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Job Title:  Braille Program Specialist
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:  130082

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

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$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 12, 2013 to Friday, August 23, 2013
Open - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map
Anyone may apply - 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 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 over 37 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.

This position is located in the Materials Development Division of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The Braille Program Specialist serves as an expert on matters pertaining to braille policies and procedures. Plans and implements internal programs and field operations for the Chief, Materials Development Division and the Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). Working independently, the incumbent receives guidance in matters impacting policy. Uses LC and NLS policies to analyze and recommend internal and external procedures relating to the production and distribution of braille materials. The incumbent utilizes a broad professional knowledge of and experience in the area of braille. The position description number for this position is 79293. 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.



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    Performs Braille Liaison Activities 30%

    Works primarily independently and uses authoritative judgment while working on joint efforts with stakeholders in the government and private sectpr concerning matters and projects impacting developing and/or improving braille. Actively engages in developing braille policy. Gives advice and solves difficult organizational or program-related issues while initiating and maintaining relationships with stakeholders associated with NLS programs and/or operational changes relating to Braille developments. Serves on committees working on developing and using braille reading materials and producing braille through advanced technology.

    Plans liaison activities for important NLS network programs with national or international impact in the field of braille. Possesses broad knowledge of braille and multiple NLS braille programs, serves as a consultant for braille-reading consumers, such as the public, libraries, and professional organizations and the public. Authoritatively guides and leads policy formulation and program planning related to training braillists, braille research and development, selection, production, and distribution of braille materials.

    Acts as the technological authority related to the use of electronic braille formats by blind consumers and on accessibility issues of online content and the Internet by braille users. Suggests solutions to technical issues of braille production and braille codes. Works with network libraries and other stakeholders onprojects designed to improve blind and physically handicapped individuals' braille access to other library collections and/or access through technological devices.

    Promotes braille literacy for children and adults. Drafts and evaluates articles on braille matters for NLS publications and professional journals. Drafts and delivers speeches concerning NLS's public relations activities related to braille. Plans and conducts meetings and other public relations activities supporting organizational programs. Represents NLS at meetings, conferences of other organizations, including the Braille Authority of North America and the National Braille Association. Designs public information including press releases, fact sheets, newsletters, and other briefing documents.

    Braille Program Planning and Management Work 25%

    Evaluates braille program effectiveness. Engages in evlauation of related issues of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of NLS programs. Recommends, designs, and leads research, development, review, and demonstration of projects in varied areas including, but not limited to: methodology for the production and distribution of braille books and magazines; performance specifications for materials; production processes and procedures; designing, evaluating, and testing equipment; and the development and expansion of special code applications for integration of digital media. Using broad knowledge ofexisting braille technology, designs and implements braille-related projects and answers related inquiries. Recommends and works to develop strategies for implementing NLS and associated braille programs. Recommends short- and long-range goals for NLS braille programs, designs detailed plans for implementing the programs, and assists in their implementation. Decides if organizational goals, emphasis, and/or processes need modification as they relate to braille programming

    Conducts comprehensive review of existing braille programming functions to guarantee NLS meets its goals, and identifies areas to improve operational efficiency. Evaluates productivity in every area of braille programming, oversees problems areas, and works to eliminate them. Recommends necessary steps to maintain or enhance quality and quantity of NLS services involving refining automation.

    Braille Program and Policy Advice and Guidance 15%

    Gives expert advice on extensive Braille projects and programs, requiring significant adaptation and/or interpretation for application, including accessibility and usability of electronic communication methods, such as online library catalogs, electronic media, and the internet. Stays abreast of advances in this field, particularly those impacting blind individuals; maintains knowledgte of the techniques, practices and opportunities to use libraries containing primarily print materials. Recommends long-range braille program plans, objectives, and milestones, serving as the basis for organizational and administrative change related to these programs.

    Braille Accessibility and Disability Rights Work 15%

    Recommends solutions to difficult problems or issues for accessibility requirements and develops novel approaches and methods for providing access for individuals with disabilities through design and improvement of websites for braille users. Gives technical advice for developing and surmounting accessibility barriers for braille users. Recommends technological policies for the certification and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Represents NLS at meetings or conferences examining ADA implementation and/or accessibility.

    Braille Program Evaluation 15%

    Gives advice to technical braille personnel, including staff, contractors and volunteers, related to analyzing and investigating matters involving various difficult program aspects requiring novel approaches to solving problems. The analysis serves as the basis for recommending organizational changes and administration of braille programs impacting national users. Ensures recommendations are compatible with the overall study objectives and schedule.

    Provides inventive and novel analytic designs and/or investigative techniques materially significant in the resolution of problems with unprecedented or novel aspects.

    Incorporates diverse studies and analyses results into comprehensive technical briefings and other papers. Gives technical advice within and outside NLS as a recognized expert in the field.


    Performs other duties as assigned.


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    Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

    Ability to proficiently read and write literary braille.**

    Ability to provide program management advice and assistance. **

    Demonstrated knowledge of specialized assistive technology for use by blind individuals. **

    The ability to promote braille literacy.

    Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and develop solutions.

    Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

    No additional requirements to those listed above.


    The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
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    FURLOUGH NOTICE:  New employees of the Library of Congress who enter on duty after April 7, 2013 but before September 7, 2013 will be required to take 12 hours Leave Without Pay before September 7, 2013.  Specific hours should be coordinated with the supervisor of the position. 

    While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

    The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined 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 date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-3960 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

    The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

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

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

    Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.  In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.

    Are you a veteran?  Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim.  Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214.  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

    For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at:


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    Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure you are considered for the position.

    You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps.

    Step 1: If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS. 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 end of the Qualification and Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 4. You may wish to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.

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    Step 4: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly. Step 5: Hiring Management offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.

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    (3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.

    Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately. Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received.

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    Step 6: Click on "Submit" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., SF-50, etc.) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.

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    Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent). Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Selective Placement is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.



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