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Job Title:  Deputy Counselor to the Director
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:  130088

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

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$149,442.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 to Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Open - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC  View Map
U.S. citizens


The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a senior manager to serve as Deputy Counselor to the Director. CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing objective, nonpartisan analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate.

This position is located within CRS’s Office of the Counselor to the Director (COU), which includes the Inquiry Section, the Program Section, and the Office of Communications. These functional units perform aspects of the Service’s outreach, including such activities as liaising with congressional oversight committees, informing Member and congressional committee offices of the range of CRS products and services available to them, managing congressional client requests for research and analysis, developing and conducting programs and orientations for congressional staff, marketing and branding CRS products and services, and developing communications to Congress.

The person selected for this position will advise CRS’s Director and Deputy Director on the range of legal and policy questions that arise from CRS’s operations; its relationship with the Congress, other Library of Congress offices and units, and other legislative support agencies; and on employee and labor relations matters, collective bargaining, ethical and legal issues surrounding activities of employees, and judicial actions involving CRS. In addition to serving as a legal and policy advisor for CRS, the Deputy Counselor to the Director will be responsible for the daily operations of the Inquiry Section, the Program Section, and the Office of Communications. This includes directly supervising the heads of these functional units and playing a key role in developing, shaping, and overseeing CRS outreach efforts.

The incumbent will be expected to develop and maintain effective interactions and working relationships with various high-level officials, including Members of Congress and their staff, on issues of concern to the Service, and will serve with full delegated authority as the Counselor to the Director in his/her absence.

Additional information about CRS and the Office of the Counselor to the Director is available at:

This is a senior leadership position. Applications received for this position will not be considered for any other CRS vacancies. To be considered for this position you must meet the critical competency requirements of the job at the levels described below.

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of the law to address policy and legal questions: As a legal advisor for an agency or organization, I have applied expert knowledge in a broad range of legal areas (e.g., ethics and conflicts of interest, labor-management relations, separation of powers, contract law, publication policies, personnel policies and issues, appropriations, administrative and legislative practice and procedure) to address policy and legal questions.
  2. Ability to lead and manage a program/area of responsibility: I have led and managed a program for an agency or organization, including: advising top agency officials; overseeing day-to-day operations directly or through subordinate managers; working with both internal and external organizations to achieve program goals; evaluating current and proposed programs and operations and recommending actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects; developing and integrating policies and processes; and planning, acquiring and organizing resources and people.
  3. Ability to lead people and manage a workforce: I have led and managed an agency or organization's professional and administrative staff (e.g., responsible for developing staffing plans, recruiting and hiring, assigning work, and evaluating performance).
  4. Ability to provide leadership for outreach and communications programs: I have managed an agency or organization's outreach and communications activities (e.g., evaluating the appropriateness of communications strategies, overseeing development and implementation of strategies and plans to increase outreach and communications program effectiveness, making determinations about appropriateness of interactions with the media, advising on policy implications of client inquiries and requests, evaluating the effectiveness of educational and outreach programs, and providing guidance to senior level officials on agency outreach and communications initiatives).

Continue with the application process only if you are able to document on your resume that you meet the four requirements listed above. If you do not meet the qualification requirements for this executive level leadership position, we invite you to consider applying for other CRS positions for which your background and experience may be more appropriate. A separate application is required for each vacancy.


  • Applicants must meet BASIC REQUIREMENT listed under QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED


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Major duties of this position include:

  • Serves as the primary advisor to the Counselor to the Director on the legal and policy implications of CRS's statutory mission-related responsibilities. Counsels the Director and Deputy Director, senior management staff, and officials of CRS on policy and legal questions with respect to such matters as congressional requests, potential conflicts of interest with regard to staff activities, and labor and employee relations policies.
  • Examines and defines policy and legal questions and issues affecting all aspects of the Service and its relationships with the Congress, other Library of Congress offices and units, other legislative support agencies, executive branch agencies, and private or non-federal organizations and entities. Advises on the appropriate legal strategies to achieve program goals and objectives; serves on interagency, national, and/or international special work groups, task forces, or expert panels on special projects or studies; participates in strategic and operational governance processes of CRS.
  • Responsible for the daily functioning and administration of the Office of the Counselor of the Director, including legislative relations, management information, outreach, and labor management relations programs consistent with the mission and goals of the Service. Directly supervises the heads of the Inquiry Section, the Program Section, and the Office of Communications. Oversees and ensures compliance with human resource management functions and requirements for office staff. Establishes and clearly communicates performance expectations for staff members. Leads staff toward meeting the Library's and CRS's vision, mission, and goals by managing performance, communicating effectively, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, building and maintaining relationships, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, thinking systematically and inspiring change. Exhibits commitment to the Library's Supervisor Core Competencies.
  • Serves as a principal representative to committees and officers of the United States Congress, other legislative agencies and the Library of Congress, executive departments and agencies, professional organizations, universities, and other research organizations on issues of concern to the Service.


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The competencies below are required for this position. Those marked with a double asterisk (**) are considered the most critical competencies for this position.

  • Ability to apply knowledge of the law to address policy and legal questions.** (Applies knowledge of the theories, concepts, processes, techniques, principles and/or practices of the law to address policy and legal questions that arise from congressional requests, possible conflicts of interest and activities on the part of staff, dissemination of agency products, labor-management relations, and personnel policies; translates new legislation, regulation, and congressional guidelines and directives into program goals, actions, and policies, interpreting the impact of new legislative requirements on agency programs.)
  • Ability to lead and manage a program/area of responsibility.** (Acquires and administers human, financial, material, and information resources to accomplish an organization’s mission; accomplishes strategic and operational goals by ensuring the effective interaction and integration of processes; delegates and manages multiple tasks; and plans and organizes resources, people, and activities effectively and efficiently.)
  • Ability to lead people and manage a workforce.** (Oversees office performance by assessing professional and administrative staffing requirements in relation to current and anticipated needs; developing staffing plans, justifications, and requests; developing and overseeing recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and training activities for a diverse workforce; and building and maintaining exceptional staff performance.)
  • Ability to provide leadership for outreach and communications programs.** (Evaluates the appropriateness of an agency or organization’s communications strategies, oversees the development and implementation of innovative strategies and plans to increase program effectiveness, makes determinations about the appropriateness of interactions with the media, advises on policy implications of client inquiries and requests, evaluates the effectiveness of educational and outreach programs, and provides guidance to senior level officials on agency outreach and communications initiatives.)
  • Ability to communicate in writing. (Prepares a variety of clear, cogent, and well-organized written products, including targeting the amount, form, depth and level of detail, and content of the information to the needs of various audiences.)
  • Ability to exercise objectivity. (Exercises objectivity, impartiality, and nonpartisanship in all phases of analysis and consultation, including looking at the dimensions of a problem and weighing them against a set of standards/criteria that are independent of the problem, and maintaining objectivity despite any personal bias or outside pressures.)
  • Ability to collaborate. (Works well and cooperates with others and promotes collaborative efforts with colleagues and others from varied and diverse backgrounds.)
  • Ability to communicate orally. (Speaks clearly, politely, and under control to peers, staff, managers, supervisors, and external audiences to both provide and seek information.)

BASIC REQUIREMENT: Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) are not required for the Library's hiring process.


The Library of Congress will evaluate applicants using applicants' resumes and a structured interview process.

  • All applicants are required to submit a resume that provides specific information (to include accomplishments, work experience and education/training) that clearly describes what they would bring to the position and documents that they meet the five critical competency requirements listed above. Resumes will be reviewed to determine whether candidates possess the critical competencies marked with a double asterisk (**), as referenced above.

  • Interviews are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job as documented in the resume in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.

For this position, 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.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Congressional Research Service is a service unit within the Library of Congress. To learn about our benefits, please visit the Library's Federal Benefits page.


The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the legislative branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

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.

The salary range indicated reflects the basic pay adjustment of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Number of vacancies: one.

This is a permanent, supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The incumbent of this position may elect to work a flexitime work schedule.

The position description number for this position is 256824.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

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

Appointee must meet eligibility requirements for a top secret clearance.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

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 Library of Congress Regulation (LCR 2017-2.1), Senior Level Executive System.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made 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 certificate of disability may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of an applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information view the Library of Congress' Selective Placement Program and/or contact the Library's Office of Inclusiveness & Compliance at 202-707-6024 (voice or TTY) or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



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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 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 Required section of the job announcement to review the qualifications listed to ensure that your resume reflects your accomplishments in those areas.

Step 3: Click 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 Library's 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 "Submit" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or USAJOBS account.

If you experience 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.


ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT legible copies of transcripts and certifications that verify completion of the BASIC REQUIREMENT listed under QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED. If these documents are not attached to your application, the HRS staff will contact you and allow one week for submission of the documents. Applicants who do not submit this documentation after being contacted by the HRS staff will be disqualified from further consideration under this vacancy announcement.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of disability. The certificate of disability may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Disability Services or Career Services office of an applicant's college or university.

For candidates referred for interview, the following documentation will be required at the time of interview:

  • All applicants: a completed OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment.

  • Current/former federal government employees: a copy of your recent SF-50 noting your current position, grade level, duty location, and salary level.


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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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