Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Chief FOIA)

US Government, Department of Justice

Please note that this a hybrid position with a requirement to report to the official worksite a minimum of two days per week. The Civil Division is seeking a Chief for its Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Unit. This Supervisory Attorney-Adviser will bring creative solutions and leadership skills to our collegial team, and will work closely with staff to respond to the growing number of requests.

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Job Grade: 15
Total Openings: 1


Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Chief/FOIA) oversees the processing of FOIA and PA requests. The incumbent ensures that FOIA requests are handled in accordance with the applicable statutory requirements and policy guidance. The Supervisory Attorney Advisor creates or reviews privacy compliance products, such as Initial Privacy Assessments, Privacy Impact Assessments, and System of Records Notices. As a Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Chief FOIA), GS-0905-15, your typical work assignments may include the following: Supervising the day-to-day activities of the FOIA and PA staff, including contractors, by assigning projects, adjusting workloads, and providing feedback on staff performance and work product. Collecting detailed information from various components and organizations to prepare detailed reports and correspondence in a timely manner. Providing advice and interpretation of the FOIA and PA used for response to inquiries from the public. Providing legal guidance to the Civil Division on the PA and privacy compliance requirements. Providing advice to the supervisor and other Division officials and/or their designees on the legal implications of FOIA, PA, and associated legislation and regulation (e.g., Data Protection Act and Environmental Information Regulations) relating to the disclosure of information to members of the public, Congress, and other agencies. Advising, coordinating, and training the staff and the Division on the legal and technical requirements of FOIA and PA policies and practices. Working with the supervisor and other Division officials, and/or their designees, collaborating with Division and Department leadership and attorneys involved in the Department’s records and FOIA, e-Discovery, and Litigation Support initiatives to develop and implement Division and Department policies and procedures.


Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Applicants must possess four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of, and experience in, the legal, technical, and policy aspects of FOIA, Privacy Act, and privacy compliance. Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills and exhibit good judgment. You must also be a U.S. citizen.

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