Paralegal

American Oversight

About the organization

American Oversight is a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog that uses targeted public records requests and litigation to uncover evidence of corruption, abuse of power, or conflicts of interest.

We leverage our open records expertise to act where corruption and government power overlap. From the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to state transparency laws, we use carefully crafted records requests to extract information from the government. When the government fails to respond as required by law, our team has the expertise to take them to court and enforce the public’s right to hold our leaders accountable. American Oversight has obtained and published more than one million pages of emails, memos, calendars, text messages, and other records — ensuring accountability, exposing misconduct, and often driving significant corrective action, at all levels of government.

Duties

Specific tasks will shift day by day with our work, but depending on your weekly rotation assignment, in a typical week, you will:

* Monitor federal FOIA or state records email inboxes for incoming correspondence and document productions from government agencies and offices.
* Interact with federal FOIA and state agency open records personnel directly or notify American Oversight attorneys of correspondence requiring their review.
* Finalize and file FOIA and state records requests with government agencies.
* Create folders and database entries within American Oversight’s document management systems, and track FOIA and open records request deadlines.
* Process incoming document productions, including entering production information in databases, saving documents to proper locations, making them text searchable and applying pagination and logos.
* Provide litigation case support to attorneys, including service of process, organizing and maintaining litigation files and calendars, and other litigation projects.
* Review and research current events to spot issues for potential investigation and to identify opportunities to uncover government malfeasance or unethical conduct through FOIA and state records requests.
* Assist legal and investigations teams with drafting FOIA and state open records requests.
* Assist legal and investigations teams with document review and drafting administrative appeals.

Qualifications

* Exceptional organization and project-management skills.
* Extraordinary attention to detail.
* Sound judgment and the ability to apply existing protocols to a variety of situations while properly identifying when situations do not fit within preexisting processes.
* Highly professional communication skills, including the ability to communicate courteously, clearly and concisely in a fast-paced environment with internal and external stakeholders.
* A team-player that is able to work collaboratively and seamlessly share responsibilities.
* Familiarity with a variety of software programs, including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
* Flexibility to quickly learn new software programs and systems.
* High degree of professional ethics and integrity.
* Interest in government ethics and accountability.

Salary

The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $56,000, commensurate with experience.

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