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Job Title:Supervisory Librarian(DEU)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Office of the Secretary

Job Announcement Number:OS/OGC-2013-0015

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

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$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 22, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013




Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional - Full-time, Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


All qualified United States citizens. This vacancy is being advertised under Delegated Examining procedures & is open to all U.S. citizens. This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status candidates (those currently serving on a career/career-conditional appointment, reinstatement eligibles, or those eligible under special appointing authorities) under vacancy announcement# OS/OGC-2013-0016.


The Commerce General Counsel is seeking a person with exceptional analytical, verbal, and leadership skills to join our multidisciplinary team of professionals to serve as Departmental Library and Information Research Director (Director).  The Departmental Library is a historic public space faithful to preserving the original character and materials and has a specialized collection of books, documents, periodicals, pamphlets, newspapers, research and technical works in the field of politics, economics, social sciences, law, and international trade. 

The Director serves as administrative and strategy expert for the Department of Commerce (DOC) and will be responsible for the management and operation of a major library and information service program designed to support the programs and missions of DOC and its bureaus and components.


The Director will provide direction of operations and guidance to a major library system (such as cataloging, acquisitions, collection development and maintenance, reference and research and Internet/Intranet services), in order to provide an effective program of use/public awareness of library programs and services.  The Director will also provide guidance, direction, and development of innovative solutions for accessing information through a variety of services and methods.


  • Applications will only be accepted from United States citizens.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Investigations and clearances must be completed prior to appointment.
  • One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade.
  • A one year probationary period will be required.


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The Director is responsible for the selection, organization, and management of library materials and services including books, periodicals, documents, microform, electronic resources, and non-print media in subject matter areas such as business, economics, law and international trade; provides direction and guidance on maintaining a library system (such as cataloging, acquisitions, collection development and maintenance, reference and research and Internet/Intranet services); provides guidance, direction, and development of innovative solutions for accessing information through a variety of services and methods; makes recommendations for use of new library technology; serves as a consultant on research, reference, and library administration; and represents the department in relations with other libraries and library programs in and for the federal government.


The Director is also responsible for strategic planning, management, and administration of the Library to include the development and implementation of new techniques and innovative programs to perform standard library operations; development and implementation of new and innovative instructional programs and methods of delivering information designed to meet the needs of library users to assist them in learning how to effectively use and evaluate information resources, especially those in electronic format; development  of reference materials and methods to provide information on the Library's collection of print and electronic resources; providing procurement to acquire goods and services for the Library through the use of contracts or a purchase card with maximum organizational unit purchasing limits; budget planning and oversight  to ensure funding for required services, subscriptions, materials, and equipment; serving as the approving official for purchase card holders; and supervising the library personnel.


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Basic  Requirements:


Applicants must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A or B below.

  1. 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;


  2. 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 a 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.

GS-14: You must possess 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the GS-13 or equivalent band level that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position to include experience with theories, principles and techniques of professional librarianship; experience managing a complex library with specialized collections that responds to the information needs of a large and diverse clientele; experience with literature resources and informational resources, experience in federal acquisitions and the procurement process to manage multiple complex government contracts; and budgeting practices, and experience supervising a staff.  This experience must be clearly demonstrated in your resume.


GS-15: You must possess 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the GS-14 or equivalent band level that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge skills and abilities/competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position.  Specialized experience is defined as experience stated for the GS-14 above, as well as experience in collaborating with other information management institutions; promoting collections and public information services; and experience in providing guidance and advice to key staff and senior departmental officials on the library programs and services.  This experience must be clearly demonstrated in your resume.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship if selected for this position. Applicants must meet requirements by 11:59pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the closing date of this announcement. Security Clearance: This position will require a secret security clearance. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. For more information on category rating, please go to:

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

1. Expert knowledge and application of the principles, concepts and techniques of Library Science.

2. Knowledge of  law, business and trade resources.

3. Ability to supervise, develop and promote a diverse workforce.

4. Ability to analyze, plan and execute library programs and projects.

5. Ability to manage large, complex contracts within the federal government.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most federal employees at


ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; 2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: 1. VRA - 2. VEOA - 3. 30% or more disabled veteran - 4. Persons with disabilities - 5. CTAP - 6. ICTAP -


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by

11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: Christine Covington at 202.482.3041 or


A complete application consists of the following: 1. Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 2. Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: 3. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see "Other Information"). 4. Education, if qualifying based on education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR UPLOAD) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


Christine Covington
Phone: 202-482-3041
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave. NW
Rm 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:

1.  Application Received or Application Incomplete;

2.  Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

3.  Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and

4.  Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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