Investigator-Auditor
Job Type
Full-time
Description

 The Office for Protection and Care (OPC) is seeking a full time Investigator-Auditor. The Investigator-Auditor is responsible for investigating allegations of abuse by persons of authority in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. This is a safety-sensitive position, exercising a high degree of discretion. The Investigator-Auditor will operate under the guidelines set forth in the Policies of the Archdiocese and will collaborate with Director of the OPC and the Victim Care Advocate.  


Key responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Receives reports and conducts timely investigations of allegations or suspicions of any type of abuse and/or boundary violations concerning minors or vulnerable adults by persons of authority in the Archdiocese.
  • Answers and responds promptly to calls received on the Report Hotline and through the online reporting format.
  • Conducts a thorough, impartial investigation, interviewing the complainant or reporting party, the accused and witnesses as deemed appropriate.
  • Investigates facts and circumstances surrounding a report including discovery of other pertinent information.
  • Reviews personnel files or other documentation that includes relevant past behavior.
  • Conducts all activities operating under the guidelines set forth in the applicable Policy of the Archdiocese and Handbook of the Office for Protection and Care . 
  • Maintains timely documentation of all reports and safe environment audits using the official Archdiocese platform and software.
  • Presents findings and submits final reports to the OPC Director and the Independent Review Board when applicable. 
  • Ensures the integrity and confidentiality of the report and investigation process as much as possible, sharing information with appropriate individuals on a need to know basis.
  • Works closely with the Victim Care Advocate sharing information as appropriate to aid in keeping victims informed of the status of their case from the initial phases of investigation, through the completion of the Review Board process. 
  • Contacts appropriate civil authorities including the Kansas Department for Children and Families to report allegations of any type of abuse of minors, and works cooperatively with these agencies throughout the investigative process. 
  • Informs Archdiocesan staff and others concerning the reporting and investigative process as requested. 
  • Works collaboratively with the OPC team to promote a positive work environment supporting the mission of the office.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Requirements

Background & Education: 

  • A Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or related field or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.
  • Five (5) years’ experience in professional investigations in law enforcement/criminal justice, social services case management, probation and parole or related field. 

Required Skills/Abilities: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication, problem solving, organizational and case management skills, including the ability to gather and share information. 
  • Experience working or knowledge of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. 
  • Experience in trauma informed, evidence based interviewing techniques.
  • Knowledge of various research, analytical and interviewing techniques including experience interviewing complainants, victims, witnesses and the accused. 
  • Ability to effectively and respectfully interact with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, religious affiliations, etc. 
  • Effective analytical thinking skills necessary to render sound, timely and objective decisions regarding investigative findings. 
  • Working knowledge of the state government operations related to child protective services including knowledge of the State of Kansas mandated child abuse reporting requirements. 
  • Effective resource management and conflict resolution skills, including the ability to cooperate with various agencies and with differing viewpoints. 
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of the team, exercising judgment, objectivity, discretion, integrity and utilizing sound knowledge of the investigative process. 
  • Ability to ensure that all abuse victims and alleged perpetrators are treated with fairness, dignity and respect throughout the investigative process and beyond. 
  • Demonstrated ability to use and/or learn existing and new technology including: cellphone; copiers; office equipment; personal computer and word processing; and, database software, to maintain accurate records and prepare reports. 
  •  Spanish-speaking/bilingual considered a plus.