Job Overview


About the Agency

The Chief of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division (HSS) serves as the Library's primary expert in the provision of reference services related to the humanities and social sciences. The Chief receives policy guidance from the Director, Collections and Services (CS), but has primary managerial and professional responsibility for the growth and direction of research and reference services in the humanities and social sciences, to include electronic as well as on-site service. The Chief is responsible for the management of two reading rooms. In addition, the Chief has custodial responsibility for significant microform materials under the purview of the division. The Chief plays a key role in establishing a positive image for the Library, its collections and services, its role in the mission of the National Library, and setting future direction.

This position is located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services Service Unit. 

The position description number for this position is 241007.

This position has no promotion potential.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position may work a flextime work schedule.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement. 


Exercises overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and/or critical Library of Congress programs or operations. Responsible for directing and managing the Humanities and Social Sciences Division to efficiently accomplish specified goals and objectives outlined in the Library's strategic plan. Evaluates current and proposed programs and operations and takes actions to initiate, modify, or cancel projects in accord with the service unit's performance budget.

As Chief, administers the Division's reference, processing, managerial and administrative staff to accomplish program goals and objectives; directs the Division's annual budget process and manages budget execution, for appropriated, gift and trust funds, and represents the Division at professional and management meetings. Plans the annual program and activities within the Library Service budget, and establishes short and long range goals and objectives. Determines research and collection development projects for staff, ensuring analog and digital collections are relevant to researcher needs and they are served in a timely and efficient manner. Coordinates the Division's security, preservation, and collection and space management programs. Determines digitization project priorities through consultation with other Library managers and observation of outside demand. Develops and recommends policy encompassing the use of materials in the Division's custody, and the provision of reference and research service to meet the current and anticipated needs of Library users.

Coordinates with subordinate supervisors to plan budgets, programs, policies and procedures for the Division. Serves as the Division's chief management official, supervising in all areas cited above.

Recommends and implements policies and guidelines impacting a wide range of emerging, and/or critical agency programs. In coordination with the Director of Collections and Services, interprets new legislation and/or Library strategic goals into program goals, actions, and policies, interpreting the effect of new legislative or strategic planning requirements on Library programs. Recognized as a Library authority in planning and developing new policies and program objectives under the purview of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division.

In coordination with the Director of Collections and Services and other Library officials, establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level managers and officials, including Members of Congress and their staff, other legislative and executive agencies, members of the Madison Council and other executives of major corporations, and distinguished members of the public. Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with Library of Congress officials and Service Unit management, other government agencies, and academic and cultural institutions with related interests in the subject areas of the Division.

As primary agency advisor on collections, services, programs and events of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, counsels senior management staff and officials at multiple levels of the Library of Congress, including senior staff of Library Services and the Collections and Services Directorate on administrative matters. Advises senior managers on the appropriate methods and techniques to achieve program goals and objectives. Serves on inter-agency, national, and/or international special work groups, task forces, or expert panels on special projects or studies essential to the resolution of far-reaching operating issues and problems.

Relocation Authorized

  • No