Nine Positions: Maryland & Washington, DC

Position: Librarian II, Mobile Job Center Specialist
Location: Central Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
Salary: $47,604/year

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is searching for a qualified and experienced Librarian to fill a Mobile Librarian position for the State Library Resource Center (SLRC) Division.

Under the direction of the Chief of SLRC. The Librarian II duties include the day-to-day management of the Mobile Job Center, a state of the art, fully accessible one stop shop where clients will complete all parts of the job search in one visit.

Summary of Duties:
The summary of duties listed below is not exhaustive. Additional duties are dependent upon the needs of the hiring department.

The Librarian II oversees the supervision of the Mobile Job Center and assists with the preparation of performance management evaluations and staff development and training initiatives. The Librarian II is responsible for maintaining the Mobile Job Center’s scheduling, employee records, as well as customer records. The Librarian II prepares reports, prepares and organizes records and statistical data, and attends professional and general staff meetings as availability provides.

The Mobile Job Center is a Library initiative contributing to economic growth in Baltimore city and beyond. The Center provides hardware and software customized to job search and application, training in computer and online job application, and training in interview skills. The Mobile Job Center is staffed by trained employment professionals to assist job seekers with all aspects of the job search.

The innovative Mobile Job Center’s key value lies in its ability to navigate the roadblocks many job seekers face including lack of transportation, need for computer training, lack of an email account or resume and need for interview coaching. The Mobile Job Center is a one stop shop where Library customers complete all parts of the job search in one visit.

The Library’s Mobile Job Center features 12 computer workstations, satellite internet access, exterior audio visual and broadcasting capabilities, leading edge workforce software, and connectivity for wireless mobile devices. The Center will travel to community agencies, malls, grocery stores, and other public areas in underserved neighborhoods where residents do not have easy access to library branches. The Mobile Job Center will also travel to Pratt library branches during non-operating hours, thus extending branch hours for patrons seeking job and career assistance. A similar plan is followed when the vehicle is off road for service.

The Librarian II
Provides career information, materials, and services that support the general public, and the library community’s information needs.
Researches, selects, and orders materials in a variety of formats relating to general career information, employment trends, resume writing, and interviewing skills.
Assists and advises Library customers and Library staff in the use of Mobile Job Center materials.
Answers customer inquiries concerning career information and provides consultation services to customers conducting a career search.
Develops outreach programs, workshops, and training to support customer needs.

The Librarian II develops an annual budget for the Mobile Job Center and evaluates the Center’s programs and performance. The Librarian II submits quarterly statistics to the Library Administration and outside funders as required describing the work of the Center.

Minimum Qualifications:
The successful candidate must posses an MLS from an ALA accredited college or university and experience in developing programs for information delivery. This position also requires three to five years of demonstrated, successful, and increasingly responsible planning, programming, and supervisory experience in a public library setting with a focus on workforce development and job and career training. Current or eligibility for MD Librarian Certification within 90 days of hire is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The successful candidate is expected to have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the proven ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate must have the ability work in concert with the other Mobile Job Center staff members, Library administrative staff, the Deputy Chief and the Chief of SLRC. The Librarian II will be expected to maintain an atmosphere of confidentiality as required. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with automated systems, online job databases, Microsoft software suite, and current job and career software packages is required.

Position: Librarian III, Selection Unit
Location: Central Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
Salary: $60,665/year

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

The Pratt Library is accepting applications for a Librarian III for the Collection Development Department.

Under the supervision of the Collection Development Department Manager, the Librarian III coordinates the projects and activities of the Selection Unit of the Collections and Access Services Division. The Librarian III supports the daily and on-going work of a selection team composed of two administration assistants and seven MLS degreed Librarians who purchase materials for Adult, Young Adult and Juvenile populations of Baltimore City and the State of Maryland. The Librarian III helps develop and is project manager for special projects of the unit, focusing on innovative trends and new ideas in collection development.

The Enoch Pratt Free library system consists of a Central Library, 21 branches, and 3 mobile vehicles and has a collection of approximately 2.3 million volumes including print and audio-visual products. Selection is one of three units in the Collection Development Department, which also includes the Acquisitions and Preservation Units. The position is located at the Central Library, which serves as the downtown branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, as well as the State Library Resource Center (SLRC).

Summary of Duties:
The summary of duties listed below is not exhaustive. Additional duties are dependent upon the needs of the hiring department/division.

  • Assist with development and monitoring of annual print budget, financed by city and state allocations, grants, endowment and gift funds.
  • Assist Collection Development Department manager with Section unit planning, goal setting, and innovative ideas in support of the Library’s strategic plan.
  • Manage special projects of the Selection Unit, distributing work equitably and efficiently to ensure timely completion of project goals.
  • Monitor the expenditure of allocated funds to ensure encumbrance of all monies by end of fiscal year.
  • Develop and manage collection maintenance projects, including replacement and weeding, in order to strengthen the library’s diverse collections.
  • Work with library staff in order to ensure successful project implementation and completion.
  • Update and support the library’s selection policy, How Baltimore Chooses, on an ongoing basis.
  • Work with the CMD team to establish best practices for selection, invoicing, and materials conservation and preservation.
  • Identify new formats for purchase in order to increase library circulation and foot traffic into library locations.
  • Interpret library policies and procedures and disseminate to CMD team members.
  • Advocate for and collect useful data from various sources for usage by Selection and Acquisitions teams.
  • Support Technical Services Manager with Integrated Library System (ILS) database clean-up.
  • Monitor and evaluate job performance and development.
  • Design and manage training manual and documents for Collection Development Department staff.
  • Collate and summarize monthly reports submitted by team members.
  • Present a yearly report of Collection Development Department activities to CASD Unit Manager.
  • Establish, evaluate, and maintain relationships with vendors.
  • Negotiate and maintain contracts with vendors.
  • Keep abreast of current library policies and procedures.
  • Maintain awareness of current library trends, particularly those that pertain to selection and collection development and maintenance.
  • Participate in local, regional and national professional activities.

Minimum Qualifications:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program. Five years of increasing responsibility in a selection unit, preferably in a public library. Demonstrated project management experience. Experience supervising and motivating staff. Demonstrated skill with Google, Microsoft Office Suite and Integrated Library Systems. Maryland State Librarian Certification required within one year of hire.

Desired Qualifications:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and balance large projects. Strong communication and customer service skills. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.

Knowledge , Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of library science principles, practices, trends, and techniques.
Energetic and innovative thinker with an understanding of current trends in collection development and a passion for exploring new possibilities for Library collections.
Understanding of public library principles, and administrative policies and procedures.
Experience selecting print materials and familiarity with web-based bibliographic and acquisitions tools.
Knowledge of current publishing trends and review sources.
Experience negotiating and managing contracts for library services and products.
Familiarity with emerging trends and issues in public libraries.
Working knowledge of integrated library systems, especially acquisitions and cataloging modules, preferably SIRSIDynix.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with vendors, co-workers, and other library staff.
Ability to communicate articulately and respectfully, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
Ability to meet deadlines, adapt to changing priorities, and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
Demonstrated skills in time, workflow, and project management, with attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
Demonstrated problem-solving ability and a commitment to excellent customer service.

Position: Librarian Supervisor I, (Branch Manager)
Location: Pratt Library Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
Salary: $64,505/year

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

The Pratt Library is in search of a Librarian Supervisor I for the Neighborhood Library Services (NLS) division to plan, administer and supervise the delivery of services provided by a Pratt Library neighborhood branch.

The ideal candidate is an experienced and effective leader who is committed to innovation and expanding public services in a large metropolitan area.

Summary of Duties:
Under the supervision of the Librarian Supervisor II (Group Supervisor), administers
and operates a branch library within the Library’s policies and procedures. Plans,
administers and supervises the delivery of service from a neighborhood branch. Responsible for providing the public with library services and the interpretation of policies and procedures; Responsible for supervising and training staff in reference skills (including use of automated databases) and in the development of community services. Responsible for the accuracy and maintenance of staff time records. Prepares evaluations for all staff members. Responsible for the development and maintenance of materials collection which meets the needs and interests of the community. Consults and cooperates with various age-level specialists concerning branch materials and programs.

Minimum Qualifications:
A Master’s degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by ALA required.
Three years successful library experience, including reference work in the
subject field or allied field(s) and in an administrative and supervisory capacity.
Maryland Certification in Library Science required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A working knowledge of the literature in the subject field(s), both bibliographic and general.
  • Knowledge of the use and operation of automated databases and systems.
  • Ability to provide effective leadership for staff and skill in human relations.
  • Commitment to innovative and expanding public services in a large metropolitan area.
  • Ability to make long-range plans and carry forth the Library’s objectives.
  • Understanding of library/community relationships, with the ability to interpret and promote them to both organized and informal groups.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.

Position: Librarian Supervisor II, Manager of Digital Resources
Location: Central Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
Salary: $68,562/year

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

The Pratt Library is looking for a dynamic Librarian Supervisor II to manage the Digital Resources Department in our Collections and Access Services Division.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Chief, Collections and Access Services Division, the Librarian Supervisor II plans, develops and manages three of the library’s organizational units with state functions: Digital Maryland, Government Documents, and the eResources Unit.

Summary of Duties:
The summary of duties listed below is not exhaustive. Additional duties are dependent upon the needs of the hiring division.

Provides vision and leadership for a recently created department intended to serve as the hub of digital resources for the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The Enoch Pratt Free Library serves as the State Library Resource Center (SLRC) for the State of Maryland. Working with libraries of all kinds across the state, SLRC provides cooperative, cost effective resources and services for Maryland libraries and their customers.

Supervises a department that combines three crucial state roles:

  • Digital Maryland, which is a collaborative, statewide digitization program for Maryland that facilitates the digitization and digital exhibition of historical and cultural documents, images, audio and video held by Maryland institutions.
  • Government Documents, including the State Publication Depository and Distribution Program, which supports library participants across the state with print and/or electronic state documents.
  • The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s ebook resources and databases, as well as the selection and purchase of the Sailor Network databases, which provide a core collection to public libraries across Maryland.

Supervises, trains and evaluates the librarians working in the above three units with state functions, Digital Maryland, Government Documents, and the Sailor Databases.

Develops policies and procedures related to digital libraries and their functions, supervises the statewide Government Documents program, and the selection and collection maintenance of the electronic resources for the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Serves as the primary outreach lead for Digital Maryland, Government Documents, and the Sailor network. This role develops and maintains partnerships with constituents across the state for each of the department’s roles.

In concert with the Deputy Chief of CASD, this position negotiates contracts for the library’s databases and ebook vendors, as well as the statewide contract for all Sailor databases.

Participates in statewide groups related to the departments mission and serve as the Library’s representative to these organizations and consortia.

Creates and provides training programs for topics related to digital resources for the Enoch Pratt Free Library and across the state of Maryland.

Holds annual meetings, conferences and symposiums for various aspects of the department.

Stays current with trends in librarianship, especially those related to digital libraries, government documents and eresources.

Sets department goals and objectives in support of the Library’s Strategic Plan.

Prepares reports for Library administration and participates in the creation of reports for Statewide committees.

Minimum Qualifications:
MLS or MLIS degree from an ALA accredited college or university. A minimum of two years of demonstrated, successful, and increasingly responsible planning, programming, and supervisory experience in a public library setting required. Maryland Library Certification or eligibility within 90 days of hire is required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and balance large projects.
  • Ability work in concert with Library administrative staff, and constituents across the state.
  • Will be expected to maintain an atmosphere of confidentiality as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of library policies and procedures, especially experience with digital libraries, government document units, and/or eresources including ebooks and database selection and management.
  • Successful outreach experience across a diverse constituency. A high energy individual with the ability to connect with and promote departmental services across the state.
  • Experience with procedures and project management best practices in a digitization lab, including materials handling, scanning and metadata maintenance activities.
  • Experience with contract negotiations.
  • Excellent planning skills to ensure successful events, meetings, conferences and symposium.
  • Background in selection of library resources, preferably including ebooks and databases.
  • Thorough knowledge of managerial practices and trends. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within the library community, with staff and with the public.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and presentation ability.
  • Administrative insight and broad professional outlook; progressive development, knowledge and use of digital asset management systems, preferably ContentDM.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment. Ability to meet deadlines and adapt to changing priorities. Flexible team player.
  • Knowledge and use of computer software in a Windows environment. Excellent organizational skills.

Position: Librarian Supervisor II, Special Collections
Location: Central Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
Salary: $68,562/year

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

The Pratt Library is looking for a dynamic Librarian Supervisor II to manage the Special Collections Department in our State Library Resource Center Division.

Summary of Duties:
The summary of duties listed below is not exhaustive. Additional duties are dependent upon the needs of the hiring division.

The Special Collections Manager will be experienced in:

Provides leadership and consultation services statewide. Sets best practices in the areas of the management of special collections, archives management and handling, and conservation/preservation techniques, often technology based to insure long term collection stability.

Develops long range plans to guide staff and the Library in order to create stable access and protection to rare and unique items and collections owned and housed at the Library.

Establishes best practices, manages staff, and manages the preservation, processing, and arrangement of the Library’s historical collections. Establishes goals and timelines for the processing and preservation of the historical records of the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center. Targets rare and fragile materials for preservation and stabilization.

Manages staff and volunteers in the processing of collections as they research the history of the collections, and write finding aids according to professional standards. Writes project descriptions for volunteers and interns. Develops procedures, trains and guides staff and volunteers in professional best practices.

Establishes standards of use and handling of Special Collections materials for staff and communicates those standards to customers. Providing access to Library materials to researchers, authors and Maryland libraries through email, chat, and the digitization of documents and photographs.

Delivers presentations and workshops for both the public programs and Maryland library staffs on the preservation of materials including, documents and photographs.

Manages the intellectual property requests and permissions in relation Library collections including the estate of H.L. Mencken and the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center including fees based upon current copyright law and current cost standards.

Coordinates with Digital Maryland unit of the Library to produce high resolution image files for customer use on request.

Oversees the creation of inventories and databases cataloging the rare and unique materials of the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center. Supervises the targeting and preservation of rare and/or fragile materials. Manages and curates the installation of exhibits promoting the Library’s unique and historical collections. Plans, implements and monitors long term projects to preserve and increase access to the collections of the Library.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
MLS or MLIS degree from an ALA accredited college or university. A minimum of two years of demonstrated, successful, and increasingly responsible planning, programming, and supervisory experience in a public library setting required. Maryland Library Certification.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability work in concert with Library administrative staff, the Chief of SLRC, and Baltimore City Maryland State government customers.
  • Will be expected to maintain an atmosphere of confidentiality as required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with automated systems and popular software is required.

Position: Director for the Library
Location: Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

Harford Community College has served as an anchor institution in Harford County since its inception in 1957. We are a mid-sized, comprehensive college committed to serving our community through high caliber educational offerings and cultural events.

In 2018, HCC became an Achieving the Dream institution, joining a network of higher education institutions and partners to enhance community college student opportunity, access, and success. We’re continuously working to enhance our student experience using evidence-based improvement and building a strong data infrastructure.

Our beautiful, 352-acre campus is conveniently located near Baltimore, MD; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; and Wilmington, DE. We offer more than 70 affordable degree and certificate programs to nearly 2,000 full-time and 7,500 part-time students, as well as a wide variety of noncredit continuing education courses to nearly 11,000 students per year.

The Director of the Library leads all aspects of the HCC Library. Duties include, but are not limited to, strategically overseeing the daily operations; administering policies and procedures; managing staff, budget, facilities, technology, and collections to meet the needs of the curriculum and the campus community; providing leadership in support of teaching and learning for student success through collaborating with other academic divisions to develop, maintain and assess a strong information literacy program; providing leadership to the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative; assessing the effect of Library services on student success; and supporting the transition to an integrated Learning Commons model.

Other duties include overseeing programming and operations of the Hays-Heighe House historic home; providing general academic leadership and College service through participation in various College committees, groups, and task forces; participating in statewide affinity groups; collaborating with other libraries and cultural institutions; reaching out to the local community to encourage use of the Library as a resource for the community; and other duties as assigned.

This is an exempt, administrator position reporting to the Dean of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation.

Requirements
A master’s degree, preferably from an ALA-accredited institution, and five to seven of experience working in an academic library.

Applicants will be evaluated on criteria including, but not limited to:

  • Experience managing staff, including hiring, supervising, and evaluating performance
  • Experience in resource management, including budget, facilities, collection, and technology
  • Knowledge of contemporary practices in academic libraries, including learning commons
  • Strategic planning and innovation experience, including project management
  • Experience managing daily library operations, including setting policy and overseeing technical and access services
  • Experience evaluating and assessing library programs and resources
  • Demonstrated focus on student success, including information literacy and OER (open educational resources) program administration
  • Experience preparing reports and grants.

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

For best consideration apply online by January 26, 2020.

Position: Information Manager
Location: American Library Association, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

The American Library Association (ALA) seeks an Information Manager in its Public Policy and Advocacy (PPA) office. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

ALA is the foremost national association for libraries and information centers in the world, delivering pragmatic solutions to pressing issues such as expanding economic opportunity, advancing education and learning in the global economy, as well as strengthening the public interest in information policy issues such as telecommunications, copyright/licensing, access to government information, funding, privacy and free speech.

The Information Manager has two primary responsibilities. First, this position provides library services for the office, which includes managing online resources and subscriptions and providing direct reference services. Second, the Information Manager has operational responsibility for our Salesforce customer-relationship management (CRM) system, both to manage it on a day-to-day basis as well as to lead efforts to improve its effectiveness.

Responsibilities:

• CRM Coordination and Data Analysis: Use Salesforce to enter and manage data; design, develop, and deliver reports and dashboards that measure progress and impact of campaigns; ensure data integrity and internal workflow; and maintain documentation of system configuration and team processes.

• Research and Reference: Anticipate, locate, evaluate, and supply information needed by PPA staff through databases, research, internal information analysis, and news sources of interest to the association.

• Other Duties: Support and participate in special events and projects sponsored by, or of interest to, the staff and membership.

Salary: Negotiable from the low 50s, based on relevant experience. ALA has an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental, generous paid vacation and a retirement annuity.

FOR CONSIDERATION

Apply online including cover letter and resume

(Additional documents are uploaded on the same screen as your resume)

OR

Please send cover letter and resume to:

American Library Association
Human Resources Department
Ref: infomgrPPAWOffice
Email: mpullen@ala.org
fax: 312-280-5270

The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran.

Requirements
Master’s degree in library science or a closely allied area; minimum three years of experience in researching and handling information requests; prefer experience with Salesforce and database management. This individual must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Position: Librarian, ZA-1410-3/4 (DE/CR)
Location: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring MD
Salary: $72,030 to $157,709 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), NOAA Central Library with one vacancy in Silver Spring, MD.

This position is also announced under vacancy number OAR-2020-0008, which is open to Status Candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

Responsibilities
As a Librarian, you will perform the following duties:

  • Administer, evaluate, and maintain all modules of the library’s Integrated Library System (ILS). Troubleshoot system problems and develop processes and procedures for resolving substantive ILS issues. Serve as point of contact for the collection of all Central Library metrics. Perform procurement market research, testing and implementation of new systems and products, and enhancements to current library systems. Act as Contracting Officer’s Representative on all systems-related procurements.
  • Employ formal usability testing methods and data analysis to assess effectiveness of library services and technologies. Recommend improvements to operational processes to ensure that NOAA’s research publications are submitted to and discoverable from within the NOAA Institutional Repository.
  • Maintain and apply knowledge of emerging trends and issues in library discovery, metadata and electronic delivery technologies. Evaluate potential of new library technologies for adaptation, and recommend policy and procedural changes designed to improve library access and efficiency. Serve as the principle adviser on library systems and technologies. Represent Library Director at intra and interagency meetings on IT applications and serve as liaison to the NOAA Web Council.
  • Serve as the Central Library Web Master. Facilitate and coordinate communications concerning the development of Web-based content and services. Support projects related to library technology initiatives such as adoptions of open link resolver technology, web archiving, and improvement of the NOAA Photo Library and other web-based information services and digitization of library resources.

These duties are described at the full performance level of the ZA-4; the ZA-3 is developmental leading to such performance.

Position: Assistant Director and Senior Specialist (American Law Division)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $131,239 to $197,300 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a senior manager to lead its American Law Division (ALD), one of CRS’ five research divisions. CRS provides objective, nonpartisan, and authoritative legislative research, analysis, and consultative support exclusively to the U.S. Congress.

Responsibilities
This position serves as head of the American Law Division, a major CRS research division. In this capacity, and reporting directly to the Director of CRS, the Assistant Director leads, plans, directs, and evaluates the work of a team of attorneys in its production of written products and consulting services in support of the U.S. Congress. Working directly with congressional committees and Members of the House and Senate, ALD attorneys contribute to an informed national legislature as it considers legal and policy issues of importance to the American people. Areas of research, analysis, and consultative support include all facets of law in the United States, including administrative, business, civil rights, constitutional, energy, environmental, health, immigration, intellectual property, international, labor, military, national security, procurement, tax and trade law. The Assistant Director ensures that both written and consulting work is of the highest quality and consistently meets the Service’s standards of objectivity, nonpartisanship, balance, timeliness, legislative relevance, authoritativeness, and accessibility.

The Assistant Director leads implementation of the Service’s agenda for legal issues within the division’s areas of responsibility, including approaches, frameworks, and methodologies for addressing policy and legislative issues. This includes demonstrating personal intellectual leadership in monitoring congressional needs in the policy areas for which the Assistant Director has direct management responsibility and assuring access to the intellectual capacity needed to meet the current and changing needs of the United States Congress at a sustained level of excellence. This also includes exercising overall responsibility and delegated authority for the oversight and management of the division’s human, financial, material, and information research assets, including a staff of approximately 70 employees. In performing these activities, the Assistant Director is responsible for ensuring that the research, analytical, and consulting activities of the division are fully aligned with the legislative needs of Congress and with the priorities, goals, and policies of CRS for meeting those needs.

The Assistant Director also serves as one of the chief advisors to the Director, counseling the Director on all aspects of the research management and operations of CRS and recommending specific policies and procedures for improving the Service’s overall quality, efficiency, and effectiveness. The Assistant Director serves as a member of the Director’s senior management team and serves as a principal CRS representative to Members, committees, and officers of the United States Congress.

Major duties of this position include:

  • In collaboration with other senior managers, leads, plans, directs, and evaluates the legal research, analyses, and consulting services of the Service in policy areas for which the incumbent has direct research management responsibility and ensures that such activities are fully aligned with the legislative needs of the United States Congress and with the priorities, goals, and policies of CRS for meeting those needs.
  • Demonstrates personal intellectual leadership in monitoring congressional needs in the policy areas for which the incumbent has direct research management responsibility, in formulating and maintaining an agenda to meet those needs, in guiding and directing relevant research of individuals and groups, and in reviewing and evaluating the work of researchers and their managers.
  • Ensures all research, analysis, and consulting services provided by the division are of the highest quality and meets CRS’s standards of objectivity, nonpartisanship, balance, timeliness, legislative relevance, authoritativeness, and accessibility.
    Counsels the Director and Deputy Director on all aspects of the management and operations of the Congressional Research Service and advises on matters relating to the research activities, operations, and mission of the Service.
  • Serves as a principal representative to committees and officers of the United States Congress, other legislative agencies and the Library of Congress, executive departments and agencies, professional organizations, universities, and other research organizations on the broadest matters related to CRS research, policy, and organization.
  • Oversees and ensures compliance with human resource management functions and requirements for division staff. Establishes and clearly communicates performance expectations for staff members.

The Assistant Director leads 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, fostering integrity and honesty, communicating effectively, and managing conflict and crisis. Exhibits commitment to the Library’s Supervisory Core Competencies.

Qualifications
The competencies below are required for this position. Those marked with a double asterisk (**) are considered the most critical competencies for this position.

A candidate’s resume must show a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates he or she has:

Expert knowledge of American law**: Applies expert, multidisciplinary knowledge of the theories, relevant laws and regulations, concepts, processes, techniques, principles, and/or practices of American law to address legal questions in a public policy setting and in the context of federal law and legislation. This includes knowledge of the history, trends, interrelationships, and current status of the fields of American law and interrelationships with other key fields and disciplines.

Ability to lead, develop and execute legal research and consulting support in a public policy setting**: Leads implementation of the Service’s legal research and consulting agenda with respect to the division. Develops innovative and creative ideas to advance the quality of the research and the success of the Service. Recommends specific policies and procedures for improving efficiency and effectiveness of research management and operations of the Service and assesses their implications. Oversees and manages legal and legislative research and consulting services across and within major research areas. Demonstrates intellectual leadership and understanding of the current national legal discourse by formulating and executing a research agenda to address those issues. Guides and directs research of individuals and groups, and critically reviews and evaluates the work of legislative attorneys and their managers. This includes managing, organizing, and evaluating the legal analysis of public policy issues at the federal level; ensuring that the legal components of public policy problems are appropriately conceptualized and defined; information and research are fully analyzed and synthesized; the implications of statutory and case law are identified and appropriate conclusions are drawn; alternatives are generated and assessed; the consequences of choosing each alternative are evaluated; and established requirements are applied (e.g., objectivity and authoritativeness) in the development, evaluation, and maintenance of products and services.

Ability to lead people and manage a workforce**: Oversees the overall performance of the division by assessing staffing requirements in relation to current and anticipated needs of the Congress, developing staffing plans, justifications, and requests, and making policy area assignments for and evaluating staff in order to assure the availability of the intellectual capacity needed to meet the current and changing needs of Congress at a sustained level of excellence. Develops and oversees recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and training a diverse workforce as well as builds and maintains exceptional staff performance.

Ability to exercise judgment and discretion**: Demonstrates awareness of the likely consequences or implications of one’s own actions and work within the context of agency/ organizational/ departmental standards. Acts appropriately in a given situation (e.g., with colleagues, clients, media/press), using discretion, and being committed to confidentiality.

Ability to assess the quality of products and services**: Evaluates the content, organization, and relevance of a range of products and services to meet the quality standards of a public policy organization. Makes suggestions to improve these products and services.

Ability to think strategically and lead change: The ability to establish and implement a strategic vision and direction for an organization or group and to lead/effect change. This includes evaluating interdependencies and interrelationships among functions and resources and outcomes; developing performance targets; and identifying strategic opportunities. This also includes championing ideas that promote the mission with enthusiasm, conviction, and assertiveness; gaining support and commitment from others; and motivating and inspiring others.

Ability to write and review the writing of others: The ability to write a variety of clear, cogent, accurate, and well-organized written products and to evaluate the written products of others to ensure they meet the quality standards of a public policy organization.

Ability to apply knowledge of congressional decision making: Applies knowledge of congressional decision making, including how legislation becomes law, the federal budget process, the appropriations process, and oversight, sufficient to ensure timely and legislatively relevant assistance to congressional committees, Members, and senior staff. Has knowledge of institutional and political environment, including the context in which congressional decision making occurs, the roles and relationships of the President and executive and independent agencies, the judiciary, state and local governments, and interest groups, and the ramifications of those decisions on existing policies and affected constituencies.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing: Ability to effectively express ideas and recommendations other than in writing in various settings to peers, staff, managers, supervisors, and external audiences to both provide and seek information. This includes actively listening to or understanding communicated information and answering questions thoughtfully and completely.

Continue with the application process only if you are able to document on your resume that you meet all the critical competency requirements at the levels described below.

1. Expert knowledge of American law: I am recognized by decision makers as a professional resource in specific areas of American law at the federal level.

2. Ability to lead, develop and execute legal research and consulting support in a public policy setting: I have routinely developed and managed a work unit’s portfolio in specific areas of American law at the federal level. This included managing research and analysis for the production of written products and services to client(s).

3. Ability to lead people and manage a workforce: I have led and managed a professional research staff (e.g., responsible for developing staffing plans, recruiting and hiring, assigning work, evaluating performance).

4. Ability to exercise judgment and discretion: In execution of work duties, I was routinely relied upon to exercise judgment and discretion.

5. Ability to assess the quality of products and services: I evaluated and critically reviewed a range of products and services for compliance with established professional organizational standards and made independent judgments on acceptability of material.