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 position is located in the Center for the Book, the Library’s principal office for promoting reading, literacy, literature, and poetry.  The incumbent is responsible for one or more of the Center’s program areas: children, youth, and family literacy; adult literacy and lifelong learning; affiliated state centers for the book; non-profit organizational partnerships for promoting reading and literacy; partnerships with libraries for promoting  reading and literacy; and literature and poetry, including the office of Poet Laureate.  The incumbent provides full professional and administrative support and advice to the director of the Center for the Book  in long-range planning and budgeting.  He/she  also  advises  in staffing, programming, and fund-raising for his/ her area of specialization—in this case the Poetry and Literature Center (PLC).  PLC plans and administers the Library’s literary and poetry programs, often  in partnership with other Library of Congress divisions and offices.  As manager of the Library’s U.S. Poet Laureate program, the incumbent works  closely with the Office of the Librarian of Congress.
This position is located in the Center for the Book, Partnerships and Outreach Programs, Library Services.
The position description number for this position is 248599.
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.
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.


Performs long-range planning and analysis of new substantive agency programs where precedents are scarce or nonexistent. Works with senior management to develop long-range management plans for efficient and effective program implementation and administration. Serves as an expert analyst in the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems. Applies a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of complex short and long-range goals of the organization and develops detailed plans for implementing them. Recommends changes in objectives or emphasis in functions under the organization's purview. Optimizes the use of existing resources, assists in planning for future resource needs, estimates short- and long-range personnel, budgetary, space, and equipment needs, and implements new resources.
Acts as primary liaison with critical persons and groups both inside and outside the Library for the program areas of responsibility; exercising full commitment authority in accord with Library regulations.   Independently plans and executes major liaison activities supporting programs impacting many Library offices. Develops and implements plans designed to enhance relationships with targeted stakeholders. Plans and conducts public meetings, briefings and other constituent relations activities supporting the Center's programs.
Plans and manages special projects for major Library organization and program issues with broad impact, such as those on a Library or nation-wide level. Conceives and implements new initiatives and projects to strengthen, facilitate, and integrate programs. Undertakes or participates in special projects, ongoing analyses, investigations and initiatives with a high priority for senior-level management This involves producing complex analyses and written reports; organizing special committees, workshops, or other gatherings; initiating program reviews; and/or developing or fostering cross-agency activities.
Plans and organizes major special events related to the Center's programs such as literary programs and celebrations; visits by outside groups, political officials, corporate and foundation presidents, and other VPs; conferences; and official luncheons, dinners and receptions.