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

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 other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

The Copyright Office is an office of record, a place where claims to copyright are registered and where documents relating to copyright may be recorded when the requirements of the copyright law are met. The Copyright Office furnishes information about the provisions of the copyright law and the procedures for making a registration or recordation, explains the operations and practices of the Copyright Office, and reports on facts found in the public records of the Office. The Office also administers the mandatory deposit provisions of the copyright law and the various compulsory licensing provisions of the law, which include collecting royalties.  In addition, the Copyright Office provides expert assistance to Congress on intellectual property matters; advises Congress on anticipated changes in U.S. copyright law; analyzes and assists in drafting copyright legislation and legislative reports; provides and undertakes studies for Congress; and offers advice to Congress on compliance with multilateral agreements, among other duties, including working with agencies across the U.S. government.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants 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, District of Columbia, territory of the Unites States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  *Proof of education (copy of transcripts) and bar membership must be provided with the application. Scanned or faxed documents will be accepted for application review purposes only (FAX 202/707-1454).  OFFICIAL documents will be required if SELECTED.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide legal advice and counsel on matters related to the administration of Title 17, including the registration and recordation of claims to copyright the administration of copyright deposit matters, and also including matters relating to emerging technologies that affect the administration and development of Title 17.

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Register, United States Copyright Office.

The position description number for this position is 012595.

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, bargaining unit position.

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

Duties

Serves as an expert on all legal and factual matters related to the administration of Title 17 of the U.S. Code, including matters related to registration and recordation of claims but also emerging technological issues such as those involved in 17 U.S.C 1201 or new subjects other than compulsory licenses which have been added to Title 17. This includes matters where complex and difficult legal questions or factual issues are involved such as drafting proposed legislation to modify Title 17. Provides authoritative advice and assistance on all policy and legal issues in these areas. These issues include dealing with confidential and sensitive questions that cut across organizational lines and affect the administration and resources of the Copyright Office and the Library.

Prepares probing and innovative written legal analyses, and other analytical documents such as reports requested by Congress or memoranda on complex legal questions arising from the administration of Title 17. Applies a comprehensive knowledge of a range of specialized areas of the law to the development, interpretation, and implementation of sensitive public policies with long-range national or international significance.

Conducts extensive legal research on highly intricate and exceedingly complex and novel questions of law and policy concerning all aspects of Title 17. Performs analyses involving the interpretation and application of complex laws and regulations, or court rulings affecting the administration of Title 17. Prepares complex proposals, responses to policy inquiries, letters, legal memoranda, litigation materials, and testimony. Analyzes complex proposals originating from other departments/agencies, including the Department of Justice, Congress, or the White House and responds to substantive or procedural questions concerning the operation of the Title 17.

Represents the Copyright Office at professional, business, and bar association meetings and symposia. Acts as the legal counsel to the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel. Duties are performed under the direction of the Copyright General Counsel or the Deputy General Counsel. Develops networks of key national and international individuals and organizations, and communicates regularly to share and receive critical information. Serves as one of the Office's principal authorities on litigation matters related to registration or recordation of claims, mandatory deposit or other subjects included in Title 17.