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    Summary

    This position is located in the Collections Management Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 369363.

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

    This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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

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    Responsibilities

    The Chief of the Collections Management Division (CMD) is the Library's officer for planning, development and implementation of a program to ensure collections are securely and safely available from the time they enter the National collection and throughout their lifecycle. This includes maintenance of chain-of-custody throughout circulation, inside the Library’s premises and externally; safe and secure transportation of materials; and the development and oversight of storage facilities that meet appropriate security and preservation requirements. As a Chief in the Preservation Directorate, the Chief CMD is supported in these functions by the expertise of the Directorate’s other Divisions: Conservation, Preservation Services, and Research and Testing. Works closely with subject matter expert staff throughout the Library’s references, research, and collecting Divisions to develop the strategy, plans, and processes required to meet the Library’s user services goals, and works with offices throughout the agency to integrate collections space planning, security, and logistics with overall agency operations.

    Serves as the Library's expert responsible for space planning for collections Library-wide, both on Capitol Hill and other sites, and has delegated custodial responsibility for the general book collections, considered internationally significant in their research value, scope and importance. Serves as the Library's security officer for the general collections and as a leader in developing and implementing security policies for the collections of the Library as a whole. Develops policies governing the provision of all or portions of items in the Library collections through loan of items themselves, and the provision of information other means such as electronic transmission. These programs reflect the Library's responsibilities as the National Library in supporting and adequately reflecting current research and other needs of Congressional, governmental, and scholarly clients of the Library of Congress (LOC).

    Performs the human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised, including the Assistant Chief CMD and subject matter staff of the CMD office. Establishes and clearly communicates performance expectations for staff members. Provides informal feedback and regularly evaluates staff on organizational performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Provides advice and counsel to staff members and subordinate managers related to work and policy matters.

    Serves as the primary advisor on library collections security, collections storage space, collections inventory management and stack management. Advises senior staff and officials at multiple levels of the service unit and agency on matters related to the management of the collections including issues of access, security, inventory control, space, retrieval and organization. Advises on the appropriate methods and techniques to use in order to achieve program goals and objectives. Serves on inter-agency, national, and/or international special work groups, task forces, or expert panels on special projects or studies essential to the resolution of far-reaching strategic and operational goals.

    Responsible for the formulation and administration of policies affecting the mission of the CMD, Library Services (LS), and the LOC in the areas of collections access, security, inventory management, logistics, and collections storage.Provides broad policy guidance to managers to ensure effective integration of operational resources involved in implementing CMD and LS programs and initiatives. Is responsible for implementing policy direction for cross-cutting initiatives that may require coordination among LS divisions and various components of the Library. Directs the development, planning, and implementation of policies and guidelines affecting broad, emerging and/or critical Service Unit and agency programs and objectives.

    Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with senior leaders in the Library and various high-level individuals, including Members of Congress and their staff, other legislative and executive agencies, executives of major corporations, and distinguished members of the public.Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with management and officials at the LOC, government agencies, and other institutions with related interests, in order to advance the programs and objectives of LS and the LOC.

    Has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of the CMD. Primarily responsible for the direction and management of inventory management, collections storage space planning and management, access, and security of the Library's collections to efficiently achieve specified goals and objectives of LS and the LOC. Evaluates current and proposed programs and operations and recommends action to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects as appropriate.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    00

  • Job family (Series)

    1410 Librarian

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • See requirements listed below under Qualifications Required.

    Your resume is important to this application process. It will be reviewed to determine whether you possess the qualifications referenced above. All applicants are required to submit a resume that provides specific information (to include accomplishments, work experience and education/training) that clearly describes what you would bring to the position.

    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

    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:

    Ability to lead and inspire change**:  The successful candidate has the ability to lead tasks and people effectively and inspires change in developing and implementing agency values, principles, and direction. This includes the ability to promote ideas with enthusiasm, conviction, and assertiveness; resolve contentious situations; solicit and consider others’ opinions; gain support and commitment from others; motivate and inspire others; and promote a culture of change and growth. 

    Ability to lead people and manage a diverse workforce**:  The successful candidate has led people to meet an organization’s vision, mission, and strategic goals, including ongoing improvements in customer services.  Provided an inclusive workplace that fostered the development of others, facilitated cooperation and teamwork, and supported constructive resolution of differing opinions by using innovative approaches and future-oriented thinking.  Performed human resources management functions such as: managed the budget and personnel planning for organizational units under his/her direction; established performance expectations for subordinate supervisors and staff; provided formal and informal performance feedback and evaluated staff; and promoted the goals of equal employment opportunity and ensured the office was free of discriminatory employment practices.

    Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of library science as it applies to collection management**:  The successful candidate has applied professional knowledge of library collections in all formats to manage library functions and carry out library programs; using this knowledge to monitor and control the quality, development, condition and security of the collections. Experience with the following: 1) setting priorities and policies for acquisition; 2) providing expertise and advice for developing the Library’s collections; 3) working closely with special format divisions and their subject specialists in setting acquisition and/or collection development priorities and targets; 4) managing a division or department’s custodial collections; and 5) managing storage and exchange of materials.

    Ability to manage the full range of collection development activities in a major research library:  The successful candidate has used the principles, concepts, and techniques of collection development to build and sustain the collection of a major research library including:  1) developed policies and procedures to govern collection development activities, 2) exercised final authority over policies and procedures for recommendation, acquisitions, and selection activities, 3) employed a variety of quantitative or subjective approaches to the evaluation of research library collections, and 4) frequently presented reports and recommendations for collection development to senior oversight bodies (e.g. a Collection Policy Committee).

    Ability to communicate effectively in writing and review and assess the writing of others:  The successful candidate has written clear, cogent, accurate, well-organized, and understandable written products in the area of library management, such as: 1) program goals and objectives; 2) program performance documentation; 3) budget request documentation; 4) project plans; 5) annual reports; 6) statements of work; 7) strategic planning and forecasting documents; 8) policies; and 9) funding proposals.  This included targeting the amount, form, depth and level of detail, and content of the information to the needs of the receiver/audience. Evaluated the written products of others to meet the quality standards of the organization.

    Ability to build and engage coalitions and professional networks in support of mission:  The successful candidate has identified, built, and maintained relationships and professional networks to gain support and commitment from scholars and other learners; the publishing and creative community; and colleagues in the library field.  This includes:  1) participating in and representing the institution at professional association meetings; 2) working collaboratively with other departments, agencies and organizations to further agency goals and objectives; 3) establishing cordial relationships with donors and potential donors to obtain additions to Library collections; and 4) working with the archival and research library community to identify trends and issues related to the collections and services of the Library.

    Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing:  The successful candidate has the 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.

    Education

    All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education.

    A.  Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree;

    or

    B.  A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

    You must submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected.

    These (official or unofficial) documents may be attached to your online application or emailed to the Staffing Specialist (imot@loc.gov).  The documents can also be e-mailed during the interview scheduling process.  They must be received prior to a full interview. Applicants who do not submit the required documentation will not be interviewed and will be disqualified from further consideration. Official documentation will be required if selected for the position. Failure to complete all mandatory sections of the on-line application form or failure to submit a resume will disqualify applicants from further consideration for the vacancy for which they are applying.

    Foreign Education – Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE). Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.

    Additional information

    All initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, all newly appointed Senior Level executives, from outside the Library as well as from within, must serve a one year probationary period in accordance with the Library of Congress Regulations (LCRs) 2017.2-1, Senior Level Executive System.

    The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer.  All who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

    Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant’s college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application.  Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

    The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

    The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

    The selected applicant will be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

    Are you a veteran?  Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim.  Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214.  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

    For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    The Library of Congress will evaluate applicants using the information provided in your resume. Reviews are intended to explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection. For Senior Level positions, applicants do not need to respond to specific competency questions but will be requested to answer one question related to how they became aware of this job opportunity.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    All librarians must meet the requirements for professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and education.

    A.  Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree;

    or

    B.  A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

    You must submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected.

    These (official or unofficial) documents may be attached to your online application or emailed to the Staffing Specialist (imot@loc.gov).  The documents can also be e-mailed during the interview scheduling process.  They must be received prior to a full interview. Applicants who do not submit the required documentation will not be interviewed and will be disqualified from further consideration. Official documentation will be required if selected for the position. Failure to complete all mandatory sections of the on-line application form or failure to submit a resume will disqualify applicants from further consideration for the vacancy for which they are applying.

    Foreign Education – Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE). Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.

    Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

    Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant’s college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application.  The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

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    Benefits

    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.

    https://www.loc.gov/careers/working-at-the-library/benefits/

    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

    Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure that you are considered for the position.

    Step 1: If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS. Although you must enter your Social Security Number for USAJOBS, this information will not be provided to the Library of Congress.

    Step 2: Review the Job Announcement. We recommend you go to the Qualifications and Evaluations section of the job announcement to review the qualifications listed to ensure that your resume reflects your accomplishments in those areas.

    Step 3: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. You will be redirected to the Hiring Management website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Hiring Management, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements.

    Step 4: Click on "Finish" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account. If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact jobhelp@loc.gov , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date.

    Agency contact information

    Customer Service Center

    Phone

    202-707-5620

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    JobHelp@loc.gov

    Address

    LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
    101 Independence Ave. SE
    LM-107
    Washington, District of Columbia 20540
    United States
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    The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 158 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and over 37 million items online. Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

    Next steps

    Please review our evaluation process under Qualifications and Evaluations. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications." You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/593609000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.