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Job Title:Director, Office of Contracts and Grants Management

Department:Legislative Branch

Agency:Library of Congress

Job Announcement Number:130001

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

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$119,554.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Monday, March 04, 2013




Open - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map


Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired provided that immigration law and other legal requirements are met, and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.


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 151 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and almost 20 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.

The Director, Office of Contracts and Grants Management (OCGM) manages and directs Library-wide procurement and grants activities worth about $200 million annually. The Director is responsible for, evaluating procurement and grant requests and coordinating actions with senior officials in the Library’s Service Units, as well as directing the operations of the OCGM. The Office is responsible for 1) procuring goods and services for the use of the Library (except for acquisitions for Library collections and procurement activities that are by statute or regulation assigned to other Library units); 2) procuring goods and services for libraries and other offices throughout the Federal Government that participate in the Library's FEDLINK revolving fund program; 3) awarding grants and funded cooperative agreements to institutions; 4) awarding fellowships and prizes to domestic and foreign individuals; 5) verifying that awards, fellowships and prizes to be awarded are pursuant to Library gift authorities; and 6) complying with State Department visa requirements. The Office's work covers the entire life cycle of procurement and grants activity - planning, solicitation, competition, cost evaluation, negotiation, source selection, contract and agreement formation, project execution and oversight, administration and changes, terminations and disputes, assessment, closeout and reporting.

This position is located in the Office of Contracts and Grants Management, Office of the Librarian.

The position description number for this position is 250035.

This position has no promotion potential.

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 supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses may be authorized for the person selected under this vacancy announcement.


  • See requirements listed below under Qualifications Required.


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The incumbent plans and executes the actions necessary to award and administer contracts and grants for the Library of Congress.  Procurements range from commercial purchases and simplified acquisitions to complex multi-year and multi-agency contracts; from supplies to enterprise-wide computer systems, service contracts, and the design and production of digital equipment. Grants include Congressionally-directed appropriations for geographically dispersed multi-year projects with non-profit organizations and educational institutions; jointly funded national public-private cooperative projects; and privately-endowed fellowships, scholarly research, and a million-dollar prize. Library contracts and grants obligate both Federal appropriated funds and non-appropriated Library gift, trust, and revolving funds; and deal both with U.S. companies and citizens and with foreign recipients who are invited to the Library and must comply with State Department and Internal Revenue Service requirements.

The incumbent determines the application of Library personnel management policies for the Office and performs the human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates staff on organizational performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Takes personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to staff members and subordinate managers related to work and policy matters. Effects disciplinary measures. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Assures that organization staff at all levels is trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.

The incumbent leads the development and evaluation of policies and procedures for the management of Library procurement and grants activities, serving as Library management's principal expert on procurement and grants matters; ensures that the Federal Acquisition Regulation and other Federal procurement authorities, Office of Management and Budget circulars on grants administration and cost principles, financial rules for appropriated funds, trust funds, gift and grant funds, and revolving funds, and other applicable legal authorities and guidance are interpreted and applied in a manner that serves the Library mission and provides the best value to the Government. Counsels senior management staff and officials at multiple levels of the agency on procurement and grants policy.

The incumbent serves on and/or chairs intra-Library committees and task forces dealing with procurement and grants, and projects to enhance Library operations and services, and may serve on similar committees for the Legislative branch; represents the Office in Library-wide meetings and in regular meetings with the Deputy Librarian. 


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

(1) Knowledge of Contracts, Grants, Cooperative Agreements and Fellowships Laws, Regulations, Policies, and Procedures**:  The successful candidate has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and fellowship laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

(2) Ability to Lead People and Manage a Diverse Workforce**:  The successful candidate has led and managed a diverse staff in a multi-disciplinary environment and in doing so, performed the following activities:  1) identified current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals, objectives, and capacity gaps; 2) recruited and hired staff to meet those needs; 3) communicated performance expectations to staff; 4) conducted periodic performance evaluations; 5) provided advice and counsel to staff; 6) addressed performance and disciplinary issues; 7) delegated or planned and assigned work; 8) provided appropriate training and professional development opportunities to staff; 9) encouraged staff participation in planning and decision making; and 10) identified and implemented methods to improve staff productivity.

(3) Ability to Lead and Effect Change**:  The successful candidate has led and effected change in carrying out the organizational mission that integrates key goals, priorities, values, etc. This includes championing ideas that promote the mission with enthusiasm, conviction, and assertiveness; gaining support and commitment from others; motivating and inspiring others; and applying new and emerging technologies to improve work efficiencies, productivity, and customer service.

(4) Ability to Define and Solve Problems and Make Decisions:  The successful candidate has identified problems or issues, and gathered, examined and interpreted information to generate effective solutions to problems and make sound decisions.  This includes the ability to seek, logically examine, analyze, interpret, and synthesize information from different sources; generate and evaluate reasonable alternative solutions and the implications, consequences, and benefits of choosing each alternative; select the most promising alternative or course of action; and commit to action, even in uncertain situations.  This includes the willingness to bring issues into the open and attempt to resolve them in a collaborative manner.

(5) Ability to Communicate Orally:  The successful candidate has the ability to speak clearly, politely, and under control to peers, staff, managers, supervisors, and external audiences to both provide and seek information.  This also includes actively listening to and understanding information; and listening to and answering questions thoughtfully and completely.

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.

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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 Executive Schedule 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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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. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly 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 notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be 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 date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-6362 or email 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 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.


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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 "Submit" 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 , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date.


Disabled applicants claiming Schedule A eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Schedule A is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.


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