Job Overview

Summary

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 145 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.

This position is located in the Office of Opportunity, Inclusiveness and Compliance (OIC), Office of Support Operations (OSO). The purpose of this position is to support and schedule the Library of Congress' American Sign Language Interpreting Program and to provide interpreting services for employees and visitors who are deaf and hard of hearing in the Library as a reasonable accommodation so that they are given an equal opportunity to fully participate in and contribute to the Library work environment and programs. 

The position description number for this position is 238464.

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 non-supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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

For this position you will be asked to demonstrate your interpreting skill during the structured interview (ASL to spoken English and spoken English to ASL).  If you are a finalist for the position you may be invited to return to the Library to demonstrate your interpreting skills. 

Duties

Evaluates the needs of supervisors, managers, and Deaf, Deaf Blind and hard of hearing employees to determine service needs.  This includes designing assessment tool(s), and structuring and implementing the program to satisfy the specific needs identified in the assessment findings.

Develops policies and procedures for Interpretive Services Program (ISP) applicable Library-wide. Prepares analytical and statistical data and reports Evaluates the program to ascertain its use and effectiveness and to recommend modifications and improvements.

Interprets for employees in a wide variety of settings (e g, staff meetings, confidential meetings, performance evaluations, personnel grievances, employee assistance program sessions, seminars and training programs) May interpret highly specialized, legal, research, computer, medical and Library-related terminology

Interprets for applicants, researchers, and visitors to the Library who are Deaf, Deaf Blind or hard of hearing so these individuals can fully and equally understand the Library's mission and functions and participate in the Library sponsored programs. Interprets in a wide variety of settings including research libraries, reading rooms, tours, lectures, consultations, programs and performances. This may include interpreting for outside presenters, international visitors, specialized tour groups, applicants and persons with specialized academic interests.

Designs, analyzes, coordinates and/or conducts workshops and seminars, formally in American Sign Language (ASL) & English, including but not limited to American Deaf Culture and the protocols needed for Library of Congress staff communicating via an interpreter or for interacting with employees or visitors who are Deaf, Deaf Blind or hard of hearing. Works with employees who are Deaf, Deaf Blind and/or hard of hearing to design, coordinate and/or conduct sensitivity training for Library employees to foster better understanding of cultural distinctions between colleagues.