ARLINGTON COUNTY FOIA OFFICER

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$67,496.00 - $103,147.20 Annually
Posted
Jul 23, 2021
Closes
Aug 06, 2021
Ref
1506-22C-CAO-HQ
Function
Management
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
The Arlington County Attorney's Office is seeking a FOIA Officer to manage the countywide FOIA program in coordination with the department and agency staff to ensure all requests for public records are addressed in accordance with Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) requirements. Under the supervision of the Deputy County Attorney, this position will oversee the development of course content and training to county staff as necessary to ensure that all employees who have FOIA responsibilities, have a thorough understanding of the law and its requirements, as well as the county's procedures for tracking, billing and responding to FOIA requests.

Specific duties include:

  • Entering FOIA requests in the countywide database in order to monitor status and completion;
  • Directing the efforts of county staff responsible for responding to VFOIA requests;
  • Ensuring that the agency/business area provide responses in accordance with the timeframes specified in the VFOIA;
  • Working with the FOIA attorney(s) within the County Attorney's Office to ensure appropriate legal review of VFOIA responses prior to releasing documents in accordance with, but not limited to VFOIA; e.g., HIPAA, etc. Generating reports from the FOIA database;
  • Conducting analysis of quantitative and qualitative data in order to monitor various trends in the intake and processing of FOIA requests, as well as associated charges for those requests;
  • Identifying any issues and recommending corrective actions in order to improve the county's responsiveness to FOIA requests;
  • Monitoring legislative changes from the General Assembly and incorporating them into the county's policies and procedures, as well as notifying employees and updating training to reflect those changes;
  • Coordinating with the County Records Manager whose office also delivers similar content from a records management perspective;
  • Developing policies and procedures for the FOIA program to ensure compliance and consistency countywide; and
  • Preparing and making presentations to senior county management and others as necessary.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Thorough knowledge of Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), relative procedures and requirements under VFOIA;
  • Reading comprehension to read complex legal materials, as well as VFOIA statutes and regulations;
  • Knowledge of county government, policies and procedures in relation to VFOIA;
  • Writing skills to compose and edit reports, proposals, procedures, policies, recommendations, etc.;
  • Interpersonal skills to resolve complaints, maintain liaison, speak in public and gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems;
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws applicable to the VFOIA; and
  • Knowledge of legal office work procedures and terminology.

Selection Criteria
Minimums: Bachelor's in Legal Studies, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field and two years' experience in the coordination of Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) program.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference will be giving to applicants with one or more of the following:

  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices relating to local government compliance with VFOIA;
  • Experience identifying organizational issues to evaluate potential solutions, and select and implement the most advantageous course of action;
  • Experience identifying and determining appropriate methods for gathering data;
  • Experience making oral presentations to senior county management, agencies or the public; and
  • Experience writing detailed and accurate reports.

Special Requirements
A letter of application is required. Please use the space in the supplemental questionnaire or attach a cover letter to your application that addresses how your education, training and experience meet the SELECTION CRITERIA as stated in the job announcement Minimum and Desirable Qualifications as well as the statements in the Desirable section of the job announcement. Please be specific regarding your role and responsibilities in relevant positions; also indicate the employer(s) where experience was gained. Conclude your cover letter by including significant accomplishments in your library career, highlighting those that reflected a quality public service philosophy of care.

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