SR. Investigator

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Position:                            Senior Investigator  

Department:                      Office of Inspector General 

Employment Status:         Exempt/Regular/Full-Time  (Not a Federal Government position)




The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. Created by Congress in 1974 as a nonprofit corporation, LSC currently funds 132 independent nonprofit legal aid organizations (LSC grantees). These grantees have more than 800 offices throughout the nation and overseas. LSC’s mission is to promote equal access to justice and provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance. LSC receives approximately 99 percent of its funding from Federal Government appropriations. LSC is considered a designated federal entity under the Inspector General (IG) Act, as amended. Accordingly, LSC OIG possesses all of the authorities of the IG Act, as amended, and must meet all related statutory requirements. The LSC IG reports to the LSC Board of Directors. 


LSC OIG’s mission is twofold: to assist LSC management and grantees in identifying ways to promote efficiency and effectiveness; and to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse. OIG is also responsible for keeping the LSC Board of Directors and Congress fully and currently informed. The OIG primarily achieves its mission through delivering independent insights and recommendations to key stakeholders through audits, evaluations, and reviews; investigations into allegations of wrongdoingand proactive efforts to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. Learn more about the LSC OIG at: Home Page | OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL (www.oig.lsc.gov), including the OIG’s new strategic plan  


This position is not considered federal employment and is based in Washington, DC, and requires periodically working from an office in Washington, DC in accordance with OIG’s hybrid work model. OIG embraces the use of telework flexibilities. The successful candidate must live in the Washington, DC, commuting area (50-mile radius from LSC headquarters) 




The Senior Investigator conducts complex fraud investigations of LSC grantee programs and operations. The LSC OIG oversees a nationwide program to deter and detect illegal, improper, and prohibited activities involving LSC programs, operations, and personnel. The Senior Investigator conducts investigations of potential criminal and regulatory violations and works closely with federal, state, and local prosecutors to seek legal remedies as warrantedThe investigative team consists of investigators, investigative counsels, and an investigative analyst. The Senior Investigator will also complete fraud prevention reviews and other related engagements to assist LSC management and LSC’s grantees in preventing or detecting fraud within their programs. By law, LSC OIG also maintains a Hotline.  


The incumbent reports to and is supervised by the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations (DAIGI). This Senior Investigator position is not a 6(c) covered law enforcement position. This position does not receive Law Enforcement Availability Pay. The LSC OIG investigative team does not possess law enforcement powers, but the LSC OIG does possess all other IG Act authorities, enabling it to carry out all duties and responsibilities under the Act, such as having access to records and subpoena authority. Up to 25 percent travel may be  for this position. 




  • Assists the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations and the DAIGI in the development and execution of the Investigations Unit Plan for the investigative team and participates in other OIG-wide planning efforts. 
  • Carries out investigations, financial and regulatory reviews, fraud prevention reviews, fraud awareness briefings, and other reviews and projects.
  • Completes work that advances investigative plans and priorities, reports of investigation, advisories to LSC management and grantees, and referrals for questioned costs.
  • Ensures that investigations are conducted in accordance with legal requirements, LSC OIG policies and procedures, and professional investigative standards, including compliance with the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency requirements.
  • Maintains a strong working knowledge of the laws and regulations relating to LSC and to OIG investigations.
  • Functions with minimal supervision and uses considerable initiative in working out specific assignment details.
  • Reviews evidence and information and correctly identifies the key elements of a violation.
  • Coordinates, cooperates, and communicates with Office of Audit leaders, the OIG Counsel, and other OIG leaders on matters of mutual interest or concern. Fully embraces the concept of One OIG.
  • Conducts a full range of investigations of LSC programs and operations, including developing investigative strategies, obtaining, and analyzing evidence, conducting interviews, preparing reports, and referring violations of law and regulations to appropriate authorities.
  • Completes assignments and makes sound investigative decisions in a timely and productive manner.
  • Testifies before grand juries and at criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings.
  • Identifies opportunities and proposes recommendations to improve integrity and efficiency, and compiles information for periodic summary reports to the Inspector General, the LSC Board of Directors, Congress, and other key OIG stakeholders.
  • Assists investigations staff in conducting compliance investigations involving LSC grantees. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.





  • Substantial knowledge of, and ability to use, investigative principles and a wide range of investigative methods and techniques. 
  • Excellent written communication skills with demonstrated ability to produce professional, well-written work products; and excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to effectively reach different audiences. 
  • Substantial skill in eliciting information from various sources such as interviews, document review, and data analysis.
  • Ability to develop evidence that reconstructs relevant events in a manner that meets professional investigative standards.
  • Unimpeachable integrity and adherence to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.
  • Solid critical thinker; strong commitment to principles of diversity and inclusion; high degree of flexibility; and a capacity for self-management and attention to detail. 
  • Understanding of and commitment to OIG’s mission and goals, including statutory requirements of the Inspector General Act, as amended.
  • Strong organizational skills, adaptable and able to plan, manage, and execute multiple and shifting priorities against tight deadlines. Maintains case assignments commensurate with level of experience.
  • Ability to influence, motivate, challenge, and inspire confidence in others.




  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • The ability to trace and recover misspent funds, interpret and evaluate financial information, develop a criminal theory of the offense, and present evidence of financial irregularities and/or criminal intent professionally.
  • Demonstrated expertise in conducting and leading complex financial, programmatic, and regulatory investigations and other related reviews.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and delivering proactive fraud prevention engagements and briefings.
  • Demonstrated experience in recommending actionable steps to remedy and prevent future occurrences of fraud.


Preferred Qualifications: 


  • Accounting, Finance, or Business degree or a degree in a related field.
  • Experience in conducting complex financial, programmatic, and regulatory investigations in a grant-making agency or organization.
  • Certified Public Accountant and/or Certified Fraud Examiner certifications. 




Salary Range: $122,103 to $158,737. 


This position is eligible to participate in LSC’s excellent employee benefits program, including medical, dental and vision plans, 403(b) thrift plan, paid leave, and other employee benefits




A cover letter and résumé must be included.2 To have your application considered, please answer all application questions and provide all requested information. The successful candidate will be subject to a background check. 


Note: If you need reasonable accommodations in the application process, please notify LSC’s Office of Human Resources at jobapplicant@lsc.gov.  




We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our differences fuel excellence, and we strive to create an environment where every individual is valued and feels empowered to bring their full, authentic self to work. We are building a community rooted in openness and trust where colleagues have the resources to grow, thrive and fully contribute to achieving equal access to justice. 


LSC is an equal opportunity employer.