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    The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.

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    This is the position of Senior Grants Management Specialist (Sr. Program Officer) with responsibility for contributing to and assisting with the management of the national digital initiatives and infrastructures portfolio within the Office of Library Services (OLS).

    Provides expertise internally within OLS and externally on grant programs and other initiatives related to ongoing development of digital library infrastructure and services nationwide. In particular, the Senior Program Officer is responsible for a portfolio of projects focusing on approaches, practices, and impact of digital libraries, digital preservation, and digital and community archives. S/he supports programmatic activities and grant projects involving equity, diversity, and inclusion in the research, design, or modification of library and archival digital collections, practices, tools, methodologies, and services. The Senior Program Officer's portfolio will also include projects involving user-centered design thinking and accessible and inclusive practices for digital library design, development, and scaling. Reporting to the Associate Deputy Director for Discretionary Programs, s/he works closely with team members and discretionary and programmatic grant programs within OLS to develop overall strategy encompassing research, grant making, and policy agendas, as well as communications initiatives, in support of ongoing national development of digital services and resources in libraries and archives. As a member of OLS Discretionary Programs, a collaborative team, s/he will contribute to and manage a variety of assigned grant programs, and will also be responsible for working on project-based and interagency teams.

    The Senior Program Officer serves as a point of contact for OLS grant programs, contributing to national digital infrastructures and initiatives matters in general, and in the assigned grant programs in particular. For the assigned Discretionary programs, s/he participates in various phases of the cycle of receiving, considering, reviewing, and otherwise processing grant applications and presenting the leading applications to top management for final decisions on grants, then informing both the successful and the unsuccessful applicants about the grants awarded.

    The Senior Program Officer has a wide range of existing contacts who work on digital library matters in libraries, and deep knowledge of the existing professional field including relevant initiatives, people and developing areas of interest. S/he cultivates contacts with representatives of the institutions affected by the National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian programs, including but not limited to building a network of relationships that attracts grant applications.

    This position is responsible for representing the agency and programs in a range of activities designed to spread information about funding opportunities and results of highly successful projects in the assigned programs, including attending conferences and other meetings; making presentations; and other opportunities to publicize the agency's grant programs.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1109 Grants Management

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • US Citizenship Required.
    • This position requires a background investigation.
    • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
    • This position may require completing a one-year probationary period.
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
    • Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
    • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).


    For the GS-13 level: To be qualified for this position, you must be able to state and verify that you have experience that demonstrates your ability to perform the work at the GS-13 level or equivalent pay band in the Federal service. One must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service which involved knowledge of the principles and practices of the library and/or archives field.

    MANDATORY SELECTIVE PLACEMENT: Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and select the one that best describes your qualifications for Senior Grants Management Specialist (Senior Program Officer). Make sure your resume supports and represents your response. Failure to have this information represented in your resume will result in the applicant not being qualified.

    Experience acquiring and demonstrating mastery level knowledge of the principles and practices of the digital libraries, digital preservation, digital and community archives and knowledge of current research, trends and analysis in these areas, as well as mastery level knowledge related to the broad issues and challenges in library and information science industry.


    There is no substitution of education for experience at this grade level.

    Additional information

    Eligible for Student Loan Repayment Program
    Eligible for Tuition Assistance Program
    This position is telework eligible

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).

    The referral list developed from this announcement may be used for up to 90 days from the closing date of the vacancy announcement to fill similar jobs.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
    2. Other supporting documents: Cover Letter, optional College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education Most recent SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service) Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration. To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account. You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application. You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement. To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click on the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10382026

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