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 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.

The primary purposes of this position are to administer the Library of Congress employee relations program and to provide guidance, advice and training to supervisors and managers of the Library at all levels regarding adverse and disciplinary actions.

This position is located in the Office of Workforce Management, Office of Human Resources Services, Office of Support Operations.

The position description numbers for this position are 170159 (GS-12) and 130869 (GS-13).

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

Duties

Serves as the Library’s technical expert on implementing and administering Employee Relations programs throughout the Library of Congress, with oversight by the Employee Relations Team Leader. Receives and processes appeals, ensuring timely transfer of files to the Office of the General Counsel. Develops and maintains statistics, charts, graphs and tables supporting the employee relations program. Analyzes data and develops recommendations and justifications for the Team Leader to improve the Library's employee relations programs, policies and procedures. Reviews requests for extensions to reply periods, determining timeliness of requests and sufficiency of justifications.  Makes recommendations to Team Leader, and prepares appropriate documentation. Coordinates compilation and dissemination of Information with other HRS offices. Coordinates the implementation of decisions and terms of settlement agreements. Prepares and/or approves personnel actions on disciplinary cases.

Answers questions on employee relations policies, procedures and practices settled by precedent or Library policy. Advises supervisors and managers at all levels on procedures relative to adverse actions, separations and disqualifications. Reviews and edits draft counseling memos, written warnings, notices of proposed adverse actions, and final letters for sufficiency and adherence to Library policies and practices. In conjunction with or in the absence of the Employee Relations Team Leader, advises Library supervisors and managers at all levels on adverse or disciplinary actions and on the handling of emergency situations involving employees who are disruptive, destructive, dangerous or seriously ill.  Conducts administrative inquiries and processes appeals of emergency actions. Reviews Police Event Reports to determine what action, if any, is warranted, and prepares appropriate documents. Assists the Personnel Security Office with suitability inquiries and recommends course of action to be taken by HRS in response to Personnel Security determinations and recommendations. Develops materials for, and conducts, supervisory/managerial training on employee relations topics. As necessary, appears as a witness at hearings regarding facts or procedures in employee relations cases. Provides information and recommendations on the expected impact of major changes or other situations involving complex, interrelated actions.