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 155 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and almost 40 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.

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 selected applicant may 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, Ethics in Government Act of 1978. 

This is a full supervisory position where the incumbent serves as Chief, Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress and is responsible for the daily operations of the Law Library Reading Room. The incumbent serves under the administrative supervision of the Director of the Global Legal Research Directorate. The incumbent works highly independently, exercising considerable judgment and carries out duties and responsibilities in accordance with broad overall guidelines and policies.

This position is located in the Public Services Division, Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library, Office of the Law Librarian, Law Library of Congress.

The position description number for this position is 257078.

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

Duties

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions related to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and completes work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Prepares work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as needed. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Responsible for advancing the objectives of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to adhere to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Initiates nondiscriminatory practices for the area under his/her supervision in the following; (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills.

Reviews section's services to ensure they meet professional standards and policy guidelines and are responsive to the needs of Law Library's constituencies, most importantly, the U.S.Congress. Maintains the currency, comprehensiveness, and integrity of legal information resources by identifying, assessing, and organizing materials used and anticipated to be needed by the Public Services Division. Monitors the size, location, condition and security of the Reading Room collections. In the context of Law Library's needs, works with the Collection Services Division to set priorities and policies for acquisition, storage and exchange of materials and disposal of excess assets.

Assignments consist of a broad range of information activities or require substantial depth of analysis, and typically require resolving problems in information access and dissemination in particularly difficult and responsible circumstances. Reviews and analyzes significant issues in information research and dissemination. Renders services to Members of Congress and their staffs, and officials inside and outside the Library of Congress and other Law Library constituents. Conducts research and analysis in topics in field of expertise, providing authoritative and definitive results.  Uses broad knowledge of multiple information sources and/or experts inside and outside the Library of Congress both domestic and international to resolve reference issues. Meets with researchers and analyzes questions and requirements in depth and detail and suggests search strategies involving great complexity or time. Provides research services for users involving not only directing the user to information sources, but also locating and evaluating the information.

Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians and other specialists in order to share resources and information as well as to coordinate workflow within Law Library. As a consultant, makes recommendations regarding major changes in program areas. Explains or presents specialized or technical information to individuals or groups with varying backgrounds or levels of experience. Develops and maintains professional standing through a variety of methods, including participation in professional organizations, which may include presenting papers at conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields. Prepares position papers and assists in developing standards and policies. Represents the organization internally and externally at conferences, seminars, and exhibits. Collaborates on projects both inside and outside of Law Library and the Library of Congress, and with relevant outside stakeholders, including professional organizations. Maintains direct and active relationship with research law libraries globally.

Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects. Directs and shapes the character and overall nature of projects. Oversees project from conception through development, production, and guidance to subordinate supervisors. Participates in planning work, including formulating goals and objectives, and identifying opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures. Manages a variety of functions simultaneously and with flexibility to work under competing demands and deadlines. Serves on committees and other groups involved in investigating new technologies and their possible application to library programs. Develops statements of work, deliverable and timelines for contractors, constituents and other non-employee-generated work.