Freedom of Information Officer

Up to 15.86 GBP Hourly
09 May 2019
06 Jun 2019
Engineering, Defence
Contract Type
Full Time
Role Purpose and Role Dimensions:

Acting as the main contact for members of the public who make requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Data Protection Act 2018. This role ensures that all Freedom Of Information requests and Subject Access Requests (SAR) are accurately and fully recorded onto the relevant systems, tracks their progress, ensures that they are responded to, and ensures statutory deadlines are met. The role is also a key liaison with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Provide expert advice and guidance across the organisation to Head of service, managers and team leaders on information policies, procedures and strategy as well as other internal stakeholders.

Develop and share best practice throughout the organisation relating to information management and playing a key role within associated projects and gaining an overview of the services that the council delivers.

Investigate data losses and protect data subjects rights and reputation of council as a data controller.

Person Specification

Job Title:

Information Officer

Desired knowledge:

* Working knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act (2000), the Data Protection Act (2018), the General Data Protection Regulation (2018) and Caldicott Principles

* Working knowledge of Information Commissioners Code of Practice

* Knowledge of information security

* Knowledge of records management

* Understanding of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and the part it plays within local authorities around information Management

* Good working knowledge of all Microsoft packages, as well as other computer packages

* Able to acquire an understanding of the broader operating context of the Council

Desired experience:

* Experience of managing FOI and SAR requests

* Experience of information management in practice

* Understanding and awareness of information management and data protection legislation

* Experience of inputting and maintaining information

* Experience of producing basic statistical information

* Experience of operating information management systems

Desirable skills and abilities:

* Effective communication skills both verbal and written, with the ability to address all levels of staff and external third parties to influence and achieve required goals

* Ability to effectively impart detailed knowledge and give clear and accurate advice

* Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise and ensure targets are met

* Investigative skills with strong report writing skills, collate data and present findings in a clear manner

* Good analytical skills, and methodical with strong attention to detail

* Strong decision making skills

* Maintain confidentiality of personal/sensitive information

* Work in with a flexible approach to meet team objectives

* Able to think creatively and find ways around problems

* Able to work well in a team, as well as on own initiative

* Motivated and determined to deliver a high quality of service

* A consistently positive attitude to change

* Flexible and adaptable to a continuously developing, changing and complex environment

* Able to build and maintain strong relationships with different types of customers

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