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City of New York Associate Investigator in New York, New York

Job Description

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Law Department conducts Investigations.

In-House investigations include, but are not limited to, performance of criminal background checks, along with other background investigations to ascertain that arrested individuals who claim to reside with a NYCHA tenant have actual connections to the tenant, ascertaining the whereabouts of tenants who are not actually occupying their NYCHA apartments, interviewing witnesses, researching title and arrest records in various locations, obtaining records from both public entities and private employers and performing litigation support.

Field investigations involve visits to apartments where a person who was arrested for various offenses has been permanently excluded (“PE’d”) from the apartment. Team members visit tenants’ apartments to ensure the PE’d individual is not present in the unit. The visits are documented in the Law Department’s case management system. If the PE’d individual is present, an administrative action seeking eviction for violation of the permanent exclusion is brought against the tenant and the team member may appear as a witness to testify in that action.

Under general supervision, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, SIU Team members conduct professional investigations of varying degrees of difficulty that include mandatory filed work. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Perform professional work of more than ordinary difficulty in the field of investigation.

  2. Assist in supervision of subordinate staff.

  3. May be regularly assigned to investigations which are of more than ordinary difficulty by reason of greater complexity or hazard.

  4. Serve as a case consultant on cases of varying difficulty, write reports and make recommendations. All investigations require report writing and may require appearance and testimony.

  5. In the temporary absence of a supervisor, may assume the duties of the supervisor.

  6. As a seasoned investigator, will be required to work with new incumbents allowing them to shadow daily operations.


  1. Due to the existence of a civil service list, candidates must have permanent civil service status in the title of Associate Investigator to be considered.

  2. For NYCHA employees: employees applying for promotional, title or level change opportunities must have served a period of one year at current location and in current title and level (if


NOTE: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program. For detailed information regarding the 55-a Program, click on the link below:

Please read this posting carefully to make certain you meet the qualification requirements before applying to this position.


  1. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and five years of satisfactory, full-time experience as an investigator evaluating credit worthiness, searching for assets, verifying information concerning education, experience, and other personal qualifications bearing upon character and fitness for employment, or performing investigations involving the research, compilation and/or location of evidence or information in order to build a case or uncover activities of a criminal, corrupt, unlawful or unethical nature; or

  2. An associate degree or 60 semester credits from an accredited college and four years of satisfactory, full-time experience as described in "1" above; or

  3. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of satisfactory, full-time experience as described in "1" above; or

  4. Education and/or experience equivalent to "1", "2", or "3" above.

Additional Information

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.