Job Title: Interpreter (American Sign Language)Job Announcement Number: 140146
Department: Legislative Branch
Agency: Library of Congress
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/ Per Year
Monday, June 16, 2014 to
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
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.
About the Agency
This position is located in the Office of Opportunity, Inclusiveness and Compliance (OIC), Office of Support Operations (OSO). The purpose of this position is to support and schedule the Library of Congress' American Sign Language Interpreting Program and to provide interpreting services for employees and visitors who are deaf and hard of hearing in the Library as a reasonable accommodation so that they are given an equal opportunity to fully participate in and contribute to the Library work environment and programs.
The position description number for this position is 238464.
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, non-bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses are not authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
For this position you will be asked to demonstrate your interpreting skill during the structured interview (ASL to spoken English and spoken English to ASL). If you are a finalist for the position you may be invited to return to the Library to demonstrate your interpreting skills.
DUTIES:Back to top
Evaluates the needs of supervisors, managers, and Deaf, Deaf Blind and hard of hearing employees to determine service needs. This includes designing assessment tool(s), and structuring and implementing the program to satisfy the specific needs identified in the assessment findings.
Develops policies and procedures for Interpretive Services Program (ISP) applicable Library-wide. Prepares analytical and statistical data and reports Evaluates the program to ascertain its use and effectiveness and to recommend modifications and improvements.
Interprets for employees in a wide variety of settings (e g, staff meetings, confidential meetings, performance evaluations, personnel grievances, employee assistance program sessions, seminars and training programs) May interpret highly specialized, legal, research, computer, medical and Library-related terminology
Interprets for applicants, researchers, and visitors to the Library who are Deaf, Deaf Blind or hard of hearing so these individuals can fully and equally understand the Library's mission and functions and participate in the Library sponsored programs. Interprets in a wide variety of settings including research libraries, reading rooms, tours, lectures, consultations, programs and performances. This may include interpreting for outside presenters, international visitors, specialized tour groups, applicants and persons with specialized academic interests.
Designs, analyzes, coordinates and/or conducts workshops and seminars, formally in American Sign Language (ASL) & English, including but not limited to American Deaf Culture and the protocols needed for Library of Congress staff communicating via an interpreter or for interacting with employees or visitors who are Deaf, Deaf Blind or hard of hearing. Works with employees who are Deaf, Deaf Blind and/or hard of hearing to design, coordinate and/or conduct sensitivity training for Library employees to foster better understanding of cultural distinctions between colleagues.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
Ability to support and schedule an American Sign Language Interpreting Services (ASL) Program.**
Ability to provide interpreting services.**
Knowledge of the American Deaf and American Hearing Culture.
Ability to work collaboratively with others.
Ability to communicate in writing.
No additional requirements to those listed above.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
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BENEFITS:Back to top
While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.
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 determined 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) 707-3960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.
Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure you are considered for the position.
You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps.
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 end of the Qualification and Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 4. You may wish to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.
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: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly.
Step 5: Hiring Management offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.
(1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.
(2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
(3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.
Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately. Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received.
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Step 6: Click on "Submit" 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. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., SF-50, etc.) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.
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Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent). If you are a current or former federal employee, you must also submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement Program (SPP) must submit proof of disability; you will not be considered under the SPP program without submitting this documentation.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Please review our evaluation process under Evaluation. 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.