Job Overview


About the Agency

The Federal Research Division (FRD) is the principal fee-for-service, full-cost-recovery and analysis service of the Library of Congress. FRD administers the Federal Research Program, which provides research reports, translations, and analytical studies for entities of the Federal Government and the District of Columbia. A revolving fund has been established in the U.S. Treasury for this program into which funds are deposited without fiscal year limitation, as authorized by 2 U.S.C. 182c.

The incumbent is the Division's senior editor and is responsible for the review of all Division products, studies, and reports for assurance that they adhere to Library, Division, and other adopted publishing standards.

This position is located in the Production Management Support Section, Federal Research Division, Collections and Services, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 57188.

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, bargaining unit position.

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


Receives manuscripts from numerous Division technical information specialists and contractors, subject only to prior review by subject matter experts. Reviews and decides the material to accept and what to question in regard to manuscripts submitted in response to client agency requirements. Edits each new study or report, including those incorporated into Division websites, for adequacy, accuracy, consistency, logical flow, clarity, readability, style, format, and overall presentation. As necessary, rewrites or makes suggestions to authors on how to rewrite or reorganize portions of the manuscript. Ensures value judgments and bias are eliminated, that discrepancies and ambiguities are resolved, that materials are well organized, that conclusions are logical, and that supporting documentation is appropriately formatted and incorporated. Examines drafts to which changes have been made; corrects errors in inputting and recycles documents back to authors or their supervisors; continues checking work until all corrections are made. Approves final products for production. Checks hard copy for good presentation, quality of print, and proper spacing of headings and tables.

Establishes and oversees the Division's production control system. Works with Division managers and project managers to plan, coordinate, and schedule Division editorial and production work, including work assigned to editorial assistants. Assists the headof the Production and Management Support Section in identifying, selecting, directing and evaluating the work of contract editors. Establishes standard operating procedures and standard formats for Division products. Responsible for final presentation of products, including format, layout, photo reproduction, distribution, and control. Provides editorial and graphics expertise in liaison work with printers, graphic designers, typesetters, indexers, binders, etc. Ensures quality control through final editing, proofreading at all stages, production control, and coordination with Division project managers.

Writes, rewrites, and/or edits materials utilizing an extensive knowledge in a variety of subject areas to provide interpretation and explanation of a wide range of subjects. Knowledgeable of new concepts, theories, and developments in several fields and current on a wide variety of subjects and geographic areas in order to discuss the substance of reports with technical information specialist-authors representing a wide diversity of interests and opinions. Tailors written products for specific audiences with differing levels of interest and understanding of the subject matter. Serves as a technical resource and provides professional knowledge and required skills to produce a broad range of analytical products prepared for the Division's fee-for-service clients. Exercises sound judgment in editing reports and studies for content, organization, presentation, style, format, and selection and placement of tables, graphics, and other supporting documentation to ensure accurate, informative reporting.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No