Posting Summary: University Communications at the University of Virginia seeks a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer. This full-time position will coordinate the handling of Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and lead pan-University education and outreach efforts regarding U.Va.'s responsibilities with FOIA.
The FOIA Officer will be responsible for:
- Logging each request as received and maintaining a master log of requests; - Calculating response deadlines and ensuring compliance with the Act; - Working with other University offices to gather appropriate records in order to respond to requests; - Consulting with senior staff in University Communications and designated members of the Office of General Counsel in determining what records are responsive to requests or subject to exemptions; - Maintaining all records related to each request; - Preparing, seeking approval for, and delivering official University responses to FOIA requests; -Conducting information and training sessions across Grounds to raise the awareness of FOIA responsibilities and to enable members of the University community to respond appropriately to requests.
The successful candidate will have superb organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and professionally with citizens and members of the media seeking records via FOIA.
He/she will have strong analytical and writing skills with demonstrated ability to collect and analyze information to derive conclusions and recommendations; organize information in concise, logical, and analytical manner; and develop recommendations that involve subtle and sophisticated judgments.
The individual should possess a familiarity with how members of the press work so that he/she can effectively communicate with reporters on a daily/weekly basis regarding FOIA requests.
A clear understanding of FOIA, or a proven ability to learn quickly the requirements of Freedom of Information laws, is a must, as is the ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
A bachelor's degree or equivalent is required; experience working in a previous FOIA role or the public sector is preferred.
Required Minimum Level of Education: *Degree or Equivalent Experience Required
Required Specific Degree/Training: Degree in public policy, government, public affairs, communications, public administration or related field
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Preferred
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: Master's or Law degree
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Required Specific Experience: Experience preparing official correspondence and meeting statutory deadlines. Experience managing projects.
Required License or Certification: Valid United States Driver's License; or if a resident of Virginia, a valid Virginia driver's license or the ability to possess a valid Virginia driver's license within 30 days of employment.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Superb organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and professionally.
Strong analytical and writing skills with demonstrated ability to collect and analyze information to derive conclusions and recommendations; organize information in concise, logical, and analytical manner; and develop recommendations that involve subtle and sophisticated judgments.
Familiarity with how members of the press work to effectively communicate with reporters on a daily/weekly basis regarding FOIA requests.
A clear understanding of FOIA, or a proven ability to learn quickly the requirements of Freedom of Information laws.
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of ben...efits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.