Health. Incumbents supervise or manage investigations related to the administration and enforcement of the laws, rules and regulations pertaining to Medicaid fraud and abuse.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1, 2, 3 AND 4 (MOTOR VEHICLE): these positions exist only in the Department of Motor Vehicles. Incumbents supervise or manage the performance of investigations related to the administration and enforcement of the laws, rules and regulations governing motor vehicle sales, registration, licensing, and disposal. These positions have Peace Officer status.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1 AND 2 (NARCOTICS): these positions exist only in the Department of Health. Incumbents supervise or manage the performance of investigations relating to the trafficking of controlled substances according to the rules and protocols established by the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. These positions have Peace Officer status.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2, 3 AND 4 (PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT): these positions exist in the Departments of Education and Health. Incumbents supervise or manage the performance of investigations related to the administration and enforcement of the laws, rules and regulations governing professions licensed by these agencies.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1 (FINANCIAL FRAUD)

 

Open Competitive: six years of experience in a field investigative position conducting interviews of witnesses and others, taking written statements and affidavits, collecting and analyzing physical and documentary evidence, and preparing detailed written reports of investigative findings.

 

Substitutions: an associates degree in criminal justice or related field may substitute for two years of qualifying experience.  A bachelors degree in criminal justice or a related field may substitute for four years of qualifying experience. Related fields include: law enforcement, police science, criminal justice administration, criminology, criminal investigation, police studies, public justice, forensic accounting, forensic psychology, forensic science, and economic crime management.

 

NOTE: Candidates will be required to meet the requirements for Peace Officer status and physical/medical standards.

 

          INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2 (FINANCIAL FRAUD)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 1 (Financial Fraud).

 

          INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 3 (FINANCIAL FRAUD)

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 2 (Financial Fraud).

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1 (LAW)

 

Open Competitive: six years of experience in a field investigative position conducting interviews of witnesses and others, taking written statements and affidavits, collecting and analyzing physical and documentary evidence, and preparing detailed written reports of investigative findings.

 

Substitutions: an associates degree in criminal justice or related field may substitute for two years of qualifying experience.  A bachelors degree in criminal justice or a related field may substitute for four years of qualifying experience. Related fields include: law enforcement, police science, criminal justice administration, criminology, criminal investigation, police studies, public justice, forensic accounting, forensic psychology, forensic science, and economic crime management.

 

NOTE: Candidates will be required to meet physical/medical standards.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2 (LAW)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 1 (Law).

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 3 (LAW)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 2 (Law).

 

          INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 4 (LAW)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 3 (Law).

 

          INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2 (MEDICAID)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 1.

 

          INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 3 (MEDICAID)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 2 (Medicaid).

 

          INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 4 (MEDICAID)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 3 (Medicaid), or two years of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 2 (Medicaid).

 

          INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1 (MOTOR VEHICLE)

 

Open Competitive: six years of experience in a field investigative position conducting interviews of witnesses and others, taking written statements and affidavits, collecting and analyzing physical and documentary evidence, and preparing detailed written reports of investigative findings.

 

Substitutions: an associates degree in criminal justice or related field may substitute for two years of qualifying experience.  A bachelors degree in criminal justice or related field may substitute for four years of qualifying experience. Related fields include: law enforcement, police science, criminal justice administration, criminology, criminal investigation, police studies, public justice, forensic accounting, forensic psychology, forensic science, and economic crime management.

 

NOTE: Candidates will be required to meet the requirements for Peace Officer status, and physical/medical standards.

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2 (MOTOR VEHICLE)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 1 (Motor Vehicle).

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 3 (MOTOR VEHICLE)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 2 (Motor Vehicle).

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 4 (MOTOR VEHICLE)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 3 (Motor Vehicle).

 

INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 1 (NARCOTICS)

 

Open Competitive: six years of experience in a field investigative position conducting interviews of witnesses and others, taking written statements and affidavits, collecting and analyzing physical and documentary evidence, and preparing detailed written reports of investigative findings.

 

Substitutions: an associates degree in criminal justice or related field may substitute for two years of qualifying experience.  A bachelors degree in criminal justice or a related field may substitute for four years of qualifying experience. Related fields include: law enforcement, police science, criminal justice administration, criminology, criminal investigation, police studies, public justice, forensic accounting, forensic psychology, forensic science, and economic crime management.

 

NOTE: Candidates will be required to meet the requirements for Peace Officer status and physical/medical standards.

 

          INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2 (NARCOTICS)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 1 (Narcotics).

 

          INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 2 (PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 1.

 

          INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 3 (PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 2 (Professional Conduct).

 

          INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST 4 (PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent service as an Investigative Specialist 3 (Professional Conduct).