INVESTIGATOR Job at State of Arizona – 3.5 Phoenix, AZ

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This position is an Investigator for the fast-paced Unemployment Insurance (UI), Public Assistance Benefits Fraud (PABF) and Trafficking Detection Unit (TDU) units for the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Special Investigations (OSI). The Investigator’s primary duty is conduct preliminary desktop investigations when allegations of benefit fraud is received via Department referrals, complaints from other agencies, and the public via written or hotline communications.

Job Duties:

  • Performs preliminary investigations, evaluates allegations of benefit fraud received via Department referrals, complaints from other agencies, and the public via written or hot line communications.
  • Review requests for fraud investigations to determine if they meet the criteria set by OSI and federal and/ or state funded public assistance programs; make independent decisions about the validity of the allegation, whether to accelerate its focus or whether to cease all efforts.
  • Research, identify, select and analyze documents and information from confidential and sensitive databases/ sources; and assign cases to OIG OSI field investigators throughout AZ for further investigation when the referral meets the criteria.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
Knowledge of:

  • Public assistance eligibility policy and/or criminal offenses under Federal, State and local statutes and Administrative Code
  • Preservation of evidence and information
  • Principles and practices of the assigned agency’s authority and available information gathering systems
  • Microsoft Office programs

Skill in:

  • Maintaining composure and working effectively under stressful conditions
  • Analyzing and accessing information
  • Collecting and preserving evidence and information

Ability to:

  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local laws, rules, codes and regulations
  • Make sound independent decisions based on available information and establish appropriate course of action
  • Communicate effectively and accurately both orally and in writing
  • Prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy

Selective Preference(s):
Background or experience with investigations, research, records management and/or case management is desired.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • In-State travel is required. An acceptable driving record for the last 39 months is required including no DUI suspensions or revocations and less than 8 points on your license. A copy of your MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) is required at the time of your interview. if an Out of State Driver License was held within the last 39 months. Employees who drive on state business must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12). Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.
  • Each employee of the department who may have contact with children or vulnerable adults shall apply for and show proof of receipt of a valid fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to § 41-1758.07 or provide to the department documentation of the person’s application for a fingerprint clearance card.
  • Must obtain ACJIS Terminal Operator Certification within 30 days of hire and maintain certification throughout the course of this assignment with the unit.

We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.

  • Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life and Disability Insurance
  • 10 holidays per year
  • Paid Vacation and Sick time off – start earning it your 1st day
  • Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
  • Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
  • Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
  • Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Opportunity to work remotely (home office) on an ad-hoc basis

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State sponsored retirement contribution plan and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.

On, or shortly after, your first day of work you will be provided with additional information about the available insurance plans, enrollment instructions, submission deadlines and effective dates.

Contact Us:
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-542-1169.

Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

About the Company

Company: State of Arizona – 3.5

Company Location:  Phoenix, AZ

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