The FOIA Staff Attorney works to implement the American Immigration Council’s mission by promoting greater transparency in the immigration realm through litigation and advocacy related to the Freedom of Information Act and other open access laws. The attorney will use FOIA to compel agency transparency on a variety of immigration issues, including enforcement, due process, and business immigration.
The attorney will help lead the Council’s FOIA coordination efforts through collaborative work with Council staff, litigators, advocates, and open government organizations. The attorney will assist with drafting and litigating FOIA and other open access requests; draft practice advisories, and other resources; and work with other members of the Council’s team to promote the work of the Council. The attorney also will work in collaboration with the Council’s partner, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and will ensure effective coordination in our FOIA efforts. The successful candidate will be based in Washington, D.C.
Required Education and Training
J.D. Degree required.
Admission to State Bar.
At least 4-5 years of previous experience in federal court litigation, including FOIA litigation.
Substantive knowledge of FOIA and federal court procedures. Knowledge of immigration law is a plus.
Strong legal research, analytical, and writing skills.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
A high level of attention to detail, accuracy, and thoroughness.
Ability to prioritize and manage competing demands/multiple assignments through effective time management.
Ability to think creatively about solutions to legal problems.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality.
Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
Ability to collaborate with Council staff and outside organizations and attorneys.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
Ability to exhibit professionalism in representing the organization, both internally and externally.
Ability to form positive working relationships with people from varied backgrounds.
Ability to adapt to changing priorities, strategies, and circumstances.
Ability to display initiative and openness to change.
Active listening and problem-solving skills.
Some travel is expected for this position.
Additional Salary Information: We offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment with a competitive compensation package based on your experience and qualifications. Our generous benefits include 100% of an employee’s Medical/Rx, Dental, and Vision premiums, as well as contributions towards dependents’ premiums; a 401(k) with up to 3% matching contribution upon enrollment, employer paid disability and life insurance, commuter subsidy, and on-site fitness room. In addition, we provide employees with flexible scheduling and telecommuting options and plenty of time away from the office to bolster creativity and recharge. Added perks: four-week paid parental leave and a four-week sabbatical every tenth year of service.
About The American Immigration Council
The American Immigration Council, established in 1987, works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and?unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring. The Council brings together problem solvers and employs four coordinated approaches to advance change—litigation, research, legislative and administrative advocacy, and communications.