Job Title: Coordinator of Division Research and Specialist (Government and Finance Division)Job Announcement Number: 140155
Department: Legislative Branch
Agency: Library of Congress
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/ Per Year
Thursday, May 29, 2014 to
Monday, June 16, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Indefinite Not-to-Exceed (NTE) 13 Months
WHO MAY APPLY:
Consideration under this vacancy announcement is limited to the permanent and indefinite staff of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), due to budgetary constraints. Temporary and indefinite not-to-exceed (NTE) status candidates are ineligible (employees must maintain eligibility at the time of selection). Only U.S. citizens are eligible for CRS positions.
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About the Agency
CRS seeks a Coordinator of Division Research and Specialist for its Government and Finance Division. The selectee will perform a range of duties in support of division management, including: conducting division review; participating in design review; systematically assessing congressional priorities and ensuring currency, quality, and relevancy of the division's product line and research plans; negotiating and coordinating intersectional and interdivisional requests for research and analysis; identifying seminar planning opportunities and assisting with the division's congressional outreach efforts; conducting studies and reviews for division management; supporting the orientation and mentoring of new and junior division staff; and developing and maintaining a limited portfolio of analytical writing and the associated requests that may arise from such portfolio.
Applications received for this position will not be considered for any other CRS vacancies. To be considered for this position you must meet the critical competency requirements of the job at the levels described below.
Continue with the application process only if you are able to document on your resume that you meet the three requirements listed above.
- Knowledge of the Congress, executive branch, judicial branch, intergovernmental relations, and/or economics: I am recognized by decision makers as a professional resource in fields relevant to the Congress, executive branch, judicial branch, intergovernmental relations, and/or economics.
- Ability to manage and coordinate public policy analysis: I have managed or coordinated public policy research and analysis in specific aspects of the Congress, executive branch, judicial branch, intergovernmental relations, and/or economics.
- Ability to assess the quality and authoritativeness of products and services: I have reviewed, evaluated, and provided feedback on the written work of researchers in an academic, business, or government setting.
If you do not meet the qualification requirements for this position, we invite you to consider applying for other CRS positions for which your background and experience may be more appropriate. A separate application is required for each vacancy.
- See requirements listed below under QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED.
DUTIES:Back to top
As coordinator of division research:
- Supports the assistant director and deputy assistant director in reviewing research and analytical products at the division level for technical validity, compliance with established policies, and responsiveness to congressional requests. Refers division research and analytical products for peer review when appropriate. Coordinates interdivisional research with other divisions, ensures prompt review of research products referred from other divisions, and serves as a division liaison to the Review Office. Apprises division managers of significant existing or emerging review-related policy issues that may have Service-wide implications.
- Resolves sectional subject coverage questions and ensures coordination of intersectional research. Advises division management on the need for coverage of emerging subject areas, training required to broaden the expertise of division research staff, and the need for external research contracts. Ensures accuracy of the Subject Directory with respect to the division's analysts and specialists.
- Supports the assistant director, deputy assistant director, and section research managers throughout the research planning process, including advising analysts and specialists. Work includes design review advising on the proposed scope and depth, research strategies, methods of synthesis and analysis, premises to be used, relation of conclusions to basic data, validity of conclusions, need for other disciplinary viewpoints, and clarity and balance of written products; as well as broader product line and research planning. Coordinates divisional participation in Service-wide seminars and institutes.
- Supports the coordination of orientation and mentoring of new and junior division staff, interns, and volunteers, ensuring they are well acquainted with Library and CRS policies with regard to research and analytical products.
As a specialist:
- Prepares reliable, comprehensive, and authoritative studies and reports of the most significant and immediate subjects of the greatest importance for committees and Members of Congress.
- Assists congressional committees and their staffs in planning hearings on problems of the greatest national importance; prepares agendas, suggests questions to be presented to witnesses appearing before the committees, and serves as consultant and advisor to committee chairmen and Members during the course of hearings.
- Maintains a continuing working relationship with appropriate committees and their staffs; advises them on CRS and Library services and facilities.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
The competencies below are required for this position. Those marked with a double asterisk (**) are considered the most critical competencies for this position.
- Knowledge of the Congress, executive branch, judicial branch, intergovernmental relations, and/or economics.** (Has knowledge of the theories, concepts, processes, techniques, principles, and/or practices of the Congress, executive branch, judicial branch, intergovernmental relations, and/or economics. This includes knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of these fields and interrelationships with other disciplines.)
- Ability to manage and coordinate public policy analysis.** (Has the ability to manage, organize, and evaluate the analysis of public policy issues by applying broad knowledge of the Congress, executive branch, judicial branch, intergovernmental relations, and/or economics. This includes the ability to ensure public policy problems are appropriately conceptualized and defined; appropriate research approaches and frameworks, analytical methodologies, and techniques are utilized; information and research are fully analyzed and synthesized; the implications of data are identified and appropriate conclusions are drawn; alternatives are generated and assessed; and the consequences of choosing each alternative are evaluated. This also includes the ability to understand the big picture, the inter-relationships of all aspects of the public policy issue, and the appropriate array and design of products and services to meet the client needs.)
- Ability to assess the quality and authoritativeness of products and services.** (Has the ability to evaluate the content, organization, and relevance of a range of written products to meet the quality standards of a public policy organization and to make suggestions for improving these products. This includes the ability to apply in-depth knowledge of research standards, methods, and the credibility of sources in the review of written research products. This also includes the ability to discern whether a product achieves its objectives, to determine whether a topic has been adequately researched and does not suffer from serious omission, and to judge whether a product is logically constructed, presented in clear, unambiguous language, and relevant to the research question or written product’s purpose.)
- Ability to interact collaboratively with others. (Has the ability to work well and cooperate with others, including those holding divergent and/or opposing views and goals. This includes showing understanding and respect for others and relating well to people from varied and diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, age, educational, professional, etc. backgrounds as well as dealing effectively with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.)
- Ability to apply knowledge of congressional decision making. (Has the ability to apply knowledge of congressional decision making, including how legislation becomes law, the federal budget process, the appropriations process, and oversight, sufficient to ensure timely and legislatively relevant assistance to congressional committees, Members, and senior staff. This includes knowledge of the institutional and political environment, including the context in which congressional decision making occurs, the roles and relationships of the President and executive and independent agencies, the judiciary, state and local governments, and interest groups, and the ramifications of those decisions on existing policies and affected constituencies.)
- Ability to communicate orally. (Speaks clearly, politely, and under control to peers, staff, managers, supervisors, and external audiences to both provide and seek information.)
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) are not required for the Library's hiring process.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Library of Congress will evaluate applicants using applicants' resumes and a structured interview process.
- All applicants are required to submit a resume that provides specific information (to include accomplishments, work experience and education/training) that clearly describes what they would bring to the position and documents that they meet the critical competency requirements listed above. Resumes will be reviewed to determine whether candidates possess the critical competencies marked with a double asterisk (**), as referenced above.
- Interviews are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job as documented in the resume in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
Applicants do not need to respond to specific competency questions for this vacancy announcement. To preview questions please click here.
BENEFITS:Back to top
The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the legislative branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.
The selected applicant will be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
The salary range indicated reflects the basic pay adjustment of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Number of vacancies: one.
This is an indefinite, non-supervisory, non-bargaining unit position. At the end of the 13-month period, the selectee will be returned to his/her former position or a position of similar grade and duties without loss of federal service tenure or seniority.
The tour of duty for this position is full-time.
The position description number for this position is 9881.
The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.
Relocation expenses are not authorized for the applicant selected under this vacancy announcement.
Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.
Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, all newly appointed Senior Level executives from outside the Library, as well as from within, must serve a one-year probationary period in accordance with Library of Congress Regulation (LCR 2017-2.1), Senior Level Executive System.
This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made 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 certificate of disability may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of an applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information view the directive on the Library's Selective Placement Program and/or contact the Library's Office of Inclusiveness & Compliance at 202-707-6024 (voice or TTY) or email email@example.com. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure that you are considered for the position.Step 1:
If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS.gov. 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 Qualifications Required section of the job announcement to review the qualifications listed to ensure that your resume reflects your accomplishments in those areas.Step 3:
Click 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 Library's 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:
Click "Submit" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or USAJOBS account.
If you experience 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
, no later than 4:30pm EST of the closing date.
Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).
Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement eligibility must submit the appropriate supporting documentation described in OTHER INFORMATION above. If this required documentation is not attached, your application will not be considered under the Selective Placement Program.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Please review our evaluation process under Qualifications and Evaluations. 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.