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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 other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

The Research Center Supervisor reports directly to the Recorded Sound Section Head, MBRS Division.  The primary duty is to provide administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the Recorded Sound research center team.

This position is located in the Recorded Sound Section, Motion Picture & Broadcasting Recorded Sound Division, Collections & Services Directorate, Library Services. 

The position description number for this position is 307706.

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 will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.


Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Develops guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests and tracks time and attendance. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations. Coordinates the documentation of time and attendance of research center staff. Coordinates the collection and reporting of research center statistics. Serves as the Packard Campus for Audio Visual representative at Capitol Hill meetings as requested by the Section Heads.

Develops new approaches for research center staff to use in solving a variety of problems or in expanding services to researchers. Coordinates the dissemination of information about rights and conditions of use related to collections and coordinates the development and expansion of this data in the appropriate database. Plans, prioritizes, coordinates and reviews all written explanations and instructions, including those made available on the internet or by other electronic means, provided to researchers, including reference aids and restriction statements regarding the various rights and conditions which are applicable to access and use of each collection, including copyright, and donor restrictions. Serves as the organization's principal specialist in this area, keeping current with new issues and relevant legislation and ensuring that staff is informed and trained in changes in this field. Develops new approaches for other experienced librarians to use in solving a variety of problems or in expanding services. Coordinates the development of research center web sites and works with curators to identify possible content for the web and obtain necessary clearances and permissions.

In consultation with the Recorded Sound and Moving Image Section Heads, establishes policies, directs reference work and ensures the high quality of service provided. Coordinates daily activity and operations between the research center staff and the Packard Campus in consultation with the Section Heads. Coordinates the activities of the Public Services Office and their interactions with research center staff and the Packard Campus, in consultation with the Operations Coordinator and the Administrative Officer.