Twelve Positions: Maryland, Washington, DC, & Virginia

Position: Branch Manager
Location: Howard County Library System, Ellicott City, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Description
Are you the next dynamic leader for one of the largest branches of Howard County Library System (MD), a world-class system? Howard County Library System (HCLS) is an award-winning educational institution that ranks among the finest in the country. With six branches, a $22.9 million annual budget, and a 243 FTE stellar staff, HCLS consistently ranks as a Five Star Library by Library Journal and was named Library of the Year in 2013.

Designated as an “All-American County” by the National Civic League, Howard County, Maryland is one of the nation’s most outstanding places to live, work and play. Howard County residents (population: 300,000) enjoy a balanced blend of pastoral farms, historic towns, suburban communities, and urban lifestyle. Diversity surrounds you—from Columbia (one of the largest planned communities in the country) to Historic Ellicott City’s Main Street, filled with antiques, boutiques and cozy restaurants. Howard County has been recognized as “America’s Best Places to Live”, “Best Educated,” and “Seventh Best School System in the County.” For leisure activities, Howard County offers parks, golf courses, lakes, and more than 200 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails. Centrally located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, Howard County is the strategic location of choice for a diverse and thriving business base. Major employers include Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Verizon, and Northrop Grumman. Howard County’s population incudes the highest concentration of professional, scientific and technical workers in the state, contributing to its strong economy.

Located in Ellicott City, the HCLS Miller Branch + Historical Center is 63,000 square foot over two floors and LEED Gold certified. The branch includes a Howard County room in partnership with the Howard County Historical Society, and its Enchanted Garden features an outdoor classroom focusing on health, nutrition, and environmental education.

Requirements

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer of Public Services, the Miller Branch manager oversees a dynamic team of customer service specialists, and instructors and research specialists. The Branch Manager directs all aspects of the branch, with full responsibility for: personnel and fiscal management; setting the direction for branch curriculum; continuing the implementation our new strategic plan; and establishing partnerships and connections throughout the community .

Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program and five years of management experience. Preferred qualifications include a commitment to the HCLS vision, extraordinary people skills, ability and desire to work in a culturally diverse community, team building talents, and superior communication skills. The ideal Branch Manager will be an outstanding leader, relationship builder, collaborator, communicator, and innovator.

Position: Librarian III
Location: Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Prince George’s County, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Description
Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) has served this county for more than 75 years, beginning as a small one-room space and expanding into nineteen 19 modern, award-winning branches. Our mission continues to be customer-focused, committed to providing resources and services equitably across this continually growing county. We are located bordering the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., and the County is home to many federal agencies, large rural areas with small farms, busy suburbs bustling with young families, historic small towns and urban centers. Library services are responsive to this diverse customer base with nearly 350 staff members welcoming more than 2.5 million visitors every year.

We are currently looking for qualified public services librarians to lead age-level information departments in large-size branches or information and circulation departments in small-medium size generalist branches. Locations will vary based on operational needs. Selected candidates must be demonstrated leaders, enthusiastic, and team-oriented with a strong commitment to customer service. If you are interested in making a real difference in the community, bring your professional skills to work with us!

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee and supervise staff in supervisory line to include managing staff weekly schedules, monitoring and evaluating job performance, and training and development.
  • Provide reference and readers’ advisory.
  • Oversee programming.
  • Promote library services and collections.
  • Participate in community outreach as needed.
  • Participate in the maintenance and development of the library collection by weeding and identifying library materials in need of replacement.
  • Maintain library collection and places orders for new books and materials.
  • Manage customer relations and resolve escalated customer issues and conflicts.
  • Performs circulation desk duties as needed.
  • Keep abreast of current library policies and procedures.

Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Three to five years of professional library experience, preferably in a public library.
  • Three years of experience supervising and motivating staff.
  • Maryland Professional Public Librarian certificate upon hire or within six-months of hire.
  • Considerable knowledge of literature, reference and information materials, publishers, and periodicals required.
  • Knowledge of public library reference tools, including web and database searching.
  • Strong communication and customer service skills.
  • Strong organization and problem-solving skills.

BENEFITS
We offer a casual but professional work environment, exceptional training opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Credit for time spent at other public libraries when calculating annual leave accrual and sick leave transfer, under certain circumstances.
  • Up to 14.5 days of annual leave in the first year; 22.75 days after three years; and 26 days after 15 years of service.
  • Up to 15.8 days of sick leave in the first year. Unused sick leave may count towards creditable service when you retire.
  • Up to 4 days of personal leave per year.
  • 11 holidays (12 during a Presidential Inauguration year).
  • A choice of 3 medical plans (subsidized at 70 – 75%), a prescription and vision plan (subsidized at 85%), and the choice of 2 dental plans.
  • Life insurance at 2x annual salary, up to a maximum of $150,000.
  • Long-term disability coverage with a benefit of 50% to 60% of income replacement – 180-day elimination period.
  • A defined benefit plan provided by the Maryland State Retirement Agency (SRA) at 7% per pay and tax deferred annuity plans through payroll deductions.

TO APPLY
Please submit your employment application, cover letter and resume by applying directly to the job posting link below or on our website, http://www.pgcmls.info. This is an open until filled recruitment and may close at any time without prior notice.

Position: Library Manager (Youth Services)
Location: D.C. Public Library System, Washington D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Job Summary

The DC Public Library system comprises 26 locations, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, also known as the downtown Central Library. The Youth Services department, a public service unit in the Central Library, provides services to youth, from birth to age 21, and their families.

DC Public Library’s Central Library is undergoing a significant renovation, and the Youth Services Department Manager is charged with developing and implementing a new vision for provision of services for young District residents and their families within this dynamic new space. The Youth Services Department will lead the charge in developing innovative programming and services that help young people embrace a joy of reading, explore their identity and negotiate the diverse world that surrounds us. In addition, the Youth Services Department will maintain a strong presence in the educational landscape of D.C. and provide support to other agencies that help young people and their families live inspired, connected and enriching lives. Particular attention will be focused on supporting DC Public Library’s reimagining of teen services.

The Youth Services Manager is part of the leadership team for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The manager works collaboratively with the system wide Youth and Family Services Team and other key staff to ensure smooth operations and high-quality customer experiences. The Youth Services Manager will also focus on how the entirety of the building can welcome and embrace young people and their families.

Join the DC Public Library team to help build a dynamic, inclusive experience throughout the library system. Our participants reflect a wide range of socioeconomic, cultural and religious affiliations within their countries, including people with disabilities, and we encourage people with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to apply.

Qualifications

The incumbent must possess a Masters-Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution in addition to a minimum of three (3) years of experience:

  • providing direct public service to youth in a library or educational setting.
  • Supervising, training, developing and evaluating staff of diverse abilities.
  • Designing and implementing improvements to processes, services, programs and initiatives.
  • Facilitating and leading trainings on programs and services for children and teens.
  • Advising on principles of programming and services for youth, teen and families, including implementation of best practices.

Experience serving diverse populations in a large urban environment preferred.

To apply, or for additional details, please our website at http://dclibrary.org/about/careers

Position: Section Research Manager (Foreign Policy Management)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $137,849 to $166,500 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Research Manager, Foreign Policy in the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division. CRS provides confidential, nonpartisan, and authoritative legislative research, policy analysis, and information service to the U.S. Congress. Working directly with Members of Congress and congressional committees on public policy issues, CRS staff contribute to an informed national legislature as it considers policy issues of importance to the American people.

Responsibilities
The Research Manager leads the Foreign Policy Management Section in the development of research and policy analysis relevant to congressional needs. Issues covered by the section include the Department of State, USAID, U.S. embassies, and related agencies; the foreign affairs budget; U.S. foreign assistance; diplomacy and the foreign service; foreign policy legislation; and instruments of foreign policy, such as sanctions and treaties.

Duties include:

• Ensuring that the work results in objective, authoritative analysis with which the Congress can assess the consequences of legislative/policy options;
• Proactively establishing relationships with committees of jurisdiction, building long-term relationships with clients, and taking initiative to seek out new congressional contacts for CRS;
• Managing congressional requests, concerns, and needs in policy areas within the research management responsibility of the section;
• Collaborating with other managers to ensure an integrative approach to the work by fully identifying significant policy problems facing the Congress, developing analytical approaches to address these problems, and applying appropriate resources;
• Managing and supervising policy analysts, including communicating performance standards and expectations to staff, observing staff performance, giving feedback, and assessing performance; and
• Performing special assignments as directed by the Assistant/Deputy Assistant Director.

Other Research Manager duties include:

Manages research, leads staff, and advises the Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director. Ensures that research and analysis is conducted in a fully collaborative manner both within and outside the section, reflects the congressional agenda, and is relevant to congressional policy making.

Leads, plans, organizes and coordinates research, including major research projects related to sensitive or complex public policies of national or international significance, which are often multidisciplinary in nature, and may include research performed by outside consultants.

Ensures that research and analysis undertaken is of the highest quality and meets CRS’ standards of objectivity, responsiveness, non-partisanship, balance, timeliness, legislative relevance, authoritativeness, and accessibility.

Reviews research to ensure that it complements other Service research and analyses; is accurate, well-organized, and cogent; meets professional and service standards; adheres to CRS policy guidelines; and is responsive to the legislative needs of Members and committees of Congress.

Establishes and maintains relationships with Members and committees of Congress.

Contributes to and assists in developing CRS-wide strategic goals and priorities. Communicates those goals and priorities to staff. Oversees the implementation of CRS-wide policies, procedures, standards and guidelines by staff. Effectively communicates management initiatives to staff and ensures that staff are able to acclimate to the changing needs of Congress and the CRS research community. Conveys to senior management information and concerns from staff.

Candidates with research and research management experience in issues covered by the Foreign Policy Management Section, who have strong interpersonal skills, and are capable of leading a highly motivated and talented research staff committed to providing Congress the highest level of nonpartisan, authoritative, objective policy analysis are encouraged to apply.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for over a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is accurate, authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

While it is the Library’s policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

The position description number for this position is 085357.

The incumbent of this position is eligible to work a flexitime schedule.

Appointee must meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret clearance.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Conditions of Employment
The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library’s vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library’s Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/uploads/loc_supervisor_core_competencies.pdf.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

  • Knowledge of U.S. foreign policy management, institutions, and operations.**
  • Ability to manage research.**
  • Ability to review the analysis of others.**
  • Ability to lead and manage staff.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to convey information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations.
  • Knowledge of congressional decision making.
  • Ability to collaborate.
  • Ability to build relationships.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Supervisory Technical Information Specialist (Human Nutrition and Food Safety)
Location: Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Agricultural Library (NAL), Beltsville, MD
Salary: $99,172 to $128,920 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) National Agricultural Library (NAL), in Beltsville, MD.

The incumbent serves as the Program Leader for the Nutrition and Food Safety Program, and in that role is responsible for planning, directing and evaluating program requirements, activities, and functions of NAL’s specialized information centers in nutrition and food safety.

Responsibilities

  • Interact effectively with a wide range of individuals representing widely divergent and sometimes conflicting point of views.
  • Negotiate, collaborate, and form partnerships and customer relations with federal, non-federal, national and international partners in order to further the aims of the program and attract external resources.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively with management to establish and implement recommendations.
  • Knowledge of data collection, evaluation, and analysis methods to synthesize user input and apply it to the conceptualization, planning and evaluation of information programs, products, and services.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct staff work.
  • Skill in interpreting broad general legislative and regulatory policy guidance to determine their effects on FNIC, Nutrition.gov and FSRIO budgets and activities.

Position: Technical Information Specialist (Nutrition)
Location: Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Agricultural Library (NAL), Beltsville, MD
Salary: $83,398 to $108,422 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the National Agricultural Library for the Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, MD.

In this position, you will serve as a nutrition specialist in the Nutrition and Food Safety Program, supporting the Nutrition.gov website and Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC).

This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration no less than 13 months and can be extended up to a total of 4 years

Responsibilities

  • As a specialist in the area of nutrition, participates in the formulation and development of the NFSP policies, programs and operations.
  • Participate in the development and management of the library collection in the specialized fields relating to food and human nutrition.
  • Ensure all information shared with the public over the internet is appropriate, timely and accurate.
  • Manage reference services for the food and nutrition program, including the use of online reference systems such as Ref Tracker or other systems

Position: Librarian (Database Integrity and Bibliographic Control)
Location: Government Publishing Office, Washington, DC
Salary: $99,172 to $128,920 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is part of the Library Services and Content Management, Government Publishing Office in Washington , District of Columbia.

The Selectee will work Shift-1 Monday- Friday and a tour of duty from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Responsibilities
As a Librarian (Database Integrity and Bibliographic Control), your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Performs a variety of professional level duties related to database maintenance, quality assurance and bibliographic control in support of LSCM’s efforts to create, improve, and maintain quality products, services, and systems for all users of Federal government information.
  • Applies expert knowledge of cataloging and bibliographic control (continuing resources and monographs) in conducting database maintenance activities in the ILS.
  • Uses extensive knowledge of both current and historic GPO practice and standards.
  • Works independently to identify errors that range from simple typographical to departures from local and national cataloging practice and standards.
  • Serves as an expert adviser to other subject matter experts on bibliographic control processes and application of relevant standards and procedures.
  • Leads as well as performs quality control efforts on current processes across work units that enter, edit, enhance and import data into the catalog that includes the work of technical staff and professional-level staff through grade twelve.
  • Identifies with own cognizance potential improvements in workflows.
  • Serves as key member of working groups to amend or re-tool operational workflows, standard operating procedures, and desk guides and instructions.
  • Uses expert knowledge of Superintendent of Documents classification, the item number system and related reference tools to conduct extensive reviews of the catalog to identify discrepancies, duplicates and/or errors.
  • Maintains fluency in cataloging complex bibliographic and authority formats, and thus create original cataloging records for U.S. government documents across a wide range of formats, that may support cataloging projects and/or serve as exemplars for staff reference.
  • Identifies training needs for cataloging librarians, technical services librarians and other LTS staff.
  • Provides leadership and guidance on developing training materials, curriculum and training tools for use by all levels.
  • Suggests and facilitates implementation of emerging metadata practices for use in GPO cataloging.
  • Works closely with Projects and Systems Unit to ensure that the information posted on these sites is organized, updated and maintained.
  • Provides technical input to the administration of library technical services contracts.
  • Serves as Contracting Officers Representative (COR) as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Position: Archivist
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $57,510 to $74,759 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Preparation Section, Manuscript Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 368552.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule. Occasional Saturday service in the Manuscript Reading Room is required.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Responsibilities
Analyzes and arranges bodies of records that are somewhat disorganized, demonstrating knowledge of archival theory and practice in planning and carrying out their organization and description. Possesses understanding of scholarly research and documentation practices. Completes preliminary analysis of the documentation systems and practices of the originating agency, organization, or individual whose materials are being processed. Undertakes research in published sources to complete gaps in the available information relating to the subject matter of the records to be archived. Evaluates the significance of archival material in its historical context and applies evaluation in helping create a plan of arrangement and description. Exercises initiative on special assignments requiring knowledge of archival procedures and academic subject matter.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information. Coordinates as necessary with collection curators and staff in other divisions relating to the transmission, handling, description, and storage of division material housed off-site or transferred elsewhere.

Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields for the purpose of training and professional development. Displays knowledge of collections in the Library. Presents information to groups and individuals with a similar understanding of the subject. Orients visitors and helps conduct tours.

Surveys internal collections to identify and inventory groups of materials for preservation and physical security. Follows prescribed specifications and procedures in preserving original material and reproducing originals for preservation. Monitors the quality and consistency of preservation methods and output. Monitors and coordinates procedures for routing materials for preservation treatment and for preparation of new materials to be added to the collections.

Serves as a resource in the development of overall preservation program policies and goals. Helps promote collection security by recommending and implementing improved methods of manually or electronically marking and labeling collections.

Provides information in response to reference service requests that require research among several record groups to locate the information. Assists scholars and researchers in finding significant records relating to the subject under consideration and advises them of relevant records in the division and Library. Substitutes on a temporary basis as necessary assisting readers in the division’s public Reading Room.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of digital curation and descriptive tools, information technologies and integrated library systems to support archival functions.**

Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of archival work, including analysis, organization, and description of archival material.**

Knowledge of American history and research sources used for processing and describing archival materials.**

Ability to build and maintain professional relationships and provide liaison services.

Ability to perform preservation duties.

Knowledge of reference and research services.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Librarian 
Location: Office of the Inspector General, Alexandria, VA
Salary: $57,510 to $90,461 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG). The incumbent of this position will work within the Office of Mission Support Team (MST), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Information Governance Division (IGD).

As an Librarian, GS-1410-09/11 target 13, your typical work assignments may include the following:

Responsibilities

  • Develops or applies techniques for automating information description, classification, and extraction (e.g. auto-classification and auto-categorization).
  • Builds, revises and enforces auto-classification policies and taxonomies.
  • Searches, collects, and preserves information using automated record keeping tools, systems, and technologies in response to complex requests that include sensitive information and classified materials.
  • Evaluates the design and usability of information to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the OIG information life cycle and organization, navigation and find-ability of information.
  • Analyzes and synthesizes information to provide insights and advice to leaders to support business decisions.
  • Identifies sources and strategy for content capture, identifies issues associated with sharing content across and outside the agency.

Position: Research Assistant, Europe and the Americas
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $57,510 to $74,759 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division (FDT) is seeking a Research Assistant to support a broad range of research tasks in its Europe and the Americas (EA) section. The selectee will support research analysts and managers in addressing congressional requests and in preparing CRS informational and analytical products by performing research, writing, data analysis, and other research support duties.

Responsibilities
Ideal applicants will have experience conducting research in regional foreign policy issues pertaining to Europe, including Russia, and/or the Americas as well as some knowledge of related legislative and policy contexts, institutional dimensions, and policy tools.

Successful candidates must be able to work as part of a collaborative team and must exhibit the intellectual flexibility and broad research skill set that facilitate effective work across a wide issue spectrum beyond the applicant’s research focus or concentration.

Strong research, writing, and presentation skills are essential; candidates with both qualitative and quantitative research skills, and experience using data visualization to inform research products and processes are especially urged to apply.

Prepares contributions to comprehensive or complex analytical and descriptive products that inform congressional understanding of public policy issues and consideration of policy proposals. May author or co-author analytical or descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and other types of written responses for congressional committees, Members, and staff.

Participates in group efforts on research projects as a member of a collaborative team and undertakes research and data analytical tasks in support of the development of an array of analytical and descriptive products or components.

Performs literature searches and reviews, and evaluates publications and analyses for authoritativeness, relevance, and currency. Recommends documents for use by research staff and prepares abstracts for descriptive and analytical underlying materials.

Locates, extracts, collects, and/or compiles quantitative data and other information; interprets and evaluates data for accuracy, relevance, authoritativeness, and usefulness; works with division staff to identify and resolve problems with data; and formats data to meet targeted, well-defined research needs.

Creates and populates databases and spreadsheets, reformatting and standardizing data from different sources, and performing data input, calculations, and analysis. Trains colleagues and/or instructs staff on the content, nature, and use of division data resources.

Formats a range of tables, graphs, images, and other insertions to CRS products, reviewing and verifying this content for accuracy and completeness. Recommends quality control procedures and makes suggestions to improve and enhance these insertions to CRS products.

Prepares materials for use at consultations, briefings, and seminars for congressional clients. Attends consultations, briefings, seminars, and outreach activities to gain familiarity with CRS’s information and analytic capabilities, record questions, gauge audience engagement, and capture audience suggestions for future sessions; may present analytical information, factual information, or research findings to congressional clients.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

Qualifications
You must meet the BASIC REQUIREMENT listed under EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS.

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of the geographic regions of Europe and/or the Americas and U.S. policy. **

Ability to apply knowledge of the analytic research process in foreign affairs to issues related to Europe and the Americas. **

Ability to identify, exploit, and manipulate research resources and tools to perform research tasks pertinent to Europe and the Americas. **

Ability to collaborate. **

Ability to prepare written research materials on issues related to Europe and the Americas.

Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of research, including written and oral presentations.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Public Records Technician
Location: Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC
Salary: $47,016 to $61,122 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
The Public Disclosure and Media Relations Division provides and ensures timely public access to federal campaign finance reports and data and educates and informs the public about all of the data available from the agency. The Public Records Branch maintains a library-like facility to help researchers locate reports, indexes, closed enforcement cases, FEC documents, and campaign finance data.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Responsibilities
As the Public Records Technician in this position, you will:

  • Provide navigation assistance on the FEC Website including advanced technical help on downloadable files.
  • Prepare research tools for staff and public use.
  • Provide information about the FEC public records function to visitors and callers.
  • Prepare closed enforcement case files for publication and collaborate on the public dissemination of FEC documents and data.
  • Work with the Branch Chief on the State Relations Program, including contacting state officials and state political parties to obtain official information about elections and candidates and preparing the annual Combined Federal/State Disclosure and Election Directory and other publications.

Position: Supervisory Librarian (Section Head)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $117,191 to $152,352 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the China Section, Asian & Middle Eastern Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services. The incumbent of this position serves as Section Head and is responsible for managing the work, overseeing the work of a staff of librarians and library technicians, and performing administrative and human resource management functions.

Responsibilities
Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-13 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Determines the human resources needed to accomplish the work of the unit, and independently plans, schedules, coordinates and carries out the unit’s activities.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations, including quality assurance, for staff member which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers’ performance and demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and annual formal evaluations to employees. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary. measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations.

Serves as an expert in the organization, development, and implementation of multiple projects. Serves as a project leader, team leader, or chairperson for working groups, task forces, committees, etc. Coordinates the details involved in special projects of lasting importance. Utilizes critical judgment to determine scope, emphasis, approach, appropriate techniques, and manner of presentation. Develops technical standards or protocols applicable to a library function. Participates in planning the work of a unit, including formulating goals and objectives and identifying improvements in methods and procedures. May serve as COTR or administer service contracts.

Makes significant recommendations to change, interpret, or develop important or innovative policies, programs, approaches, or analysis methods. Assesses the availability of financial and human resources, and independently plans, schedules, coordinates and carries out activities related to the library acquisitions program. Assists in preparing and overseeing the acquisitions budget.

Interprets and revises existing training policy and program guidance for use by others, including section, division, and/or directorate members. Independently plans, schedules, coordinates, and monitors the effectiveness of training operations. Solves problems in particularly difficult circumstances. Plans new or significantly updated methods of training, incorporating the latest in information technology. Prepares/edits instructor manuals, technical manuals, training manuals, or user manuals. Analyzes training needs at the section and division levels in order to identify or develop appropriate training. May also conduct formal classroom training as necessary.

Conditions of Employment
The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library’s vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library’s Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/uploads/loc_supervisor_core_competencies.pdf.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of integrated library systems, library applications, websites, and databases for Latin and non-Latin script materials, and other information technologies. **

Ability to supervise, motivate and lead a diverse workforce. **

Knowledge and application of the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science to manage acquisitions and cataloging programs for Latin and non-Latin script materials. **

Ability to provide consultation or liaison duties.

Ability to lead, plan, coordinate and manage programs and projects.

Ability to provide training.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.