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 over 37 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.

This position is located in the Network Services Section of Network Division, National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (NLS/BPH).The incumbent serves under the administrative supervision of the Chief, Network Division , and is delegated a high degree of independence in the performance of the responsibilities of this position. The incumbent serves as Head of the Network Services Section, providing day-to-day supervision to staff in accomplishing the work of the section. Incumbent also serves as principal liaison for the organization to the NLS network of cooperating libraries as well as an expert on materials as they relate to NLS programs.

This position is located in the Network Services Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Partnership and Outreach Programs, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 116276.

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.

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.

Duties

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions related to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as needed. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Ensures subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations.

Provides information analysis and research to answer a wide range of inquiries. Develops new organizational products and maintains currency of existing products in area of expertise. Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and trends. Provides consultative services with respect to use of informational services. Prepares reports, analyses, and other documents related to information and research efforts. Acts as an expert for questions concerning Library materials such as periodicals, journals, newspapers, etc.

Interprets and revises existing training policy and program guidance for use by network libraries as codified in the Network Library Manual. Ensures network consultants have a broad in-depth knowledge of NLS policies and procedures and can respond to concerns from regional and subregional library staff or senior management of their administering agencies.

Provides information analysis and research to resolve a wide range of highly complex issues. Plans and develops new organizational strategies and maintains currency of existing products in area of expertise. Oversees information analysis and research to resolve a wide range of issues. Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and trends. Provides consultative services related to the use of informational services. Prepares reports, analyses, and other documents pertaining to information and research efforts. Prepares written guidelines for handling specific types of requests.

Serves as the principal liaison for the organization to the NLS network of cooperating libraries both internally and externally. Participates in NLS activities with network representatives including: Audio Equipment Advisory Committee, Automation Advisory Committee, Digital Transition Advisory Committee, and the National Advisory committee on Collection Building Activities. Serves as principal advisor to the NLS staff on the planning and development of all aspects of NLS goals as they affect the cooperative network of libraries.