Special Investigator

This position is exempt from the State of Delaware Merit System

Recruitment #071122-MUBA06-350900


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Summary Statement

The Exempt Special Investigators will have primary responsibility for investigating financial crimes committed against adults who are impaired who reside in the community, outside long-term care facilities, throughout the State.  Special Investigators interview victims, witnesses, suspects, bank and legal officials, and family members; review financial, legal, banking, medical and other records; record and/or recover evidence; and prepare for and testify at civil and criminal hearings.  Special investigators coordinate their investigations with those of the Attorney General, the police, and other investigative and rights protection agencies.  As needed, they also may investigate instances of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and financial exploitation of adults who are impaired residing both in the community and in long-term care facilities.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of every job duty for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

• Conducts investigations, which includes conducting interviews to obtain confidential information, gathering evidence and documenting findings.
• Interviews or interrogates witnesses, complainants and others.
• Verifies claims of alleged or probable violations.
• Examines various records and documents in order to ascertain relevant information.
• Gathers, controls and evaluates evidence.
• Makes judgments after evaluating all available facts and recommends appropriate action.
• Interprets and applies applicable laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
• Prepares various investigative reports.
• Testifies before boards, commission, administrative bodies or courts.
• May conduct surveillance and undercover investigations.
• Maintains liaisons with law enforcement and rights protections agencies, including but not limited to: the police, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, the Division of Professional Regulation, Adult Protective Services, and the Community Legal Aid Society; and coordinates investigations with such agencies as appropriate.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Special Investigator
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

1. Ten years experience in conducting investigations as a certified police officer.
2. Two years experience in planning, developing, coordinating and implementing investigations.
3. Two years experience in determining compliance with laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
4. Two years experience in narrative report writing.
5. Two years experience in civil, criminal or administrative proceedings.
6. Two years experience in providing testimony before boards, commissions, administrative bodies, or court officials.

Additional Posting Information

Due to a new requirement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the following mandate is effective January 27, 2022: As a condition of employment, employees providing health care services and/or support services in covered facilities must show proof that they have received the dose of a single J&J dose or the 1st dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine effective date January 27, 2022, and proof of the single J&J dose or the 2nd dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine by February. 28, 2022. Employees may not provide any care, treatment, or other services until proof is provided.  Based on CMS guidance, the date for compliance may extend into March due to the health care facilities high vaccination rate of staff.  If you accept a position with the facility, your Human Resources representative can provide more guidance.  The only exception to these requirements is for those employees granted medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which may require weekly COVID-19 testing. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our Job Seeker Resources.

DHSS does not provide employment-based sponsorship.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.


To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at Delaware State Jobs.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.