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Job Title:Supervisory Librarian (Education), AD-1410-00

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Institute of Education Sciences

Job Announcement Number:IES-2013-0012

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 28, 2013 to Wednesday, February 27, 2013




Full time - Temporary for an initial 3 years with the possibility of extension for an additional 3 years.


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One or more vacancies may be filled through this announcement. This announcement is open to all U.S. citizens.


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. If you are a highly-motivated, creative individual who would like to work for an agency that establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, distributes as well as monitors those funds; collects data on America's schools and disseminates research; focuses national attention on key educational issues; and prohibits discrimination and ensures equal access to education, ED is the place for you!

The National Library of Education (NLE) is a principal center for the collection, preservation, and effective utilization of research and other information related to education. The NLE also includes the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), the Department's online library of education resources and information. Through these efforts, the NLE contributes to the larger Institute of Education Sciences (IES) mission of expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood through post-secondary study.

The incumbent of this position serves as the Director of the NLE and reports directly to the Associate Commissioner, Knowledge Utilization Division, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. The incumbent has responsibility for initiating, planning, directing, controlling, and managing all programs and functions assigned to the NLE. Through the direction of an expert library staff, the incumbent oversees a wide range of library and information management/organization functions requiring high-level attention.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must complete a One-year Probationary Period.


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The incumbent develops strategy, policy, budget, and program options for maintaining and advancing the NLE, including ERIC. Serves as a key member of the Knowledge Utilization Division management team, working closely with the other team members on short and long range goals and objectives. Insures all NLE proposed programs are integrated into the Division's overall planning process.

Oversees the development and promulgation of NLE policies and standards, especially those concerning collection development, preservation, archiving and accessibility.

Provides leadership in the evaluation and analysis of all programs, including the design and modification of information systems, using quality assurance management techniques that assure NLE programs are managed within established time and financial objectives.

Establishes and directs the technical and professional program management standards within which major NLE programs and projects are developed, assuring that appropriate, effective and efficient technology solutions are applied. This includes overseeing any technical studies, either performed in house or by contractors.

Plans and directs programs that collect, archive and make accessible information, including, but not limited to, products and publications of IES, Department, and other individuals, institutions, organizations, government agencies and commercial entities in the field of education.

Plans and directs programs to provide one-stop information reference and referral services that respond to telephonic, electronic, mail and other inquiries concerning educational research, statistics and other matters relating to the needs of the education community and general public.


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For Librarian (Education): Applicants must also possess specialized knowledge of a subject-matter field and/or proficiency in one or more foreign languages directly related to the position(s) being filled. When such knowledge is required for the position, an applicant's education or experience must have included or been supplemented by the requirements specified in one of the paragraphs below:
a.  A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university that meets all academic requirements for a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours in education for which the applicant is being considered, e.g., physical science, biological science, social science; or that included any combination of subjects with at least 15 semester hours in a major subject (such as physics or chemistry) that is especially applicable to the position for which the applicant is being considered; or
b.  Completion of at least 24 semester hours of legal study in an accredited law school for positions primarily concerned with providing library services in law or legislative reference; or
c.  Four years of pertinent experience of such nature and level to provide a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, terminology and expressions of the appropriate discipline or subject-matter field; an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field; ability to acquire additional information about the field and related fields; and some knowledge of literature resources in the field.
Such experience should be equivalent to that which would have been acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year curriculum in an accredited college or university with major study in appropriate subjects, or combination of subjects, as specified in (a) above; or legal training as specified in (b) above; or
d.  Any time equivalent combination of experience as described in (c) with education as described in (a) or (b) above.


Specialized Experience
To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the GS-15 level in the Federal government. (Examples of such experience include: collecting and archiving information, including products and publications and other education related research and statistics.)

APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs): 1. Knowledge of and familiarity with national educational policies, issues and initiatives, including those that may influence the structure and design, content areas, and planned expansion or refocusing of the NLE or its particular programs. 2. Knowledge of unique methods and procedures of large scale survey design; and data collection, analysis, and interpretation needed to develop and evaluate NLE programs and projects. 3. Knowledge of such areas of library and information science as system administration, planning and evaluation; content selection, acquisition and management; cataloging, classification, indexing and metadata schemes; information search and retrieval; bibliographic standards and compilation; and user assistance and information services.


WARNING! High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your on-line resume. Be sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings can/will be changed, or you may be removed from employment consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions will be rated ineligible. Eligible candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three (3) categories as described below: 1 - Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "Q" score between 70 and 84.99 meets the specialized experience outlined in the Minimum Qualification Requirements section of this announcement. 2 - Well Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "WQ" score between 85 and 94.99 exceeds the Minimum Qualification Requirements based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. 3 - Best Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "BQ" score between 95 and 100 Outstanding level based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.
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The Department of Education offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave, federal holidays, health and life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Click on Benefits to find out more about federal benefits. Why Work at ED? The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is a great place to work. For more detailed information regarding our various work sites, please click on the link below: Work Site Locations As an ED employee, you will benefit from our family-friendly work environment. As part of our commitment to maintain a productive balance between work and home, we offer excused leave for Parent/Teacher Conferences (4 hours); excused leave for annual health screenings (4 hours); and matching leave for community volunteer service. Other incentives such as Telecommuting and Alternative Work Schedules also may be available to you. ED offers positions that are fair and competitive in compensation; developmental opportunities to exhibit teamwork and goal-oriented projects to enrich your federal career. Student Loan Repayment may be paid if negotiated and approved prior to appointment.


The Federal Government is committed to expanding access to employment by hiring people with disabilities; providing technical assistance and information on reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities; and identifying and removing barriers to work. Persons with disabilities may apply for jobs filled either competitively (where qualified individuals compete with one another through a structured process), noncompetitively (where a qualified individual may be selected based on a special appointing authority), or through an excepted appointing authority for people with disabilities (i.e. Schedule A). People who are selected for a Federal job must meet the qualification requirements for the position and be able to perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit <a href=””>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)- Eligible federal employees who were in positions and who were displaced from their positions may be eligible for selective priority over other candidates, under the ICTAP or the CTAP. Information about these programs may be found at the following links. In order to qualify, your application must receive a score of 85 in comparison with the knowledge, skills and abilities criteria. If you believe you are eligible for this special consideration, it is critical that you read the information provided in the links below <ahref=""> CTAP </a>

Student Loan Default Applicants selected for positions are subject to a background check to verify that he or she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants found to be in default will be contacted to make arrangements for repayment prior to being made an official offer of employment. Veterans interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, may send an email to to schedule an appointment for a session. Veterans Counseling Session must be placed in the subject line of the email. ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE OPENING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, SHOULD VACANCIES OCCUR.


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Please carefully read the information provided under the link listed below. The section entitled "How to Apply" provides detailed instructions on faxing your supporting documentation. All required supporting documentation MUST be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You are encouraged to thoroughly review the list of supplement documents required. It is critical to note that many documents may not pertain to you. You are only required to submit those that apply to you. Required Documents


Please click on the link "Required Documents" to view the supplemental documents needed for this vacancy announcement.


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We will inform you of the status of your application at four stages: (1) Upon receipt of your application; (2) Upon minimum qualification determinations; (3) Upon issuing the highly qualified candidates to the hiring official; and finally (4) once a selection is made. It is essential that you have a current e-mail address on file with USAJOBS. You will be notified of our application status by the servicing Human Resources Specialist via email. You may also check the status of your application at USA JOBS.

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