Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Special Investigator (Medical Examiner)

Recruitment #191025-7803AR-001

Introduction

The State of CT, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, is seeking one (1) full-time Special Investigator (ME) to work in our facility in Farmington, CT.   The hours of work are Monday through Friday, 11:00 pm to 7:30 am and every third weekend with occasional holiday coverage. 

Our free-standing, modern facility is located on the Campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center and Medical School.  The office is a state-wide medical examiner system charged with the investigation of sudden and unexpected deaths that by statute fall under our jurisdiction.  Our agency operates 24/7/365 performing these death investigations. 

Special Investigators visit scene of death; review medical records; may serve as photographer in routine cases; conduct investigations related to assigned complaints, alleged violations of state laws and regulations or sudden and/or unexplained deaths; interview witnesses, complainants, medical and hospital personnel and others to obtain information; secure evidence in form of statements, documents, records and exhibits which may be used in administrative hearings and/or court proceedings; researches, collects and evaluates data; compile information; writes reports and recommends appropriate corrective action; answer public inquiries; may prepare affidavits and applications for arrest warrants; may prepare search and seizure warrants; may issue citations; may testify at hearings and in court; may conduct surveillance; may secure samples for testing; may conduct legal research; perform related duties as required.
Knowledge of investigatory methods and techniques, and knowledge of medical terminology required. 

Incumbent must possess a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and may be required to travel.  In addition, the individual:

  • Must be physically fit to perform some lifting
  • Must be willing to undergo periodic tests or immunizations for communicable diseases as necessary 
  • May be exposed to some risk of injury from such elements as toxic vapors or broken glass and may be exposed to disagreeable conditions including communicable infectious diseases

Selection Plan

Candidates interested in this position must :

  • Possess knowledge of investigatory methods and techniques
  • Possess knowledge of medical terminology 
  • Possess a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator’s License (may be required to travel)
  • Be physically fit to perform some lifting
  • Must be willing to undergo periodic tests or immunizations for communicable diseases as necessary

All applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application with their submission.  Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

(Note:  in order to upload documents you must ensure that your internet browser's 'pop-up' blocker is off.  Failure to do so may prevent you from being able to upload documentation into JobAps).  Should you have questions pertaining to any phase of this recruitment, please contact the hiring agency's human resources office: Rachel Fein, fein@ocme.org, (860) 679-3982.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency or quasi-public entity this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in conducting investigations related to alleged violations of state laws and regulations or sudden and unexplained deaths.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Visits scene of death; reviews medical records; may serve as photographer in routine cases; conducts investigations related to assigned complaints, alleged violations of state laws and regulations or sudden and/or unexplained deaths; interviews witnesses, complainants, medical and hospital personnel and others to obtain information; secures evidence in form of statements, documents, records and exhibits which may be used in administrative hearings and/or court proceedings; researches, collects and evaluates data; compiles information; writes reports and recommends appropriate corrective action; answers public inquiries; may prepare affidavits and applications for arrest warrants; may prepare search and seizure warrants; may issue citations; may testify at hearings and in court; may conduct surveillance; may secure samples for testing; may conduct legal research; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of medical terminology; knowledge of investigatory methods and techniques; knowledge of relevant state laws and regulations; knowledge of relevant professional terminology; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; interviewing skills; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Five (5) years of investigatory experience in a medicolegal investigative agency, police or military setting involving sudden and/or unexplained deaths.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training in consumer protection, health care, law enforcement or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.

2. College training in forensic science may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.

3. A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigations Certification.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, web based systems. 
  • Ability to adapt to high stress an traumatic situations. 
  • Experience working in a medical examiner/coroner office. 
  • Prior experience working in a medical setting. 
  • Experience reviewing medical records/medical terminology.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class may be required to be a Notary Public.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

CHARACTER REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the checking of references and facts stated in the application a thorough background investigation may be made before persons are certified for appointment.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to disagreeable conditions and occasionally lift bodies.






The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.