Position: Analyst in Science and Technology Policy (Science, Technology, and Society)
Location: Library of Congress
Salary: $103,690 to $134,798 per year
Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.
The Resources, Science and Industry Division of the Congressional Research Service seeks an Analyst in Science and Technology Policy. The analyst will address science and technology issues related to the social and policy implications of emergent technologies and their adoption, such as response to disruptive technologies, the ethics of big data and algorithms, and the impacts of automation and artificial intelligence.
The Resources, Science and Industry Division of the Congressional Research Service is seeking an Analyst in Science and Technology Policy. The analyst will possess knowledge of the sciences, theories, concepts, practices, issues, and/or principles of the social and policy implications of emergent technologies and their adoption, such as response to disruptive technologies, the ethics of big data and algorithms, and the impacts of automation and artificial intelligence. This includes knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of science and technology policy and interrelationships of federal programs and policies with the positions of key state, industry, academic, and nongovernmental stakeholders. The ideal candidate will demonstrate ability to develop expertise in new areas.
This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative and qualitative approaches in research and familiar with policy related to science and technology policy, particularly the social and policy implications of emergent technologies and their adoption. Strong writing and presentation skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, are required.
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.
Analyst duties include:
- Preparing a variety of objective, non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive background reports, memoranda and other written materials on subjects or public policy issues of national significance that are within the employee’s area of professional knowledge.
- Providing personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members and staff on public policy issues throughout the legislative process by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge.
- Participating in CRS seminars, workshops, and/or outreach programs for congressional committees, Members and staff.
- Participating in or leading team research projects and seminars.
- Locating and providing information requested by Members and committees of Congress and their staff.
- The employee is also expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide public policy and legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.
- The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.
- The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Although 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.
The tour of duty for this position is full-time.
The position description number for this position is 4748.
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.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
Position: Librarian (Law)
Location: Department of Justice
Salary: $60,129 to $94,581 per year
Full vacancy announcements available on USAJOBS.
This position is located in the Library Resources Staff of the Executive Office of the Antitrust Division. The Antitrust Division Library operates within the Justice Department (JMD) libraries network and is comprised of a large body of antitrust specific materials and a consolidated collection of materials specific to the Civil Division, to be used by staff nationwide.
- The incumbent serves as a Librarian (Law) performing research in the fields of business, economics, and law, with a specific emphasis on company, industry, and legislative history research. Responsibilities include:
- Responding to a full range of complex or difficult inquiries, including those in a new or highly specialized field of knowledge (e.g. emerging industries), those regarding historical materials that are difficult to identify or locate, or for information that involves legal or specialized terminology.
- Utilizing a variety of complex technical and specialized databases and other diverse sources to provide extensive legal and legislative reference services.
- Utilizing one’s own knowledge various published and unpublished sources and electronic databases to answer specialized and/or technical questions and inquiries from clients.
- Developing topical resource directories.
- Answering reference questions, locating and selecting appropriate sources and analyzing them.
- Evaluating the authoritativeness, currency, and relevance of the specialized information available on particular topics, issues, or problems.
- Compiling electronic and paper information packets for clients (i.e., literature guides, resource directories, bibliographies).
- Assisting in the maintenance of the library collection (i.e., multiple formats of research materials on federal laws, business, and economics).
- Reviewing the veracity of the online library catalog with regard to what is on the shelf; editing and verifying catalog records for conformance with collection and established cataloging policies.
- Reviewing a wide variety of brochures, websites, catalogs, and other sources to recommend new items and sources for possible acquisition; determining the quality of materials acquired from different sources and the need for new subscriptions and renewals.
- Monitoring the quality of preserved materials to ensure adherence to established standards and specifications.
- Teaching clientele about research tools through one-on-one or class instruction.
- Developing and maintaining library web pages and electronic guides.