Job Overview


About the Agency

IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. 

The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.  The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations, and with libraries and museums throughout the United States to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.


This position is located in the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS), Office of the Chief Operating Officer. The incumbent serves as the Contracting Officer for the agency and is responsible for the full range of pre-and post-award contracting and acquisition processes. The incumbent directs acquisitions from clarifying description of requirements through analysis, negotiation, contract delivery and administration. The incumbent initially reports to the Chief Operating Officer.  Responsible for soliciting, evaluating, negotiating, and awarding contracts with commercial organizations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and State, local or foreign governments for furnishing products, services, construction or research and development to the agency.  Such procurements may be for information technology (IT) equipment and services; data collection, evaluation, survey, and statistical services; and services, equipment, and supplies in other areas that are needed for a Federal grant-making agency that serves the museum and library communities.  Administers contracts by assuring compliance with the terms and conditions of contracts, including resolution of problems concerning the obligations of the parties. Terminates contracts by analyzing, negotiating, and settling claims and proposals.  Plans, establishes, or reviews contracts, programs, policies, and procedures; formulates and administers policies and procedures to insure achievement of Federal socioeconomic goals, such as those affecting small business, labor surplus areas, and disadvantaged business firms; implements acquisition strategies and directs or manages procurements.   Provides staff advisory services to agency managers in the full range of the contracting specializations.  Serves as contracting officer with unlimited signatory authority for agency contracts, subject to applicable agency procedures. These contracts range from being short term and low budget to long term (approximated five years) with a significant budget.  Serves as a Supervisory Contracting Specialist to other subordinate staff, and performs the normal range of supervisory functions.  Plans and directs the overall operations of the procurement staff as well as oversees office support for general administrative services and/or supplies.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No