Job Overview


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.


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, skilllevel, 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.