The Iowa Public Information Board is seeking to fill the Executive Director position. Individual performs administrative/professional legal work for the Board. Executive Director will work to fulfill the requirements outlined in Chapter 23. Duties and responsibilities to include the following:
Participates in the adoption of rules pursuant to Chapter17A calculated to implement, enforce and interpret the requirements for Chapters 21, 22, and 23 and to implement any authority delegated to the board by these chapters.
Issues declaratory orders with the force of law determining the applicability of Chapter 21 or 22 to specified act situations and issue informal advice to any person concerning the applicability of Chapters 21 and 22. Receives complaints alleging violations of Chapter 21 or 22, sees resolution of such complaints through informal assistance or through mediation and settlement, formally investigates such complaints, decides after such an investigation whether there is a probable cause to believe a violation of Chapter 21 or 22 has occurred. Initiates and prosecutes contested cases.
Provides input on new or revised legislation/regulations that have a direct impact over program(s) directed. Prepares letters, memorandums and legal documents for use in the preparation of opinions, legislative reports, briefs, contracts, and other documents.
Prepares reports and legal memoranda outlining factual and legal issues with recommendations for disposition of a complaint. Prepares and/or presents the board’s position in administrative or judicial proceeding including conduct of discovery, preparation and filing of pleadings, briefs, motions and other documents necessary to the disposition of the case.
Examines a record of a government body that is the subject matter of a complaint, including any record that is confidential by law. Confidential records provided to the board by a government body shall continue to maintain their confidential status. Board members and staff are all subject to the same policies and penalties regarding the confidentiality of the documents as an employee of the government body.
Issues or obtains subpoenas enforceable in court for the purpose of investigating complaints and to facilitate the prosecution and conduct of contested cases before the board. Prosecutes respondents in proceedings before the board.
Oversees dissemination of information calculated to informed members of the public about the public’s right to access government information in this state including procedures to facilitate this access and including information relating to them obligations of governmental bodies under chapter 21 and lawful custodians under chapter 22 and other laws dealing with this subject and the provisions for dispute resolution, enforcement and training under Chapter 23.
Prepares and transmits to the governor and to the general assembly proposing legislation relating to public access to government information deemed desirable by the board.
Represents the board as an advocate for transparency in government and the role of the board before audiences of members of the general public and organizations of entities subject to Chapters 21 or 22.
Manages agency and coordinates data, personnel, and fiscal matters with the state agencies.
Education from an accredited law school and the equivalent of three years of full-time experience in the practice of law. Admission to the Iowa State Bar.
Along with the Minimum Qualification Requirements, candidates must meet the following selective certification requirements to be considered qualified for this vacancy.
Law Degree Possession of a law degree from an accredited institution.
The Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) was created by Iowa Code Chapter 23 as an independent state agency. It is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Board was created to provide a free, efficient way for Iowans to receive information and resolve complaints related to chapters 21 and 22, Iowa's open meetings and public records laws. The IPI...B provides an alternative means to judicial action to secure compliance with and enforcement of the requirements these chapters. The IPIB employs one employee as executive director who must be an attorney admitted to practice law in Iowa to execute the IPIB's authority, including prosecuting respondents in proceedings before the board and representing the board in proceedings before a court.