Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Special Investigator (General)

Recruitment #200910-7804AR-001

Introduction

 

The State of Connecticut, Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), is an agency whose mission is to provide accounting and financial services, to administer employee and retiree benefits, to develop accounting policy and exercise accounting oversight, and to prepare financial reports for the state, federal and municipal governments and the public. 

We are currently accepting applications for a full-time Special Investigator position to work in the Retirement Services Division.  Located in the Office of the State Comptroller, this division is responsible for the administration of retirement plan benefits for members of the State Employees Retirement System (SERS), the Alternate Retirement Program (ARP), Judges, Family Support Magistrates and The Compensation Commissioners Retirement System, Probate Judges and Employees Retirement System, the States Attorneys Retirement System and the Public Defenders Retirement System.

In addition to the ability to explain complex benefit calculations to other stakeholders such as attorneys and union representatives, the incumbent in this role will also be responsible for:

  • Conducting investigations related to SERS and MERS disability retiree benefit payments that may be in violation of SERS and MERS plan provisions, regulations and collective bargaining agreements causing overpayment.
  • Utilizing all available information and resources to determine disability retirement employment and self-employment income.
  • Gathering information through employer interviews.
  • Performing reviews of state and federal records, documents, statements used as exhibits in administrative hearings.
  • Preparing comprehensive investigation reports as needed.
  • Preparing correspondence and obtaining medical documentation from disability retirees for the 24 month continued entitlement process.
  • Assisting supervisor in identifying and calculating overpayments.
  • Performing related duties as required.

The Office of the State Comptroller is located in the newly renovated, State Office Building at 165 Capitol Avenue.  This state of the art building offers an on-site cafeteria, free garage parking, and ergonomic workspaces.  The OSC offers an excellent salary and offers a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, as well as, paid time off! 

Selection Plan

Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.  State employees currently holding the above title or those who have previously attained permanent status in the class may apply for a lateral transfer.

All applicants must include a resume within the “Resume Tab” of their application. At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, attendance records, responses to referral questions etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Questions about these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office:  Ginger Frasca, ginger.frasca@ct.gov.

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

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.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: Inspects, investigates and licenses private employment agencies.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH: Confers with consultants for professional opinion on standard of care; examines, analyzes and evaluates complex medical records.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

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 health care, insurance claims, law enforcement or a regulatory field.

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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to candidates with the following experience/training:

  • Experience investigating and/or adjudicating insurance claims
  • Policy and methods to calculate overpayments and over payment recovery processes
  • Familiarity with workers' compensation system and its processes
  • Experience conducting online research
  • Ability to understand and interpret financial and legal documents
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and conduct research
  • Knowledge of investigatory methods and techniques
  • Proficient at writing comprehensive reports
  • Excellent independent judgment and decision-making skills
  • Ability to interpret and apply relevant state statutes and regulations

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.

Conclusion

INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES AND THOSE RECEIVED AFTER THE CLOSING DATE INDICATED ABOVE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.  If you are requesting special accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) please contact Bonnie Schlechtweg at 860.702.3323 or Bonnie.Schlechtweg@ct.gov.







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