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Job Title:  Lead Human Resources Specialist (Labor Relations)
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:  130111

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 to Thursday, September 05, 2013
Open - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView 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.

The Labor Relations Team Leader is responsible for developing and administering the Library's labor management relations program under the supervision of the Director for the Office of Workforce Management, Human Resources Services, and Office of Support Operations. Independently and through the Labor Relations Specialists working under his or her direction, the Team Leader performs a wide range of functions including (1) Implementing and conducting program activities to achieve the vision and mission of  the labor relations programs, consistent with the Library’s strategic plan; (2) representing the Library in collective bargaining ; (3) administering the Library's collective bargaining agreements; (4) deciding grievances; (5) representing the Library in proceedings before arbitrators, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the Federal Labor Relations Authority and the Federal Service Impasses Panel; (6) responding to union information requests; (7) advising supervisors and managers at all level on compliance with the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, Library of Congress Regulations, and collective bargaining agreements; and (8) conducting training on labor-management relations topics. To ensure a high-performing team, the Team Leader trains, coaches, mentors, motivates/rewards, and assures the quality of the work of the Specialists. The Team Leader builds relationships with the Library's unions and interest-based problem resolution. The Team Leader fosters an environment of trust open communication, creative thinking and cohesive team effort to achieve continuous improvement of the Library's labor-management relations program.

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

The position description number for this position is 170137.

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.



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    Serves as the Library’s technical expert on labor program policies or practices at the national level for all organizational units of the Library of Congress. Provides advice to supervisors and managers at all levels on compliance with federal labor law, Federal Labor Relations Authority and court decisions, Library of Congress regulations and provisions of collective bargaining agreements. Researches and recommends solutions to labor relations issues with serious impact on Library of Congress policies, practices, and procedures. Develops and provides briefings to senior management on the Library’s labor-management relations program, including current and anticipated issues of interest to Congress and/or the news media. Provides labor-management relations training to supervisors and managers at all level, and on occasion to union representatives. Coordinates training provided by Labor Relations Specialists.

    Serves as a management negotiating team member to provide strategic: labor relations advisory services on Library-wide strategic plans and complex organizational issues, such as reorganization, reductions in force, and reconfigurations of mission and workload .Provides direction on building effective relationships with union counterparts.

    Reviews and develops new or proposed Human Resource policies, procedures, and guidelines for Library-wide use to achieve the workforce goal of the Library’s Strategic Plan. Serves as the primary agency technical authority with respect to the impact of legislation, regulations, and other external events upon the Library's labor relations program. Develops specific recommendations for the Library on the modifications and corrections needed to bring proposed or existing regulations, directives, or procedures into compliance with legal or precedent guidelines. Identifies key policy issues and priorities, designs analyses, evaluates alternative strategies, and makes definitive recommendation to senior management officials. Evaluates the potential impact and precedent setting implications of pending disputes before third-party authorities. Works with managers to develop strategies and contingency plans. Coordinates closely with Employees Relations Team Leader to ensure consistency of advice provided to supervisors and managers.

    Articulates and communicates to the team the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actionable events, milestones, and/or program issues under review, and deadlines and time frames for completion. Identifies, distributes, and balances workload and tasks among team members in accord with established workflow, skill level, and/or occupational specialization. Makes adjustments to accomplish the workload in accord with established priorities to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned team tasks; and ensures each team member has an integral rote in developing the final team product. Monitors and reports on the status and progress of work, checking on work in progress and reviewing completed work to ensure the supervisor's instructions on work priorities, methods, deadlines, and quality have been met. Prepares reports and maintains records of work accomplishments and administrative information, as required, and coordinates the preparation, presentation, and communication of work-related information to the supervisor. Estimates and reports to the team on progress in meeting established milestones and deadlines for completion of assignments, projects, and tasks. Ensures all team members are aware of and participate in planning for achievement of team goal and objectives.  Performs limited human resource management functions such as approving leave for a few days or for emergencies only; resolving simple, informal complaints of team members and referring others, such as formal grievances and appeals, to the supervisor or an appropriate management official. Informs employees of available employee benefits, services, and work-related activities and informs the supervisor of performance management issues/problems and makes recommendations on related actions, such as: assignments, reassignments, promotions, tour of duty changes, peer reviews, performance appraisals, awards, and recognition.


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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.

    Knowledge of 5 USC Chapter 71 and FLRA Case Law. **

    Ability to effectively represent management in collective bargaining. **

    Ability to effectively represent management in arbitration. **

    Ability to train supervisors and managers on labor-management relations.

    Ability to lead a diverse team effectively.

    Ability to communicate in writing.

    Ability to plan and implement work.

    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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    Please visit our website at and click Federal Benefits.


    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.

    Step 3: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. You will be redirected to the Hiring Management website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Hiring Management, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements.

    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.

    (1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.

    (2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

    (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.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 2 undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., be sure that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them. If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system. Likewise, if sending them by fax, be sure and include both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax. If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, the last one sent will overwrite the first one. Finally, if you upload a document, e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be the only one that is visible in our system. If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date.

    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.

    If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.


    Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

    Disabled applicants claiming Schedule A eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Schedule A is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.


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    Please review our evaluation process under Evaluation. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications". You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.

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