Litigation Support Specialist 2 FOIA (Remote-Hybrid)

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Job Description

Central Research, Inc. (CRI) is actively seeking a Litigation Support Specialist 2/FOIA Specialist to join our team in Washington, D.C., in support of a federal client. This position is part of a team that reviews documents for executive privilege, confidential business information, attorney-client privilege and provides litigation support services. This position will be a remote hybrid position expecting to come into the office a minimum of 2 days per week.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Review documents and make determinations on information protected under the FOIA/PA exemptions and other federal statutes, law, or court order that requires or authorizes federal agencies to protect such information from disclosure
  • Redact protected information in documents, annotate appropriate FOIA/PA exemptions or PA exceptions used to withhold protected information and prepare agency response
  • Prepare Vaughn Indices
  • Identify possible deficiencies in FOIA/PA files, communicating with bureau personnel orally and in writing to identify and resolve the deficiencies
  • Create and maintain hard copy and electronic FOIA/PA files, including data input, maintenance, and filling of updated files. File and retrieve hard copy and electronic FOIA/PA documents within an established standardized system
  • Responsible for physical document at issue inventory, management, and tracking for requested materials relating to response
  • Receive, review, identify, and place correspondence and other materials received from bureaus in the appropriate FOIA/PA file and label records appropriately
  • Clarify facts with attorneys, bureau, office representatives, and individuals in the general public to reach agreement for the expeditious handling of FOIA/PA responses
  • Consult with personnel at agencies whose actions have been appealed, gather information, put the matter at issue in the appeals in context and complete the responses
  • Prepare summaries of discussions with agency personnel for the Appeals Officer's review
  • Clarify facts with attorneys, agency, office representatives, and general public to reach agreement for the expeditious handling of FOIA and PA appeals
  • Prepare the agency response to FOIA and PA appellants discussing the bases for determinations, including the rationale for upholding or overturning agency actions
  • Verify citations and legal references in documents that are submitted in connection with FOIA and PA appeals
  • Redact protected information in records at issue in FOIA and PA appeals with annotations of exemptions or exceptions used to withhold protected information and prepare agency response to appellants
  • Conduct legal research of applicable law and regulations to keep informed of statues, changes or updates to apply correct principles to related cases

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3 or more years litigation support experience, including support of appeal processes or other relevant experience
  • Ability to successfully obtain and retain a NACI/PII security clearance
  • Experience using legal research techniques and the ability to apply this knowledge to the analysis of legal problems, preparation of legal documents, and the initiation of recommendations concerning various legal issues
  • Experience with the document review, redaction, annotation and labeling of general document review assignments applying the nine FOIA exemptions, PA exemptions and exceptions and legal privilege

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree
  • Paralegal Certification

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Functional knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within FOIA and PA field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proven ability to work successfully as a member of a team in a fast-paced, high-volume environment
  • Proficient with using Adobe acrobat, MS Office Suite and similar software
  • Ability to use basic office equipment

Equal Opportunity Employer:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. EEO is the Law Poster . EEO is the Law Poster Supplement

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job. It is intended to describe the general nature and work responsibilities of the position. This job description and the duties of this position are subject to change, modification and addition as deemed necessary by the Company.