Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

The Recorded Sound Section in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of Library Services, is responsible for the acquisition, processing, preservation, collection maintenance, and reference services for the Library's recorded sound collection, the world's largest public archive of sound recordings. The incumbent may be asked to serve in the absence of the Chief and assume full control of the Division and all the responsibilities of that position.

The Section Head is responsible for the management and direction of the Section. The Section Head sets priorities, directs the work activities of Section staff (both government and contract), and manages the technical and financial resources allocated to the Section to achieve its goals. The Section Head oversees all acquisition, processing, preservation prioritization, reference, and exhibition activities of the Section and serves as the Library's principal specialist in recorded sound. The Section Head has responsibilities for implementing the digital preservation of audio materials. He/she serves as a member of the Division's management team, which includes planning, implementation and on-going operations for the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC).

This position is located in the Recorded Sound Section, MBRS, Collections and Services, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 59278.

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.

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

Duties

Plans, manages, and directs the work of the Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress. Establishes strategic and operational goals for the Section, plans and implements strategies to achieve those goals, and is accountable for the Section's overall performance. Sets priorities and directs the work of Section staff (government and contract) and ensures that the work supports the mission and goals of the Division, Library Services, and the Library of Congress. Utilizes a consultative approach to actively involve staff in planning work, developing and modifying workflow and procedures, and formulating solutions to problems. Serves as a senior expert in recorded sound, providing expert guidance in the resolution of complex problems or issues related to sound collections. Develops and implements policies, processes, procedures, and solutions for the acquisition, maintenance, and access to the recorded sound collections.

Oversees all archival or curatorial activities for the Library's recorded sound collection, including acquisition, processing, preservation prioritization, reference/access, and outreach. Plans and manages the Division's recorded sound facilities. Coordinates acquisition activities related to building the Library's recorded sound collections. In consultation with the Library and Division management and curatorial staff, monitors and approves selection and acquisition of recorded sound materials and recommends additions to the collections under the compliance provisions of the Copyright Law, through gift, and by purchase.

Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-13 level or below. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Furthers the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Initiates nondiscriminatory practices and affirmative action for the area under his/her supervision in the following: (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills.

Serves as a principal liaison and spokesperson for the Library on all matters related to its recorded sound collections, including archival policies and practices, digital preservation planning, and reference use of sound recordings by scholars and the general public.Establishes and fosters effective working relationships with professional colleagues, stakeholders, and public or private partners on a national or international level. Keeps abreast of developments in the field and represents the division or Library at relevant professional and scholarly meetings, conferences, or symposia.

Supervisory Status

Yes

Promotion Potential

14

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • There will be some travel from Culpeper, VA office to the Washington, DC offices to attend meetings and occasional travel to conferences of relevant professional associations.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

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

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