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Job Title:  Administrative Librarian (Chief, Humanities and Social Sciences Division)
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:  140147

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $167,000.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 02, 2014 to Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Open - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Anyone may apply - 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 immigration law and other legal requirements are met, and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.
Q - Sensitive


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. 


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  • See requirements listed below under Qualifications Required.


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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.


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A candidate's resume must show a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates he or she has:

1). Ability to Lead and Manage a Program/Area of Responsibility**: The ability to accomplish strategic and operational goals for a department or division and in doing so has the following responsibilities: 1) advising senior level officials, 2) overseeing day to day operations directly or through subordinate managers, 3) working with both internal and external organizations to achieve program goals, 4) evaluating current and proposed programs and operations and recommending actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects, 5) developing and integrating policies and processes for own area of responsibility, and 6) planning, acquiring and organizing resources and people.

2). Ability to Lead People and Manage a Workforce**: The ability tolead, supervise, and manage a diverse staff and in so doing, perform the following activities: 1) identify current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals, objectives, and capacity gaps; 2) recruit and hire staff to meet those needs; 3) communicate performance expectations to staff; 4) conduct periodic performance evaluations; 5) provide advice and counsel to staff, 6) address performance and disciplinary issues; 7) delegate or plan and assign work; 8) provide appropriate training and professional development opportunities to staff; 9) encourage staff participation in planning and decision making; and 10) identify and implement methods to improve staff productivity.

3). Ability to Communicate in Writing: The ability to produce written products related to the responsibilities of the position, such as policies, program goals and objectives, business plans, budget documents, and performance management documents.

4). Ability to Define and Solve Problems and Make Decisions: The ability to identify the problem or issue, and to gather, examine, and interpret information to generate effective solutions to problems and make sound decisions. This includes the ability to seek, logically examine, analyze, interpret, and synthesize information from different sources; generate and evaluate reasonable alternative solutions and the implications, consequences, and benefits of choosing each alternative; select the most promising alternative or course of action; and commit to action, even in uncertain situations. This includes the willingness to bring issues into the open and attempt to resolve them in a collaborative manner.

5). Ability to Lead and Effect Change: The ability to lead and effect change in carrying out the organizational mission that integrates key goals, priorities, values, etc. This includes championing ideas that promote the mission with enthusiasm, conviction, and assertiveness; gaining support and commitment from others, motivating and inspiring others, and applying new and emerging technologies to improve work efficiencies, productivity, and customer service.

6). Ability to Communicate Orally: The ability to speak clearly, politely, and under control to peers, staff, managers, supervisors, and external audiences to both provide and seek information. This also includes actively listening to and understanding information; and listening to and answering questions thoughtfully and completely.

Your resume is important to this application process. It will be reviewed to determine whether you possess the qualifications referenced above. All applicants are required to submit a resume that provides specific information (to include accomplishments, work experience and education/training) that clearly describes what you would bring to the position. The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library’s vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library’s Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link:


The Library of Congress will evaluate applicants using the information provided in your resume. Reviews are intended to explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection. For Senior Level positions, applicants do not need to respond to specific competency questions but will be requested to answer one question related to how they became aware of this job opportunity.
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All 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 the Library of Congress Regulations (LCRs) 2017.2-1, Senior Level Executive System.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be 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 date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-6362 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

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.

Are you a veteran?  Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim.  Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214.  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at:


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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. 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 and Evaluations section of the job announcement to review the qualifications listed to ensure that your resume reflects your accomplishments in those areas.

Step 3: Click on 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 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 on "Finish" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account. If you are experiencing 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 , 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 proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Selective Placement is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation. 


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